Samworth Brothers has ordered 18 new tractor units from Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
The vehicles were selected for their safety technology, fuel-efficiency and strong residual values.
The temperature-controlled distribution specialist chose Actros 2545 models with flat-floored StreamSpace cabs, Safety Packs, and optional, fuel-saving Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) systems.
Samworth Brothers trialed a variety of demonstration units, settling for the 450hp version.
The protection of its drivers and other road users was the top priority for the business. The Mercedes-Benz Safety Pack bundles together Active Brake Assist 4 emergency braking system – which incorporates a world ‘first’ in the shape of pedestrian recognition – as well as Proximity Control Assist and a driver’s airbag.
The Actros are the subject of a buyback agreement, under which each unit will cover 250,000 km per year.
Samworth Brothers operates more than 120 of its own trucks, as well as some 230 semi-trailers of various configurations – it also supplements the fleet with rental vehicles.
Although this is its first multiple-unit order for Mercedes-Benz trucks, Samworth Brothers has been running a single Actros tractor for the last four years, clocking up one million km.