Micheldever Tyre and Auto has increased the proportion of Renault vans on its fleet, with 100 new Masters.
The company will use the Renault Masters in its wholesale tyre distribution operation and also in its increasingly popular mobile tyre fitting service. The new vehicles will represent a third of the company’s entire LCV fleet.
On the distribution side, the Masters will contribute to the delivery of tyres to the 8,000 nationwide retailers that Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services supplies from its network of 15 distribution sites. The specially-equipped Master breakdown vehicles will provide private and business customers with an emergency and comprehensive mobile tyre fitting service that encompasses tyre replacement and puncture repair on virtually any car, van, truck or agricultural vehicle.
Ordered in long-wheelbase, high-roof format (LH35), the front-wheel drive Masters are powered by the dCi 125 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine.
Offering a payload of up to 1,490 kg, the Masters were ordered in Business specification. Providing Micheldever’s drivers with high levels of comfort, safety and convenience, the Business level of trim includes DAB radio with Bluetooth, electric front windows, remote central locking, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with HSA (Hill Start Assist) and Grip Xtend; which over loose surfaces such as gravel, light snow and mud, allows one wheel to spin to help aid traction.
Micheldever tailored its vans with the factory options of 270-degree opening, unglazed rear doors and a 68 mph speed limiter. Additionally, the breakdown vehicles have been equipped with onboard, engine-driven compressors and full tyre changing facilities to Micheldever’s bespoke specification.
All of the Masters have been bought outright by Micheldever and the company enjoys the reassurance of the impressive four-year/100,000-mile warranty and roadside assistance package that comes as standard with all Renault LCVs.
Malcolm Turnbull, group fleet manager, Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services, said: “Against the other LCVs we considered, the Renault Master was unrivalled when it came to its combination of price and payload. The vans we have taken delivery of have arrived with us on schedule and, now that they are starting to be operative in the field, are exceeding our expectations and generating some good feedback from our drivers.”
Nick Tame, sales director, Groupe Renault UK, said: “We’re very pleased that such a successful business has chosen to rely on the Master for two vitally important roles in its growing operation. The significant size of the order underlines their confidence in the Master and our commitment to provide customers with a level of service throughout their ownership experience that is second-to-none.”