Container haulier A&D Logistics has taken its first Mercedes truck, a ‘seed vehicle’ from dealer Western Commercial.
The Actros 2548, which is currently being tested against similarly specified tractor units by two other manufacturers over a six month period, has a GigaSpace cab and 12.8-litre straight-six engine that produces 476 hp. The firm, based in Linwood, Renfrewshire, has a largely Volvo fleet of more than 90 tractor units.
Former driver Eric MacLeod, who rejoined the company last summer as its Head of Driver Training & Recruitment, played a key role in initiating the trial. He said: “Mercedes-Benz and Western Commercial are definitely on the front foot at the moment.
“Economy and driver acceptability are all well and good, of course, but it’s even more important to know that the back-up is going to be there when we need it. Western Commercial’s Govan workshop is conveniently located for us, and its service manager Brian Cooper is very approachable.
“A&D Logistics enjoys an excellent reputation within the transport community in this part of the world, and the dealer certainly seems to have grasped the scale of the opportunity here. Whether it’s the driver training that we’ve received, or the way in which the inspections and maintenance have been carried out, I can’t fault the service we’ve received.”