VMS Fleet Management has ordered 37 new Isuzu dual-compartment refrigerated 7.5 tonne rigids for its rental division VMS Vehicle Hire, in a deal worth in excess of £2m.
The N75.190 vehicles feature GAH refrigeration systems on a mix of Coolertech and Polar multi-temperature refrigerated bodies, as well as tuckaway tail-lifts. Each Isuzu has a pallet-width nearside door for access to the frozen section and the fridge body specification features a mix of double and triple rear access doors.
VMS currently operates about 5000 vehicles, with more than 1000 vehicles in its rental fleet alone, of which 75% are fridge vehicles. The company anticipates keeping the new Isuzu trucks for a least a seven-year period although that it will review the overall vehicle performance at five years, with each vehicle anticipated to cover approximately 50,000 km per annum.
Martin James, managing director, VMS Fleet Management said: “This £2m Isuzu truck deal is a significant investment for VMS, however, for refrigerated rental operation at 7.5 tonnes, the Isuzus have excellent payload and are proven to be very reliable in operation. The decision to further invest in the Isuzu marque within our rental fleet is based on our overall previous experience where we have found them to be robust and reliable operators.
“Over the years we have also experienced an excellent service offering from Isuzu, through their strong nationwide dealer network support. This is vital for our rental business, especially in busy periods, and in particular with their ability to accommodate out of hours service work.”