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60-second interview: Paul Avery, MD Schmitz Cargobull

Favourite holiday destination and why?Tuscany. Beautiful scenery, beautiful people, beautiful food and beautiful wine.What cars do you drive?Audi A5 and Porsche BoxsterHobbies?Cooking, travel and playing a tenor saxophone (badly)

Axis adds Daf to its heavy truck portfolio

Contract hire, leasing and asset management specialist, Axis Fleet Management has introduced Daf into its heavy truck asset portfolio.A total of 138 new Euro-6 Daf XF460 FTG space cabs are now on programmed delivery following a successful whole-life-cost evaluation of 50 same-spec 6x2 units last summer.

RH Commercial Vehicles appoints new sales executive

East Midlands Renault Trucks distributor RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has appointed a new sales executive.Garry Nelson, 32, has more than 10 years’ experience in commercial vehicle sales and comes to RHCV from MAN Truck and Bus UK where he worked in the company’s direct sales department.In addition to his years of experience Nelson has also gained his Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

R you prepared to snap up this white Scania?

Used deal of the week from CM’s classified pages is this white 2009 Scania R480 4x2 tractor unit.The Euro-4 vehicle comes with a 12-speed manual gearbox and day cab.Scania’s R-series is renowned for its fuel economy, driver appeal, reliability and strong exterior styling.This particular example comes with digital tachograph and adjustable fifth wheel.

Setanta Vehicle Importers purchases the Renault Trucks Northern Ireland franchise

Dublin-based Setanta Vehicle Importers has purchased the Renault Trucks franchise for Northern Ireland. The new business will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Setanta Vehicle Importers, trading as Diamond Trucks. It will operate from its current premises in Mallusk, Belfast, with existing staff and some new, additional sales personnel. 

Hughes of Aylesbury named Van ProCenter

Hughes of Aylesbury has become one of only a handful of dealerships in Britain to have met all of the criteria to become a Mercedes-Benz Van ProCenter dealer.From an after sales perspective Van ProCenter dealers must have specially trained service advisors and technicians, and provide replacement vehicles for customers and collection and delivery services.In addition, Mercedes-Benz Van ProCenter dealers must keep extended opening hours for customer convenience.

Daf lauds success of First Choice scheme

Daf says it has seen a strong demand for vehicles from its First Choice used truck programme since it launched last summer.The manufacturer says the scheme - managed by PACCAR Financial - is now providing supplemental and extended warranties across its range, in addition to the six-months driveline warranty, First Choice Care.This includes a new three-month full vehicle “bumper-to-bumper” warranty plus a further three-months of driveline-only.