HPH Group has taken delivery of four Actros 2545 tractor units - its first Mercedes-Benz trucks - supplied by the Blackburn branch of dealer Ciceley Commercials.
The Preston-based haulier ran an Actros demonstrator in a month-long trial as part of the Fuel Challenger programme from Mercedes-Benz, which invites operators to put one to work on their fleet, to compare diesel consumption with the best of their own vehicles.
HPH picked a real-life, day and night route for a month-long evaluation, and the trucks outperformed two other marques in its fleet of 60 on fuel efficiency.
The new additions are the subject of a CharterWay contract hire agreement, which includes tyres, from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
General manager at HPH Steve Sugden said other factors in the decision were price and driver appeal, as well as aftersales support from the dealer.
“It’s fair to say that Ciceley’s Actros demonstrator performed exceptionally well, its mpg returns putting it ahead of the competition by a clear margin,” he added.
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