Evolution gets under way with its first used Mercedes-Benz Actros

Commercial Motor
November 16, 2017

Mercedes-Benz has launched its Evolution programme of built-to-order approved used trucks that include higher specifications and driver aids.

The manufacturer has run similar programmes for high-spec vehicles in the past and this one sees pre-owned vehicles typically fitted with: enhanced paintwork; leather-upholstered seats and door trims; flatscreen TVs; fridges and microwaves; Lane Assist systems; dashcams; alloy wheels; grilles with chrome highlights; roof-mounted spotlights; and LED light bars beneath the bumpers.

Under the programme, technicians from the Mercedes-Benz workshop in Wentworth Park, near Barnsley, refurbish and repaint approved used vehicles, turning them into flagship trucks.

Stephen Holbrook, sales executive at Approved Used Mercedes-Benz, said: “It often costs approximately £20,000 to do one of these conversions, and we are hopeful of selling about 12 next year. The main demand from customers is likely to be for Actros tractor units, but it is possible for us to carry out conversions for other vehicles.”

Dale Slee, the manufacturer’s head of used truck sales, said: “The Actros Evolution is the pinnacle of our pre-owned offering. For owner-drivers or companies seeking a highly-specified flagship, it adds up to a great deal of truck for the money.”

JJP Holdings SW Group is the first operator to take delivery of a truck from the new programme.The 2014 Actros 2545 tractor unit (pictured), which dealer City West Commercials supplied to the Weston-super-Mare operator, had reached the end of its two-year lease deal with 265,000km on the clock.

The front wings of the JJP Holdings SW Group truck also bear the name of owner Jonathan Jones-Pratt’s four-year-old daughter Elena May, alongside the words ‘2017 Evolution 1’. The vehicle will mainly be used to transport locomotives and buses to and from steam rallies, shows and other events.

Holbrook said: “City West Commercials first displayed the truck on its website and used truck salesman Tim Sutcliffe took it to show the customer. We have more in preparation at our Wentworth Park site for customers who are interested in a flagship vehicle for their fleet.”

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