First Mercedes-Benz trucks for Browns Distribution

Commercial Motor
January 22, 2024

Located on the same road as Browns Distribution in Stoke-on-Trent, eStar Truck & Van has supplied the haulier with three new Actros tractor units. Browns’ fleet is made up of trucks from two rival brands so these are the first Mercedes trucks to join the fleet. 


Managing director, David Brown, said: “Truck sales consultant Ryan Lockett’s timing was spot-on. He couldn’t have known, but he got in touch just as we were considering changes to our fleet purchase policy. We took a demo truck from eStar for a couple of weeks and were impressed enough to decide we would include Mercedes-Benz in the mix.


“The demonstrator was handed to one of our most experienced drivers, who gave us some very positive feedback. The cab was clearly well-designed and comfortable, the truck’s fuel returns were easily as good as anything else on our fleet, and overall it looked like a nice bit of kit.


“The most important thing with any vehicle, though, is its availability for work – uptime is everything. Having eStar’s round-the-clock workshop on our doorstep, and hearing the team there make all the right promises regarding how they’ll back us up, made the decision to invest in Mercedes-Benz a ‘no-brainer’. We also took up the offer of a five-year service contract, at a highly competitive rate, which will make budgeting for running costs much more predictable.”


The Actros 2546 models are fitted with 10.7-litre engines with 460hp and SteamSpace cabs offer a low driving position to meet DVS requirements. The three trucks will be put to work on general haulage jobs across the UK, paired with SDC curtainsiders


Brown added: “These are very early days of course, but all our initial impressions of these Actros units and of eStar’s support are very positive. The trucks look great in our colours and project a very professional image. We couldn’t be happier with our choice.”


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