A1 Services (Manchester) puts first tractor units onto the road
A1 Services (Manchester) has put its first tractive units into operation, opting for two Volvo FMXs.
The 6x4s feature a X-high chassis with B-ride suspension and were supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials.
As A1 Services (Manchester) will use the new tractor units exclusively on regional work, it has opted for day cabs. When coupled to the company’s new Schmitz tipper trailers, this will allow for more payload.
Currently Volvo trucks account for around 30 of A1 Services Manchester’s fleet of 37 HGVs.
John Walsh, Director at A1 Services (Manchester), said: “Our first association with Volvo Trucks and Thomas Hardie Commercials was around 25 years ago and since then we have operated quite a number of Volvo vehicles.
“Volvo is a good brand and we’ve high hopes for these two FMXs; the first tractor units bought by the company. Articulated tipper combinations offer us an increased payload and we’ll be monitoring the results of this long term experiment with interest.”
2018 Commercial Motor Award winners revealed!
Over 400 people packed out the Vox centre in Birmingham for the third annual Commercial Motor Awards last night (15 November) – celebrating the very best in new and used vehicle sales and aftersales across 15 categories.
Commercial Contract Engineers were among the most successful on the night, winning two awards - Technician Team and Aftersales and Maintenance Provider. Cartwright Group also picked up two awards - Bodybuilder and Service to Industry – with the latter going to group chairman Peter Cartwright following a unanimous nomination from the independent panel of truck and trailer buyers.
New winners for 2018 also included Johnson Sweepers, Hexagon Leasing; DAF dealership Ford & Slater and Mercedes-Benz dealership Rygor Commercials.
The career of Brian Currie, chairman of Brian Currie in Milton Keynes, was celebrated in the inaugural Dealer Principal of the Year.
Independent Dealer of the Year presented by Close Brothers Asset Finance
Winner: MACS Truck Sales
Highly Commended: Leighton Vans
Aftersales, Workshop and Maintenance Provider of the Year presented by TotalKare
Winner: Commercial Contract Engineers
Shortlisted: APM Commercials; Dennison Commercials; RH Commercial Vehicles; Terberg DTS UK; Waldron Commercials; Yaxley Coachworks.
Finance Provider of the Year presented by Protruck Auctions
Winner: Asset Alliance Group
Shortlisted: Close Brothers Asset Finance
Workshop Innovation of the Year presented by Hexagon Leasing
Winner: r2c Online
Shortlisted: Assetminder; Neutral Steer
Sales Team of the Year presented by Brigade Electronics
Winner: Dennison Commercials
Highly Commended: RH Commercial Vehicles
Shortlisted: MACS Truck Sales; RH Commercial Vehicles; Roanza Truck and Van; Rygor Commercials.
Customer Service Award presented by Hankook Tyre UK
Winner: Waldron Commercials
Shortlisted: Carrier Transicold UK; Commercial Contract Engineers; Dennison Commercials; MAN Truck and Bus UK; TomTom Telematics.
Auction House of the Year
Winner: The Fleet Auction Group
Shortlisted: Commercial Vehicle Auctions; Wilsons Auctions.
Technician Team of the Year
Winner: Commercial Contract Engineers
Highly Commended: Waldron Commercials
Bodybuilder of the Year
Winner: Cartwright Group
Shortlisted: Lawrence David; Rothdean.
Bodywork Innovation of the Year
Winner: Johnston Sweepers
Shortlisted: Neutral Steer; Rothdean.
Apprentice of the Year presented by Shawbrook Bank
Winner: Sonny Meijer, Ford and Slater, Kings Lynn
Shortlisted: Christian Chirwa, MAN Truck & Bus UK; Kate Carter, Roanza Truck and Van; Thomas Belcher, Rygor Commercials.
Rental, Leasing and Contract Hire Provider of the Year
Winner: Hexagon Leasing
Shortlisted: Asset Alliance Group; Macs Truck Rental & Leasing Co; Rothdean.
Forecourt / Showroom of the Year Award
Winner: Rygor Commercials, Gloucester
Shortlisted: City West Commercials, Avonmouth; Imperial Commercials, Birmingham (Halesowen); MACS Truck Sales.
Franchised Dealer of the Year presented by PM Commercials
Winner: RH Commercial Vehicles
Shortlisted: Guest Truck and Van & Sherwood Truck & Van; Rygor Commercials.
Dealer Principal of the Year Award
Brian Currie, Chairman, Brian Currie Milton Keynes
Service to Industry Award
Peter Cartwright, Cartwright Group.