HRVS Group purchased by MAN Truck & Bus UK

MAN Truck & Bus UK has purchased the HRVS Group, acquiring dealerships in Ripley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield, Scunthorpe and Sleaford, and a customer workshop in Burton upon Trent.

Commenting on the purchase of HRVS, which has been an MAN franchised agent for 17 years, Thomas Hemmerich, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus UK (pictured), said: “The acquisition will undoubtedly strengthen our wholly-owned branch network which, following the HRVS purchase, now numbers 24 vehicle service and sales locations. This acquisition is of major importance to our business as it both strengthens our network footprint and further ensures our presence in several key strategic locations.

“We’re keen to integrate HRVS into the MAN Truck & Bus UK team as soon as possible, starting with the transfer of the HRVS employees. HRVS will continue to operate as usual for now. The only difference is that the business is now owned by MAN Truck & Bus UK.”

Hey Alexa, I'm driving my Volvo!

Most people are aware of the Amazon Alexa voice-activated digital assistant in the home environment. Volvo has become the first manufacturer to integrate the system into a range of trucks. It's already available on a small group of premium cars, mostly American. Now, as of March, Volvo FM, FMX, FH and FH16 models in the UK and Western Europe will be available with Alexa fully integrated into the Driver Interface digital dash system. The application is part of Amazon's Alexa Built-in programme, which adds the functionality of the system to all kinds of devices ranging from wrist watches to heavy trucks.

Alexa gives drivers seamless hands-free access to functions such as placing phone calls, listening to the news, including checking road and traffic conditions, obtaining route directions, and playing content such as music, podcasts and audiobooks.

Access to content on your smartphone is by a Bluetooth wireless connection. Details of costs are yet to be finalised, but we expect them to be incorporated into the audio package option.