Westbourne Motors turns to Isuzu for recovery vehicles

Breakdown and vehicle recovery company Westbourne Motors has added six new Isuzu 7.5 tonne crew cab recovery vehicles to its 250-strong fleet.

The six new Isuzu N75.190 crew cabs are expected to operate for seven years covering more than 100,000km per annum.

“When we were looking for an alternative supplier for these latest 7.5 tonne fleet additions, we decided to specify Isuzu on the strength of their overall performance and reliability in our existing fleet, as our first two Isuzu 7.5 tonne twin decks, that we acquired back in 2015, are still working well for us on a daily basis,” said Richard Colburn, director, Westbourne Motors.

The recovery vehicles were supplied by southeast dealer MC Truck and Bus and have been specified with Predator slide bed recovery bodies from JJ Conversions. They will operate from seven locations in the south of England spanning Bristol and Avon across to West Sussex.

“During the vehicle acquisition programme, we received excellent service from MC Trucks who kept us fully informed throughout the complete build programme,” added Colburn.

Fuso rises to meet Authentic Bread Company expectations

The Authentic Bread Company has taken delivery of its first 7.5-tonne truck to help meet increased demand wholesale customers.

The award-winning Gloucestershire-based craft baker has seen a significant growth in its home delivery businesses through the lockdowns and has now taken on a Fuso Canter 7C15 from Rygor Commercials to support its two largest customer deliveries.

Family-owned The Authentic Bread Company has also just relocated to new premises at Longhope, which are three times the size of its previous home, having previously grown from a converted garage alongside founder and MD Alan Davis’ family home in 1995.

The Authentic Bread Company had previously ordered two curtainside-bodied 3.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis cabs from Rygor, with the latest of these was retired to make way for the Canter.

Alex Davis said: “We’d been expanding steadily and having long since outgrown our previous base had already resolved to move to new, bigger premises. However, the Covid pandemic prompted a further spike in demand.

“At one point last year our sales were 400% up on the corresponding period 12 months earlier. The good news is that our major customers appear to have retained much of the new home delivery business they took on during lockdowns – once people have tasted our delicious, wholesome products, they invariably come back for more,” Davis added.

“The Canter’s impressive carrying capacity has been instrumental in enabling us to meet all of this increased demand. We work the vehicle hard – it’s contracted to cover a quarter of a million kilometres over three years, and runs constantly between our bakery and customer locations in Andover and Devon.”