DAF CF with PX-7 engine now available with 3 axles at HTC

DAF is now offering the Euro 6 CF with the PACCAR PX-7 engine in three new 3-axle configurations. These combine a higher payload with the efficiency of the 6.7-litre six-cylinder engine. This gives the 26 tonne GVW vehicle a body and payload allowance of almost 19 tonnes. The second addition is the FAS which has twin tyres on the rearmost axle for heavier duty applications such as hook loaders.

The CF range with the PACCAR PX-7 engine firstly includes a new model featuring a single mounted 7.5-tonne trailing axle behind the 13-tonne rear axle. This increases the net payload to almost 19 tonnes and allows for combined weights of up to 32 tonnes. A number of variants equipped with a dual mounted trailing axle is also available for more heavy-duty use.

Maximum maneuverability

Specially designed for applications requiring a higher payload coupled with maximum maneuverability, the FAN is the third configuration now offered with the PACCAR PX-7 engine. This is ideally suited to operation in the most confined spaces and on delicate surfaces as it offers the tightest turning circle both unladen and laden with minimum tyre-scrub.
All the new models with the trailing rear axle are available with Day Cab, Sleeper Cab and Space Cab.

6.7-litre PACCAR PX-7-engine

What the new variants have in common is the 6.7-litre six-cylinder PACCAR PX-7 engine in power ratings of 208 kW/283 hp or 231 kW/314 hp. A manual 9-speed transmission is offered as standard with an AS Tronic automated 12-speed gearbox available as an option. For higher performance and the possibility of drawbar operation up to 44 tonnes GTW, the CF three-axle models are, of course, still available with the 10.8-litre PACCAR MX-11 engine and the 12.9-litre PACCAR MX-13 engine. Production of the new models with the PX-7 engine will start in early November but they can be ordered from all HTC depots now, call Paul Whincup on 07775 563076


Mercedes-Benz Actros is miller’s mpg ‘raising agent’

The first Mercedes-Benz Actros to wear the eye-catching livery of flour miller and distributor Whitworth Bros has certainly risen to the occasion, delivering outstanding fuel efficiency and winning a resounding ‘thumbs up’ from drivers.

So impressed is the Wellingborough-based operator that it recently set a second, identical unit on the road, while supplying Dealer Intercounty Truck & Van will grab another slice of the fleet when it delivers two more Actros later this year.

The tractors now in service are both 2545 models with aerodynamic StreamSpace cabs and 330 kW (450 hp) straight-six engines driving through smooth Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmissions. They make nationwide bulk deliveries of bagged, palletised flour on curtainside trailers.

Intercounty Truck & Van has also supplied Whitworth Bros with a 26-tonne Antos 2536 with uprated, 9.0-tonne front axle, which entered service a year ago, and a new, 7.5-tonne FUSO Canter 7C18 – Mercedes-Benz Dealers are additionally responsible for sales and support of the popular Japanese light truck range in the UK. Both rigids have curtainside bodies by Kurt Hobbs Coachworks, of Northampton, and are on multi-drop work.

The two vehicles scheduled for delivery in October will also operate from Whitbros Bros’s Wellingborough site, and be used to deliver flour in tipping powder tank trailers to customers nationwide. Both will be 2445 StreamSpace variants with small-wheeled mid-lift axles which, as well as saving weight, will free up extra space on the chassis to accommodate Gardner Denver’s blowing equipment.

Established in 1886, Whitworth Bros remains a traditional family business with traditional values, but sets its sights firmly on the future and invests heavily in cutting-edge technology, so that its mills are among the most advanced in the world.

The company runs a mixed-marque fleet of approximately 70 trucks, the vast majority of which are tractor units. Its first Mercedes-Benz vehicle, an Axor tractor, was in service from 2010-2013, when it reached the end of its contract. It was, said Regional Distribution Manager Colin Spurrier, “The most reliable vehicle on the fleet.”

Whitworth Bros commissioned its first Actros, a Euro 5 model, in October 2014. “That truck has been a great success,” confirmed Mr Spurrier. “At around 9 mpg the fuel returns are as good as, if not better, than anything else on the fleet.

“Just as importantly, given the company’s commitment to retaining our best staff, driver feedback on the Actros has also been exceptionally positive – they really appreciate the vehicle’s comfortable, well laid out cab.”

Whitworth Bros’s latest trucks are the subject of CharterWay contract hire agreements from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, under which inspections and servicing are being undertaken by Intercounty Truck & Van’s factory-trained technicians.

“We are a very image-conscious company and like to keep the fleet looking smart – our new Mercedes-Benz vehicles have already attracted lots of compliments from customers and others who’ve seen them on the road,” added Colin Spurrier.

“All of our trucks are contract-hired because as well as offering the predictable costs that allow us to budget with confidence, this acquisition method means we get new vehicles every five years.”


Great Customer Service and Reliability

Brian Cunningham Transport has just taken over three new Big Space Mercedes trucks from Centurion Truck rental, we have been working with Centurion for over 5 years and having had other trucks from them before we didn’t hesitate going back to them when we require additional vehicles on our fleet. Warren and his team are always very helpful whether there an issue or just some advice they are always there to help you in any way they can.

When we were in the market for the last 3 vehicles Centurion offered us very competitive rates and added to that the service we received previously it was not difficult decision to once again deal with Centurion truck rental.


In Memory of Daniel Hodgin

On 16th May 2015 a Charity event was held in memory of 20 year old Daniel Hodgin who tragically died in November 2014, nephew to West Pennine Trucks’ Telford depot manager Mark Davies.

The ticket only event was a sell out at Birchmeadow Centre in Broseley, with singer Rhianna Moore and rock band Midset Buka, with Mark Davies and his pal Justin Tench at the door, not letting anyone in without a ticket, our very own Max and Paddy.

Donations were generously given on the night and West Pennine Trucks rounded it up to £1000. The money was given to West Midlands Search and Rescue, who cover the whole of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire no matter what weather conditions they face.


58-mile Charity bike ride for Kirk with Behçet’s disease


At Telford depot, our very own Kirk Raftery-Ticket underwent a grueling 58 mile charity bike ride on 20th June in aid of 42 year old Louisa. A mother of 2, Louisa has beaten cancer twice already, but it has now come back in the form of metastatic brain cancer. Sadly Louisa’s illness is terminal and Kirk wants to raise money to send Louisa and her two children Cian and Holly on a once in a life time holiday #fundraisingforlou

Kirk suffers from a chronic illness called Behçet’s disease following two strokes, and is taking part in the charity bike ride on a tandem with a friend of his on a course designed by a triathlon.

Behçet’s disease is a rare condition in which blood vessels and tissues may become inflamed and the immune system mistakenly attacks these healthy tissues and blood vessels, so a big shout out to Kirk, even after disregarding advice to stop, he continued right to the end and finished the 58 mile ride in 4 hours. A massive well done Kirk and great news on raising £400.


HTC Work & Play at Advanced KFS

Advanced KFS invited the sales team down from HTC & DGC Hire, part of the HTC group, for a day of both work and play at its facility in Andover.

The day started with breakfast and a presentation of the whole range of Advanced KFS product supported by both hard copy and digital information and a tour of the factory showing vehicles in build and also finished units.

It was then a quick trip in the company’s current minibus demonstrator, up to the outdoor karting track at Truxton Race Circuit for an Arrive & Drive session round the circuits 900mm national track.

I don’t believe Lewis Hamilton has anything to worry about, but everybody had a fantastic time and were ready for lunch with an opportunity to analysis the racing stats and to either blame a slow Kart or track conditions for not coming first!
Finally it was back to the Andover factory for presentation of a bottle of champagne for fastest lap which was awarded to Greg Lackey (DGC Hire).

Justin Seal (Sales Director HTC) commented, we’d like to thank Advanced KFS for their hospitality, and it’s given everybody from HTC a far better understanding of the breadth of product offered by Advanced KFS and the key benefits the unique range of vehicles offer to the end-user.


Intercounty opens high-profile Mercedes-Benz dealership in Boston

Intercounty Truck & Van has formally opened the latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz 24-hour Commercial Vehicle Dealer Network, a magnificent new facility on the outskirts of Boston, Lincolnshire.

The multi-million pound investment underlines the company’s determination to provide customers with an industry-leading level of service, as well as its long-term commitment to the brand it represents.

Intercounty sells and supports the award-winning Mercedes-Benz truck and van ranges, along with FUSO Canter light trucks. The new dealership is ideally located on a three-acre site at Old Station Yard, Sutterton, on the junction of the busy A16 and A17.

At its heart is a comprehensively equipped workshop which is open around-the-clock, seven days a week, and supported by a fully stocked parts department. An Authorised Testing Facility is now being used by inspectors from the Driver & Vehicle Services Agency to carry out truck MoT tests, while other after sales services offered include van MoTs, tachograph and speed limiter installations and calibrations, and chassis pressure washing.

Visitors are greeted in a smart reception area, with sales and administration staff working from comfortable office accommodation above. The new facility is also the base for Intercounty’s first dedicated Used Truck Centre – pre-owned vehicles offered for sale are on display at the entrance to the site, so highly visible to passing traffic.

The dealership’s opening marks the fulfilment of a long-held dream for Depot Manager Paul Slater and his 30-strong team, who were struggling for space at their previous home in the town. Intercounty Truck & Van is now looking to recruit additional members of staff to handle the anticipated increase in business volumes at Boston.

Scores of established and prospective customers attended a launch event last week (8th July), along with senior representatives of the manufacturer. “We had a fantastic day and the feedback from operators was hugely encouraging,” declared Dealer Principal Steve Shakespeare.

“This development represents a massive shot in the arm for locally-based truck and van operators, as well as for members of the company team who were selling record numbers of labour hours in the run-up to the move, despite having to work in challenging conditions.”

Mercedes-Benz Trucks Managing Director Mike Belk confirmed: “In terms of visibility and presence, as well as capability, this is exactly the kind of landmark facility that we are encouraging our Dealer partners to develop. It’s a very impressive building but importantly the site also has plenty of space in which to park and move vehicles in and out.”

Mike added: “Many Mercedes-Benz customers operate on a nationwide basis and we’re committed to ensuring they receive a consistently high level of service, wherever their vehicles may end up. First class facilities are crucial but so, too, are people, and in this respect Intercounty is also up there with the best when it comes to supporting our apprenticeship and other staff development programmes.”

High-profile grower Staples Vegetables, of Boston, took delivery this week of six new Actros 2545 BigSpace tractor units – 28 Actros are already in service and this latest order completes the company’s transition to an all Mercedes-Benz operation. Transport Manager Dave Baker said: “We wouldn’t be making these investments if we weren’t confident we were going to get the back-up from Intercounty. Its new dealership is outstanding.”

Local haulier Benton Brothers runs a fleet of 42 Actros. Its Workshop Manager Benny Ashton observed: “The area’s been waiting for this development for a long time and I’m delighted for Intercounty’s lads. The new ATF and tachograph facilities will be perfect for us.”

Meanwhile, Andrew and Helen Wrisdale, proprietors of Ludborough-based Louth Potato Co, have just purchased two new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans to work alongside their three trucks – two 18-tonners and a 27-year-old 7.5-tonner – which also wear three-pointed stars. “We’ve been using a local independent to maintain our vehicles but I’m now looking for an improved service and this impressive new dealership ticks all the boxes,” enthused Mr Wrisdale.

Part of the Ballyvesey Holdings Group, Intercounty Truck & Van has served Mercedes-Benz and FUSO customers from headquarters in Wellingborough and other dealerships in Milton Keynes and Peterborough, since its appointment by the manufacturer in 2003. The company opened a workshop in Toddington, Bedfordshire, in 2009, and was awarded its Lincolnshire franchise in 2012.

The focus now switches to Lincoln, where Intercounty is proposing to move to new, larger premises with six workshop bays – twice the number at its current base in the city – before the end of the year.


Great North West Truck Show July 2015

On 18th & 19th July 2015, the Etihad Stadium, Manchester M11 3FF is host to the Great North West Truck Show, where all proceeds will be donated to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.
The show is open to the public with free parking, £10 per adult admission, children under 16 go free.

All weekend there will be over 200 trucks on display, all the big dealerships including West Pennine Trucks, several other traders, catering and fun!

Saturday 18th July, 10:00am – 6:00pm
You will find the Mayor, a Minion, Queen Elsa, an amazing dance troupe and face painting and also at the show is Fiona from Eddie Stobarts TV series.

Sunday 19th July, 10:00am – 4:00pm
You will see the cast of the TV series Scrappers, and trophies will be given out by the organizers for Best Working Trucks.

Follow the Sport City signs and once at the ground follow signs for the Tennis Centre and car park H.
Hope to see you there !


G4S sales for HTC Van Centre

It has just been reported by HTC Van Centre that a deal has just been struck with G4S Medical to supply 29 Ducato units as patient transfer vehicles. The Manager at HTC Van Centre, Justin Seal commented “It really isn’t surprising that we have had another substantial deal for the terrific Fiat Ducato, the vehicles are some of the least thirsty in their segment and feature a myriad of state-of-the-art equipment levels, a G4S sales for HTC Van Centre

It has just been reported by HTC Van Centre that a deal has just been struck with G4S Medical to supply 29 Ducato units as patient transfer vehicles. The Manager at HTC Van Centre, Justin Seal commented “It really isn’t surprising that we have had another substantial deal for the terrific Fiat Ducato, the vehicles are some of the least thirsty in their segment and feature a myriad of state-of-the-art equipment levels, a great van to work with”.