The Southampton-based company has purchased 25 long-bodied Sprinter 313CDIs from local dealer Pentagon Commercials – and it’s already planning to return for more before the end of the year.
Millbrook Healthcare works in partnership with numerous local authorities and primary care trusts. It provides a range of services including wheelchair repair and maintenance, community equipment and homecare products, continence supplies and telecare/telehealth installations, to help residents continue to live in their own homes.
The company operates 123 vans from a network of depots located through south and centralEngland- its new Mercedes-Benz vehicles are based in Bedfordshire andSurrey.
Millbrook Healthcare acquired its first Sprinter, a Euro4 311CDImodel, three years ago, and ran it alongside its established supplier’s vans for comparison purposes.
‘That Sprinter hasn’t missed a beat; we’ve not had a single issue,’ said contracts manager Gary Burnham. ‘What’s more, the drivers have definitely preferred it to our other vehicles, and it’s been more economical on fuel too.’
Having been impressed with the fuel-efficiency of its original 311CDI, Millbrook Healthcare can now look forward to even bigger savings from the Euro5 model which has superseded it. That’s because as well as being cleaner – emissions are down by 13% – the latest Sprinter 313CDIis also 15% more economical, this improvement equating to an extra 4.5 mpg.
Also key to the appeal of its new vans for Millbrook Healthcare was the reputation that the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, along with its Vito stablemate, enjoys for safety. Both models’ list of standard safety features, include the Adaptive version of theESPelectronic stability system, which adjusts its settings to take account of a vehicle’s changing load status.
The new vans came with three-year, unlimited mileage warranties, while Millbrook Healthcare has also signed-up to a three-year ServicePackage covering all labour, materials and lubricants required in routine servicing at an official Mercedes-Benz workshop.