City West Commercials lays foundations for Hopkins Concrete with Mercedes-Benz deal

Published:  03 October, 2014

Hopkins Concrete has ordered 50 vehicles from the Mercedes-Benz Arocs truck range, from City West Commercials, the South West’s Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Partner.

Somerset-based Hopkins Concrete supplies readymix concrete and aggregates, and provides muckaway and concrete pumping services, throughout the South West. The majority of the trucks ordered will be Arocs 8x4 rigids with S day cabs and 290kW (394 hp) Euro VI engines.

Of these, 25 will be Arocs 3240B models with lightweight Hymix mixer drums, and 20 will be 3240K tipper chassis fitted with steel muckaway bodies by Abba Commercials. The remaining five vehicles will be Arocs 2545 tractor units with StreamSpace cabs, 330 kW (449 hp) engines and mid-lift axles.

Hopkins’ operations manager Ben Legg said: “We’ve seen a remarkable improvement in economy from the Arocs. In some cases they’re as much as a mile and a half per gallon ahead of our established vehicles.

“Due to the nature of our work, we do not have the luxury of motorway trucking and, spending a lot of time on hills and country lanes, it is rare that we achieve the highest fuel figures. But the Arocs are typically returning 8mpg and sometimes a little more on the exactly the same runs where we were previously getting 6.5 to 7mpg.

“An improvement of that magnitude, if replicated across the entire fleet, is worth a lot of money to the business. What’s more, our new Mercedes-Benz vehicles are not even fully run in yet; we should start to see the optimum fuel performance once they have 30 to 40,000 miles on their clocks.”

He added: “The Mercedes-Benz team has been very professional and positive throughout the negotiations over our fleet renewal programme. City West Commercials will be inspecting and servicing our new trucks during the evenings, so they are always available for work when we need them.”

Speaking on the contract win, City West Commercials’ dealer principal, Graeson Clarke, said: “The signing of the deal with Hopkins Concrete is a significant development for the construction industry in the South West. The new Mercedes-Benz Arocs range is helping businesses throughout the region cut their costs whilst our excellent customer support team is ensuring their commercial vehicle fleets are maintained stress-free.

“We are delighted that Hopkins Concrete are reaping the benefits of the new Arocs range and we look forward to further supporting their business grow.”

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