Mercedes-Benz Vito is HTEC’s new ‘pump action hero’
HTEC, a provider of point of sale, payment and loyalty
solutions to many of the UK’s biggest fuel and other retailers, has ordered a
new fleet of 30 Mercedes-Benz Vito vans from south coast dealer Pentagon
Southampton-based HTEC’s switch to the three-pointed star
owed much to the round-the-clock servicing capability of the manufacturer’s UK dealer
network, as well as to the competitive fleet management and leasing package
arranged by Complete Vehicle Management Group (CVM).
The Mercedes-Benz image of quality and reliability, coupled
with the compact-length Vito’s size and low cost of operation, were other
factors behind the company’s decision.
HTEC is assigning its new vans to field engineers
responsible for installing and maintaining its automated payment systems and
other technology at fuel filling stations and retail outlets nationwide.
The first 10 Vito 111 CDIs are now in service. The remaining
vehicles will also be 111 CDIs with the exceptions of two rear-wheel drive 114
CDI models, which have been specified with automatic gearboxes.
Director of operations Dave Gilhespy said: “The Vito is the
ideal size for our operation and very smart in appearance, while the
Mercedes-Benz name is a by-word for quality. Not only do these new vans reflect
well on our business when we’re visiting customers’ premises, but they also
demonstrate to our engineers that we’re prepared to invest to send them out in
the safest vehicles on the road.
“We were keen to reduce our fuel footprint and the Vito is
already proving significantly less thirsty than its predecessor, while the fact
that Mercedes-Benz workshops are open through the night is another big ‘plus’ -
it means I won’t have to rent a replacement vehicle when one of our own vans is
being serviced, which also represents a very worthwhile cost saving.”
The subject of Mercedes-Benz Service Plans, HTEC’s new vans
are being fitted with front- and rear-facing cameras and tracking systems.