Keith Elkington Transport has strengthened its vehicle fleet with the addition of five Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis cabs – reinforcing a 30-year partnership with the automaker that has been critical to its success in the catering equipment field.
The Milton Keynes-based company runs 20 vans, including the three 314 CDI models with 3.5-tonne gross weights and two 514 CDIs rated at 5.0 tonnes that it most recently brought on board. It also operates eight trucks.
The vehicles deliver items such as commercial cookers, fridges and dishwashers from its HQ and a second depot in Glasgow, to a customer base that includes hotels and restaurants, as well as care homes, prisons and even oil rigs and cross-channel ferries.
Company founder Keith Elkington said: “We’ve been running Mercedes-Benz vans since the late 1980s, and they’ve always proved to be tough, robust, and well up to the rigours of the job, no matter who was behind the wheel. We’ve also tried most competing vehicles over the years, but they’re just not built to the same standard.
“The new Sprinters are as solid as ever, but they also bring a new level of comfort and driver-friendly design into the mix, especially with the automatic gearboxes we specified. They look really smart, too, and help to reinforce our image in the eyes of customers, and reputation for high professional standards.
Keith Elkington Transport works its Sprinters hard, and over three years each will average comfortably in excess of 150,000 miles.
The latest vehicles are all powered by fuel-efficient 143hp four-cylinder engines which drive the rear wheels through optional 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmissions.
“Many years’ experience of running the Sprinter, and indeed its T1 predecessor, means we’re confident we won’t have any reliability issues with these new vehicles,” added Elkington.