Launched last year, the new Mercedes-Benz Vito has raised the bar for performance, efficiency, safety and all-round quality in the mid-sized van segment. It is available with front- or, as with the 114 BlueTEC variant specified by Watling JCB, rear-wheel drive. This model is powered by an advanced 2.1-litre diesel – the first low-emission Euro 6 engine in its class – which offers outstanding economy of up to 44.1 mpg in the combined cycle.
Watling JCB switched from its previous van supplier to Mercedes-Benz in 2010, when it was running some 60 vans. It has not looked back since.
Given the nature of the work, which entails making emergency call-outs to breakdowns at locations such as construction sites, reliability and durability are key attributes for its vehicles.
Jason King confirmed: “Customer Service and quick response are key differentiators for our business, which means that reliability of the commercial fleet is key. Our vehicles are invariably fully laden yet experience has proved we can run them for 150,000 miles or more with minimal down time. In terms of build quality and component life they are industry leading.
“What’s more, the mpg returns have always been comfortably ahead of our previous vans, while the drivers love them too – we’ve only ever had positive comments about the Sprinter and the new Vito has been similarly well received. Superb whole-life costs complete the picture.”