Cyclists and commercial vehicles rarely seem to go together, and usually commercial vehicle drivers are always on the lookout for cyclists that are riding in their blind spots. However, the bike firm Bianchi has recently introduced three Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Sport Duoliners into their fleet in order to transport their technical sales staff across the UK, showing that cyclists and commercial vehicles can actually go together extremely well.
The vans were provided by Intercounty Truck and & Van in Milton Keynes, who also arranged a contract hire deal with Bianchi via the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services which they use in-house. Discussing their new vehicles, Bianchi’s country manger Andrew Griffin said: “They’re fantastically versatile vehicles. For a weekend demonstration event our reps can carry up to 10 fully-built bikes, as well as a three-metre marquee, boxes of catalogues, riding gear and their own overnight kit, and still have room inside to move around.”
“Then, if necessary, they can deliver as many as 20 packaged bikes to our dealers. And when they’re not working, with all the seats in place, the Vito also serves as comfortable, safe and stylish family transport for our staff. Our new Mercedes have replaced people-carrier cars, which offered much less space and were nothing like as versatile. Like Bianchi, Mercedes-Benz is renowned for its sporting heritage and for the quality of its products, so the three-pointed star reinforces our own reputation for professionalism and customer care.”
“We were also impressed by the service we received from Intercounty Truck & Van, and particularly sales executive Nick Dunkley. The CharterWay contract hire package is competitively priced and the dealer took great care to understand our business and the way we work, then help us choose vehicles that are ideally suited to our needs rather than just sell us something ‘off the peg’.” The Vito Duoliner models are perfect for those that are looking for a van that can hold not only a large amount of goods but also be used as a people carrier, as each model comes with a second row of seats that can be removed to increase the amount of load space as and when needed.
Other manufacturers should take note that adaptability and reliability are two key criterions that businesses look for when investing in new vans, along with fuel efficiency and cheap vehicle insurance quotes. Maybe we will see the relationship between cyclists and commercial vehicles improving in the future, especially as if they work togethey both can reap the benefits!