FORD’s latest vans have certainly impressed Mears Group – the Gloucester-based building maintenance firm that’s just received its first 100 of many new vehicles it will purchase from the blue oval this year.
Mears repairs and maintains buildings for local authorities and registered social landlords, delivering 6000 repairs a day to nearly one million properties.
The launch of the all-new Transit Connect and Transit Custom were key factors that persuaded Mears to sign a new five-year vehicle supply contract with Ford, worth up to 1000 LCVs each year.
Mears runs a lot of vehicles; having expanded last year, the firm has 4300 vans and 700 cars which are used right across the UK by a 16,000-strong workforce.
Mears Group asset manager, Jo Hammonds was impressed with the 2014 International Van of the Year-winning Ford Transit Connect, as well as the Transit Custom that won the same title last year.
“The new Ford Transit Connect’s fresh styling, greater load space, better economy, emissions and whole-life costs are the factors which make it a very attractive prospect for us,” Hammonds said.
Steve Davis, Ford’s Fleet Operations business manager, was delighted to confirm the new contract with a long-established Ford customer.
“They are among the first to take delivery of the all-new Ford Transit Connect – a vehicle I feel sure drivers will appreciate with its superior ride and handling, improved practicality and lower fuel costs,” Davis said.
“On top of that, this order should see a significant reduction in other costs running these new Fords for Mears Group,” he added.