A COMMERCIAL vehicle parts distributor should know a thing or two about vans – so the decision by Mill Autoquip to take on 40 Citroen Nemo vans is quite a feather in the cap for the French manufacturer.
Mill Autoquip buys most of its vehicles outright and keeps them for three years, during which time they will clock up around 100,000 miles over some challenging terrain.
Several things decided Autoquip accountant and fleet manager Tony Watson to plump for the Citroen Nemo.
He said: “The Nemo, with its combination of excellent fuel economy, load capacity and the Extenso folding seat – which allows us to carry exhaust systems – fulfils our requirements for most day-to-day deliveries.
“We use the Berlingos to transport the heavier items, such as parts from our dedicated commercial vehicle branch in Redruth.”
The company has opted for the Citroen Nemo X HDi 75 manual 660 van, which is fitted with a 55kW Euro 5 diesel engine that returns 62.8mpg on the combined cycle.
The Nemo vans have a 660kg payload capacity and 2.5 cubic metreof load volume.
With the standard Extenso seat folded flat, the load volume rises to 2.8 cubic metres and items up to 2.49 metres in length can be securely carried inside the van. The vans were supplied by Hawkins Motors in Cornwall.
Mill Autoquip, a member of the Parts Alliance, is one of the largest independent motor factors in South West England and each Citroen Nemo will make up to 50 drops each day, delivering parts to customers from its 17 depots across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.