IT might be no surprise that the first major fleet order for Toyota’s new Proace van has come from Toyota Material Handling UK, with an initial order for 116 vehicles.
But, according to the company, the choice wasn’t a foregone conclusion and the new medium-duty model had to undergo a ‘rigorous’ tender process to prove its worth.
TMHUK provides national sales and servicing for Toyota forklift trucks and warehouse equipment.
The company judged Proace to be the best vehicle on offer, owing to its ‘functionality and excellent cost-of-ownership performance’. The order is for all long-wheelbase, standard-height models with 2.0-litre 126bhp diesel engines.
The vans will be on duty with TMHUK’s engineers for the company’s national servicing, installation and repair operations.
TMHUK’s engineers will enjoy the standard Proace equipment specification that includes Bluetooth, electric windows, driver’s seat height adjustment and reach-and-rake adjustment for the steering wheel. The vans are also equipped with ABS with emergency brake assist, VSC stability control, driver and front passenger airbags and air conditioning.
The Proace is available in nine different configurations, including two vehicle lengths, two height options, offering payloads of 1.0 or 1.2 tonnes and a choice of three diesel engines. The versions chosen by TMHUK have a 6cu m loadspace and have been fitted with racking by specialist supplier Bott.
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