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Exhaustive testing has seen Advanced Catering Equipment pick the Mercedes Citan for its small fleet

NOTHING beats a proper road test and, after an exhaustive search for the perfect van, commercial kitchen specialist Advance Catering Equipment chose the new Mercedes Citan to suit its special requirements.

The company, which pioneered the introduction of the first microwave ovens into commercial kitchens, embarked on a major vehicle evaluation programme out of its headquarters in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, last summer, trialling vehicles from several manufacturers.

Head of commercial operations Daniel Hewitt explained: “We were undergoing a rebranding process and wanted to ensure that our vans best reflected the quality of our service, as well as the premium brand values of our business.

“Fuel efficiency was crucial, so we only considered vehicles capable of more than 50 mpg. We also focused on driver comfort, because our engineers spend most of their working day at the wheel, and safety. Finally, we were looking for a value for money rental and maintenance package.”

Picking the right package for its customer facing vehicles was paramount. Hewitt said: “After careful consideration of all the alternatives, and having taken full account of our engineers’ views, we came down strongly in favour of the Mercedes Citan.”

The company is now running 20 new Mercedes Citan 109 CDIs, which were supplied by Wellingborough Dealer Intercounty Truck & Van.

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