Spartan take on 70 new Mercedes-Benz Citans

Spartan Motor Factors has commissioned 70 new Mercedes-Benz Citans as the company seeks to grow following its acquisition by MWR Sales Ltd earlier in the year.

All the new Citans are 109 CDI models with long L2 bodies and fuel-efficient 90 hp, 1.5-litre engines. BlueEFFICIENCY measures fitted as standard include the ECO start/stop function, low rolling resistance tyres, and optimised alternator and battery management systems. It has a combined cycle of up to 65.7 mpg, and CO2 emissions as low as 112 g/km.

The Citans were ply-lined and applied with vinyl wrap liveries, then inspected prior to delivery, at Ciceley Commercials’ dedicated Van Preparation Centre. Despite the scale of the task, Ciceley Commercials delivered all the new vans within a month of taking the order.

All the vans also have three-year, unlimited mileage warranties, and come with MobiloVan cover, which includes free, emergency assistance – dedicated technicians fit only Mercedes-Benz GenuineParts, and fix the majority of breakdowns at the roadside.

MWR Sales is part of the Tetrosyl group, which already operates Mercedes-Benz vans in its other businesses, which include Motormania, Motor World and Sparesworld. Spartan already ran more than 40 Mercedes-Benz Citan, Vito and Sprinter vans under its previous owners.

The new vans are now working from Spartan’s network of 13 depots in South Wales and Southwest England delivering motor parts and related products to independent garages and motor traders across the region.

Trading director Ian Lawrence explained: “One of our first priorities on completing the Spartan purchase was a new fleet, not only to provide colleagues with the most efficient and effective vehicles, but also to raise the profile of our brand.

“The Citans have been very well received by our delivery drivers and in their new livery are certainly helping to get the Spartan name noticed. Mercedes-Benz is renowned for its premium brand values, and the image of the three-pointed star reflects perfectly our own high standards of product quality and customer care.”

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Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now the editor of our three commercial vehicle titles: The Van Expert, The Truck Expert and Commercial Vehicle Engineer.

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