Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mercedes Benz Truck Offer For British Commercial Vehicle Fleet Hirers

Telematics offer on new deals promises big savings
Shipping News Feature

UK - Customers opting to contract hire their new Actros and Axor X tractor units through Mercedes-Benz CharterWay can now take advantage of an exciting new telematics offer. Daimler FleetBoard’s industry-leading hardware will be supplied and fitted, and three months’ vehicle management services provided under their normal terms and conditions, at no extra cost. Freight shipping operations often utilise the technology which Mercedes say delivers significant savings in fuel costs and reductions in carbon emissions, as well as cutting accident rates.

The commercial vehicle finance arm of parent company Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz CharterWay provides flexible, contract hire packages. Daimler FleetBoard, meanwhile, has pioneered the development of internet-based telematics services. In addition to services such as vehicle tracking and mapping, logistics management and time management, FleetBoard analyses driver performance against a range of criteria and highlights areas in which improvements can be made. These include over revving, harsh braking, idling, speeding and ‘green band’ driving.

According to the company’s statistics for one fleet of 50 Mercedes-Benz Axors, each of which was covering approximately 100,000 miles per year, the introduction of FleetBoard lifted average returns from 9.6mpg to 10.3mpg, equivalent to a 7.3 per cent saving in diesel costs.

Sam Whittaker, Truck Sales & Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz UK, declared:

“This is a great example of all areas of our truck business working together to produce an offer that will provide operational efficiencies and valuable financial savings for our customers.

“Operators who contract hire their trucks through Mercedes-Benz CharterWay are already aware of the many benefits of this acquisition method, among them competitive pricing, fixed costs that allow for predictable budgeting, and industry-leading service levels. We see Daimler FleetBoard’s telematics solution as the logical next step in our ongoing drive to help customers manage their operating costs.”

The new offer runs until 31st December 2010. All costs relating to the FleetBoard hardware, and to the first quarter’s vehicle management services, will be incorporated within Mercedes-Benz CharterWay’s monthly payment; thereafter, management fees agreed between the customer and Daimler FleetBoard will apply.