Sprinter is clear winner for Anglian

Date: Sunday, June 10, 2007

Replacement window specialist Anglian Home Improvements has ordered 135 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters worth £2.8m for use by its installation teams. All 311CDIs, they're being sourced through Mercedes dealer Orwell Truck and Van's Norwich branch and are starting to enter service.


Mostly replacing ageing LDVs, the newcomers are the first vans to feature Anglian's new corporate livery. It's being applied by Norwich livery specialist G-Sign.

“They're also our first Sprinters from the new-generation range launched last summer,” says Anglian fleet manager, Mick Shepherd. “Among our 1,000 vans, however, we also have around 500 previous-model Sprinters and they've served us very well.”

The 311CDIs are fitted with roof racks plus external glass frails on both sides. Within the load area a special false floor has been installed that's purpose-made to carry sheets of glass and frames.

Most of the vans are medium-wheelbase models, but the order also includes 33 long-wheelbase Sprinters. They're used to transport plastic roofing profiles up to 5m in length; Anglian supplies and installs a large number of other home improvement products as well as windows.

Elsewhere, Orpington-based independent wholesaler Kentish Match has just taken delivery of its first new-generation Sprinter from Mercedes dealer Sparshatts. That's 32 years after it acquired the first van ever to be sold by the Kent dealership; a diesel Hanomag-Henschel with all of 60 bhp on tap compared with the 129 bhp on offer from its latest acquisition.

Hanomag-Henschel was a sub-brand owned by what was then — and may become again in the light of the Chrysler sell-off — Daimler-Benz.


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