Culina Group, with a major logistical footprint in the UK & Ireland has taken delivery of 134 new Volvo FH 460 6×2 tractor units after a trial highlighted their excellent fuel-saving performance, coupled with the impressive driver comfort from the spacious Globetrotter cabs.
The new trucks join the 3PL’s extensive fleet of 2,400 commercial vehicles, delivering food and drink products across the UK and Ireland for a wide range of Culina Group’s blue-chip customers.
Mark Matkin, Fleet Director of Culina Group, says: “We opted for Volvo after comparing the FH closely against equivalent vehicles from most of the other major manufacturers. As well as being the most competitive on fuel, the Globetrotter cab scored highly for driver comfort; plus with Volvo we get the peace of mind of a dealer network which goes above and beyond to look after us.”
The new FHs are powered by Volvo’s D13K engine, offering excellent driveability and producing up to 460 hp and 2,300 Nm of torque. The trucks come equipped with Volvo’s Dynafleet telematics system and all benefit from Volvo’s long-haul fuel package.
Volvo Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professional and demanding customers, offering a full range of medium to heavy duty trucks. Customer support is secured via a global network of dealers with 2,100 service points in more than 130 countries. Volvo trucks are assembled in 14 countries across the globe. In 2019 approximately 131,000 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide. Volvo Trucks is part of Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. Volvo Trucks ́ work is based on the core values of quality, safety and environmental care.
The interior of the Globetrotter cabs feature Drive Plus and Single Bed Living packages, plus full leather seats, fridge and media package with satellite navigation.
The new trucks were supplied on a Volvo Financial Services operating lease and are covered by a Volvo Gold Contract repair & maintenance agreement, which guarantees the best possible uptime and includes full access to the manufacturer’s UK-wide dealer network.
In operation seven days a week, working a variety of shift patterns, the trucks will clock up anywhere from 150,000 – 260,000 km per annum and are expected to stay in service for three years.
Culina Group is a major ambient and chilled food and drink 3PL specialist, providing warehousing, distribution, contract packing and a bonded division with extensive expertise in relation to dutiable goods across the UK and Ireland.