Around eight years after Spire Healthcare acquired the Mercedes-Benz Atego, the private hospital operator has finally replaced its fleet with the same reliable and cost-effective vehicles for its operations. The replacement came after a thorough evaluation where a number of manufacturers offered demo vehicles for the company.
The Senior Buyer-Indirect of Spire Healthcare, Gill Kite, said the decision to acquire the vehicles was based on a standard that included the price tag, performance, R&M service, and account management. Mercedes-Benz topped all categories of the evaluation process. Even the drivers of the company preferred the vehicle offered by the German luxury vehicle manufacturer.
Rygor Commercials supplied all seven units of the Mercedes-Benz Atego 816, which will be based at the National Distribution Center of Spire Healthcare in Droitwich, Worcestershire. The vehicles will also be a part of a CharterWay agreement with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.
The vehicles feature 4.25-liter 150HP engines and the Motor Stop Start system that enhances fuel efficiency and reduces emissions. The bodies of the trucks are also equipped with Dhollandia 1,000kg tail-lifts featuring ‘auto-erect’ side gates.
Spire Healthcare was established in 2007 and operates 38 hospitals in mainland Britain. Kite indicated that the company has a positive experience with the use of Mercedes-Benz. They are also pleased with working with the luxury brand again.