Vehicle logistics specialist Mobile Services has just been supplied by East Midlands Dealer Mertrux Truck & Vans with the latest Mercedes-Benz. The low-framed 26-tonne Actros 2535 LnR ENA has made an excellent start, returning promising fuel figures and earning positive feedback from its driver. Powered by a 7.7-litre straight-six engine generating 260 kW (354 hp), the truck has a 2.3m-wide, low-roofed CompactSpace sleeper cab with 170mm engine tunnel.

“We wanted a chassis that could carry the five-car transporter body we’d removed from a previous vehicle, with minimal alterations. We’re always looking for improvements, though. In our job, every reduction we can make in the overall height of a transporter gives us added flexibility in terms of the loads it can carry,” said Mobile Services Director Tony Bradbury.

Mr Bradbury said he and his colleagues were impressed with the care taken and the time committed by Mertrux Sales Executive Mark Sheppard, to come up with the right specification for their specialised application.

“Mark ensured that he fully understood what we were looking for. He made several visits and was able to show us detailed diagrams of the Actros chassis, so we could see exactly how the body would match up. He was extremely knowledgeable about the product and his input was invaluable in ensuring we made the correct choices,” he recalled.

Established more than 30 years ago, Mobile Services operates from headquarters at Ellistown, near Coalville. As well as moving cars and commercial vehicles for manufacturers, dealers and fleet operators, the company runs a busy workshop which maintains its own trucks and third-party vehicles.

Its latest order represents a breakthrough for Mertrux, as Mobile Services’ fleet of 85 trucks is dominated by Swedish brands. Most of these are ‘short-long’ drawbar combinations of a prime mover which carries three cars, and a longer trailer, but 11 are six-wheeled rigids of similar size to the Actros.