The contract, which is for the exclusive supply of all 6×2 and 4×2 tractor units, involves an order for 100 trucks in the next two years. All are replacements for existing fleet vehicles, any growth will further be added to this exclusive deal. The exact split between two and three axle tractors is to be decided.
According to NFT, Hartshorne’s fifteen year track record of providing tailored solutions to meet the logistics company’s business needs was one of the key factors that helped secure the business.
Andrew De’Vere, NFT Managing Director of Shared User Operations comments „We conducted a thorough tender process with four vehicle manufacturers. Areas reviewed in the selection process included; price, in-house tested KPL/MPG, vehicle terrain reactive cruise control, cab ergonomics and driver feedback. As well as historical reliability, the partnership of both manufacturer and dealership was also key, including its approach to repairs and maintenance. Volvo came out top of all suppliers, and in particular innovation and technology, which are key attributes that NFT are looking for in its partners.“
“I am excited to be working with Volvo and Hartshorne Group and look forward to the exclusive partnership.” Concluded Andrew De’Vere.
In addition to Hartshorne and Volvo’s positive and flexible approach, which includes delivering pre seasonal peak capacity fleet solutions, weekly local reviews and twice daily VOR updates, fuel performance from two Euro 6 demonstrators played a key role in the decision to award the 2014 tender to Volvo Trucks and Hartshorne Group.
Volvo Trucks Managing Director Arne Knaben revealed that the team involved in securing the NFT 2014 – 2015 vehicle supply tender had worked very closely with the customer to deliver the optimum solution for the customers’ business. Speaking from Volvo Trucks Head Office at Warwick, he said: “We are absolutely thrilled by the news that Volvo Trucks and Hartshorne Group have been chosen by NFT for the exclusive supply of trucks in 2014 and 2015. We regard it as an honour to be chosen for such a prestigious contract and our respective teams are looking forward to continuing to work closely with NFT.”
Specification of the trucks, which are all new series Euro 6 compliant, Globetrotter cabbed FM tractor units, includes Volvo’s D11K, 11 litre engine fitted with the Volvo Engine Brake and rated at 450hp. All are equipped with I-Shift gearboxes and I-See fuel saving software. All the trucks are equipped with Dynafleet telematics and are maintained on a Gold Contract, which includes Volvo’s unique Uptime Assurance promise.
Volvo Trucks and Hartshorne Group are working with NFT’s driver trainers to provide familiarisation material for the new series FM product features, including I-See, as well as continuing to advise on efficient driving techniques. Following the demonstration and evaluation programme, driveability and ease of use were also cited by the NFT driver workforce as positive features of the new series FM.