Lutterworth-based Armstrong Logistics has taken delivery of 10 new Volvo FM 420 Globetrotter 4×2 tractor units after seeing the excellent fuel economy and reliability provided by its existing Volvo models.
Supplied by Stuart Pearce, New Truck Sales Director at Truck and Bus Wales and West, the vehicles expand the customer’s fleet to 82 units.
Marcus Fischer, Commercial and Finance Director at Armstrong Logistics, says: “In today’s logistics industry it is critical to always get the biggest bang for your buck, but that’s only possible if the new vehicles you welcome on fleet deliver what is predicted on paper. Time and time again Volvo Trucks has proven its products walk the talk.
“That consistency is also invaluable for reducing our fleet’s carbon footprint – we’ve done several studies to understand how any new units we take can improve our sustainability, but, again, that approach only works if the trucks do what we are told they will. Volvo’s consistently supreme fuel economy and service support are actively helping us accelerate our decarbonisation goals.”
The new trucks are each powered by a Euro-VI compliant D13K Step E engine, producing 420 hp and a peak torque of 2,100 Nm. They are driven by the ever-popular automated 12- speed I-Shift transmission, which constantly evaluates information about speed, weight, road grade and torque demand to enable perfectly timed gearshifts.
With Armstrong Logistics’ drivers covering the length and breadth of the UK and regularly working overnight during the week, the company has also specified its new arrivals firmly with driver comfort in mind.
The trucks benefit from a spacious Globetrotter sleeper cab and a heated driver’s seat, while a one person Living package adds 245 litres of rear cab upper storage, a 28-litre fridge, and a bottle holder.
A Volvo Drive+ package has also been added, with fully electronic air conditioning, an adjustable steering wheel with neck-tilt as well as an electrically operated fabric interior sun visor. The in-cab driving experience is completed through a media pack with navigation, including a chrome-surrounded high-performance 12” fully dynamic instrument cluster, a secondary colour display, and DAB radio.
“Our trucks are literally a home away from home for our drivers and therefore we see their comfort as non-negotiable,” adds Fischer. “The last thing we want is for them to dread a long trip out on the road, and so it is only right that we spec our units so highly.”
Armstrong Logistics’ new trucks will be primarily used to deliver to supermarkets across the UK, clocking up an expected annual mileage of 200,000km in the process. They have also been backed by a comprehensive Volvo Gold Contract, which delivers full cost control, worry-free ownership, and maximum uptime.