Fitness First chooses Citroen for fleet replacement exercise
The Poole-headquartered company’s current LCV order consists of one Dispatch dual fuel (petrol/lpg) van, one Berlingo dual fuel van and four Berlingo 1.6HDi 90hp X vans. These vehicles will be followed by further Berlingo and Dispatch orders as Fitness First replaces its existing 30-strong Citroen LCV fleet and increases its fleet size by 20% to 36 vans.
In renewing and expanding its fleet with Citroën LCVs, Fitness First required its long-standing contract hire company, Fleethire, to examine a wide range of vans to identify optimum fitness for purpose – focusing on low emissions, lowest whol-life costs, maximum driver comfort and high levels of safety. Citroen met these demanding requirements with fuel-efficient, low-emission diesel-powered Berlingo vans and London Congestion Charge exempt Dispatch and Berlingo dual fuel vans.
Glyn Allen, Fitness First’s head of contracts, said: 'As a Carbon Trust Standard award-winning company, Fitness First is actively engaged in reducing both its energy consumption and its carbon emissions. In specifying our new van fleet, we have continued our strategic relationship with long-term suppliers Citroen and Fleethire to ensure we have a van fleet that provides optimal environmental, operational and financial performance.'
The new Citroen LCVs will be used by Fitness First’s maintenance technicians, who are based throughout the UK. As such, the Berlingo and Dispatch vans have been custom-racked and equipped by Fleethire to carry the necessary tools and equipment required to maintain swimming pools, buildings, running machines and other gym equipment at Fitness First’s 160 UK fitness clubs.
Supplied by Citroen dealer WR Davis in Stafford, Fitness First’s new Citroen LCVs are being acquired and operated on 48-month/80,000mile Fleethire with-maintenance contract hire agreements.