Vauxhall Combos lighten the load for GVS Assist
The new Vauxhall Combos join the company's existing 120-vehicle fleet and will be used by engineers out on call repairing customers' vending machines and coolers.
All 20 vehicles are powered by Vauxhall's 75bhp 1.3-litre CDTi engine and come with air-conditioning and Ultra Sonic alarms. GVS Assist has also specified a near-side sliding door and a full height mesh bulkhead. The vans have uprated suspension to carry a payload of 732kg and come equipped fully ply-lined to protect the interior of the vehicle.
Charlie Price, marketing executive at GVS Assist, said: 'We chose the Vauxhall Combo because of its proven reliability and quality, and for its environmental credentials – an area that GVS Assist is increasingly focusing on. The vehicle has low CO2 emissions and the van's capacity and practicality best-suited our operations. Our engineers need to carry heavy toolboxes and replacement parts to site so we need both payload and volume and the Combos deliver both.'
Mr Price added: 'The new vehicles also provide a much clearer canvas to promote our new brand when the engineers are out on call repairing customers' vending machines and coolers. It is still early days, but so far our experience with the vehicles has been a positive one and we will be looking to renew our fleet with more Vauxhall Combos in future.
'All the sign-writing was completed by Sussex Signs, and the van order was arranged through our local Vauxhall dealer Frosts of Shoreham. The dealership was very efficient in keeping us informed on how the order was progressing.'
The Combos are expected to cover between 30,000-40,000 miles per annum.