Surrey-based, Cranleigh Freight Services has returned to Volvo Trucks after a ten-year gap, with the delivery of four left-hand drive 4x2FH13.460s which will be primarily used on long distance European transport assignments for the company’s airfreight, events and motorsport customers.
Supplied by MC Truck and Bus, the new quartet are powered by D13K Euro 6 engines rated at 460hp matched to I-Shift automated manual transmissions. Each tractor unit has twin fuel tanks and an interior two bed living package, but even with Volvo’s range topping Globetrotter XL Cab, the FHs still conform to Cranleigh Freight Services preferred 4.0m overall height limit.
The 3,800mm wheelbase FHs also come with front steel, rear air suspension and Dynafleet, Volvo’s Fleet Management system. Chassis side skirts and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels complement Cranleigh Freight Services’ subtle blue livery, to deliver the firm’s signature high presentation standards.
Joint Managing Director Graham Young, said:“Our new Volvos have been in service for just a few weeks, so it’s too early for any solid performance data, however, our initial impressions are very positive; the drivers are happy with them and the fuel returns are good.”
Cranleigh Freight will deliver comprehensive in-house maintenance programmes for the new Volvo trucks. “We have a team of four mechanics who look after our 75-vehicle fleet and the trailers. This gives us the ultimate flexibility to tailor our operations, many of which are subject to short notice. In the past we’ve run trucks for five years, but the new Volvos herald in a three-year retention period. The latter made a 36-month contract hire agreement attractive.”