Woodside Logistics takes on 12 Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units

Woodside Logistics has commissioned 12 new Mercedes-Benz Actros' to join its Woodside Haulage division. The new tractor units all are 2545 models with BigSpace cabs and 12.8-litre, in-line six-cylinder engines that produce 450hp and were supplied by northwest dealer Ciceley Commercials. Woodside Haulage runs more than 100 trucks from its base in Preston.

The latest have joined 16 other Actros tractors added over the last couple of years, most of which are also new-generation models with MirrorCam. Maintained by Ciceley Commercials, the Actros work mainly for customers engaged in UK-Ireland trade, transporting loads to and from docks at Liverpool and Heysham, and making collections and deliveries across mainland Britain. Woodside Haulage's drivers are frequently out on the road all week.

Woodside's operations director Glenn Alderdice said the company knew it could bank on the cutting-edge technology of its new Actros to deliver efficiency gains and enhance safety, and on its chosen dealer to provide dependable aftersales support. "When it comes to choosing new vehicles, we work through a checklist of attributes," he explained. "Our trucks must be safe, provide a comfortable working and living environment for our drivers, and offer competitive whole-life running costs. By putting new technology to the most effective use, the Actros ticks all of these boxes.

"MirrorCam is, perhaps, the most high-profile example of new technology on any vehicle at the moment and has been very well received by our drivers. The feedback from those who've been using the system since we introduced our first new-generation Actros last year has been extremely positive. They find it intuitive to use and say it provides an exceptionally clear view, especially when manoeuvring."

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