RENAULT TRUCKS RANGE T WINS OVER ONLINE MBT
“Whilst I have had good experience of Renault trucks and know them to be reliable and fuel efficient, my drivers were initially a little more pensive - so I let the trucks do the talking. On their first run, the Range Ts pulled like a train over Mont Blanc, they didn’t skip a beat. They are quiet, comfortable, have a great gearbox - all round they’re a really nice bit of kit and the drivers are completely won over.”
In an important conquest deal, national and international haulier, Online MBT, has taken delivery of three Renault Trucks Range T 460.26 6x2 TML E6 tractor units. The Range Ts, supplied by Renault Trucks dealer MV Trucks in Maidstone, on a two year contract hire with BRS Ltd, operate out of Online MBT’s Dover depot and are the first Renault Trucks to join its DAF and Volvo dominated fleet.
Working primarily on international haulage, the first two Range Ts went on the road in December and were immediately put to the test pulling fridges of pharmaceuticals to Milan, crossing the challenging terrain of Mont Blanc. For Online MBT’s Conrad Garrett, driver acceptance is key and introducing a new truck brand to a cautious crew needed to be handled with care. He says: “Whilst I have had good experience of Renault trucks and know them to be reliable and fuel efficient, my drivers were initially a little more pensive - so I let the trucks do the talking. On their first run, the Range Ts pulled like a train over Mont Blanc,
they didn’t skip a beat. They are quiet, comfortable, have a great gearbox - all round they’re a really nice bit of kit and the drivers are completely won over.”
A highly experienced international haulier, Conrad Garrett looks for best overall value for money, not just cost saving, with absolute reliability. Commenting on the decision to introduce brand diversity to the 200-strong Online Group’s fleet of tractor units, he says: “The Range Ts are the first Euro 6 trucks on our fleet, so it’s very positive to see them already returning 9 miles to the gallon and improving every week as they loosen up. This is an excellent result for the first month on the road and we are confident that the fuel returns will improve further over time. We are looking to replace up to 60 more tractor units this year across our three depots in Dover, London and Cologne, and if the Range Ts continue to perform at this level they will certainly be on our list.”
Conrad’s previous experience of local Renault Trucks dealer MV Trucks Maidstone also played a role in his purchase decision. Gerry Potter, MV Trucks, says: “Online MBT is a very respected fleet in our area so we are delighted to see Range Ts in their livery and that the trucks are already meeting their highest expectations for efficiency, reliability and performance.”
Online MBT, part of the Online Group, provides a complete national and international transport solution to its clients. A reputation built on unrivalled customer service is backed by a highly experienced team for a seamless end-to-end operation. Online MBT’s modern fleet of fridges, bulkers, coil carriers, Euroliners and low decks for high volume, run full and part loads with daily departures to France and Germany, as well as a dedicated express service which includes ADR and pharmaceutical products. The company also offers national pallet distribution, freight forwarding department and warehousing, including ‘pick and pack’.