Ground shifts in favour of MAN

MAN has built on the success of a one-off hire contract to become the main marque in Cardiff-based Neal soil suppliers fleet.

Bosses at Neal Soil Suppliers, a division of Dauson Environmental Group, say they are delighted with the brand and service from the local dealer WG Davies.

Group operations manager Mark Williams said: "We had an MAN on hire. We had probably 15 vehicles under another marque and we had had some issues. We were very impressed with MAN and it seemed natural to go there when we replaced the fleet."

In the last three years Neal Soils and its sister company Atlantic Recycling have taken 30 MAN TGS 8x4 trucks, 15 of which are Euro 6, with a range of different bodies to suit their business needs and four TGX 26.480 tractor units through MAN TopUsed.

"Now I can safely say that we are MAN ambassadors," Mark added. "The fleet is currently 95 per cent MAN and will definitely be using them again in the future. We are pleased with the way the vehicles perform, and the drivers have welcomed the vehicles which is why we have just taken delivery of nine more tippers since the start of the year.

"Also, the local dealer is very close by and we cannot fault their service at all. They are as good as gold.

"We have had issues with dealers in the past, but the boys at WG Davies in Cardiff do everything right for us and are very helpful.

"You really can't fault them and they pull out all the stops for us."

Roger Davies of WG Davies added: "The Neal Soils Group is a respected customer of ours and we are delighted that the service provided by the dealership has increased their enthusiasm for the MAN brand.

"We are proud to hear that they rate us so highly."

MAN Sales Executive David Hopkins said: "The fact that Neal Soils chose MAN to service 95 per cent of their fleet needs so far after having just one vehicle through a rental contract speaks volumes.

"We are confident we can deliver competitive deals with exactly the right vehicles to meet our customer's requirements and the fact Neal soils has come back to us repeatedly demonstrates we are doing just that."

Vehicle information

TGS 8x4 tippers

Model: TGS 35.400 8X4 BB
Cab: M
Engine: MAN D2676LF47, 6 cylinders, 12.4 litres, Euro 6
Power: 400 PS / 294 kW at 1800 rev/min
Torque: 2100 Nm with MAN TopTorque at 930 – 1400 rev/min
Transmission: MAN TipMatic 12 speed
Suspension: steel front and rear
Wheelbase: 3205 mm
Plated Weight: 32000 kg

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