South Wales operator Hicks Logistics has marked its 35th anniversary by making its first investments for more than two decades in Mercedes- Benz trucks. Leading the way is its first New Actros tractor unit, which entered service on March 1 and is already returning an extra half a mile per gallon compared to the family-owned company’s established trucks. The New Actros 2545 has a 450 bhp straight-six engine and flat-floored – cab. It is on general duties, but spends much of its time pulling bulk timber products in curtainside trailers for customer Premier Forest Products.
Hicks hails New Actros “It’s heavy-duty work which takes us all over the UK,” said MD, Terry Hicks. “The fleet average is 8 mpg, but the New Actros is already up to 8.5 mpg. These are still early days though, so there’s every reason to think this figure will improve as it gets more miles under its belt.”