In an occasional series about the impressive loyalty Mercedes-Benz vans inspire in their operators, I bring you JJX Logistics of Wolverhampton.
This high-end light transport company serves the aerospace and aviation industry with a fleet of 24 Mercedes vans and a handful of Merc trucks. JJX was an early customer for the Euro 6 Sprinter when it went on sale last year, and the most recent addition to its fleet is a new Vito, a model that’s only just reached the UK.
A real head-turner in its metallic blue paintwork with colour-coded bumpers, five-spoke alloy wheels and roof rails, the latest addition to the JJX Logistics is also fully specced up.
The van’s equipment includes the optional Driving Assistance package with Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist systems, as well as host of other extra features such as Tempmatic Air Conditioning, an LED Intelligent Light System, a Comfort driver’s seat and Chrome interior trim.
JJX founder John Donovan had already placed his order when he trialled one of Rygor’s demonstrators:
“I liked everything about it,” he recalled. “The restyled front end looks really smart and it’s even more car-like and comfortable to drive than the previous model, while in terms of usable cargo space the Extra-long version is brilliant. I’m now looking forward to reaping some valuable fuel bill savings as a result of the New Vito’s improved economy.”
The New Vito is powered by an advanced 2.1-litre engine which transmits its 163 hp output via a six-speed manual transmission. The first low-emission Euro 6 engine in the mid-sized van class drives the back wheels –uniquely in this segment, New Vito customers can choose from variants with front- or rear-wheel drive configurations.The van also came with a standard-fit package of fuel-saving enhancements including alternator management, improved underbody aerodynamics and the ECO start/stop function.