New Generation Scanias for Nagel Langons
FSDF Member Nagel Langdons has ordered 205 Scanias for its temperature-controlled distribution fleet.
67 trucks will be delivered in 2019, with the remainder following next year. Fifty-six of the 2019 vehicles will be tractor, a mix of G 450 6×2/2s with normal height roofs and R450 6×2/2 Highlines. All have mid-lifting axles and will be plated at 44-tonnes gross train weight. The G-series trucks will operate on distribution work during the day and inter-depot trunking at night, while the R-series models will be trampers, with drivers working a four-on, four-off shift pattern.
The 11 rigids are 26-tonnes gross P280 6x2s with sleeper cabs. To gain payload the trucks have Scania’s light weight seven-litre 280hp engine. These vehicles will operate on urban work and radial distribution from Nagel Langdons’ hubs.
All the vehicles have two year repair and maintenance contracts, and will remain in the Nagel Langdons fleet for four to five years, depending on the work to which they are assigned.
“Scania has been part of the Nagel Langdons fleet for many years and our decision to specify them as our primary make for 2019/20 is based on product quality, reliability and the consistently high levels of aftersales support we receive from the Scania network,” says Tyrone Lanaway, engineering manager, Nagel Langdons.
“In addition to meeting our operational repair, maintenance and servicing requirements, Scania don’t shy away from older vehicles, which is something we particularly appreciate. Also, our depots report their Scanias consistently run for the full six weeks between inspections without issue – which is exactly what an intensive operations such as ours demands.”
For the future, Nagel Langdons is evaluating the Scania 18-tonnes P-series rigid with a 220 horsepower seven-litre engine, and the low entry Scania L-series. “I was out in the L-series recently, and the high levels of visibility it affords means it’s now a top contender for urban operations,” Lanaway said.