A good taste in trucks: Dean’s of Huntly turns to Mercedes-Benz

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When Dean’s of Huntly needed to replace an 18-tonner on its fleet, an Actros was the answer.

Importantly, this is the first time the operator has run a truck from Mercedes-Benz.

The new truck is an 1830 and features an aerodynamic StreamSpace sleeper cab.

At 2.3m wide, the cab is the narrower of the two sizes available.

 Meanwhile the new Dean’s of Huntly Actros has a 7.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engine with 300hp. 

In addition, it is mated to an eight-speed PowerShift 3 automated manual transmission. 

Finally, on the spec side, there’s a curtainside body from Micra Truck Bodies, of Wakefield.

The Aberdeen-based company opted for a high spec for the new truck.

For example, there’s Mercedes-Benz’s Multimedia Cockpit, which replaces traditional switchgear with two tablets. 

Specifically, Dean’s of Huntly went for a larger, 12in instrument panel and extra functionality, such as satellite navigation.

 Dean’s of Huntly is a household name in Scotland.

The company is recognised internationally as a leading premium quality shortbread brand.

As a result, new driver Mike Kelman will be delivering shortbread to retail customers all over Scotland.

Dean’s resolved to purchase the Actros following successful trials of a demonstration unit. 

The unit was provided to the Scottish operator by BLS Truck & Van. 

The warehouse and transport team leader, Silas Woodward, explained more. 

“Our last three trucks were by the same manufacturer. 

“And, before that, we used another brand. 

“Given its excellent reputation for reliability and durability, we were keen to investigate what Mercedes-Benz could offer.”   

 Continuing, Woodward said: “We like the design of the Actros, which looks really good in our colours.

“Also, branding is important to our business, so that’s a big ‘plus’.

Meanwhile, the man behind the wheel is happy with the new acquisition.

“Mike is also delighted with his new truck,” added Woodward. 

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