DAF Euro-6 fuel figures hit high-nines for Salvatori
Kent-based haulier and logistics provider Salvatori, has reported outstanding fuel economy from its latest Euro-6 DAF XF 460 FTG 6x2 tractor units. In service since March, the new units are already returning, on average, an impressive 9.6mpg at 44-tonnes GCW and, the company says, after having been ‘worked ‘hard’ on day and night trunking work.
The fuel economy figures mark a significant improvement in productivity for Salvatori set against existing models in its 64-truck fleet. Though instrumental in the final decision to select DAF XF, Salvatori also said it received a ‘cracking good deal’ through local supplying DAF dealer, Channel Commercials.
The new DAF XF Super Space Cabs are the first deliveries for the fruit-merchanting and pallet specialist since the mid-1980sand coincide with an imminent move to a new £5.5 million facility in Aylsham adjacent to Channel Commercials, with funds generated through sale of Salvatori’s current site and through additional medium- and long-term borrowing. Channel Commercials will undertake regular servicing and maintenancework under a two-year R&M contract, although Salvatori will utilise its own workshops for minor repair work. Salvatori also has depots in Rochester and Calais.
“The Euro-6 DAF demonstrator turned in some really impressive fuel figures,” said Salvatori Transport Manager, Phill Macey, “so, you can imagine my delight when the new DAF deliveries hit the high-nines, too – and I would expect this figure perhaps to rise after they’ve bedded-in. What has surprised me, however, is that we’ve been working them hard from day-one on day-and-night trunking operations. All this,” he said, “and we received a cracking good deal from Channel Commercials.”
Macey was quick to include his drivers as crucial not only to the success of the Salvatori operation, but also in helping alleviate the wider driver shortage problem in the UK, “Our drivers absolutely love their new DAF XFs,” he said, “and I think that’s important for productivity. But, it also means we’ll hang on to them. Our drivers recognise that our investment in top quality vehicles is an investment in them, too. This, I believe, goes a long way to addressing the driver shortage problem. Giving drivers the right tool for the job,” Macey added, “provides an incentive for them to commit to a long-term career.”
With fruit merchanting providing an historical foundation for the Salvatori name, the company today provides a general haulage service specialising in building materials, soon to be operating out of its new location in Aylsham, Kent. Based out of Rochester, a successful pallet distribution service is also provided through membership with the UK Pallets network. A Calais depot facilitates a good deal of work in France and the Benelux countries.