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pickfords moves into volkswagen's caddy and lt

Apr 27, 2001

One of the world’s largest removal companies, Pickfords Limited, has purchased over £600,000-worth of Volkswagen commercial vehicles. Supplied by Advent Van Centre in Manchester, one of 90 specialist Van Centres across the UK, the 44 van deal represents conquest business in a 750-strong national fleet.

Volkswagen’s Van Centre network is dedicated to commercial vehicles.  Flexible opening hours, experienced, skilled staff, specially-equipped workshops and comprehensive stocks of genuine Volkswagen new and exchange parts provide the professional back-up needed by businesses.

Thirty Caddy SDIs and 14 LT35 TDI 109 bhp panel vans will spend the next five years working in Pickfords’ various divisions.  They feature Volkswagen’s advanced diesel engine technology, which combines low fuel consumption with high levels of refinement and low downtime.  On the combined cycle, Caddy SDI returns 47.9 mpg, and the 109 bhp LT35 36.7 mpg.  Service intervals for the Caddy SDI are 10,000 miles while the LT35 TDI range has 15,000 miles between lubrication services.

Tony Bailey, Company Engineer at Pickfords Limited said: ‘We spend a lot of time ensuring the vehicles we use in our business are tailor-made for our needs.  For example, we were involved in developing a specialist dual seat for the Caddys, and are converting two petrol Caddys and LTs to run on LPG (liquid petroleum gas) to assess the fuel’s suitability for our business needs in the long term.

‘These Volkswagens, despite stiff competition, became our eventual choice.  The vans are well-engineered and well-built, and the diesel engines are renowned for their excellent fuel consumption and reliability.’

He continued: ‘The vehicles were chosen on grounds of design, price and quality, and Pickfords is confident that they will perform well in a number of roles.  They will be used in home move co-ordination, providing support to our core business which is domestic removals; in our company records management division, which is expanding rapidly; and everything else in between.’

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