Customers of private hire firm Arnald Cars are now travelling to and from airports in high style, aboard one of Britain’s first Mercedes-Benz New Vito Tourers.
The family-owned company is based in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, and derives much of its income from London Luton Airport transfers. The latest addition to its fleet seats eight passengers in addition to the driver, and is also proving a hit with organisers of corporate events and private functions.
Arnald Cars’ new flagship is an Extra-long 119 BlueTEC. The vehicle is smartly finished in metallic brilliant silver while its range-topping SELECT specification includes colour-coded bumpers and 16-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, to which the customer added optional roof rails and fog lamps.
The New Vito’s advanced 2.1-litre engine – the first low-emission Euro 6 unit in the mid-sized van class – produces a muscular 190 hp. Yet, thanks to a series of fuel-saving enhancements including alternator management, improved underbody aerodynamics and the ECO start/stop function, also offers outstanding economy of up to 47.1 mpg in the combined cycle. Also fitted as standard is a smooth-changing 7G-Tronic Plus transmission, the world’s only automatic gearbox for vans with a torque converter and seven gears.
Arnald Cars runs nine vehicles, including minibuses and limousines used for weddings, and also undertakes regular transfers for customers flying in and out of several other airports in the South-East and Midlands.
The company was founded five years ago by husband-and-wife team Colin and Teresa Hall, who stood down their previous, six-seat Mercedes-Benz Vito Traveliner to make room for the new arrival.
“That vehicle covered some 250,000 miles over the last three years and was impressively reliable and robust,” said Mr Hall. “But the New Vito represents a definite step up. Its extra seating allows us to carry up to four couples at one time, which means we can now accept bookings we might previously have had to turn down.”
He continued: “We pride ourselves on the quality of our friendly and reliable executive service, which explains why all of our drivers are CRB-checked, first aid-trained and fully licensed. The New Vito combines a stunning appearance with exemplary comfort levels, while the Mercedes-Benz brand image can only enhance customer perceptions of our business.”
Emma Cale, CV Sales Manager said ''without doubt, it's easy to see why Arnald Cars chose to continue with the Mercedes-Benz brand - the New Vito Tourer was launched at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show in April, and has raised the benchmark for performance, efficiency, safety and all-round quality in the mid-sized van segment. It comes in three lengths and at three gross weights, and is also available as a panel van or crew van with second row of seats. Uniquely in this segment, New Vito customers can choose from variants with front- or, as on Arnald Cars’ 119 BlueTEC, rear-wheel wheel drive configurations, the all round perfect vehicle for their business''
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