Commercial vehicle dealer Midlands Truck and Van is nearing completion of its new £7m state-of-the-art facility in Birmingham.
The Mercedes-Benz and FUSO commercial vehicle outlet is on schedule to open the huge new site in Smethwick in October, strengthening its presence in the second largest city.
Stocking a huge range of new and used trucks and vans and boasting a high-tech workshop and huge parts department, the new dealership will be the first member of the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle network to introduce a new customer experience concept which is already in operation at a number of the brand’s high end car outlets.
At the heart of the new development will be the 1,580 square metre, drive-through workshop, which will allow the business to double its number of billable labour hours each month.
It will also feature an Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) at which inspectors from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will undertake annual MoT tests, an ADR bay allocated to work on fuel tankers and related specialist equipment for transporting hazardous loads, and another bay fitted with rollers for the installation and calibration of tachographs.
Meanwhile, Midlands Truck & Van’s own technicians will carry out MoT tests on light commercial vehicles in the Class 4, 5 and 7 categories, at times – night or day – best suited to customers.
In addition to these dedicated workspaces, routine maintenance and repairs will be carried out in a further 11 truck bays – each, at 24 metres, comfortably long enough to accommodate an articulated tractor unit and semi-trailer combination – and eight van bays.
Managing Director, Steve Hunt, said, “This fantastic facility is going to have a phenomenal impact on our business.”