SOUTH WEST WATER IS USING SPECIALLY-ADAPTED PEUGEOT PARTNER VANS FOR ITS NEW ‘LEAK DETECTION TEAM’
- South West Water’s bespoke ‘Leak Detection Team’ specified the best-selling Peugeot Partner van
- Specially-converted by Hawkins Peugeot Dealership with latest equipment
- Durable, practical and comfortable were just some of the reasons that secured the 54-van contract
South West Water has created a bespoke ‘Leak Detection Team’, previously outsourced to demonstrate its commitment to this strand of their business. The new team has been equipped with all the best-possible equipment including an initial fleet of 54 specially-equipped Peugeot Partner vans.
Converted by its local Dealership – Hawkins Motors Ltd in St Austell, Cornwall – 54 Partner SE L2 HDi 92 vans have been converted and equipped with specialist leak-detection equipment and traffic management signs and bollards to cater for roadside incidents.
Mark Karkeek, South West Water Transport Manager, said: “Faced with the opportunity to specify a whole new bespoke range of vans for this purpose provided us with a chance to do things quickly and utilised the expertise of our suppliers, helped by having first-hand experience of the durable Peugeot Partner van. Getting them modified for purpose by Hawkins, our local Peugeot Dealer, who converted the vehicle with our specific and exacting conversion requirements, was greatly appreciated.”
Staff for the new ‘Leak Detection Team’ have been transferred from the previous outsourced supplier and start operational deployment with their new vans in October.
The supplying Peugeot Dealerships are Hawkins Motors and the Truscotts Group. This initial supply was handled by Hawkins as it was also commissioned to manage the specialist conversion requirements emphasising South West Water’s commitment to using local suppliers with its operational area.
South West Water has a considerable van fleet, such is the nature of its business and since 2001 Peugeot is its primary supplier of Light Commercial Vehicles. The 54 Partner vans have been funded by Peugeot Contract Hire via a bespoke 5-year 100,000 mile Finance Lease scheme and maintenance agreement that was specifically developed for South West Water.
Nick George, National Key Account Manager at Peugeot, commented: “While we work hard to satisfy our customer’s needs, the requirements and circumstances presented by South West Water provided us with an opportunity to tailor elements to suit their demands, and with the help of their local Peugeot Dealerships we have achieved great customer service and enhanced our working relationship.”
The PEUGEOT Brand can trace its roots back to 1810, and it was in 1889 that it began producing automobiles, thus in 2014 it celebrates 125 years of vehicle production with over 60 million sold. Conveyed through its brand signature ‘Motion & Emotion’, PEUGEOT is present in 160 countries with some 10,000 Franchised Dealers and recognised for its Excellence, Allure and Emotion.
In 2013 PEUGEOT sold 1.5m vehicles worldwide, represented in the majority of markets around the world with a strategy to continuously move the Brand up-market. The UK is currently the 3rd largest market for PEUGEOT.
The Peugeot Light Commercial Van range includes four distinct ranges; Bipper, Partner, Expert and Boxer with sales in 2014 so far up 50%. The Partner is often one of the best-selling models in the UK.
PEUGEOT has a reinvigorated range of high quality products and services that provide and combine a refined design with great attention to detail, and a unique driving experience delivering the satisfaction and emotion identifiable with every PEUGEOT product.