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Garic’s Volvo Trucks order confirms commitment

Garic’s Volvo Trucks order confirms commitment

National transport firm Garic has taken delivery of four new Volvo Trucks to confirm its commitment to the manufacturer.

The provider of site and plant equipment around the country has revealed that it has added four new Volvo FH 8×2 rear-steer rigids and one Volvo FM Globetrotter 6×2 rigid to its fleet.

The firm says that more Volvo FM’s will follow in a few months.

Volvo is now the company’s dominant force in its 30-strong fleet of trucks.

The latest vehicles were supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials who fought off attempts from two rival manufacturers to win the order.

‘Great working relationship with Volvo’

Garic’s fleet maintenance manager, Barrie Ashcroft, said: “We’ve had a great working relationship with Volvo for the past three years, and we’re keen to add more of their products to our operation. In total, around 85% of the fleet is now with them.

“The competitor marques we considered before committing to Volvo didn’t meet the efficiency levels our business demands, nor the standards of in-cab comfort we like to ensure so our drivers can enjoy on the road.”

All of the new trucks feature Volvo’s 12-Speed I-Shift automated gearbox which evaluates information about weight, speed, torque demand and road grade to perform every single shift with precision. 

By constantly communicating with the engine, the transmission adjusts the revs and brake effect for maximum performance.

Garic’s new trucks have been supplied on a five-year contract hire agreement with Volvo Financial Services, which incorporates a Volvo ‘gold contract’ repair and maintenance package.

Volvo Truck FMs will have bespoke Fuller Tankers bodywork

The Volvo Truck FMs will each be equipped with bespoke Fuller Tankers bodywork, and a factory-fitted lower passenger door window for added safety, allowing the driver to have better visibility of other road users. 

The trucks will be used to support the firm’s on-site welfare cabins, removing wastewater and refilling fresh water and red diesel tanks – with power provided by Volvo’s D13K engine, delivering up to 420 hp and 2,100 Nm of torque.

Garic’s transport manager, Mark Booth said: “These new vehicles are replacing some older competitor models and the feedback we’ve had from our drivers has been great so far. 

“They are particularly happy with the amount of space inside the sleeper cab on the FHs, and the lower fuel consumption of the trucks ties in well with our sustainability plans and route to carbon zero – something that’s0 really important to our business right now.”

Trusted plant and site equipment providers

Garic has been operating for more than 30 years and has grown to become one of the most trusted plant and site equipment providers in the country. 

With a wide range of trucks in its fleet, the business continually strives to increase its eco offering and only invests in sustainable solutions – priding itself on listening to customers’ needs, delivering results and working to become a leader in CO2 emission reduction. 

Paul McNicholas, the customer solutions manager at Thomas Hardie Commercials, says the new Volvo FHs are each mounted with a Fassi 710 crane and flatbed body, supplied and fitted by The Crane Centre in Sandbach.

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