Ford have signed an exclusive deal with Affinity Water to supply commercial vehicles and cars to the company.
As part of the deal, Affinity are expecting to replace more than half of their current 570-strong fleet with Ford models over the next three years, citing the carmaker’s wide range of recently-introduced models as a key factor in their choice.
Affinity Water is the largest water-only supplier in Britain, and their engineers maintain the firm’s water supply infrastructure, which serves more than three and a half million people in the south of the country.
Leroy Thomas, Affinity’s fleet services contract manager, said: “One of the reasons Ford scored more highly than other manufacturers on our shortlist was because of the wide range of models on offer.
“Ford was the only company able to supply the range required: everything from the Fiesta Van through Transit Connect and Transit Custom through to the full-size Transit, as well as the Ranger.”
He continued by saying that Affinity’s choice was heavily influenced by the modernity and success of the current Ford range, noting: “The models are new and therefore offer increased safety features, better mpg and CO2 emissions across the range.
“We also recognised the fact that Ford has for three years in a row been voted number one manufacturer by the top 50 fleet management companies for vehicles requiring the fewest days off the road for maintenance.”
Van on the year
The latest version of the ever-popular Ford Transit has won a string of awards in the past year, including Van of the year in May.
Released earlier in the spring, the new Transit boasts class-leading fuel efficiency and cargo capacity. The new Transit line-up also features completely restyled and fully-equipped interior, and remains as tough as ever.
The official combined fuel economy returned from the 123bhp engine is 44mpg, while CO2 emissions are recorded at just 169g/km, making the Transit cheap to run, and this along with its long lifespan makes it the perfect addition to any fleet.
Alison Geddes, Affinity Water’s procurement category manager added: “These factors, including the savings we have been able to make in terms of acquisition and leasing costs, helped us reach the decision that Ford was the right manufacturer for us.”
Last year, Ford sold 72,238 commercial vehicles in the UK alone, marking the higher share of the European commercial vehicle market that the company has recorded since 2007.