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Kevin Cooper Motor Factors reduce costs with fleet of 30 Bippers

17th February 2009 Print
Peugeot Bipper Devon-based car parts delivery company Kevin Cooper Motor Factors has reduced fuel bills by some 40% after switching to a fleet of 30 Peugeot Bipper vans.

Kevin Cooper Motor Factors, located in Plymouth, has 17 depots across the South-West and has taken the vehicles on a three-year contract hire agreement, supplied by local Peugeot dealer Renwicks of Plymouth.

With the vehicles all averaging around 50-55mpg compared to the 30-35mpg performance of its previous Ford fleet, the company has drastically reduced costs - crucial at this time of economic uncertainty.

Better still bosses say the compact van boasts impressive load carrying capacity – meaning the company has enjoyed all the benefits of downsizing with no adverse effect on operations.

Pat Newport, Company Accountant at Kevin Cooper Motor Factors, said: “The Bipper vans look more compact on the outside, but in terms of cubic capacity they can still carry more than everything we need.

“The largest component we carry is an exhaust system for a full-size panel van that we can fit in using the Bipper’s unique Multi Flex front seat, which folds flat to the floor and enables us to slide long loads up as far as the dashboard.”

Project Manager Steve Gadsby added: “The vans have generated a great deal of positive feedback from our drivers due largely to the light controls and a better driving position – important when you’re driving up to 23,000 miles over the course of a year.

“The Bipper vans are also big enough to carry everything we need, are more manoeuvrable and much cheaper to run – so when you factor all of that in, it really wasn’t a difficult decision for us to make to purchase them.”

As the first van to be designed ‘with the city in mind’ and recently voted International Van of the Year 2009, the Bipper can carry loads of up to 610kg and is available with economical petrol or diesel engines.

Diesel versions comply with Peugeot’s Blue Lion environmental standards with CO2 emissions of just 117g/km while returning up to 62.8mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle. Service intervals are every two years/20,000 miles and prices start from £8,295.

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