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Ammanford-based DJ Davies Fuels acquired its Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor unit and 3.5-tonne FUSO Canter from Euro Commercials, the manufacturer’s representative in South Wales. They have joined a fleet of 15 trucks, which includes a 26-tonne Mercedes-Benz Axor and two 7.5-tonne Canters. All five of the operator’s vans also wear three-pointed stars.
The Actros has a range-topping GigaSpace cab and is powered by an advanced and fuel-efficient 12.8-litre straight-six engine which produces 375 kW (510 hp).  The subject of a contract hire agreement with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, it is being inspected and serviced at Euro Commercials’ Swansea workshop.
The truck is currently pulling a rented urban curtainside trailer while DJ Davies Fuels awaits delivery of its own, new trailer, and delivering primarily to filling stations and stores in Devon and Cornwall.
DJ Davies’ new Canter 3C13 has a 96 kW (130 hp) 3.0-litre common-rail turbo-diesel engine, and came pre-fitted with a dropside body by highly-regarded Italian specialist Scattolini – the factory-built body programme allows customers to put their new vehicles to work a lot more quickly than would be the case if chassis were sent to third-party bodybuilders. 
Commercial Director Jonathan Davies, whose grandfather Denzil founded the business in 1971, said: “We ordered these impressive new trucks from Euro Commercials because their predecessors have been so good – the 16-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego we stood down recently was a fantastic lorry, and still reliable after 15 years on the road.”
He explained: “The Actros represents a new venture for us. Given that the drivers are spending nights away in the truck we wanted to provide them with the best possible environment in which to work and relax. The truck has plenty of power and the cab is exceptionally comfortable, very spacious and with plenty of storage space. It’s no surprise that the lads are delighted with their tractor unit.
“The Canter, meanwhile, is ideally suited to work in a very rural area that often takes it along narrow lanes and onto rough farm tracks. It’s highly manoeuvrable and clearly very well-built, a proper little truck unlike most 3.5-tonners, which tend to be van-based.”        
Mr Davies continued: “Truck Sales Executive Steve Bastin and the rest of the team at Euro Commercials provided a great service, and this was also a major factor in our decision to award them this order.”