Wednesday, May 30, 2007

One-stop-shop Citroën bodies

Citroën has relaunched its Ready to Run one-stop vehicle programme, which now includes a variety of new bodies for its recently introduced Dispatch and Relay vans. It also features a wider range of specialist bodies, van racking, tail lifts and a dual fuel conversion. "The programme is unique in that it offers all the customer benefits of high quality, innovative design and shorter delivery times," says Citroën's CV operations manager Robert Handyside. "Thanks to Citroën's unique pricing proposition, it also offers customers the benefits of exceptional value for money, delivering cost savings of up to many thousands of pounds over competitor offers

Ingemex has introduced an all-new dropside body for the new Relay, featuring a new larger ladder-frame with galvanised wire mesh cab protection. Based on the Relay 35 L3 120 chassis cab it has a 1,500kg payload and costs £12,495. "Our problem is trying to get hold of vehicles to convert," says Tony Brown, external sales director. "All manufacturers seem to be suffering from long lead times." He tells MT that Citroën is currently taking 12 weeks to supply chassis while Ford is quoting October or November for Transit.

A newcomer to the Ready to Run programme is Buckstone Motor Bodies, which is offering a Luton body for the long- and extra long-wheelbase Relay chassis cab. The body comes as pictured, but is available with an aerodynamic head cover for an additional £200. "A lot of Luton buyers are in the removals sector and prefer the flat front to maximise interior space," a spokesman says. Unique to the Ready to Run programme is the Supertrucks glass-carrier conversion, which is now available for Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay. Vans include a full-length/full width anodised aluminium roof rack, a side carrying rack, two internal racks, reflective safety markers and an inclinometer.

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