Mercedes Benz has delivered its 1000th Motability fleet vehicle, marking two years of success with Britain’s largest fleet operator. Motability offers disabled motorists a cost-effective way of owning a new car, and can even fit vehicles with specialist controls.
The milestone was reached by Mansfield retailer B&K Thomas Ltd, whose Motability Specialist Neil Stewart handed over the vehicle – an A 140 L Classic - to new owners Roy Chapman and Gillian Selby.
The Mercedes Benz A-Class has proved remarkably successful with Motability customers. Thanks to its innovative sandwich floor concept that places mechanical components between two platforms, occupants sit some 20 cm higher than in a conventional car. This higher seating position means drivers and passengers with limited mobility have easier access than they would normally.
Roy Chapman is delighted with his new car, and said: "My A-Class gives me everything I will ever need in a car. It’s very easy to get into, drives brilliantly, and the long wheelbase makes it extremely practical. When we were shopping around to replace our previous vehicle we didn’t think of a Mercedes Benz initially, as we thought it would cost too much. However, the price was extremely competitive and the car fits the bill perfectly."
As well as being a popular choice for Motability customers, an A-Class has been ordered in Mercedes Benz’s first deal with the SAGA Car Direct programme, for motorists over 50 years old. The A 170 CDI L Elegance was ordered through Chelmsford Mercedes Benz retailer Waterhouse Ltd.
Motability and SAGA customers can order cars from any one of the current 55 approved Mercedes Benz specialist dealerships.Published 22 January 2002