Island-hopping Scottish businesses are qualifying for low-cost ferry fares, thanks to the Mitsubishi Canter.
The compact dimensions of the short-wheelbase 3.5-tonne Canter 35 mean it qualifies for the car tariff on Caledonian MacBrayne ferries from Oban to the Western Isles and Hebrides. And that means Canter 35 operators can sail for the same price as a standard family saloon on some routes.
One operator to benefit from the huge savings is Eric Walton, Managing Director of Oban-based chilled food distribution specialist Waltons.
His Canter 35, which was supplied by Glasgow dealer Vardy (Continental), is fitted with a Tekbo refrigerated body and makes daily multi-drop deliveries to Mull and Iona.
"The Canter is absolutely perfect for my business," says Mr Walton. "The payload is exceptional, it’s very economical and its size also makes it very easy to manoeuvre around island roads."
With its 125hp Euro 3 engine and twin rear wheels, the Canter 35 has enough power and traction to handle the toughest terrain. And the vehicle’s high-strength ladder-style chassis improves load stability and helps maximise payload potential.
Inside, the cab is designed for comfort and practicality. The large driver’s seat offers plenty of support, the steering wheel is both height and rake adjustable, and the deep windscreen and electric windows provide excellent all-round visibility.
Operators also benefit from impressive 14,000-mile service intervals and all models come with a three-year, 100,000km warranty.Published 3 October 2002