Competitive costs and a class-leading cargo capacity made the Mitsubishi Canter top of the shopping list for leading Welsh retail group Leekes.
Llantrisant-based Leekes has taken delivery of two 7.5-tonne Canter 75s fitted with dropside platform bodies and Hiab cranes, mainly for use by its building materials department.
"The vehicle offers substantial cost-savings and an exceptional payload compared to rival models, while the feedback from our drivers has been very encouraging," says Leekes Transport Manager David Clapp.
The out-of-town store chain became one of the first customers in Wales to invest in the Mitsubishi Canter, after DaimlerChrysler took on responsibility for UK sales of the light truck range.
"The Canter is ideal for local service and deliveries," explains Trevor Dobson, Mitsubishi sales executive at supplying dealer Euro Commercials (South Wales), which has outlets in Swansea, Bridgend, Cardiff and Newport. "Because the engine is located directly beneath the cab, the Canter will accommodate a relatively long body but still leave you with a very manoeuvrable vehicle."
A 143hp 3.9-litre engine – mated to a smooth six-speed gearbox – and twin rear wheels give the Canter enough power and traction to handle the toughest terrain, while its high-strength ladder-style chassis improves load stability and helps maximise payload potential.
In addition, service intervals stand at an impressive 14,000 miles thanks to Mitsubishi’s advanced engineering technology and all models come with a three-year, 100,000km warranty.Published 19 September 2002