Luton – Vauxhall has partnered with conversion specialist The Cold Consortium Ltd to produce its coolest commercial vehicle to date, a refrigerated Movano, Vauxhall’s largest panel van, available in a range of load lengths and roof heights.
Developed specifically for the fresh and frozen produce industries, wholesalers and traders can now lease the vehicle from just £120 per week. Managing Director of The Cold Consortium Ian Gardner has been demonstrating the vehicle at London’s historic Smithfield meat market, taking six orders for the new conversion in the first month.
“We’ve worked closely with Vauxhall to develop a compelling new type of Movano for customers, and there’s been a great deal of interest in our demonstrator vehicle,” Gardner explains. “Customers enjoy being able to have a hands-on look around the Movano and see it in action. This means it’s really easy to visualise how useful an asset it could be to their business.”
The comprehensive conversion features a number of market specific features and is available in either chilled or deep freeze configurations. The epoxy resin panels, impregnated with Envirocare-Bactericide, provide a waterproof and durable finish to the load space, along with pallet protection for the floor and aluminium threshold protection. The low floor height makes the vehicle’s rear easy to access, while the 1100kg payload means it can handle demanding delivery routes. The use of a GAH slim roof-mounted condenser means the Movano still maintains a low roofline and with operating temperatures of +0˚C to +8˚C (chiller version), and as low as -25˚C (deep freeze version), the produce stays as fresh as possible.
“Our new relationship with The Cold Consortium has expanded the already impressive range of custom and bespoke solutions available to Vauxhall’s commercial vehicle customers,” said Steve Bryant, Brand Manager, Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles. “It allows the purveyors of every kind of fresh produce – from dairy farmers to butchers – to deliver their products to customers at different locations, safe in the knowledge that the vehicle is reliable, efficient and affordable.”
Vauxhall provides a full Aftersales service to all fleet customers, while The Cold Consortium takes care of any refrigeration queries. Gardner will have a brand new demonstrator vehicle in place every four to five months, and will also be raising awareness of the new conversion via promotional material and flyers.