Wednesday 9 June 2010


A Loughton van centre is celebrating after securing a £1.7 million pound deal with a facilities management company to supply over 80 vehicles for its refrigeration division.

Abridge Volkswagen Van Centre has provided the entire fleet of 88 Volkswagen vehicles to Arcus Engineering, who operate the refrigeration maintenance contract in the South East for leading food retailer, Sainsbury’s.

Arcus Engineering, based in Upminster, was launched earlier this year as a new sister company to ArcusFM. The facilities management provider presently manages the facilities contract for the national network of Sainsbury’s stores and its new refrigeration division expands the company’s portfolio.

The fleet mostly comprises of the recently launched more fuel-efficient Volkswagen Transporter vans plus some of the smaller Volkswagen Caddy for easier manoeuvrability around Greater London. The vehicles interior conversions and contract hire agreement has been managed by Lex Autolease.

Past experience and reputation of the Volkswagen brand secured the deal as ArcusFM fleet manager, Janet Bass, explained.

She said: “It was imperative that we launched Arcus Engineering with a fleet that was reliable and robust. Abridge Van Centre was very helpful throughout the process by providing a range of demonstrator vehicles that we could test at our leisure before making the decision.

“We are now looking at introducing Volkswagen vehicles into ArcusFM fleet.”

Wendy Williamson, commercial sales manager at Abridge Van Centre, added: “We are delighted that Arcus Engineering is satisfied with the vehicles and our customer service. We continually work hard on providing a high level of customer service and developing our links with local businesses; and we believe this is acquisition is evidence of that.”

For further information on the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles range of vans and passenger carrying vehicles, or any of the latest finance offers at Abridge Volkswagen Van Centre call 08444 128 983.

For more information contact Sue Foster or Becki Oake on 01902 714 957 or email /

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