Fleet operator, Ingospex, recently took ownership of their first in the fleet, a Powerstar V3 2646 6x4 truck tractor to augment its longhaul operations.
According to Ingospex’ Managing Director, Petrus Van Der Westhuizen, “our key client is Brits Transport and we transport citrus around the country and as far afield as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Swaziland. Our truck fleet is mixed with brands from Japan and Europe, all being 4x2 models in the sub-300 horsepower range. I was looking for an alternative to the rather rough and ready Japanese sleeper-cab derivatives and their comfortable but pricey European counterparts,” explains van der Westhuizen. “I was advised to consider the Powerstar V3. The Powerstar V3 presented the ideal mix of competitive pricing, cab comfort and overall performance. They offer excellent value for money with attention to detail where it counts, like ride comfort, ease of maintenance, fuel efficiency and durability.”
With its drivers spending up to 10 days in the truck on long-haul trips, a comfortable, spacious cab is paramount to their efficiency and safety. In his drive for lowering total cost of ownership and CPK (cost-per-kilometre) for the operation without compromising on quality, Westhuizen recognises the need for solid partnerships. “Powerstar has really gone the extra mile to assist Ingospex. Our drivers love the Powerstar because it is the most comfortable, with full standing-position headroom and an orthopaedic bunk that can remain in the sleeping position while the vehicle is driving.” Van Der Westhuizen adds that, “Other OEMs with trucks in this class don’t offer this level of luxury. Standard features like power-steering and air-conditioning help make the Powerstar V3 a ‘home away from home’ for our drivers.”
As far as total cost-of-ownership and quality are concerned, nothing else on the market right now can compare to it.” The Powerstar trucks are offered with a standard 3 years / 400 000km warranty and 24/7 roadside assistance. As part of the Ever Star Industries stable, Powerstar trucks enjoy the support of the extensive Ever Star dealer footprint across southern Africa. “It’s great to have the peace-of-mind knowing Powerstar trucks are backed by Ever Star Industries and that there are qualified Powerstar technicians at all the Powerstar dealerships,” concludes Westhuizen.