Stoke-based Browns Distribution has invested in three new Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units after a try out with a demo truck.

Supplied by Ryan Lockett at eStar Truck & Van, the vehicles have joined a fleet dominated by two rival brands.

“Ryan’s timing was spot-on,” said Browns MD David Brown.

“He couldn’t have known, but he got in touch just as we were considering changes to our fleet purchase policy. We took a demo truck from eStar for a couple of weeks and were impressed enough to decide we would include Mercedes-Benz in the mix.”

The trucks are Actros 2546 models, powered by 10.7-litre six-cylinder engines and are being assigned to general haulage duties all over the UK, typically away for one or two nights at a time.