• Dodd Group’s Martin Farmer poses with Vauxhall’s Andy Savage

Nothing but Vauxhalls for Dodd Group

Almost 100 British-built Vivaro vans plus 51 Combo vans are going into service with Dodd Group as part of a sole-supplier deal with Vauxhall.

The agreement also includes 12 Astra and eight Insignia cars, as the major-league mechanical and electrical contractor continues to expand its 550-strong fleet.

The 96 Luton-made Vivaros are all L1H1 models powered by Vauxhall’s 120PS 1.6 CDTi engine. Both they and the 95PS 1.3 CDTi Combos are equipped with extra equipment, including roof racks, pipe carriers, alarms, load-area racking and secure van vaults.

Telford-based Dodd Group’s 30-year partnership with Vauxhall retailer Greenhous was a key influencing factor in its decision. So was the enviable reputation Vauxhall vans have for low CO2 emissions.

“This significant investment demonstrates our determination to deliver the quality services that our reputation is based on,” says Dodd Group’s group administration director, Martin Farmer.

“We’ve been working with the team at Greenhous and we’re pleased that Dodd Group has selected Vauxhall to be its sole vehicle supplier,” says Vauxhall national commercial vehicle sales manager, Andy Savage. “By choosing Combo and the Brit-built Vivaro, it has opted for vans that are not only versatile but reliable and economical to run, too.”

Dodd Group delivers substantial turn-key construction projects. One of its key specialities is designing and installing the electrical and mechanical facilities required by retail outlets, leisure centres, cinemas and theatres.

It works with other major national contractors and is involved with planned maintenance contracts in the defence and local authority sectors.

With a turnover forecast to reach £140m this year, it employs over 800 people across its 16 locations.