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Tesco sprints ahead in home-shopping battle

BRITAIN'S biggest supermarket group has taken the automatic option with a new fleet of vans for its online shopping delivery service.

Tesco, which claims to cater for more than one million home shoppers, is thought to be spending more than £4 million on 142 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans fitted with automated transmission and air conditioning.

'We've chosen the Sprintshift option, which uses an electro-hydraulic shift with automatic clutch control because many of our delivery routes are in congested urban areas that involve stopping and starting,' a spokesman said.

'It should make life easier for our drivers and contribute to longer clutch life and improved fuel economy.'

Based on 311CDI chassis cabs, all the vehicles feature Paneltex box bodies which have side shutter doors concealing racking for ambient goods, while chiller compartments are accessed via hinged rear doors.

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