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Citroen scoops Accuread contract

Date: 24 March 2009

Citroen has won the contract to supply more than 1000 cars to meter-reading giant Accuread from Vauxhall.

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions will manage the fleet of 1320 C1 1.0i Rhythm cars.

Jeff Cooke, AccuRead's area service delivery manager, said: "We researched a wide range of cars working with our account manager at Hitachi Capital prior to selecting the Citroen C1.

"Our meter readers can be in and out of their cars up to 50 times a day, so easy accessibility is a must. The C1 provides this, together with high standards of comfort, exceptional manoeuvrability and easy parkability.

"Also, the C1 is highly cost-effective due to its low running cost, with 60-plus mpg fuel consumption and very low CO2 emissions of just 106g/km, so it is also a great choice for the environment."

A Citroen spokesman added: "AccuRead is operating its C1 cars on Hitachi Capital's 18-month with-maintenance contract hire agreements. There is an option to extend these up to 24 months as required.

"During their service life with AccuRead, the C1s will average around 13,000 miles per year on a demanding stop-start operation, which can see them making up to 40 or 50 calls a day, with meter readers reading hundreds of meters per shift."