Christmas came early for Essex-based operators of Mercedes-Benz and FUSO commercial vehicles with the opening on Monday 6 December of Motus Truck & Van’s state-of-the-art aftersales centre at Gershwin Park, Witham. This new facility joins the park that is already home to Aldi, Persimmon Homes, Seymour Nursery and a Marstons public house.

The latest addition to the Dealer’s branch network is perfectly located alongside a stretch of the A12 trunk road that runs between Chelmsford and Colchester. This is the primary route by which vehicles working in and out of the docks at Felixstowe and Harwich, reach London and the M25.

The smart and airy reception area includes comfortable rest and meeting facilities, while the 700 sq m Parts department carries broader and deeper stocks of Mercedes-Benz Genuine Parts than has previously been possible.

The heart of the 2,500 sq m building, though, is its fully equipped workshop. This has nine full-length truck and trailer bays – three of which have 22-metre pits – with another eight set aside for van maintenance and repairs. There is an Authorised Testing Facility in which inspectors from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will carry out truck MOT tests, while the Dealer’s own van technicians will MOT vehicles in the Class 4 and 7 categories at times of the day or night that are most convenient to customers.

Speaking at last week’s open day event, Motus Truck & Van Managing Director Lee Seward recalled: “We began construction work just under a year ago, but this project has been a lot longer in the planning. We’re delighted, therefore, to be welcoming our guests today, and to give them this opportunity to see for themselves a flagship development of which we’re all very proud.”

Motus Truck & Van represents the Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Mercedes-Benz Vans brands  from a network of nine branches in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire. Like other members of the manufacturer’s franchised network, it also sells and supports the FUSO Canter light truck range.