Scotland’s largest independent timber supplier, Rembrand Timber Ltd of Dundee, has begun replacing its car fleet with Toyota Yaris and Corolla models.
Rembrand imports timber, sheet materials and joinery products from all over the world. Based on a culture of complete customer service, the company has more than 100 staff, an annual turnover of more than £24 million and its own distribution service, with local depots across Scotland providing a fast-track delivery service.
Rembrand’s car fleet numbers some 30 vehicles, and these are driven by its team of sales representatives, managers and other office staff. The company’s previous agreement was with Citroën, but it recently decided to switch makes, and is now expected to take on up to 10 Toyotas a year.
“We were looking to get the best cars we could in terms of build quality and price,” said Managing Director John Lawson. “Reliability was also an important factor. We have chosen Yaris and Corolla, and may be looking at the Verso version in the future.” The company recently took delivery of its first Toyotas, Yaris T3’s and Corolla T2’s powered by the manufacturer’s economical and eco-friendly 1.4 litre D-4D diesel engines. “It’s early days yet, but the drivers are happy with the cars, and Toyota Fleet has been very helpful,” said Mr Lawson.
The vehicles are supplied on three-year contract hire deals by Carlisle-based Custom Fleet. Over the lease period, sales staff cars are expected to average 30,000 miles a year, and managers’ around 12,000 miles.