Two versions of the Honda CR-V have been purchased by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS), a success that the automaker attributes to the SUV’s combination of power and economy.
The diesel CR-V offers 43.5mpg and will be used to deliver blood to patients all over Scotland.
On the performance side, the vehicle can accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds and also has a lower centre of gravity and a wider stance, improving its handling and agility.
Dale Fullerton, special vehicle operations sales manager for Honda UK, said: "The CR-V is very popular in the emergency services fleet sector. It has the ultimate combination of power and fuel economy, excellent road holding and car-like handling.
"The spaciousness of the CR-V in addition to all its other attributes made it an appropriate choice for SNBTS, as it has been for other fleets."
Luggage space of 556 litres is available in the Honda model, increasing to 955 litres when the seats are folded down.
George Kirk, fleet manager for the SNBTS, said the CR-V was chosen following extensive testing and praised Honda for being a "one-stop shop" for the supply and fitting of the service’s on-board emergency warning systems.