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The new Actros for long-distance haulage with Blue Efficiency Power is ready to order

  • High investment in the world’s cleanest truck

  • Enhanced comfort, handling, and economy

  • First truck developed consistently in line with Euro VI requirements

  • Drawbacks of sophisticated exhaust gas treatment system have been more than offset

  • Diesel consumption cut by seven percent

Brüssel/Stuttgart - “Trucks have become and continue to become more and more economical, efficient, safer, and quieter,” says Andreas Renschler, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management with responsibility for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses. “The Euro VI legislation soon to go into effect in Europe requires us to come up with completely new vehicle concepts.

The new Mercedes-Benz Actros enables us to meet the demanding Euro VI limits while at the same time further reducing fuel consumption to such an extent that customers notice it in their pockets. Our customers need to know that it will pay off for them if they invest in environmental protection at an early stage of the game by purchasing a Euro VI vehicle. Governments also clearly have an obligation to offer incentives that will speed up the modernization of truck fleets.”

The new Mercedes-Benz Actros

With a total investment of more than €1 billion for the vehicle’s complete development, the new Mercedes-Benz Actros is the first truck to hit the road with a design that’s consistently in line with Euro VI requirements. In addition, more than €1 billion was invested in production locations and equipment and tools for the model. The new long-distance haulage truck will become available for ordering on July 1, 2011. Expectations for it are high, as its main competitor at the moment is the current Actros MP3, of which more than 700,000 units have been sold to date, making it the best-selling truck in Europe.

Economy, secure handling, and driver comfort were the top priorities when the new truck was developed from the ground up. The vehicle has a new range of cabs, new engines, a new chassis, and a new design featuring eye-catching lighting units. The design gives the truck a powerful and dynamic look that also reveals the outstanding aerodynamic fine-tuning carried out during the 2,600 hours the model spent in the wind tunnel. The external dimensions of the cabs promise generous interior space for drivers to work, live, and relax in.

Economy: Three to seven percent lower fuel consumption

Depending on its exhaust classification, the new Actros boasts either three to four percent (Euro VI), or six to seven percent (Euro V) lower diesel consumption than the current Actros MP3. This will likely make the new Actros the Euro VI long-distance haulage truck that most efficiently converts energy from diesel fuel into transportation performance in Europe.

To achieve this ambitious goal, Daimler is using the new powertrain generation from Mannheim for the Actros. The powertrain’s ultramodern technology, which includes the unique X-Pulse injection system, as well as exhaust gas recirculation, exhaust gas treatment with BlueTec diesel technology, and a closed particulate filter, has been tried and tested by American and Japanese Daimler Trucks customers in more than 70,000 vehicles. Its reliability and great fuel economy have already helped Daimler brands to achieve major increases in market share in those countries.

“Although the European truck market still has not regained its pre-crisis level, we expect sales of trucks over six tons GVW to rise by at least 25 percent this year, whereby higher growth rates are also possible,” says Hubertus Troska, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “Our customers are getting a boost and therefore so are we as truck manufacturers. That’s why we plan to increase global sales of Mercedes-Benz trucks by about 20 percent this year from their 2010 level of 135,000 units - and with the new Actros we’ve laid the foundation for achieving this objective.”

Enhanced reliability with 20 percent longer engine operating performance (1.2 million kilometers), maintenance intervals extended to as much as 150,000 km, and a cost reduction of up to six percent for the Complete service contract are further aspects that are helping to meet the demands of vehicle operators for greater economy. As a result, the additional procurement costs for the Euro V version of the new truck can be recouped within two years. A similar result could be achieved with the Euro VI version if appropriate incentives are offered.

Photo: MB

(Jun 21, 2011)


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