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Mercedes-Benz Trucks introduces innovations on the Actros and Arocs range, in addition to expanding the Arocs range.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks introduces innovations on the Actros and Arocs range, in addition to expanding the Arocs range.
  • Actros crowned Truck of the Year 2020
  • Latest innovations on theActros and Arocs range
  • Six new modelsadded to the Arocs range

Everyone talks, one delivers. The new Actros. This is the recently launched claim for Mercedes-Benz Actros andwith the new truck crowned International Truck of the Year 2020, it is clear that the brand is living up to its claim.

It  was  November  2019,when  specialist  commercial  vehicle  journalists  from Europe,  South  Africa,  Russia, Brazil, Australia and China voted the Mercedes-Benz Actros Truck of the Year for the fifth time since the first generation. In  line  with  the  jury  rules,  the  title  is  awarded  annually  to  the  truck  that  makes  the  biggest contribution  towards  road transport  innovations  that are  advantageous  to  the economy,  emissions,  safety,drivability and comfort of vehicles. “We are very proud and excited to introduce this phenomenal truck in the year in which it essentially holds the Global Truck of the Year title. This is not only historic for our market, but validates our progressive efforts to close the gap between our local and international product offerings, states Michael Dietz: CEO Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa.  

Introducing  over  sixty-four new  technological  features  and  advancements onthe  Actros,  Mercedes-Benz Trucks is  undoubtedly  committed  to  the ongoing development  of  its products  to  ensure  lower  total  costs, greater  safety,  and  maximized  use  for  customers. “Approximately  two years ago, we launched the fourth generation Actros with resounding market success and today we are extremely honored to fulfil our promise to expediently introduce the latest technology on the range without further delay”, says Maretha Gerber: Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks .

In  comparison  to  its  predecessor,  customers  can  expect  up  to 5%  percent  lower  fuel  consumptionon  the advanced Actros range, of  which  the  biggest  contributor  is  the Predictive Powertrain  Control  (PPC). Mercedes-Benz Trucks is advancing trucking into a new dimension of fuel-saving driving with this technological feature. Depending  on  the  traffic  situation  ahead,  PPC  can  realize significant  fuel  savings.  In  addition  to  a satellite-based  positioning  system,  PPC  uses  accurate  digital  road  maps  that  contain  data on  topography, which  means  the  truck  knows  the  road  and  route  profile  ahead. This  allows  the  new  Actros  to  employ  an anticipatory driving style, saving as much fuel as possible and ensuring optimal driver support.

PPC requires precise 3D Map data for effective deployment of functionality and it is in this breath that Daimler Trucks made a notable investment to ensure all primary routes and most of the secondary routes in South Africa are mapped prior to the launch of this truck. This certainly signifies the importance of this market to the Daimler Trucks organization.

In addition,four other core features stand out on the Actros as follows:

The MirrorCam: for the first time in a mass-produced truck, the MirrorCam replaces the conventional main and wide-angle mirror with a camera system. The MirrorCam improves safety and maneuverability.

Multimedia Cockpit: Revolutionises the Human Machine Interface (HMI)-immediately eye-catching inside the  cab  is  the  new Multimedia  Cockpit. The  neatly  arranged  and  clear  display  informs  the  driver  about  all essential driving and operating states, as well as the actions performed by Active Brake Assist 5, Predictive Powertrain Control and other driver assistance systems.

Active Brake Assist  5: The new Active Brake Assist 5 affords greater safety for pedestrians. Active Brake Assist 5 is now capable of carrying out emergency braking when encountering pedestrians crossing its path, approaching from the front or walking across. If Active Brake Assist 5 detects a risk of collision with a vehicle travelling ahead, a stationary obstacle or a moving pedestrian, the driver is alerted ofthe danger by a three-stage escalating warning system.

Mercedes-Benz Uptime: Reliability is essential for any fleet owner or manager. With the aim of greater vehicle availability,  Mercedes-Benz  Uptime  offers  an  innovative  service  product  for  customers  of  Mercedes-Benz Trucks through intelligent vehicle networking in real time and through intensive customer care.

Benefitting directly from the innovations available in the new Actros is the new Arocs range. Initially introduced in 2019, Arocs has set the benchmark in reliability, efficiency and safety within the distribution segment, while raising  the  bar  in  relation  to reliability,  robustness  and  bodybuilder  friendliness within the construction segment. We are therefore thrilled to announce that six new models have been added to the existing range, comprising three freight carries (the Arocs 3336/48,the Arocs 3340/48 and the Arocs 3352/45),an 8x4 tipper (the Arocs 4145K/51)and two all-wheel drives off road vehicles(the Arocs 1845AE/45 and the Arocs 3345AE/45).

In both the distribution and construction applications, the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs model series impress not only with a comfortable driver workplace, but also with precisely coordinated, application-matched vehicle configurations, fuel-saving efficient technology and attractive service offers which lowers total costs. With new enhancements like the multifunctional steering wheel,which enhances ergonomics and ease of operation, the electronic parking brake, which combines simple handling, driving comfort and safety, the key-less start, which improves  driver  convenience. The  Arcos  is  more  functional  and  comfortable  than  ever. Furthermore, the Arocs range comes standard with a seat belt monitor, rain sensor, and rubber mats for driverand co-driver's side.

“With the addition of the new Actros  and  additional Arocsmodels,  I  am  pleased  to say we  now  boast  a complete product line-upwithin the Heavy Duty Truck segment, that is not only unmatched in its design, but offers value for money to our customers“concludes Maretha.

Further information about Mercedes-Benz Trucks Southern Africa is available online: http://www.mercedes-benz.co.za/trucks

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