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New Mercedes-Benz Actros on the starting line

New Mercedes-Benz Actros on the starting line

Jan 25, 2008
Wörth am Rhein
  • Sales release date on January 28, 2008
  • Automated manual transmission Mercedes-Benz Powershift
    now in series
  • 700,000 tonnes of CO2 avoided by BlueTec technology to date
Wörth am Rhein – At the Mercedes-Benz truck plant in Wörth, Andreas Renschler, member of the Board of Management responsible for Daimler Trucks, and Hubertus Troska, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Europe/Latin America, allowed a very first look at the new Actros, as part of a "Sneak Preview".
The sales release date for the new Mercedes-Benz Actros is January 28, 2008. The third generation of this truck family has been further improved with 37 individual measures to perfect its economy, comfort and design. As a first in this market segment, a fully automated transmission - Mercedes-PowerShift – is now equipped as standard.
Mr. Renschler underlined the market leadership of the new Actros, reasserting the constant determination to make an almost perfect vehicle even better: "The new Actros documents the leadership claim of Mercedes-Benz and its flagship truck. This has been the trendsetter in its sector since it was introduced in 1996, and the most successful model in the heavy-duty truck sector with sales of 550,000 units in more than 100 countries".
The new Actros is powered by highly successful and economical BlueTec engines in six output classes from 235 kW to 350 kW with V6-engines, and in three output classes from 375 kW to 440 kW with V8-engines.
Hubertus Troska: "BlueTec uniquely combines economy with ecology. More than 100,000 Mercedes-Benz BlueTec trucks already in worldwide operation since its introduction three years ago have so far saved around 300 million litres of diesel fuel and spared the environment 700,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions".
The new Actros is available with a choice of three optional packages: these "safety packets" are graduated to include various safety support features. The “Top Safety Package” includes all the safety systems currently available, including the unrivalled Active Brake Assist. The Allianz insurance company grants customers who opt for the Mercedes-Benz "Top Safety Package" a discount of 10% on their third-party and fully comprehensive insurance premiums, which means that annual savings of around €800 are possible for insurance premiums alone. Fleetowners working with particularly tight cost control can invest in the so-called "Economy Packages" when ordering their new Actros, and the "Comfort Packages" for the Actros set even higher standards where comfort is concerned. Most of these additional comfort features are also safety-enhancing in nature.
The new Mercedes-Benz Actros is both emotionally appealing and practical in design: The front end of the new Actros is decidedly dynamic: in contrast to the preceding model, the sides of the radiator grille now curve gently and harmoniously extend to the sun visor. The number of louvres in the radiator grille has been reduced, however these are now much more prominent in shape and have a dynamic contour thanks to upward-pointing wings at the ends. The chrome centrepiece underlines the impression of quality and lightness. At the lower end, the front-end rests on a new front apron which has the appearance of a discreet spoiler with three apertures and a counter-running tangent, once again suggesting power and solid roadholding.
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The new Actros is once again the trend-setter where comfort is concerned: Once again the new Actros sets the standard where comfort is concerned. The further improved, temperature-controlled auxiliary air conditioning system ensures constant temperatures and a healthier interior climate. The improved steering of the semitrailer tractors with air suspension is even more direct, ensuring better directional stability and less sensitivity to rutted road surfaces.  The new Actros is available e.g. in Germany with comfort packages which improve the driver’s wellbeing and physical/mental fitness. In addition to improving comfort and safety, these additional comfort packages help to make the driver identify with his workplace.
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The new Mercedes-Benz Actros is at the starting line: The third generation of the Mercedes-Benz vehicle family has been further improved with a lot of individual measures relating to economy, comfort, safety and design. As a first in this market segment, the fully automated Mercedes PowerShift transmission is now standard equipment. This further underlines the leadership claim of the Actros, which has become the industry trendsetter since its launch in 1996 and is now the most successful heavy truck model with sales of 550,000 vehicles in more than 100 countries. The new Mercedes-Benz Actros can be ordered from January 28, 2008.
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