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Mercedes Actros Gets the Fleet Truck of the Year 2014 Award

Mercedes-Benz is not only outstanding in its luxury cars. Once again, the brand showed that it is capable of adapting into the continuously-changing landscape of the auto industry even in its other products. Recently, the new Mercedes Actros was voted as the “Fleet Truck of the Year 2014″. The recognition was given to the three-pointed star marque’s truck division in the Motor Transport Awards 2014. The Motor Transport Awards is considered by the automotive sector as their own version of the “Oscars” as its prestige can be likened to it. The latest event marked the 29th year of the awarding body. The judging panel was composed on 60 highly regarded experts in the auto… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Actros Literally Dwarfed by Its Cargo

Mercedes-Benz USA tweeted a photo last week showing the amazing power of the Mercedes-Benz Actros. The photo, which can be seen above, displays the Mercedes-Benz Actros carrying a massive mining truck. The cargo of the Mercedes truck is so huge that the vehicle carrying it looks like a miniature vehicle in comparison to it. According to an article in Road & Track, the usual mining trucks can be anywhere between 180 to 240 tons. But, the weight can even go more than that. Notably, a behemoth Caterpillar 797B mining truck weighs approximately 308 tons. As seen in the picture, the width of the two-lane highway alone is not enough to cover the mining… Continue Reading »

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30,000+ Mercedes-Benz Actros Trucks Now in Operation

In less than two years since it was launched on the market, the Mercedes-Benz Actros has proven time and again that it’s a formidable and reliable truck. Right now, there are around 30,000 of these trucks in operation worldwide, with some stated to have already accumulated mileage of over 600,000 kilometers. Of that aforementioned figure, Mercedes-Benz says that over a third (some 11,000 units, as per Mercedes-Benz) are already variants that come with Euro VI technology. The proportion of orders for Euro VI variants increase by the day, which is no surprise when you consider a customer survey of European customers from 12 countries showed that the customers managed to… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Actros is Ireland’s ‘Truck of the Decade’

Here’s another award for the Mercedes-Benz Actros long-distance truck. This time, the accolade is the inaugural ‘Truck of the Decade’ award in Ireland, an award given by the Fleet Transport magazine. The award was based on votes through a variety of sources: Fleet Transport readers, Twitter and Facebook users, and attendees at the Mondello Truck Show. Voters chose from among the winners of the Irish ‘Truck of the Year’ award over the last decade, and the stiff competition faced by Mercedes-Benz included bets from Volvo, MAN, and Scania. Perhaps a big factor that helped the Actros win is the fact that it won the publication’s Truck of the Year award… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Provides 11 Actros Trucks to Help in Relief Efforts for Syrian Refugees

The Syria crisis may be coming to an end, but there is still the issue of the thousands of refugees that fled the country. In order to help out, Mercedes-Benz is working with Wings of Help to provide aid for the refugees in Southern Turkey. The German automaker has committed 11 Actros semitrailer trucks to the relief efforts, dubbed as Convoy of Hope — Wings on Wheels. The convoy will be responsible for the transport of relief supplies amounting to an estimated €4 million (around $5.42 million) from the Frankfurt Motor Show location all the way to the Gaziantep near the Syria-Turkey border. Distance to be covered by the Convoy of Hope… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz DTM Team Relies on Actros Trucks to Journey 2,600km from Germany to Russia

With the DTM headed to Russia for the touring car championship’s inaugural race at the Moscow Raceway, the Mercedes-Benz team will be relying on 6 units of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros to shuttle the team’s equipment for over 2,600 kilometers in a journey that goes from the team’s German HQ all the way to Russia, passing through Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia in the process. One of the truck drivers for the team, Charl Lohrmann, noted that the Actros was just the perfect truck for this kind of transport job. The safety and reliability of the truck are among the main advantages, not including the sheer ability to transport such valuable… Continue Reading »

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Spedition Bartkowiak Adds Another Mercedes-Benz Actros Euro VI

Spedition Bartkowiak, a Lower Saxony-based freight forwarder, is adding a new Euro VI-compliant Mercedes-Benz Actros to its fleet. To be more precise, the new unit is an opal-green Actros 1845 LS, which was received personally by Klaus Bartkowiak, the freight forwarder’s managing director. The Actros Euro VI was chosen because it suited the corporate philosophy of Bartkowiak, who puts a premium on sustainable growth in terms of the ‘economic, social, and environmental perspective’. In the span of a few years, Spedition Bartkowiak was able to cut consumption figures of its fleet by 20 percent. A major part of this sustainability involves transitioning over to Euro VI variants for its truck… Continue Reading »

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