Mercedes-Benz do Brasil has just completed its two-millionth locally-made commercial vehicle, a milestone achieved in 57 years. That figure is comprised of some 1.4 million trucks along with 600,000 buses and chassis. According to Mercedes-Benz Trucks Europe and Latin America chief Stefan Buchner, Daimler Trucks’ operations in Brazil started “way before the country was considered an up-and-coming economy.” He added that Brazil is currently among the brand’s vital truck markets. That is, of course, not just in sales but also in production, as underscored by the 2-million-unit milestone. With around €540 million invested between 2010 and 2013, Mercedes-Benz do Brasil was able to prepare for some considerable growth. With new engine… Continue Reading »
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When it comes to beauty and performance, no doubt, Mercedes trucks are winners. This is proven by numerous awards being given to these beautiful monsters, the most recent was the red dot award. The red dot award is an international design competition. This year, 58 countries and 1,800 manufacturers and designers competed to get a citation from them, and not surprisingly, the Actros captured the judges’ attention. “What is important is a durable and functional design idiom that continues to look appealing and modern for years to come. The new Actros balances function with perfect exterior form, ” commented red dot award’s director Professor Peter Zec. Here’s the official press… Continue Reading »
Last night in Stuttgart, Mercedes won got seven awards, five for its vehicles and two for its services. The Sprinter vans won the “vans up to 3.5t” category, the Actros for the “long haul truck” and “dump tucks up to 32t” category, “urban regular-service buses” was bagged by the Citaro and the Tourino was awarded the best in “midibuses” category. The service of “rental/leasing” was also given to Mercedes-Benz Charterway and Truckworks was awarded the “truck/trailer” category. Andreas Renschler, the Board of Management responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses said proudly, “We are delighted about the seven awards and want to thank all the readers. This once more proves… Continue Reading »
There’s a new truck headed for its own special slot in Mercedes-Benz’s range of trucks. It’s called the Antos, and it’s billed as a “heavy-duty, short-radius distribution transport,” the niche of which is primarily the regional transport of food and other similar goods. The truck is set to make its official world debut in September, at IAA Commercial Vehicles Hanover 2012. Ahead of this premiere, the company has released some definitive sketches of the exterior and interior details of the vehicle. From the sketches, it’s easy to spot the influence of the design philosophy found in the Actros, the larger long-distance and heavy-duty truck in the range. The minimalistic and… Continue Reading »
A nice video made in cooperation with Jung von Matt, the leading ad agency of Daimler, shows the Actros as a taxi to show its harshest critics what are its benefits. It passed by Volvo and MAN and picked up passengers from their offices. The result was impressive, not surprisingly, because the “employees” of the competitors seem to like what they saw inside the Mercedes truck. People at the Munich airport were also fascinated by the “taxi truck”, who wouldn’t be?
Since the second quarter of 2010, which was the beginning of production of the Mercedes-Benz Actros and Axor in Russia, it has been growing exponentially that they now have the Unimog, which is also continuing its success. The joint venture of Daimler and the Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz called Mercedes-Benz Truck Vostok, started rolling the Unimog U 400 in Naberezhyne Chelny a few days ago. The assembly, based in Mercedes-Benz standards are in that area of Russia, then the kits are being delivered in Woerth. The Unimog has been in existence for over 60 years. Since then it has gained attention for being a versatile and powerful utility and transport… Continue Reading »
Mercedes-Benz Bank is introducing a new insurance policy for the new Actros. For the first time a policy will depend on how the truck will be used. For example, if the Actros is being used for light loads and lowland areas, the insurance premiums that will be collected is 60% lower than a truck that is being used for heavy loads and in hilly areas. The information will be collected and calculated by a telematics system called FleetBoard. This insurance policy covers liability and insurance protection for all trucks equipped with FleetBoard. Anthony Bandmann, Mercedes-Benz Bank’s private and customers board says, “The Mercedes-Benz FleetBoard truck insurance is an innovation. We… Continue Reading »