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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 Trucks Wörth Plant Turns 50

Guess who just turned 50? In a huge anniversary gathering, Mercedes-Benz Trucks celebrated the 50th year of production in its Wörth plant, to commemorate the first units straight out of the assembly line on October 1st back in 1963. Around 300 guests were present in the celebration. The guests included Mercedes-Benz personnel as well as some figures within the industry as well as in politics. You have Dr Dieter Zetsche, of course, in his capacity as Daimler CEO. Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses chief Dr Wolfgang Bernhard was also on hand, as was Mercedes-Benz Trucks head Stefan Buchner. Dr Zetsche talked about the ‘Spirit of Wörth’, which basically has three elements: innovation,… Continue Reading »

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Dr. Bernhard Upbeat After First 90 Days as Commercial Vehicles Head

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, the Daimler Board of Management member who is in charge of the commercial vehicles division, was positive when he assessed his first 90 days on the job. This was the sentiment at a press event held at the Worth plant of Mercedes-Benz. The past three months have been marked by some excellent initiatives that saw Daimler Trucks maneuver into a position where it’s poised for global leadership. The product range has been fully realized, and there’s still a bright future ahead for the Trucks division. According to the commercial vehicles chief, current programs will be continued systematically, and this should sustain the moment of the division going… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Trucks Asia Ship First India-made FUSO Units, On Pace for ‘Asia Business Model’ Targets

It looks like Daimler Trucks is successfully implementing its ‘Asia Business Model’ plan, as the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck  and Bus Corporation and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles are on pace to achieve its joint target of 290,000 units in sales by 2020. This is evidenced by the start of exports for new ‘Made in India’ FUSO trucks, which share the same platform as the BharatBenz trucks. Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler AG board member in charge of the trucks and buses divisions, spoke of the two companies’ strengths and how they help keep the business plan in the region on the right track. “In May we announced the start of production for… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Trucks Growing its Business in Asia and Africa Through MFTBC and DICV

In order to get stronger results from its commercial vehicles division, Daimler has been working hard to establish itself in new growth markets, particularly in Asia and Africa. Key here is Daimler Trucks’ “Asia Business Model” that allows it to gain traction through ‘stronger bundling and optimization’ of operations within the region. Important facilities within the region are major contributors to the division’s growth. Among these facilities are the Kawasaki, Japan-based Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), as well as the Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) facility in Chennai, India. Daimler Trucks has a 2015 target of 500,000 units sold for that year, and a loftier 2020 target of… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Actros 1851 GigaSpace Wins Green Truck 2013 Award

What’s the greenest, most eco-friendly truck right now? If you answered the Mercedes-Benz Actros 1851 GigaSpace, then you’re right! The particular Euro VI-compliant commercial vehicle model was recently awarded with the ‘Green Truck 2013′ award, determined by Trucker and VerkehrsRundschau magazine editorial teams. The key criteria for the award include fuel consumption (test results for which were recorded by the aforementioned magazines) and CO2 emissions. Max payload and exhaust emission classification also factored into the rankings. The Actros 1851 GigaSpace’s fuel consumption was shown to be nearly one whole liter lower compared to the second-ranked commercial vehicle. The Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) technology is seen as key to this result, as… Continue Reading »

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