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Mercedes Presents India-made Trucks

Aiming to further strengthen its presence in the Indian sub-continent, Mercedes has launched the BharatBenz line of commercial trucks, which are proudly made in India. According to Daimler and Mercedes Chairman Dieter Zetsche, “We would have liked to come to the country earlier but there was a slowdown. We are very clear that we want to take a leadership position in India. We have chosen a very promising product for this market.” Boasting of a volume of more than 300,000 trucks sold in recent years, India has become one of the top markets for truck manufacturers. Hence, Mercedes’ logical decision to produce locally made, Mercedes-branded commercial trucks. By March 2012,… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Trucks NA Delivers 1,000th Natural Gas Truck

Without much fanfare, Daimler Trucks in North America has been doing its share to promote fuel and emissions efficiency. It was only the announcement that the 1,000th Freightliner truck had been delivered that made us sit up and take notice. Notably, Daimler Trucks North America is the first commercial truck manufacturer to have been able to sustain such steady volume production. It’s indicative of the fact that the division’s customers have accepted natural gas as a viable and reliable substitute to the mainstream diesel fuel that normally powers such trucks. This 1,000th truck is a medium-duty Freightliner Business Class M2 112, powered by a Cummins Westport ISL G engine.  Owing… Continue Reading »

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Fuso Canter for Europe in Tramagal

Daimler truck’s best-selling model, Fuso Canter is being produced in Tramagal. Thirty countries are being served by this location and the high-quality production methods of Japan are being adapted in this plant as they are working closely with Fuso in Japan. The central production location for the Fuso Canter for Europe is in the town of Tramagal, roughly 150 km northeast of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. The Fuso Canter, Daimler Trucks’ best-selling model, with a global production volume of over 150,000 units, is delivered to over 30 different countries from this location. The Tramagal plant is integrated into the Daimler Trucks production process and cooperates closely with Fuso in… Continue Reading »

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Daimler’s Joint Venture with Foton Got a Yes from Chinese Authorities

Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd. Has got an approval from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. This go ahead is an important step in the implementation of Daimler Trucks Global Excellence strategy and also this will allow them participation in the increase and growth of the Chinese truck market. Andreas Renschler, a member of Daimler’s Board of Management and Head of Daimler Trucks and Buses said, “This marks a milestone for the joint venture between Daimler and the Chinese truck manufacturer, Foton Motor, and for the implementation of Daimler Trucks’ worldwide strategy,” he added further, “The flexibility, persistence, patience, and intercultural understanding of both parties were decisive factors in forging… Continue Reading »

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Atego Trucks As Solid As The Stone It Transports

The Unimog has been featured more than a few times here, but it’s not the only versatile Mercedes truck that has been a loyal and reliable partner for a company. Bamberg-based stone restoration company Steinerestaurierung Bauer-Bornemann GmbH began using the Atego truck this year and field reports are more than promising. This truck, with a maximum 16-ton gross vehicle weight, is proving itself to be highly maneuverable given the extreme space constraints imposed on the vehicle at its current operational sites in Amsterdam and Munich. The company’s truck is used to collect and transport unrestored stonework and statues, some weighing up to two tons, to the company’s workshop in Bamberg…. Continue Reading »

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Long-Distance Actros Trucks Up for Orders

We’ve already reported that Mercedes-Benz’s new Actros line will be launching sometime in the second half of 2012. Recently, however, the German automaker has announced that the long-distance Actros trucks are now up for order. These long-distance haulers are designed to be clean and green—they’re the only trucks that comply with the strict Euro VI emission requirements. With Merc investing over a billion euro into the development of the equipment and production facilities for these Actros models, it’s easy to see that the investment has finally paid off. The new models cover a wide range of specifications, from the 421 horsepower model to the 510 horsepower variant. There are also… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Actros Trucks Launching In The Second Half Of 2012

Its predecessor won an International Truck of the Year award, so with this laurel firmly in the back of the minds of Mercedes’ truck designers, the Actros is being launched within the second half of this year. A primary feature of the Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks will be their BlueEFFICIENCY powerplants, which promise significant fuel savings combined with low emissions. For truck operators, this translates into more profitability. The Actros engines are brand-new, with four different outputs ranging from 310 kW to 375 kw. To achieve their significantly improved efficiencies, these engines are equipped with advanced technologies like X-Pulse injection systems, exhaust gas recirculation, exhaust after-treatment using BlueTec diesel technology and… Continue Reading »

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