Ac­tros ready to move SA

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - ALWYN VILJOEN

THE F1 race car that Lewis Hamil­ton hurls around with such suc­cess and the new Ac­tros truck trac­tor that MercedesBenz launched on Tues­day have some­thing in com­mon — thou­sands of hours in a wind tun­nel.

As re­sult, even the tip­per ver­sion of the new lorry sports fins and de­flec­tors that would not be out of place in the next Trans­form­ers movie.

This is not, how­ever, a big-boned Amer­i­can ac­tor truck. Ac­cord­ing to Merc, the nim­ble Ac­tros is built to de­liver re­li­able, ef­fi­cient and above all safe driv­ing.

Un­like its pre­de­ces­sor, of which over 25 000 of both the Ac­tros and the out­go­ing Axor have been sold in South Africa since it was in­tro­duced to the mar­ket in 1998, the new Ac­tros will ex­clu­sively be avail­able as a truck-trac­tor, in both air and steel sus­pen­sion.

Eight new air-sus­pended mod­els will ini­tially be avail­able. Four 4x2 air-sus­pended truck-trac­tors and four 6x4 air sus­pended truck-trac­tors, and fur­ther steel- and air-sus­pended truck-trac­tors are to be launched dur­ing the se­cond part of the year.

The proven but age­ing tech of the Axor will be re­placed in Septem­ber by the new Arocs, which is aimed at the rough and tum­ble rigid dis­tri­bu­tion, con­struc­tion, off-road and spe­cialised ap­pli­ca­tion mar­kets.

Euro 3, OM460 en­gine

Al­though based on proven tech­nol­ogy, the new in-line six-cylin­der lay­out has been op­ti­mised and boasts higher torque at lower en­gine speeds, a broader torque range and op­ti­mised aux­il­iary con­sumers such as the op­ti­mised vis­cous fan clutch re­sult­ing in an im­pres­sive over­all fuel con­sump­tion sav­ing.

The new OM460 en­gine is avail­able in four en­gine out­put rat­ings from 265 kW (360hp) up to 330 kW (450hp) and torque rang­ing from 1 800 Nm to 2 200 Nm.

Euro V OM471 en­gine

For fleets that have un­in­ter­rupted sup­ply of clean diesel, The OM471 Euro V en­gine fea­tures the lat­est en­gine tech­nol­ogy and is the most ef­fi­cient en­gine in the new range.

The high ef­fi­ciency of the new 12,8-litre in-line six-cylin­der en­gine is achieved by the unique com­mon-rail X-Pulse in­jec­tion sys­tem which has the abil­ity to boost the pres­sure from 1 160 bar in the com­mon rail sys­tem to an in­jec­tion pres­sure of up to 2 700 bar in the in­di­vid­ual in­jec­tors.

This en­ables an ex­tremely fine spray pat­tern lead­ing to an op­ti­mised com­bus­tion cy­cle. The ex­haust gases are treated with SCR tech­nol­ogy with AdBlue in­jec­tion to en­sure they meet the Euro V emis­sion stan­dards that re­duce NOx and par­tic­u­late mat­ter by up to 90%.

The new OM471 en­gine is avail­able in two en­gine out­put rat­ings of 310kW (420 hp) up to 330 kW (450hp) and peak torque from 2 100 Nm to 2 200 Nm.

Trans­mis­sion

The all-new Ac­tros mod­els are fit­ted with Mercedes’ Pow­er­shift 3 fully au­to­mated 12-speed trans­mis­sions as stan­dard for fast, cor­rect and pre­cise gear changes.

The econ­omy drive pro­gramme, stan­dard on all on high­way truck-trac­tors, en­sures a par­tic­u­larly eco­nom­i­cal driv­ing style.

‘Pure’ value

The new Ac­tros Pure offers ex­cep­tional econ­omy at an ex­cep­tional price. It is equipped with the same driv­e­line as the stan­dard model but has a re­duced scope of stan­dard equip­ment to ad­dress the cus­tomer re­quire­ment of hav­ing a more ba­sic truck yet still an ef­fi­cient and safe truck.

To this end, a driver airbag and a seat belt mon­i­tor are stan­dard safety fea­tures on the Pure.

The Pure is equipped with steel rein- forced rims, Jost 38-C 2” heavy duty fifth wheel and cy­clone pre-fil­ter. The Pure fea­tures the com­fort­able L-cab StreamS­pace 2.3m cabin.

‘Fuel’ the econ­omy

The new Ac­tros Fuel spec­i­fi­ca­tion mod­els ad­dress the needs of the hazardous goods oper­a­tor. In ad­di­tion to be­ing fully ADR and SANS1518 com­pli­ant, they fea­ture ad­di­tional safety fea­tures far in ex­cess of the le­gal re­quire­ments.

The Ac­tros Fuel fea­tures the most com­pre­hen­sive list of stan­dard safety equip­ment on of­fer.

In ad­di­tion to stan­dard safety fea­tures al­ready on board the new Ac­tros, the mod­els are fur­ther en­hanced with Ac­tive Brake As­sist 4, Prox­im­ity Con­trol As­sist, Roll Con­trol As­sist and a red driver’s seat­belt. Lane Keep­ing As­sist, driver airbag and Sta­bil­ity Con­trol As­sist re­main stan­dard.

The out­stand­ing fea­ture of Ac­tive Brake As­sist 4 is that it warns the driver of im­mi­nent col­li­sions with pedes­tri­ans and au­to­mat­i­cally ini­ti­ates par­tial brak­ing. It is the first sys­tem of its type world­wide to per­form such func­tions.

FleetBoard and Eco Sup­port

FleetBoard Eco Sup­port pro­vides ef­fec­tive driver sup­port in real time by dis­play­ing tips on a con­sump­tion-re­duc­ing driv­ing style in the in­stru­ment clus­ter dur­ing the jour­ney.

Merc’s tele­met­ric sys­tems, FleetBoard and Fleetboard Eco Sup­port, are stan­dard on all new Ac­tros mod­els.

Stan­dard war­ranty

The new Ac­tros comes stan­dard with a 1 year/un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre com­plete ve­hi­cle war­ranty and a five-year or 650 000km stan­dard war­ranty on the driv­e­train. At the launch, fleet oper­a­tors and Maretha Ger­ber were al­ready struc­tur­ing deals that en­sure buy-back and low in­ter­est, which bodes well for the on­go­ing sale suc­cess of the Ac­tros range.

PHOTO: ALWYN VILJOEN

Maretha Ger­ber be­hind the wheel of the newly launched Mercedes-Benz Ac­tros, which will soon be joined by the Arocs (right), which re­places the rugged Axor.

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