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A spectacular event held in Dubai last week was used by Mercedes-Benz to signal the launch of its latest generation of Arocs and Actros heavy duty vehicles.
Their launches follows a more than 6 million km of endurance runs conducted by the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Testing Center based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mercedes-Benz said that both Actros and Arocs feature a new distinctive cab design for comfort and ease of use. The trucks are also includes a “highly sophisticated and reliable single source” drive train and new “resilient, powerful and efficient engines” which are available in Euro III, IV and V emission norms, offering a wide range of power outputs from 240 kW (326 hp) up to 460 kW (625 hp).
“Combined with the latest generation of the Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated gearbox equipped as standard, the Actros and Arocs achieve highest levels of fuel-efficiency, contributing to the profitability of the fleet operators,” said the company.
The Mercedes-Benz Arocs is intended for construction and off-road applications and is available as Chassis-, Mixer-, Tipper- and all-wheel-drive variants – from 4×2 to 8×8 configurations with Gross Combination Weights (GCW) of up to 250 tons.
“When exceptional robustness is required along with maximum load-bearing capability for use on construction sites or away from surfaced roads, then the new Arocs is the right choice,” said Mercedes-Benz. “The extremely resilient Arocs can work under the toughest off-road conditions, far from any highway.”
Mercedes-Benz describes the Actros as a long-distance and distribution haulage vehicle. The truck is one of the best-selling vehicles in its class and celebrated the 20th anniversary of its regional debut last year.
“When developing the new Actros, the focus was primarily on designing a truck for transportation applications,” the company said in its release statement. “Thanks to a broad product offering, it meets the needs of long-distance haulage as well as heavy-duty short-radius transport and distribution haulage. Highly efficient, reliable and durable, this truck boasts many benefits.”
Additionally, there are two new highly specialised heavy-haulage vehicles in the guise of the Actros SLT and the Arocs SLT, which complement the truck range.
According to the company the launch opens up a new chapter in the heavy-duty truck segment for both the model series.
“Our Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs have proved that they can be relied on – as our customers do day in, day out, in many markets around the world,” commented Stefan Buchner, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “A truck has to help a customer do the best job possible. And that is as true in the Middle East and Africa as anywhere. We are now taking our latest Actros and Arocs models to the markets there, with the aim of leveraging the momentum being experienced across these regions.”