Mercedes trucks release the new Actros: the safest, most efficient, best connected truck EVER -


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Saturday, 8 September 2018

Mercedes trucks release the new Actros: the safest, most efficient, best connected truck EVER

Mercedes are set to launch the new Actros at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which is taking place in Hanover, Germany, from 20 to 27 September 2018.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is unveiling the brand’s new flagship to the world’s press at the Premiere Night. Mercedes-Benz is showcasing a truck which immediately attracts everybody’s attention due to its new, characteristic light signature along the top of the headlamps and its futuristic-looking MirrorCam.

The new Actros is a truck featuring pioneering innovations in series production which immediately pay off. The vehicle increases efficiency for business owners and comfort for drivers to a previously unattained level: fuel consumption has fallen noticeably while safety and vehicle availability have been increased further.

Watch the video to see the new Actros in action and get a taste for the look and feel of the stylish, fuel efficient truck.

Up to five percent less fuel consumption.

Compared to its predecessor, the new Actros consumes up to three percent less fuel on motorways and expressways. With mileage in long-distance haulage typically exceeding 120,000 kilometres per year, this again represents a significant cost reduction for the operator. When travelling on rural routes, the savings can be up to five percent, as here the effect of the improved Predictive Powertrain Control system is even more significant than before.

“Leading in Efficiency”.

To further reduce fuel consumption there is a new standard ratio for the weight-optimised rear axle. The gear ratio has been reduced from i = 2.533 previously to i = 2.412. Thanks to the weight-optimised G211 transmission, the new gear ratio is now available for all new Actros models equipped with the second-generation, six-cylinder OM 471 in-line engine and 315/70 R 22.5 tyres, paying off both on motorways and when travelling on rural routes alike.

MirrorCam as standard

One of the major talking points is the fact the Actros doesn't come with mirrors as standard. It in fact makes use of mirrorcam technology to replace the wing mirrors.

Until now, cameras replacing the outside mirrors have typically only been seen on concept vehicles. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is now systematically leveraging the advantages of this technology and is bringing with the new Actros a truck to market which is the first series production truck in the world to have MirrorCam on-board.

Replacing the conventional main mirrors and wide-angle mirrors, this system works entirely with digital cameras and displays. The MirrorCam provides a considerably improved all-round view and its performance significantly exceeds legal requirements. In addition to increased safety, the omission of mirrors reduces fuel consumption, as the compact digital cameras bring considerable aerodynamic advantages.

The new Multimedia Cockpit

Anyone getting on board the new Actros will immediately notice the new Multimedia Cockpit. Two colour displays are at the heart of this completely newly developed interface between driver and vehicle, each with a diagonal screen size of 10 inches, as part of the new Actros models’ standard equipment. 

In place of the conventional instrument cluster with its speedometer, rev counter and fuel gauge, the Multimedia Cockpit has a primary, colour display installed behind the steering wheel featuring high-resolution, flat-screen technology. This screen provides the driver with all basic information relevant to driving and much more, such as Active Drive Assist displays. The central area of the display can be configured to suit individual requirements.

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