by Adrian Dorofte and Adrian Andronic
e-mail: mercedesbenzblog@gmail.com

Mercedes-Benz Trucks at the 2012 International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA) in Hanover

A. Mercedes-Benz Antos: the world premiere of the first truck specialised for the short-radius distribution

- Antos: in a class of its own
- Design: unmistakeable origin, unique character
- Three cab variants, all with premium cockpit
- Euro VI engines from 175 kW (238 hp) to 375 kW (510 hp)
- Fully automated transmission for all variants
- All safety systems in short-radius distribution for the first time
- Wide range of vairants, chassis with good body-mounting ability
- Antos Loader: a payload record for tractor units
- Antos Volumer: for uses with a low load compartment sill

The premiere of the new Mercedes-Benz Antos, the first specialised truck series for heavy-duty short-radius distribution. Whether it's food, domestic heating fuel or municipal transportation, with a permitted gross vehicle weight of 18 t to 26 t, the Antos is at home when it comes to regional transport. The model range, including the highly-specialised Loader and Volumer models, is just as varied as the field of application. The Antos's trump cards also include a wide range of engines compliant with the Euro VI emissions standard, fully automated transmission and the user-friendly cab. The new Antos will celebrate its public premiere at the International Motor Show for Commercial Vehicles (IAA) in September.

Antos: the first heavy-duty distribution truck in a class of its own

The new Antos is in a class of its own: in the Antos, Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer to provide a truck specifically for the usage profile in heavy-duty short-radius distribution: well-organised, easy-to-operate, economical and low-emissions vehicles for daily use are needed here. A topography that varies widely from one region to the next and varying loads require a broad range of engine powers; frequent stops en route require easy entry and exit. Heavy-duty distribution trucks are equally at home in towns and cities as they are in inter-city transport and on motorways. With its unusually broad range, the new Mercedes-Benz Antos is custom-designed for these diverse requirements of companies and drivers.  

Design: unmistakeable origin, unique character

The design of the new Mercedes-Benz Antos is unmistakeably reminiscent of the new Actros for long-distance transport. But the Antos has its own identity. The family likeness is unmistakeable: the origin is the same, but the character is different. The Antos, too, has a distinctive, clear design idiom and the contrasting flow of concave and convex lines. They add excitement to the powerful design. The Antos has a friendly feel, in line with its frequently urban field of application. The relatively flat design for short-radius distribution allows it to look very robust and sturdy at the same time, however. The width of the cab, which is 2.30 metres, also contributes to this. Together with the wide chassis, the Antos is dynamic and broad-shouldered in appearance. The transition between the cab and the wheel housings is harmonically designed. Drivers benefit from the convenient staircase-shaped entry with three steps. The central point of the front part is the radiator grille with the confidently large Mercedes star. Thanks to the flatter cab, the Antos generally manages with three radiator fins. They are perforated in a similar sporty style to the Actros. The three-part bumper with robust steel corners won't take exception to even comparatively rough use, which is par for the course in short-radius distribution.

Three cab variants, all with premium cockpit

The cab of the new Mercedes-Benz Antos is available as ClassicSpace in short (S) and medium (M) design. The medium-length variant is also available as a super-flat CompactSpace cab, for example for trucks with a refrigeration unit attached. Depending on the model, the engine tunnel is just 320 mm or 170 mm high. The medium-length cab optionally has a folding bunk 2000 x 600 mm in size and an all-around curtain, ideal for longer breaks or an occasional overnight stop. The driver of the new Antos sits in a premium cockpit. This is clear just from the multifunction steering wheel and from the generous seat adjustment. The cockpit of the new Antos has a dome-shaped and driver-orientated basic shape. The ergonomic operation and very well-organised instrument cluster are also exemplary. According to the field of application of the Antos, however, more functional materials are used. The driver's side of the cockpit is in black, the passenger side is in a flannel grey and the ceiling of the Antos is in a friendly, down-to-earth "greige", a shade between grey and beige, which makes the cab appear bigger. In the optional cab variant with an additional middle seat, the central section of the instrument panel has been moved towards the front oft he vehicle to provide extra kneeroom. The parking brake lever and the air vents have been repositioned accordingly.  

Euro VI engines from 175 kW (238 hp) to 375 kW (510 hp)

The new Mercedes-Benz Antos is available with an extraordinarily wide range of BlueEfficiency Power diesel engines. The range includes three up-to-the-minute and responsive inline six-cylinder engines compliant with the Euro VI emissions standard with a 7.7-litre, 10.7-litre and 12.8-litre displacement. The power ranges from 175 kW (238 hp) for lighter applications as a solo vehicle up to 375 kW (510 hp) for heavy-duty truck/trailer combinations and tractor/semitrailer combinations under very challenging topographical conditions. The new Mercedes-Benz OM 936 inline six-cylinder engine is particularly light and compact. The new design has a number of technical refinements, such as a maximum injection pressure of 2,400 bar or the world's first adjustable exhaust camshaft in a diesel engine. The Mercedes-Benz OM 936 is available in five power and torque levels:

Power / Torque

175 kW (238 hp) at 2,200 rpm / 1,000 at 1,200-1,600 rpm
200 kW (272 hp) at 2,200 rpm / 1,100 at 1,200-1,600 rpm
220 kW (299 hp) at 2,200 rpm / 1,200 at 1,200-1,600 rpm
235 kW (320 hp) at 2,200 rpm / 1,300 at 1,200-1,600 rpm
260 kW (354 hp) at 2,200 rpm / 1,400 at 1,200-1,600 rpm

The OM 470 inline six-cylinder engine with a 10.7-litre displacement, which is also new, already belongs in the heavy-duty class. It is based on the OM 471 series and also has its technical features, such as the unique X-Pulse fuel-injection system. The compact engine is very powerful and at the same time weight-optimised. The OM 470 is available in four versions:

Power / Torque

240 kW (326 hp) at 1,800 rpm / 1,700 Nm at 1,100 rpm
265 kW (360 hp) at 1,800 rpm / 1,800 Nm at 1,100 rpm
290 kW (394 hp) at 1,800 rpm / 1,900 Nm at 1,100 rpm
315 kW (428 hp) at 1,800 rpm / 2,100 Nm at 1,100 rpm

The top engine in the new Antos is the Mercedes-Benz OM 471 inline six-cylinder engine introduced in 2011. It has already proved to be a success in the new Actros. In the Antos, the engine is available at the following power and torque levels:

Power / Torque

310 kW (421 hp) at 1,800 rpm / 2,100 Nm at 1,100 rpm
330 kW (449 hp) at 1,800 rpm / 2,200 Nm at 1,100 rpm
350 kW (476 hp) at 1,800 rpm / 2,300 Nm at 1,100 rpm
375 kW (510 hp) at 1,800 rpm / 2,500 Nm at 1,100 rpm

All engines are already compliant with the Euro VI emissions standard. They have common-rail injection and exhaust gas recirculation. Treatment of the exhaust gases is by means of SCR technology with AdBlue injection and a downstream oxidation catalytic converter and a particulate filter. Maximum efficiency is taken for granted in the new BlueEfficiency Power generation of engines: all engines combine a spirited response and a very smooth ride with low consumption of fuel, AdBlue and engine oil, and with exemplary environmental protection and long maintenance intervals of up to 120,000 km for engine oil services.

Fully automated transmission for all variants

Power transmission is consistently by means of a fully automated and fast-acting Mercedes Powershift 3 transmission with eight and twelve gears. One special feature of the new Antos is the possibility of combining very compact engines such as the OM 936 with multi-stage transmissions. This results in a favourable performance, even in truck/trailer combinations and tractor/semitrailer combinations which are only occasionally loaded to full capacity, with correspondingly payload-optimised engines. The creep mode of the transmission is particularly important in short-radius distribution, with its high proportion of urban routes and manoeuvring operations at tight unloading areas: with a pulling-away gear or reverse gear selected, the driver can control the speed of the new Antos using the brake pedal alone. The automated transmission is actuated – if manual commands are required – by means of an intuitively-operated steering-column lever.  

Broad frame, safe handling

The Antos has an 834-mm wide frame as the basis for stable handling. The new steering operates both precisely and directly. The rear axle guide and the symmetrical four-bellows air suspension of the rear axle as usual ensure handling that is both comfortable and safe in equal measure.  

All safety systems in short-radius distribution for the first time

The full availability of all safety assistance systems familiar from the Actros in short-radius distribution too is typical of the new Antos and of Mercedes-Benz standards. The electronic brake system EBS with disc brakes all round, highly-effective engine brake, anti-lock braking system ABS and acceleration skid control ASR all come as standard, as well as the stability control assist. The new, equally light and powerful water retarder, the high-performance brakes and the proximity control assist with stop-start traffic function can also be supplied as optional extras. Also available are, among other things, lane keeping assist and the unique next-generation active brake assist 3, which can also initiate full brake application when approaching stationary obstacles. Attention assist continuously checks the attention of the driver – even with lane keeping assist deactivated – by means of various parameters. If concentration decreases, the driver is visually and acoustically prompted to take a break. Lane keeping assist is also reactivated. With all these assist systems, Mercedes-Benz has put together a safety package for the new Antos which is uncompromising and is unparalleled in short-radius distribution.  

Wide range of variants, chassis with good body-mounting ability

The new Antos range is as diverse as its fields of application. There are two and three-axle tractor units with wheelbases ranging from 2,650 mm to 4,000 mm. Chassis are available in eleven wheelbases from 3,700 mm to 6,700 mm in a 300-mm pattern. In addition to the two-axle chassis, the Antos is also available in a three-axle variant with a trailing axle as well as a trailing axle with twin tyres. Since a large proportion of the trucks in short-radius distribution have a special-purpose body, the new Antos is exceptionally well prepared for this. For example, with a consistent hole pattern in the frame at distances of 50 mm in length and height. With its variable frame extensions and individual positions of the end crossmember, the Antos likewise optimally adapts itself just as well to attachment bodies as it does to consoles at defined positions and uniform electronics interfaces across all variants.  

Loader/Volumer: the first usage-specific models

Together with the new Antos, Mercedes-Benz introduces usage-specific models for specialist transport in heavy-duty short-radius distribution. Mercedes-Benz uses the term Loader to describe payload-optimised variants. They achieve record values for unladen weight and payload.  

Antos Loader: a payload record for tractor units

The Antos Loader is the first tractor unit for 40-tonne vehicle combinations to be below the 6-tonne limit for unladen weight – and this is even with an engine that is compliant with the Euro VI emissions standard. As the Antos 1835 LS with the ClassicSpace cab, aluminium wheels and super single tyres on the rear axle, it weighs approx. 6,000 kg. Even with the larger OM 470 inline six-cylinder engine compliant with the Euro VI emissions standard and up to 315 kW (428 hp) of power, the tractor unit weighs approx. 6,400 kg. At this weight, the Antos is able to position itself very well in the competitive environment, and even in comparison to trucks in Euro V the new Antos Loader is right at the forefront, too. The prerequisite for this is consistent design aimed at a low weight. With the Antos Loader, this includes an aluminium entrance carrier, a weight-optimised windscreen and floor coverings, batteries with a reduced capacity, a combined tank for fuel and AdBlue and various other measures.  

Antos Volumer: for uses with a low load compartment sill

The advantages of the Antos Volumer include an 80-mm lower load compartment sill than was previously available. Customers can choose from a wide selection of cab models. In addition, buyers have the choice between different sizes of fuel tank – depending on whether the focus is to be on the payload or range.  

Mercedes-Benz Antos: in a class of its own

As the first and only specialist for heavy-duty short-radius distribution, the new Mercedes-Benz Antos is a landmark vehicle in a class of its own: the short-radius distribution pro covers the whole diverse spectrum of fields of application in its segment. Companies benefit from its economy and efficiency, bodybuilders from its good body-mounting ability and individuality and drivers from its user-friendliness, safety and handling.  

The Antos at the International Motor Show for commercial vehicles (IAA) 2012

Six Mercedes-Benz Antos vehicles covering the entire range of heavy-duty short-radius distribution vehicles will be on show in Hanover. For typical short-radius distribution of temperature-regulated goods, the Antos 1832 L is available as a chassis variant with a 5500 mm wheelbase, ClassicSpace cab and a refrigerated body. The compact engine from the new OM 936 series delivers 235 kW (320 hp), whilst the equally new G 140-8 automated eight-speed manual transmission handles the transfer of power. The Antos 1840 LS presents itself as a multi-faceted tractor unit and equally sports the ClassicSpace cab. The new OM 470 series engine offers an output of 290 kW (394 hp). Two Antos Loader versions represent payload-optimised transport. The Antos 1835 LS tractor unit with ClassicSpace cab develops 260 kW (354 hp) which makes it the top performer in the new OM 936 series. Twelve gears appropriately proportion the power. An Antos 2535 L 6x2 with tank body provides a typical usage example for the transport of mineral oil. The cabin and drive train are the same as the aforementioned model. Two Antos Volumer vehicles show off the impressive performance of the new Antos for volume-optimised transport. The Antos 1835 L solo vehicle has a low frame and sports the 2.3-metre-wide StreamSpace cab as well as a curtainsider platform body. An eight-speed transmission suffices here for power delivery. That's certainly not the case for the Antos 2543 L 6x2: here, the new OM 470 engine delivers a peak performance of 315 kW (428 hp) and thus requires the G211-12 automated twelve-speed transmission. On show are a ClassicSpace cab as well as a beverage body.

B. Mercedes-Benz Actros: new engine and model options making it more versatile and efficient than ever before

- Engines: two new inline 6-cylinders
- Loader/Volumer: models for specific use
- Actros Loader: a payload giant compliant with the Euro VI emissions standard
- Actros Volumer: extremely reduced coupling dimensions
- Predictive Powertrain Control: the clever cruise control
- Active Brake Assist 3: emergency braking before stationary obstacles

The new Mercedes Benz Actros has a number of new features and product enhancements lined up for the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2012. The flagship vehicle for long-haul transport now optionally includes new engines from the OM 470 and OM 936 series, both of which comply with the Euro VI emissions standard. The Actros Loader and Volumer, two models that have been designed for specific use, are setting the standard when it comes to payload, frame height and coupling point height. The Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) assistance system saves fuel by linking GPS data, cruise control and automatic PowerShift transmission, while the latest generation of the unique Active Brake Assist helps to avoid accidents: it is capable of independently braking before colliding with stationary obstacles.  

Actros: Economic superstar among the long-haul trucks

In terms of fuel efficiency, the new Mercedes‑Benz Actros is a real superstar among European long-haul trucks, proven by its spectacular “Record Run” fuel consumption test on public roads, as well as its performance on everyday haulage routes. With the new engine and model options, the influence of the Actros spreads even further: companies are now set to benefit from Mercedes‑Benz trucks with optimised volume and payload.

Engines: two new inline 6-cylinders

The new Mercedes-Benz Actros has now set the bar even higher: the specialist for national and international long-distance transport has further expanded its engine range. Two new inline 6-cylinder models have been added to the leading OM 471 series with 12.8 l displacement and a performance range of 310 kW (421 hp) to 375 kW (510 hp), as well as 2100 to 2500 Nm torque. The new OM 470 with 10.7 litre displacement is based on the larger and more established OM 471 engine series, boasting the same technical features from the unique patented X-Pulse injection system to the particulate filter. Efficient and low in weight, this compact engine is the lightest engine of its class that complies with the Euro VI emissions standard. In combination with FleetBoard, oil change intervals can last up to 150,000 km. There are four versions of the OM 470 available for the Actros:

Power / Torque

240 kW (326 hp) at 1800 rpm / 1700 Nm at 1100 rpm
265 kW (360 hp) at 1800 rpm / 1800 Nm at 1100 rpm
290 kW (394 hp) at 1800 rpm / 1900 Nm at 1100 rpm
315 kW (428 hp) at 1800 rpm / 2100 Nm at 1100 rpm

The new Mercedes‑Benz Actros is also available with the new and particularly compact inline 6-cylinder Mercedes-Benz OM 936. With 7.7 litre displacement, this engine is noticeably compact and light. This new design also boasts a number of sophisticated technical features, such as a maximum injection pressure of 2400 bar or the world’s first adjustable exhaust camshaft in a standard diesel engine. The Mercedes‑Benz OM 936 is already available in five power and torque stages:

Power / Torque

175 kW (238 hp) at 2200 rpm / 1000 at 1200-1600 rpm
200 kW (272 hp) at 2200 rpm / 1100 at 1200-1600 rpm
220 kW (299 hp) at 2200 rpm / 1200 at 1200-1600 rpm
235 kW (320 hp) at 2200 rpm / 1300 at 1200-1600 rpm
260 kW (354 hp) at 2200 rpm / 1400 at 1200-1600 rpm

With performance ranging from 175 kW (238 hp) to 375 kW (510 hp) and a maximum torque of 1000 to 2500 Nm, the new Actros boasts an unrivalled scope for a long-distance truck. Another unique selling point of the Actros: all models will only be offered with fully automated manual transmission. 

Loader/Volumer: models for specific use for the first time ever

While introducing the new engines, Mercedes‑Benz is also launching models made specifically for certain traffic situations. Mercedes‑Benz classifies payload optimised vehicle variants under the name “Loader”. These are capable of achieving record values when it comes to kerb weight and payload. Top results have also been achieved with the Actros Volumer: this leading large-volume truck sports the lowest coupling point height of all tractor units in its class in Europe.

Actros Loader: a payload giant compliant with the Euro VI emissions standard

The Actros Loader has turned out to be a payload giant, weighing approx. 6500 kg in a standard package that includes the new OM 470, a maximum power of 315 kW (428 hp), the ClassicSpace long-haul cab, aluminium wheels with 315/70 R 22.5 tyre format and a fuel tank with 300 litre capacity. It is thus one of the lightest long-haul tractor units to meet the Euro VI emissions standard. Even when compared to vehicles compliant with Euro V, the Actros Loader comes out on top. This is possible thanks to a consistent focus on features which keep weight low. These include the aluminium entrance carriers, weight-optimised windscreen and flooring, a lower berth in the cab, a closed cab wall on the right-hand side, batteries with reduced capacity, a combined tank for fuel and AdBlue, as well as plenty of other design features.  

Actros Volumer: extremely reduced coupling dimensions

Further improvements have been made to the Actros Volumer tractor unit. With a 315/45 R 22.5 tyre size format and reduced shock course for the spring, this lowliner achieves a coupling dimension of 880 mm – setting yet another record. Customers who purchase an Actros Volumer also benefit from the unusually broad range of five different final-drive ratios found in this vehicle category. Even with tyres other than those specified, the optimum and thus particularly efficient total ratio with direct-drive transmission is guaranteed at all times. Further highlights include a large selection of cab designs, as well as the choice between fuel tanks of varying sizes – depending on whether priority lies with payload or range. With up to 990 litres of diesel, the Actros Volumer also boasts a Euro VI emissions value that compares very well with others in its class.

Predictive Powertrain Control: the clever cruise control

The new Mercedes‑Benz Actros is another proven winner when it comes to fuel consumption. Together with the OM 471 and the new “Predictive Powertrain Control” (PPC), as much as three per cent is saved on fuel. PPC represents an anticipatory cruise control function coupled with the drive system. The assistance system registers the topography ahead using GPS data, thus facilitating a reaction that provides for optimum fuel consumption. PPC covers more than 95% of the motorways and federal highways in 28 European countries. As the world’s first GPS cruise control, the Predictive Powertrain Control is additionally used to adjust speed and braking in the transmission control module. This combination leads to an optimum shifting sequence on uphill stretches, avoids upshifting when approaching summits and proactively shifts down before downward slopes. The EcoRoll mode is also activated with just as much precision.  

Active Brake Assist 3: emergency braking before obstacles

The new Actros is not only more efficient but also safer. Regarded as the safest truck in the world, the latest version goes one step further with the next generation of the unique Active Brake Assist 3. The emergency braking system is now capable of independently initiating hard braking before stationary obstacles. This not only enables the Actros to reduce the consequences of a rear end accident as before but, depending on the speed travelled, to even avoid such accidents occurring in the first place; thus achieving yet another milestone in truck safety standards. The new Actros is the flagship of Mercedes‑Benz Trucks. The strengths of the new Actros, voted "Truck of the Year 2012" by an international jury of trade journalists, lie in its high standard of comfort, driving dynamics and efficiency.  

The new Actros at the International Motor Show for commercial vehicles (IAA) 2012

Seven new Mercedes-Benz Actros vehicles will cover the broad spectrum of the fleet flagship for long-distance transport. Three tractor units – including one 6x4 variant – and a three-axle chassis show the diversity of this archetypical long-distance transport vehicle. Their befittingly comfortable cabs go by the names of StreamSpace, BigSpace and GigaSpace. The engines offer performance figures of 310 kW (422 hp) and 375 kW (510 hp). A tractor unit of type 1848 LS with low frame bears the standard for the Volumer range. The Actros with GigaSpace cab is just one example of the broad line-up of available cabs. The need for weight-optimised vehicles is covered by the Loader variants Actros 1840 LS and 1843 LS. Hiding beneath their 2.3-metre-wide ClassicSpace and StreamSpace cabs are engines from the new OM 470 series with outputs of 290 kW (394 hp) and 315 kW (428 hp).

C. Mercedes-Benz Actros cut-away model: individual solutions with Mercedes-Benz Genuine Accessories

- Exterior: focus on individual solutions
- Interior: comfort and greater convenience
- Electricity for the coffee machine, adapter set for the DVD player

The diversity of Mercedes-Benz Trucks leaves virtually nothing to be desired. However, some users wish to give their own truck an even more individual character. Mercedes-Benz knows how to fulfil these wishes and offers an extensive range of tried and tested Genuine Accessories. These are a perfect optical, qualitative and technical match for the Trucks of Mercedes-Benz. Visitors to the International Motor Show for commercial vehicles (IAA) in 2012 can climb aboard an Actros cut-away model to gather ideas on how we can make both the exterior and the interior even more attractive, functional and individual.  

Exterior: focus on individual solutions

As impressive and dynamic as the new Mercedes-Benz Actros might be, some operators and drivers wish to stand out from their colleagues or competitors in more ways than just paintwork in company colours or light alloy wheels. Chrome-plated fins and fine stainless steel accent trim parts for the front apron or for framing the brand badge under the windscreen – these are just some of the ways to add an individual touch to your vehicle. If you wish to make an impression with the new Actros, you should select the brush guard. This has been tested in thorough endurance tests and in punishing conditions, both in summer and winter, for quality and a safe connection to the cab. The stainless steel front bar emphasises the striking appearance of the new Actros and can accommodate two additional headlamps. The design is protected by a design patent. Slightly less conspicuous, but no less effective, are the stainless steel protective caps for the wheel nuts. Wheel nut covers and rear axle caps with an embossed Mercedes star emphasise the connection with the brand and provide a further optical upgrade.  

Interior: comfort and greater convenience

Anyone who spends long hours in the cab will appreciate a cab that is both functional and comfortable. The driver's hands are mostly on the steering wheel: so an aluminium and leather steering wheel means more than just good looks. The grip areas are padded and covered in the finest perforated leather – true luxury for the hands. On the top and bottom of the steering wheel rim there are inserts with a dynamic aluminium look. A velour floor mat no only looks good; it also enhances comfort by creating a pleasant atmosphere. This is especially important during the driver's breaks, when the cab is used as living space. The same applies to the trim on the seat base frame. Protective seat covers are available which either give the seats an individual touch or which match the series design. They protect the standard seat covers from soiling or wear and tear. It goes without saying that all of these parts from Mercedes-Benz are a perfect fit and have been manufactured to the highest level of quality. There are practical conveniences such as mobile phone cradles, for example an iPhone. These ensure that the battery is always charged and that the device is connected to the exterior aerial of the vehicle, linked to the radio via Bluetooth and operated using the buttons on the multifunction steering wheel. The display is shown in the instrument cluster. An individually positioned LED reading lamp facilitates reading of maps or papers on board. The reversing camera is an essential safety extra for manoeuvring. It is heated so it can be used all year round. It is automatically activated when reverse gear is engaged. Its distortion-free and low-dazzle image is displayed on the cockpit monitor.  

Electricity for the coffee machine, adapter set for the DVD player

The coffee machine and kettle in the new Actros are equipped with a power plug. This ensures a safe supply of electricity and prevents short-circuiting. With the audio adapter set, the video adapter set and the USB extension cable, various different devices such as MP3 players, games consoles or DVD players can be operated.

D. Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid: best-selling short-radius distribution Hybrid truck in Europe

- 110 vehicles currently in customer hands
- Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 15 percent

The Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid is the first Hybrid truck across the whole of Europe to be manufactured in series production. By mid-2012, the first 110 units of the "Truck of the Year 2011" were already with European customers. The Atego BlueTec Hybrid is thus the best-selling Hybrid truck on the European market. Thanks to target-oriented integration of the Hybrid components and the usage-specific vehicle operating strategy, which takes into account topography and operating conditions, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were able to be reduced by between 10 and 15 percent. Noise pollution has also been reduced. During braking and when in overrun mode, the electric motor functions as a generator and stores energy in the vehicle's lithium ion batteries; this energy is then made available in certain load situations. For the Atego BlueTec Hybrid, Daimler Trucks opted for a parallel Hybrid architecture. This system is the best suited to the technical design of the Atego's drive system. In parallel Hybrids the electric motor is fitted behind the combustion engine and clutch but in front of the transmission. This arrangement means that the engine and the electric motor can either be used independently of one another or simultaneously to propel the truck. Not only does this architecture allow the vehicle to move off in electric mode, but it also enables recuperation of energy as well as providing assistance to the drive system by switching in the electric motor. This type of construction is also the best solution in terms of installation costs, dimensions, power and weight. In comparison to a conventional drive, the Hybrid drive features the following additional components: battery, electric motor, converter or voltage converter, as well as Hybrid control unit and cooling. The Hybrid drive technology developed by Daimler Trucks for use in trucks has since established itself internationally. With emissions, fuel consumption and vehicle weight in mind, the Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid uses a modern Euro V EEV four-cylinder engine. The Atego 1222 L EEV serves as the platform for short-radius distribution Hybrid trucks. The base vehicle itself already fulfils the EEV standard and with its maximum permissible gross vehicle weight of 11.99 t already belongs to the particularly well-liked category of short-radius distribution trucks in Europe. On German roads it even benefits from toll exemptions. Its compact and light four-cylinder OM 924 LA diesel engine boasts a 4.8-l displacement and an output of 160 kW (218 hp) at 2200 rpm. Maximum torque of 810 Nm unfolds at 1200-1600 rpm. The water-cooled electric motor has a top output of 44 kW and 420 Nm maximum torque. The electric motor is a three-phase permanent magnet motor. It is fitted between the clutch and the automated transmission. The transmission in question is the Mercedes-Benz G 85-6 six-speed transmission with the Telligent automatic gearshift system. Energy is supplied to the electric motor by powerful lithium ion batteries with an impressive energy density. The batteries are charged using recuperated braking energy. In overrun mode, the electric motor works as a generator, turning braking energy into electricity which is then fed into the batteries until they are fully charged. A converter turns the AC voltage of the electric motor into a DC voltage for the battery and when the energy is needed again, the process occurs in reverse order. The Hybrid drive provides noticeable support to the conventional diesel engine. This is particularly the case when pulling off and during acceleration phases. By using the electric motor, pulling away, for example, becomes much smoother. The engine only runs at idle speed. The impressive acceleration results from the electric motor being able to immediately supply its maximum torque from a standstill and engine speed not needing to be built up in the same way as with a combustion engine. If additional power is required during driving, for example when driving up an incline or when rapid acceleration is required, the electric motor can be switched in briefly to support the diesel engine. This is only possible if the battery has a sufficient charge level. As the Atego BlueTec Hybrid is a self-sufficient system and accordingly does not require any specific infrastructure (e.g. charging station, cable), its scope of usage is just as flexible as purely diesel-powered vehicles. The drivetrain of the Atego BlueTec Hybrid is set up to match its typical application profile as an all-rounder: the short-radius distribution truck is just as suited to urban areas as it is to short motorway stretches. The Atego BlueTec Hybrid has a European type approval, and meets the current Euro V EEV emissions standard, which means that the vehicle can be registered in all EU countries without restriction.

E. Mercedes-Benz Atego: number one in the medium-duty short-radius distribution truck sector

- Atego: high-quality, economical, comfortable and successful
- Comfortable, job-matched driver's cab
- High levels of profitability

Economical, reliable, comfortable and versatile: it is no accident that the Mercedes-Benz Atego, already enhanced in many respects on the occasion of the IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show 2010, is the market leader in the light and medium-duty short-radius distribution sector. With gross vehicle weights of 6.5 to 16 t, low-level entry on the Atego up to 11.99 t, cabs ranging from the compact S-cab to the L-cab with bunks and high roof, high levels of reliability and a highly efficient drivetrain – the Atego boasts a whole host of benefits.

Comfortable, job-matched driver's cab

Drivers of the Atego appreciate its optimum ride comfort as well as its convenient cab entry. The Atego is also extremely flexible in adapting to the relevant application for which it is used: the comfortable, job-matched cab is available with three different cockpits, and comes fitted with a multifunction steering wheel as standard. In addition, it is also available as the compact S-cab, S-cab with extended rear (and with folding bunk too) as well as the spacious L-cab, including high roof. The largest cab even boasts room for up to two comfortably equipped bunks. Coolboxes and stowage boxes – even with fold-out table – are optionally available to supplement the highly practical standard equipment which includes numerous stowage compartments and, in the S-cab, even a clothes rail with adjustable hooks.  

High levels of profitability

Companies appreciate the high levels of profitability of the Atego. The gross vehicle weight spans a range of between 6.5 and 16 t, which has been finely tuned. One of the highlights is the 11.99-t rating, which translates into the model being exempt from motorway and road tolls in Germany. The Atego can be ordered as a chassis with cab and as a semitrailer tractor, with air or steel suspension and low frame height, as well as a combination of the two. The Atego stands for reliability and ruggedness in the lightweight short-radius distribution sector. The profitability of the Atego is closely linked to its tried-and-tested drivetrain. The densely graduated engine outputs cover a broad range from 95 kW (129 hp) to 210 kW (286 hp), comprising four and six-cylinder inline engines with displacements of 4.25 to 7.2 litres. Thanks to BlueTec technology, featuring SCR technology and AdBlue injection, they boast low fuel consumption and meet the Euro V emissions level and EEV without particulate filter. Long maintenance intervals of up to 60,000 km for the short-radius distribution applications, and up to 100,000 km for long-distance haulage applications, also help to reduce costs. Power transmission comes courtesy of six and nine-speed manual transmissions. In some case they are also available with Telligent automatic gearshift system (up to 175 kW/240 hp). Other exceptional features of the Atego include the optional engine start/stop system (fitted as standard in Germany). It automatically switches the engine off at traffic lights or during other stops of more than three seconds, and also starts it again fully automatically as soon as the clutch pedal is pressed or the vehicle starts to roll - a feature which helps to save fuel and reduce emissions even further.  

The Atego at the IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show 2012

Three Atego models are on display at the IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show to demonstrate the capabilities of the market leading vehicle in the light and heavy-duty short-radius distribution sector. Aimed at the classic 7.5-tonne truck segment is the Atego 818 L with pickup body and curtain-sider body. Other features include the compact S-cab, lightweight and economical four-cylinder OM 904 LA engine producing 130 kW (177 hp), and also a six-speed manual transmission. The Atego 1224 L with low frame and furniture box body is an example of the short-radius distribution truck which is exempt from tolls yet boasts a high payload. Fitted beneath the spacious L-cab with high roof are the OM 926 six-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.4 litres and a six-speed Telligent automatic gearshift system. Representing the building industry is an Atego 1224 K in the guise of a three-way tipper with loading crane and extended S-cab. Power transmission is taken care of in this model by a six-speed manual transmission.

F. Mercedes-Benz Actros and Axor: tried and tested, versatile, economical heavy trucks for difficult tasks

- Two successful model series for heavy-duty applications
- Actros: outstanding among heavy trucks in Europe
- Axor: the specialist for short-radius distribution, construction and long-distance transport

Those who talk about heavy trucks talk about the Actros and the Axor: with these two tried-and-tested series, Mercedes-Benz covers the whole spectrum from heavy-duty short-radius distribution to construction vehicles, and right up as far as to medium and long-distance transport operations. Mercedes-Benz continues to offer its customers both of these model series.  

Actros: outstanding among heavy trucks in Europe

Tried and tested and with many awards: the Mercedes-Benz Actros continues to play an outstanding role among heavy trucks in Europe. It is at home both in international long-distance transport operations and in the construction industry. In both cases the Actros is impressive with its high performance, economy, reliability and comfort. Engine oil change intervals of up to 150,000 km, controlled power take-offs, optional Economy Packs and the standard-fit Mercedes PowerShift 2 automatic transmission for road vehicles – with its drive system, its safety systems and driver assistance systems, the Actros continues to set standards. This also applies to the tipper for use in construction operations: a stainless-steel protective plate for radiator and engine, an optionally protected fuel tank, swing step, robust outer mirror housings – the Actros is a practical worker for heavy and arduous applications. That is why it is also available with all-wheel drive. The Actros V6 and V8 engines are legendary with their pioneering BlueTec engine technology featuring SCR and AdBlue fuel injection in accordance with the Euro V or EEV emission standards. The output ranges from 235 kW (320 hp) to 440 kW (598 hp) in nine steps. Semi and fully automatic transmissions with 16 or 12 gears, including the Mercedes PowerShift 2 transmission, are responsible for power transmission.  

Axor: the specialist for short-radius distribution, construction and long-distance transport

The Mercedes-Benz Axor is at home anywhere where an economic heavy-duty truck with high payload and driver-oriented comfort levels are required. In heavy-duty short-radius distribution, the Axor is available either as a tractor unit, or as a platform vehicle with two and three axles. With a variety of cabs and three cockpit variants it is exactly suited for any use. As a construction vehicle, the Axor combines robustness with a high payload. The platform truck with two, three and four axles and the tractor unit cover a broad spectrum. The Axor is also placed in the medium-distance transport operations sector. A high payload, Economy Packs if desired – the Axor is a real economic wonder. With its L cab and high roof it provides plenty of space for breaks and overnight stays. The Axor has durable, straight six-cylinder engines with 6.4 to 12.0 l displacement. They conform to the Euro V emission standards (or EEV if desired for most engines), have BlueTec engine technology with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology and AdBlue injection, and they cover an output range of 175 kW (238 hp) to 315 kW (428 hp). The selection of available transmissions is both varied and purpose-oriented: six, nine, twelve or sixteen speeds, manual or semi-automatic shifting and the fully automatic Mercedes PowerShift gearbox – the range is endless.  

The Actros and the Axor at the International Motor Show for commercial vehicles (IAA) 2012

Three construction vehicles will be representing the Actros and Axor series at the IAA. The Actros 2046 LAS 4x4 tractor unit has all-wheel drive and an output of 335 kW (456 hp) from a V6-cylinder engine for heavy-duty applications. It has an M cab, as does the Actros 4144 AK 8x8/4: this heavy, four-axle rear-end tipper with 320 kW (435 hp) output also works its way through the tough terrain of a building site thanks to its all-wheel drive. A finely gauged 16-speed transmission supports the traction of the two all-wheel-drive models. The Axor 3240 B 8x4/4, which will also be displayed, is a payload-optimised cement mixer with four axles, two of which are driven. Its distinctive features are its extended S cab, a straight six-cylinder engine with 295 kW (401 hp) output, fully automatic Mercedes PowerShift twelve-speed transmission and single tyres on the first rear axle.










































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