by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

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

A. Unique vehicle concept: innovative Euro VI technology carrier allows a first look at the new generation of the 2014 Unimog

- New engine generation: environmentally-friendly, powerful and economical
- Exhaust gas aftertreatment combined with SCR technology and particulate filter
- Positive payload figures by increasing load values
- More compact due to skilful arrangement of components

Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks is giving a first glimpse into the future of the Unimog as a technology carrier by presenting the future drivetrain which combines compliance with the Euro VI emissions standard with a compact chassis. It is based on the medium-sized U 400 model. In addition to the drivetrain, Mercedes-Benz will also be giving first indications of the advanced technological developments and compact dimensions of tomorrow's Unimog. These developments will start flowing into series production during the course of next year.

New engine generation: environmentally-friendly, powerful and economical

In taking the step towards Euro VI, the Unimog will make use of the new generation of Mercedes-Benz OM 934/936 engines with either 5.1 or 7.7 l displacement and four or six cylinders. They are grouped under the term BlueEfficiency Power. The engines excel with their environmental friendliness, low exhaust emissions as well as great economy. This economy results from a long life expectancy and low consumption figures for fuel, AdBlue and engine oil, as well as long maintenance intervals.

Numerous technical refinements

The new engines impress with their multitude of technical refinements. A crossflow cylinder head with four valves per cylinder ensures a rapid gas cycle. The cylinder head and the crankcase are connected to one another by six screws per cylinder. This provides very rigid and thus stable interlocking. Two overhead camshafts per cylinder take care of valve actuation; the camshafts are based on a single-tube design to which the cams are shrunk on. This method of construction is light but at the same time strong.

Among the refinements of the new OM 936 is the variable camshaft phaser (VCP). This term describes an adjustable exhaust camshaft, the first such camshaft ever to be fitted on a diesel engine. The adjustment serves to assist regeneration of the particulate filter. If regeneration is necessary, the actuation times for raising the temperature level in the exhaust train are adjusted.

Exhaust gas aftertreatment combined with SCR technology and particulate filter

Exhaust gas aftertreatment in both engines employs Mercedes-Benz BlueTec-6 technology: a closed particulate filter is perfectly complemented by the SCR system which Mercedes-Benz has been using successfully for several years now. The BlueTec-6 technology causes particulate emissions to be reduced to such a level that they are hardly recognisable and the use of AdBlue injection in the downstream SCR catalytic converts nitrous oxide emissions to harmless substances found in the air.

The new engines offer rapid acceleration and impressive power, as well as extremely smooth running. High torque at low engine speeds provides superior, economic performance at a point just above idling speed. This is an important factor in the typical kind of work done by the implement carrier where great traction and high stamina play an important role.

Performance once again improved

Tomorrow's Unimog will benefit from downsizing of the highly efficient engines: the four-cylinder OM 934 achieves the same performance as the six-cylinder engines used up to now. The OM 934 is also fitted in the technology carrier.

The performance of the Unimog will also be improved with the new engines. For the first time, the six-cylinder engines of the Unimog will achieve the 300 hp mark (220 kW, 299 hp). The drivetrain for the all-wheel drive implement carrier is provided by the well-known Unimog transmission. Just like the portal axles, it too has been reinforced for the increased engine torque of up to 1200 Nm.
Higher kerb weights result from new vehicle components such as the diesel particulate filter and the stronger engines with larger cooling systems. To counteract this, the Unimog designers have consistently used a weight-optimised construction without this influencing the vehicle's legendary stability and toughness. Such measures include apertures on the frame or the use of aluminium wheels. The light alloy wheels have already proved their worth for trucks working on construction sites and in municipal operations. To ensure positive payload values, the maximum permissible gross vehicle weight has also been moderately increased.

More compact due to skilful arrangement of components

The designers have also implemented a new components package which compensates for the larger volume of the Euro VI equipment, which results from the large cooling system and additional particulate filter. This package involves the cooling system being divided into several components installed on two different parts of the chassis. Engines designed for the Euro VI emissions standard require a larger supply of cooled air and this is provided in part by improved airflow around the engine. The new cooling concept will also make a name for itself thanks to its very easy maintenance.

In comparison with the current model, the Unimog wheelbase has actually been shortened by 8 centimetres.

A vision of the future

Despite the additional volume needed for the legally-prescribed Euro VI equipment, the Unimog has managed to retain one of its most important unique selling points: its compact design.
The new generation of Unimog is more environmentally-friendly and economical. In time for its launch, product features such as its performance, simple operation, drive unit, ergonomics and safety will be thoroughly re-engineered.

B. Mercedes-Benz Unimog: fascinating all-rounder with outstanding off-road capabilities for use in special operations

- Unimog U 20: the compact and manoeuvrable implement carrier
- Unimog U 300/U 400/U 500: the professional implement carrier
- Unimog U 4000/U 5000: the outstandingly agile off-road all-rounder

When looking for outstanding performance as an implement carrier or in off-road operations, the Unimog manufactured by Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks is the first choice worldwide. No matter whether it is the compact U 20 implement carrier, the professional implement carriers U 300/U 400/U 500 or the outstandingly agile U 4000 / U 5000 off-roader, if an environmentally-friendly and economic vehicle with great traction, high performance and reliability is required, you cannot afford to ignore the Unimog. Its usage spectrum includes municipal works, the energy sector, fire fighting and recovery operations, airports, agricultural logistics and many other fields worldwide.

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

Alongside the Euro VI technology carrier showing the technology which will already be available from mid 2013, Unimog will be attracting more attention with two other striking exhibits. The U 300/U 400/U 500 implement carriers are represented by a deep orange U 400 equipped as a Trio mower – a real premiere. The show vehicle with its 210 kW (286 hp) output is equipped with, among other things, the VarioPilot transferable steering system, mowing door and mower seat. In addition it has a hydrostatic drive unit, VarioPower power hydraulics, a dual circuit hydraulic system and an engine-driven PTO. The Trio mower is fitted with a rear boom mower, a verge mower and a reflector post mower.

The third Unimog being shown in Hanover is the spectacular design study. This concept is based closely on the Unimog and provides an idea of the future design idiom of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle design. It is based on a Unimog from the outstandingly agile off-road product range U 4000/U 5000 and features an extremely dynamic body design. The green paintwork used for the design study is not just by chance, after all, green was the colour of the first ever Unimog over 60 years ago. Just like in the early days, the design study too has been fitted with an open cab.

Unimog U 20: the compact and manoeuvrable implement carrier

Since its premiere at the IAA 2006, the Unimog U 20 has established itself on the market as a universal implement carrier. With its width of only 2.15 m and a turning circle of just 12.6 m, it is amazingly easy to manoeuvre. Its maximum permissible gross vehicle weight of 7.5 t to 9.3 t gives the U 20 great payload potential, making it extremely suitable for a variety of purposes in its main areas of work. Its permanent all-wheel drive, portal axles and differential locks (optional at the front), coil springs, single tyres and four same-size wheels make it predestined for work off the beaten track. Two implement-attaching areas, a dual circuit hydraulic system with proportional control, a single circuit hydraulic system as well as an optional transmission-driven PTO and an engine-driven PTO show clearly just how well-designed it is for running attached implements.

The Unimog is powered by a 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine with 110 kW (150 hp) output and meets the Euro V emissions standard. Power transfer is handled by eight forward and six reverse gears. As an option, an additional eight working gears (forward/reverse) are available.

Unimog U 300/U 400/U 500: the professional implement carrier

Since its premiere in 2000, the medium Unimog range has become a synonym for a highly professional implement carrier. With its three implement-attaching points and one body-mounting area, a single circuit and a dual circuit hydraulic system as well as a power hydraulics system with two circuits and an engine-driven PTO as well as a transmission-driven PTO, the Unimog U 300-U 500 product range can hardly be surpassed as an implement carrier.

Its cab made of fibre composite material is an ideal place to work, fitted as an option with the VarioPilot transferable steering system or a mowing door with swivel seat on the embankment side. With its permanent all-wheel drive, coil-sprung portal axles and up to three differential locks as well as four same-size wheels with single tyres, the medium Unimog product range also demonstrates its outstanding handling characteristics when driving off-road.

What is new for the Unimog when mowing is a cushioning package for the co-driver's side – it offers the driver or operator additional protection should there be a rear-end collision while mowing.

The Euro V four and six-cylinder engines have an output of up to 210 kW (286 hp) and the power is transmitted by eight forward and six reverse gears, as an option supplemented by eight working and crawling gears (forward/reverse). Also optionally available is a hydrostatic drive unit. The maximum permissible gross vehicle weight varies between 7.5 t and 16 t.

Unimog U 4000/U 5000: the outstandingly agile off-road all-rounder

If what is needed is a vehicle with outstanding off-road capabilities which at the same time is also exceedingly robust, then the decision inevitably points towards a Unimog from the U 4000/U 5000 range. A Unimog gets through places where the others daren't even approach.

This is thanks to a superior concept comprising engageable all-wheel drive with differential locks, portal axles and coil springs with long shock courses, single tyres with same-size wheels all-round and a central tyre inflation system (available as an option) which allows the tyre pressure to be adjusted while driving. The frame has great torsional rigidity and the diagonal degree of axle articulation can be as much as 30 degrees.

The power which enables the Unimog to overcome all obstacles is transmitted by up to 24 forward and 22 reverse gears, and its maximum permissible gross vehicle weight can be up to 14.1 t. The four and six-cylinder Euro V engines give a performance of 160 kW (218 hp).

Equipped with two connections at the front and rear for the hydraulic system and the transmission-driven PTO, the big Unimog is also suitable for use with a great number of attached implements.

C. Mercedes-Benz Econic CNG/LNG: uncompromisingly environmentally-friendly – quietly and with low emissions through the city

- Low-floor cab: see well and be well seen
- Econic NGT with gas-powered drive: quiet and with low emissions
- Econic NGT with liquefied natural gas (LNG): high range
- Details of the truck's continuous development

Municipal applications, waste collection and short-radius distribution – as an environmentally-friendly, low-floor transport vehicle for use in the city, the Econic from Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks is a true all-rounder. In production since 1998 and continually developed, the Econic is unmatched in its fields of operation, thanks to its low-level entry concept. The Econic is also being used more and more in heavy-duty short-radius distribution in and around cities. The success story of the Econic is reflected in its sales turnover: with a total of more than 10,000 Econic vehicle sales, the truck has become a true sensation in European metropolitan areas.

Low-floor cab: see well and be well seen

The most noticeable feature of the Econic is its generously glazed low-floor cab with an extremely low entrance and a flat floor. It enables fast and safe entry and exit of the vehicle, not to mention great visibility, which in turn also means added safety for drivers and their surroundings. The fact that the driver is at eye level with pedestrians also makes the vehicle more acceptable in inner-city traffic.

The Econic's environmentally-friendly drive system represents a further plus point. Output ranges from 175 kW (238 hp) to 240 kW (326 hp) thanks to compact turbodiesel engines featuring BlueTec technology which also fulfil the EEV emissions standard. Power transmission is by means of an automatic transmission with torque converter.

Econic NGT with gas-powered drive: quiet and with low emissions

The usage scope of the Econic predestines the truck for the implementation of particularly environmentally-friendly alternative drive systems. The Econic CNG with natural gas drive has established itself comprehensively. The supercharged in-line six-cylinder M 906 LAG engine has a displacement of 6.9 l and impresses with its 205 kW (279 hp) output. If biogas is used, the Econic can even be operated CO2-neutrally. The gas-powered Econic has no particulate emissions. Equally advantageous is the low level of noise generated by the gas drive system. Accordingly, deliveries in heavily populated areas are no problem, even at night or on weekends.

Econic NGT with liquefied natural gas (LNG): high range

A third type of gas is gaining in importance: LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). Natural gas reserves are available in many regions of the world and global resources will last for a good many years yet. However, as a result of lacking connections to the international pipeline network in some countries, liquefied gas can only be transported at sea. The liquefied stage of natural gas can be reached by cooling the gas to temperatures below -160 °C at atmospheric pressure in the port of loading – CNG becomes LNG. Liquefied natural gas is transported in specialist tankers. For further transport at the port of destination, for example in pipelines to the consumer, the transition from -160 °C to ambient temperature causes the substance to return to its gaseous state – LNG becomes CNG again. However, further transport of the gas in its liquefied state from the port of destination to the consumer or filling station occurs either by rail or truck. In the last five years, the capacity for LNG has increased drastically in the producer countries, as too have the transport capacity and the number of LNG terminals.

Advantages of LNG: its volume is much less than that of gaseous natural gas (CNG). Thus in comparison with CNG, trucks like the Econic LNG can travel great distances on what is essentially a manageable tank size. The range is comparable to diesel vehicles. The Econic LNG uses multi-walled stainless steel isolation tanks. A cooling system is not necessary as the liquefied gas is stored in a state of thermodynamic equilibrium.

Wide range: chassis variants and tractor units

The Econic is available both as a chassis variant with two, three or four axles, and as a two-axle tractor unit. The three-axle chassis variants are available in numerous axle configurations – steering leading or steering trailing axles; 6x4 with two driven rear axles – the Econic caters for all requirements. As part of the Econic's standard equipment, full air suspension with electronic level control system is also available.

Particularly pleasing is the increase in the number of Econic vehicles being used in short-radius distribution applications. The truck combines great manoeuvrability with the transport capabilities of a heavy truck, as well as the ergonomics of a low-floor vehicle with the road-friendliness of full air suspension. Add to that the advantages of a drive system with low emissions. The Econic with its quiet and clean CNG/LNG drive is optimal for city logistics as well as in zones where access restrictions apply around the clock as well as on weekends.

Details of the truck's continuous development

The current Econic generation benefits from some improvements: LED daytime running lights make the vehicle more identifiable. A form-locking, integrated glass-in-glass side window on the co-driver's side helps keep the vehicle ventilated. A new rear panel in the cab has now also found its way into series production, as too have an air intake with resonator and an optimised engine flap for improved insulation of engine noise.

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

A two-axle tractor unit Econic 1828 LS NGT with both a CNG and an LNG tank demonstrates the possible variants for compressed gas (CNG) and for liquefied natural gas (LNG) whilst at the same time putting on show the extensive programme of environmentally-friendly Mercedes-Benz Econic vehicles. The supercharged M 906 LAG puts out 205 kW (279 hp) and has a maximum torque of 1000 Nm – ideal for heavy-duty short-radius distribution. Four CNG tanks with a volume of 80 l or two LNG tanks of 445 l ensure great ranges from 300 to 800 km.

D. Mercedes-Benz Zetros: All-wheel-drive cab-behind-engine truck for the toughest operations

- Cab-behind-engine concept: advantages in tough off-road operations
- Well thought out off-road concept with permanent all-wheel drive
- Range consisting of solo vehicles with two or three axles
- Details of the truck's continuous development

When other vehicles are forced to give up, the Zetros from Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks is just getting going: it combines the off-road capabilities of a Unimog with the load-bearing capacity of a heavy-duty truck. One of its most notable features is its cab-behind-engine design. Since its premiere in 2008, the Zetros has gained an impressive reputation for having a robust construction suitable for use in the toughest of environments. Its field of operations is very varied: the Zetros is not only used in the construction and construction supplies industries, but also in agricultural logistics and fire fighting operations.

Its robust construction, coupled with its virtually indestructible Euro 3/5 OM 926 engine, predestine the Zetros for particularly hard applications outside of western Europe.

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

With a spectacular show vehicle, the Zetros will certainly draw attention to itself in Hanover: the Zetros 2733A 6x6 with fully automatic transmission is equipped for fire fighting applications in crisis areas and is part of an order made by the UN. This all-wheel-drive Zetros benefits from a low construction as a cab-behind-engine vehicle, which even allows for loading into C-130 "Hercules" transport planes. The Rosenbauer Buffalo body can hold 6100 l water and 750 l foam, as well as 250 kg extinguishing powder. Fires are fought by means of two remote-controlled jets: a bumper turret and a roof turret. What's more, the fire fighting vehicle's equipment includes a hose reel and a winch with a maximum pulling capacity of 4000 kg.

Cab-behind-engine truck: advantages in tough off-road operations

An awe-inspiring characteristic of the Zetros is its cab-behind-engine design. As a result of these low contours, it is easy to get into and out of the vehicle, it has a cab without an engine tunnel and is also easier to service thanks to the forward-opening bonnet. Particularly in off-road conditions, the cab-behind-engine construction is beneficial in that the driver is seated between the axles: a highly comfortable solution with optimal weight distribution both when laden and unladen. This design also makes the vehicle easier to control. Accordingly, the vehicle is extremely agile and has a high level of safety thanks to the driver being positioned behind the front axle.

Well thought out off-road concept with permanent all-wheel drive

The Mercedes-Benz Zetros has a well thought out off-road concept with permanent all-wheel drive. Planetary axles ensure high ground clearance, three differential locks offer impressive traction and the two-stage transfer case delivers great tractive force. Single tyres in the format 14.00 R 20 are fitted to the front and rear axles in a uniform track; the reinforced frame displays good torsional rigidity and the maximum degree of articulation on the axles is 2 x 500 mm diagonally.

The low-maintenance drum brakes correspond in size to the requirements of an off-roader. The same can also be said of both the standard fording depth of 800 mm (optionally up to 1190 mm) and the vehicle's slope climbing ability of 70 percent.

The vehicle is driven by an in-line six-cylinder engine with 7.2-litre displacement and an output of 240 kW (326 hp) with BlueTec technology in accordance with the Euro 5 emissions standard. Power is transferred either by a hydraulically shifted eight-speed transmission with additional crawler mode, or by a six-speed automatic transmission with torque converter.

Range consisting of solo vehicles with two or three axles

The Zetros range consists of solo vehicles with two or three axles and gross vehicle weights of 16 t or 25 t. Through the addition of twin tyres, the gross vehicle weight of each of the two variants can be increased by 2.0 t.

Details of the truck's continuous development

With its ever-increasing field of applications, the Zetros is subject to continuous development. New for three-axle vehicles is a permissible axle load-bearing capacity of 10.5 t on rear axles fitted with single tyres. This results in a maximum permissible vehicle weight on the solo vehicle of 30 t – particularly important for large quantities of water in fire fighting vehicles, for example. Also new is the approval of the two-axle Zetros 4x4 for a maximum permissible gross combination weight of 40 t. Thus, it is now perfectly suited to operations with a heavy trailer.

A further novelty available as an optional extra ex-works is the central tyre inflating system which allows the tyre pressure to be adapted in the individual tyres. There is a display in the instrument cluster to this effect. This system is particularly important for increasing traction when driving off-road.

E. Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems: reduced weight, improved environmental protection, increased safety and efficiency

- Efficient: all three-axle assemblies are 15 kg lighter
- For the sake of safety: the new tyre pressure monitoring system for trailers
- Environmentally friendly: all screw connections are chrome-free
- MercedesServiceCard for trailers with Mercedes-Benz axles
- More than 500 000 trailer axles from Kassel, Germany

Increased efficiency through lower weight, better protection of the environment thanks to chrome-free coating of all screw connections – Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems has optimised its successful trailer axles in time for the 2012 International Motor Show for Commercial Vehicles (IAA).

Known for technical revolutions

Although it was only started in 1996, TrailerAxleSystems is one of the biggest and most prestigious manufacturers of trailer axles in Europe. Its success is based both on highest quality and a wealth of innovations: the first trailer axle with disc brakes ushered in a revolution in 1996. The revolution was continued with the lightweight DCA Compact-Axle Housing and led to the creation of the DCA Airmaster – the only trailer axle in the world with an integrated compressed air reservoir in the axle tube for the brakes and air suspension.

The programme from Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems comprises the DCA Weightmaster assembly, the DCA Megamaster for large-volume trucks, the DCA Airmaster with compressed air reservoir and the steered DCA Steermaster axle.

Efficient: all three-axle assemblies are 15 kg lighter

Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems has weight-optimised the whole DCA axle family with the aim of attaining highest possible transport efficiency. All axles in the product family of three-axle assemblies now weigh 15 kg less than before.

This is thanks to a changed hub design with a new brake disc connection. The weight reduction has been achieved without any compromises in safety or economy. The weight reduction affects all four members of the DCA axle family: DCA Weightmaster, DCA Megamaster, DCA Airmaster and DCA Steermaster.

For safety's sake: the new tyre pressure monitoring system for trailers

The preparations for Mercedes-Benz trailer axles with tyre inflation systems are already in place and thus the next step is currently being taken: Mercedes-Benz trailer axles can now be equipped with a tyre pressure monitoring system. Tyre pressure discrepancies can now be detected immediately and shown to the driver on the dashboard. In this way unnecessary fuel consumption can be avoided and CO2 emissions reduced. What's more, safety risks and the number of vehicle malfunctions can be reduced.

Environmentally friendly: all screw connections are chrome-free

It is not just the European emissions standards that are of importance for the environment, but also the materials used in the actual construction of the vehicle. Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems has moved to a coating of all screw connection surfaces which does not contain chrome VI. Wheel bolts, wheel nuts and all other screw connections are chrome-free. Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems has taken this voluntary step to ensure compliance with tomorrow's standards today.

MercedesServiceCard for trailers with Mercedes-Benz axles

Advantage for fleets with Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems assemblies: MercedesServiceCard will be offered for services provided to towed units with Mercedes-Benz axles. This service is provided regardless of the make of the tractor unit towing the trailer and thus opens up the dense Europe-wide Mercedes-Benz Service network to customers.

More than 500 000 trailer axles from Kassel, Germany

With their axles, Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems belong to the top providers in Europe. The axles come from the Kassel plant in Germany which is Europe's largest manufacturer of axles for commercial vehicles. More than half a million trailer axles have been produced there to date.

Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems at the International Motor Show for commercial vehicles (IAA) 2012

The exhibition of Mercedes-Benz TrailerAxleSystems in Hall 26, the components hall, is somewhat of a tradition. Here, freight companies, drivers and trailer manufacturers can admire the exhibits and find information about the whole programme of DCA Weightmaster, DCA Megamaster, DCA Airmaster and DCA Steermaster axles, as well as the new tyre pressure monitoring system for trailers.

F. Mercedes-Benz Custom Tailored Trucks: trucks with a star dressed to the nines

- Customers' special wishes become reality
- Increasing demand for individual transport solutions
- Many modifications have been developed and are readily available
- Individual trucks from a single source with a factory warranty

As extensive as the range of Actros, Antos, Axor, Atego, Econic and Zetros vehicles is, sometimes a special solution needs to be found for individual transport requirements. Mercedes-Benz Custom Tailored Trucks (CTT) fills this gap. The range of possible modifications includes: changes to the position of components, modifications to the chassis or cab, five or six-axle trucks, or even the Actros SLT heavy-duty tractor unit.

Customers' special wishes become reality

If you need an Actros 4165 SLT as a heavy-duty tractor unit, a six-axle Actros for a concrete pump, an Actros with an auxiliary frame and a longer wheelbase for use on an oil field, an Axor with a crew cab for fire-fighting applications, an Econic with steered leading and trailing axles, or even a Zetros as a tractor unit, then it is time to call on the specialists from Custom Tailored Trucks. Custom Tailored Trucks fulfil customers' wishes which cannot be served by a standard series vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks customers with special wishes turn to CTT. CTT receives and records customer wishes, develops individual solutions at CTT's own development centre and manufactures them in association with internal and external conversion partners.

Increasing demand for individual transport solutions

The demand for highly specific solutions is growing: in recent years, roughly 20% of the standard trucks manufactured at the Wörth trucks plant were converted to order by CTT. The major conversion partners are the Mercedes-Benz works in Molsheim (France), which is also where the CTT business organisation is located, and the Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles plant in Wörth am Rhein (Germany), where individual customer wishes are fulfilled directly on the assembly line.

Many modifications have been developed and are readily available

Not all wishes necessarily mean extensive modifications. Sometimes special tasks or bodies mean altering the wheelbase or reinforcing the frame. Sometimes the exhaust system, tanks or brake unit carriers need to be repositioned. Many of these solutions do not need to be redesigned from scratch, as around 3500 conversions have already been developed and documented which can be called up on demand.

CTT specialists are on hand to advise the sales organisations of Mercedes-Benz Trucks all over the world. They check the feasibility, plausibility, time frame and prices, as well as organise the administration and manufacturing in collaboration with a series of internal and external partners. They work hand-in-hand with Daimler Trucks Development in Stuttgart and with the manufacturing plants.

Individual trucks from a single source with a factory warranty

The end result is that the customer receives a personalised truck from a single source which meets Mercedes-Benz quality and safety standards – and all that with only one invoice. All vehicles come with a full factory warranty and a guaranteed supply of spare parts. All conversions are carefully documented and only approved genuine parts are used.

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

CTT is presenting its extensive range of tailor-made transport solutions at the IAA, from the new Actros to the Zetros. On show at the Daimler stand is an exemplary vehicle for use in the construction industry in the form of a tried-and-tested Actros 2046 tractor unit with all-wheel drive.
This truck tows a dump semitrailer for construction use and is equipped with, among other things, modified rear-axle suspension which was fitted directly on the assembly line in Wörth. Some more of the modifications exhibited include: a combination tank for 480 l of diesel fuel and 180 l of hydraulic fluid; an AdBlue tank which has been repositioned on the left-hand side; a hydraulic unit with variable operating pressure and all the necessary lines and connections; axle load measuring equipment; and a lowered frame.

CTT has already taken the first orders for customer wishes relating to the new Actros and Antos vehicles and has even delivered the first tailor-made solutions.

Credits: Daimler AG

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