June 22, 2011
The new Actros: Welcome to a new dimension
20 Million Miles on the Road
No other truck has been as thoroughly developed and tested before its production launch as the new Mercedes-Benz Actros. The foundations for development were laid as many as ten years ago.while the components and the complete vehicle have undergone five years of testing. During this time, the new Actros has clocked up around 20 million miles on the road, including in intensive customer driving tests. Then there were the extremely rigorous tests on test rigs, torture-track testing and other extreme examinations.
 
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Long before production started, the new Actros experienced the Arctic Circle in winter.
The real-life road tests also covered all climatic conditions as well as extreme road conditions and gradients, ranging from an Arctic winter to an extremely hot desert climate. Long before production started, the new Actros experienced the Arctic Circle in winter and the searing heat of Spain's Sierra Nevada in summer. It negotiated all kinds of roads in Turkey and got a taste of desert sand in South Africa.
Engine has undergone over 60 million kilometres of testing
 
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The engines were tested under the toughest of conditions, all over the world.
The launch of the new Actros also marks the introduction of a new generation of six-cylinder in-line engines. The outstanding quality of the new engine generation was evident even during its development. Extreme reliability and durability were among the most important development objectives. In order to achieve this, the engines were tested under the toughest of conditions, all over the world. To date, the engines have clocked up in excess of 60 million kilometres in endurance testing on test rigs and in real-life operation, for all emissions classes. No engine ever before has been as intensively tested.
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