Mercedes-Benz at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show
Hannover/Stuttgart
Sep 23, 2008
Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks
New addition to the Mercedes-Benz truck family: the all-terrain Zetros
  • Cab-behind-engine concept: great freedom of movement and superior driving characteristics off-road
  • All-wheel drive: outstanding agility and traction on the most difficult terrain
  • Two and three-axle variants complementing the successful range of Mercedes-Benz trucks with all-wheel drive
  • Use of large-scale series-production components and major assemblies
The new Mercedes-Benz Zetros is celebrating its public debut at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover. This all-wheel-drive cab-behind-engine truck will be available as the three-axle Zetros 2733 A 6x6 and the two-axle Zetros 1833 A 4x4. The all-terrain Zetros enjoys a unique position, complementing the Mercedes-Benz Actros, Axor and Atego truck series.
Cab-behind-engine concept: great freedom of movement and quiet driving characteristics
With its striking radiator grille, the new Mercedes-Benz Zetros clearly shares features with the current range of Mercedes-Benz off-roaders. The standardised cab has three single seats and room for luggage. The advantages of a cab-behind-engine concept include a level cab floor and freedom of movement. Another comfort benefit is the driver’s seating position between the axles. In addition to quiet driving characteristics, the design offers excellent protection in the event of external impact off-road. At the core of the new vehicle concept is the use of well-proven series-production components from the all-wheel-drive variants of the Axor/Actros series, modified for off-road use. These are combined with a new cab module. The use of components from large-scale series production ensures the global availability of replacement parts and service.
All-wheel drive: outstanding traction even on the most difficult terrain
Wherever work needs doing off the beaten track, the Mercedes-Benz Zetros is in its element. It is the answer in the toughest off-road scenarios – for disaster relief, forest firefighting or in the energy industry.
The Mercedes-Benz Zetros is perfectly configured for operations on very difficult terrain, and naturally has permanent all-wheel drive as standard. A two-stage transfer case with an off-road ratio of 1:1.69 increases pulling power when conditions are extreme. There are also selectable, mechanical differential locks at the rear axle, between the axles and at the front axle. Standard-fit single tyres provide another traction advantage when off-road.
The Zetros is powered by the OM 926 LA in-line six-cylinder engine. This compact and lightweight 7.2-litre turbodiesel develops an output of 240 kW (326 hp) and a maximum torque of 1300 Nm at 1200 - 1600 rpm. This engine has not only shown its durability countless times in other Mercedes-Benz trucks, but also in the off-road sector.
Power is transferred by the hydraulically shifted Mercedes-Benz G 131 trans­mission, which has eight forward gears and a crawler gear. A fully automated transmission will be available as an option in 2009. The axles are extremely robust planetary axles. The use of drum brakes and leaf springs all-round is in line with the tough operating conditions to be expected.
Flexible concept: other configurations also possible
The Mercedes-Benz Zetros is available with a wheelbase of 4800 mm (two-axle) or 4750 + 1450 mm (three-axle). The permissible gross vehicle weights are 16/18 t and 25/27 t respectively. The Zetros is only at the beginning of its career, and has a concept which allows further versions as required.
The Mercedes-Benz Zetros at the 2008 International Commercial
Vehicle Show
The Mercedes-Benz Zetros is celebrating its premiere at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover with a two-axle Zetros 1833 A 4x4. The vehicle on display is painted in blue black metallic.
Mercedes-Benz Econic Hybrid/NGTHybrid:
double world premiere at the International Commercial Vehicle Show
  • New: Econic BlueTec Hybrid with diesel engine
  • New: Econic NGT Hybrid concept study is a world first
On its tenth anniversary the Econic celebrates a double premiere at the Internatio­nal Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover in 2008: the Econic with a parallel hybrid already nearing series production, based on a BlueTec diesel engine, and the Econic NGT concept study with gas drive as a parallel hybrid.
World premiere: Econic BlueTec Hybrid with diesel engine
The basis for the Econic BlueTec Hybrid is the Econic 2629 NLA. The diesel engine is an OM 906 LA six-cylinder in-line unit that complies with the EU's Euro 5 emission standard and boasts an output of 210 kW (286 hp) with a displacement of 6.4 litres. An electric motor, with an output of 44 kW and a peak torque of 420 Nm, is mounted ahead of the automated transmission. It draws its power from lithium-ion batteries. On certain routes, the electric drive alone is capable of powering the vehicle, making zero-emission operation possible.
New: Econic NGT Hybrid concept study is a world first
The Econic NGT Hybrid concept study, based on the Econic NGT 2628 NLA, is a unique vehicle. The M 906 LAG six-cylinder engine has EEV classification and develops 205 kW (279 hp) with a displacement of 6.9 litres. The data for the electric motor is identical to that for the Econic BlueTec Hybrid. Prospects are very rosy indeed: it will enable fuel costs to be slashed by up to 60 percent compared to those for a diesel drive system. The natural-gas engine can also run on biogas, making the Econic NGT Hybrid a practically CO2-neutral vehicle. The natural gas is stored as LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), cooled to a temperature of minus 161.5 degrees Celsius, liquefied and compressed. As a result the gas supply can be much smaller than with liquefied gas, meaning that the extra weight accounted for by the hybrid drive system is halved from about 1000 kg to around 500 kg.
Mercedes-Benz Econic: the premier low-entry vehicle for collection and distribution work
  • New: four-axle version for gross vehicle weight of 32 tonnes
  • Econic NGT available with Blue Angel environment award
The Mercedes-Benz Econic – the most popular low-entry truck – is ten years old. Much of the Econic's success is down to a bespoke concept for its main tasks: collection and distribution. The spacious cab, with a flat floor and low entry, is made from lightweight aluminium.
New: four-axle version for gross vehicle weight of 32 tonnes
There is a choice of two cab heights. The chassis can be configured with two axles or, alternatively, three axles, including a steered leading or trailing axle. Plus there is the option of a 6x4 variant with two driven rear axles. A new addition to the range is the four-axle Econic model with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 32 tonnes.
Blue Angel environment award available for Econic NGT
The compact six-cylinder in-line engines from the OM 906 LA and OM 926 LA series, with BlueTec technology, comply with the EU's Euro 5 emission standard and develop up to 240 kW (326 hp). As an alternative, the Econic NGT is equipped with a turbocharged natural-gas drive system (205 kW/279 hp). It meets the require­ments of what is currently the strictest voluntary emission standard of all, namely EEV, and can also be specified with the "Blauer Umweltengel" (Blue Angel environment award) as an option.
The Mercedes-Benz Econic at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
The Econic is appearing under the "Hybrid" banner at the International Commercial Vehicle Show. Models on show here include the Econic BlueTec Hybrid 2629, already nearing series production, with refuse-collection body from Haller. Right next to it stands the Econic NGT Hybrid 2628 concept study, the world’s first truck with natural gas engine and hybrid drive.
Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 20:
compact and versatile implement carrier
  • 100-percent Unimog – but the first to feature a cab-over-engine design
  • New: front design and a gross vehicle weight of 9.25 t
Prototype at the 2006 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, production launch at the beginning of this year – the Unimog U 20 has proven a resounding success in the fleets. The Unimog U 20 remains true to classic Unimog traditions. Permanent all-wheel drive makes for a high level of traction. Plus the Unimog U 20 features single tyres, portal axles, coil springs, power take-offs and a powerful hydraulic system. At the same time the Unimog U 20 is extremely manoeuvrable; there is a variant with a gross vehicle weight of 7.5 t. And it is the first Unimog ever to feature a cab-over-engine design.
New: front design and gross vehicle weight of 9.25 t
In terms of looks, the Unimog U 20 fits in very well with the latest line of Mercedes-Benz trucks: the striking, V-shaped radiator grille insert leaves little doubt that the compact Unimog is a member of the large Mercedes-Benz commercial-vehicle family. Mercedes-Benz has also introduced an optional variant with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 9.25 t.
The eight-speed main transmission for the Unimog U 20 can be supplemented by eight working gears. Squeezing 110 kW (150 hp) from the OM 904 LA four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with a displacement of 4.25 litres, the Unimog U 20 boasts considerable power reserves.
The Unimog U 20 at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
Mercedes-Benz is presenting the Unimog U 20 with a snow-clearing configuration: a Gmeiner snowplough is fitted on the front mounting plate, while the same company also provides the gritter with a capacity of 1.3 m3 mounted on the platform.
Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 300 - U 500: implement carriers underpinned by consummate professionalism
  • Implement carriers with the ideal technology for practically any conditions
  • New: additional functions for the unique Isobus control system
Uncompromising implement carriers underpinned by consummate professionalism – there is no better way to describe the Unimog U 300, U 400 and U 500 series. The range covers permissible gross vehicle weights from 7.5 t to 16 t, each model coming with a choice of two wheelbase lengths and two engine outputs. The four- and six-cylinder in-line engines from the OM 904 LA and OM 906 LA series are used. The sheer professionalism is underlined by the new functions of the unique Isobus control system for municipal implements.
Implement carriers with the ideal technology for practically any conditions
The U 300 – U 500 series is the embodiment of high-tech in one of its purest forms: permanent all-wheel drive; portal axles, single tyres, differential locks, trans­missions with up to 24 speeds or continuously variable hydrostatic drive, EQR (Electronic Quick Reverse), VarioPilot dual-mode steering system: these are just some of the many technical highlights.
New: additional functions for the unique Isobus control system
The Isobus control system is a unique world-first for municipal vehicles. It allows implements made by different manufacturers to be operated from a single cockpit terminal. New functions include a memory for recording operating data. Supported by GPS, the device logs the precise vehicle operating data, including the implement data, on an SD card. After a job has been completed, a card reader is used to copy the operating data onto the company's computer.
The Unimog U 300 - U 500 at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
"Dual use" is the key phrase that describes the vehicle on show. The Unimog U 400 is fifty-percent snow-clearing vehicle, with a Mulag mower boom mounted at the front. Its clearance cutter carries four circular saw blades for tree care.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 3000 – U 5000: unparalleled all-wheel-drive technology
  • Wide range of models with unparalleled all-wheel-drive technology
  • New: heat protection and mechanical protection available ex factory
According to many experts, it is the Unimog par excellence: when it comes to
off-road capability and a wide application spectrum, the Unimog U 3000 – U 5000 series knows practically no limits.
Wide range of models with unparalleled all-wheel-drive technology
Two wheelbase lengths, three power outputs between 115 kW (156 hp) and 160 kW (218 hp), and gross vehicle weights between 9.5 t and 14.1 t offer a wide range of variants. Thanks to its portal axles with exceptional ground clearance, the Unimog can climb over fallen tree trunks and rocks with consummate ease. The Unimog is head and shoulders above any other wheeled vehicle when it comes to off-road performance. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed manual transmission with electro-pneumatic gearshift. There are also a further eight main gears and eight off-road gears available as an option.
New: heat protection and mechanical protection available ex factory
The Unimog's outstanding capabilities have earned it an enviable reputation, not least as a forest-firefighting vehicle. Mercedes-Benz now offers both heat protection and mechanical protective equipment ex factory.
The Unimog U 3000 – U 5000 series at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
The Unimog U 5000 configured as a TLF 20/50 tank water tender is an ideal firefighting vehicle. The model on show comes equipped with heat protection and mechanical protection ex factory.
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