Press Kit: DaimlerChrysler at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show 2006 in Hanover
Hannover
Sep 19, 2006
A perfect range: trucks from Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz Atego: reliable distribution truck with complete line-up of Euro 4 engines
  • Wide selection of engines that satisfy the EU’s Euro 4 emissions standard
  • Safest truck in its class offers wide array of standard equipment features
  • Unique: cab in five variants with choice of three cockpits
On display at the 2006 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show will be Mercedes-Benz’ Atego distribution truck, which features a full line-up of engines that satisfy the EU’s Euro 4 emissions standard. The engines with BlueTec diesel technology are impressive not only because of their low emission levels but also by virtue of their high efficiency. The Atego is available as light and medium-duty vehicles ranging from 6.5 t to 15 t GVW, or up to 16 t when uprated. Including the predecessor model, more than 200,000 Ategos have been sold since 1998. Thanks to its impressive reliability, the Atego is suitable for every area of application served by distribution vehicles. Atego customers are attracted not only by the truck’s optimal lifecycle costs, including its excellent fuel economy and the assurance of fast, flexible services when maintenance and repairs are needed, but also its long service life and good resale value.
Wide selection of engines that satisfy the EU’s Euro 4 emissions standard
The range focuses on engines that conform with the EU emissions standard Euro 4. The wide spectrum available includes engines with four and six cylinders in seven power classes ranging from 115 kW (156 hp) to 210 kW (286 hp). Several units received a significant upgrade in output and torque in the course of the transition.
Over the last two years, Mercedes-Benz has been gradually introducing engines with BlueTec diesel technology, which is based on SCR, in all heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks. BlueTec means compliance not only with the Euro 4 emissions limits but also the future EU emissions standard Euro 5. It therefore significantly enhances vehicle economy. Firstly, this is because customers who buy vehicles with BlueTec profit from state benefits such as tax breaks. Secondly, BlueTec combined with enhanced engines results in fuel savings and higher performance. Finally, BlueTec can increase the resale value of a truck. All in all, BlueTec diesel technology clearly pays off for customers.
The power transfer is provided by six- and nine-speed manual transmissions. The optional Telligent automated gearshift (available up to 240 hp) is especially convenient.
Safest truck in its class offers wide array of standard equipment features
The Atego also sets the standard for its class when it comes to braking systems. The Telligent has disc brakes all round as well as a compressed air system maintained at a constant braking pressure of 10 bar. In addition to the anti-lock braking system (ABS), the Atego’s optional equipment includes acceleration skid control (ASR) and Brake Assist (BA). Only the tippers with gross vehicle weights of 12 tonnes and more and the all-wheel drive vehicles have drum brakes on the rear axle or all round, respectively.
Unique: cab in five variants with choice of three cockpits
The Atego comes with either a standard cab (S), an extended S-cab, a long cab (L), or an L-cab with a high roof. A crewcab is also available as an option. There is also a unique choice of three different cockpits for different applications. The new, additional front mirror is attached to the A-pillar. The mirror expands the driver’s field of vision to include the area immediately in front of the vehicle — an important safety consideration particularly for truckers on distribution runs.
One of the great features of the Atego is the low cab entry height, with single-step entry for the lighter versions. This also provides the basis for the Atego 1222. The advantage of this model is its combination of a low frame with the OM 924 LA four-cylinder engine with an output of 160 kW/218 hp. It combines good performance with light weight. Thanks to its gross vehicle weight rating of 11.99 tonnes, the Atego 1222 is exempt from the motorway tolls in Germany.
Five exhibition vehicles emphasise the wide spectrum. One highlight is a flatbed Atego 818 L with a tarpaulin — the best-seller in the line-up. Also exempt from the toll is the Atego 1222 L with refrigerated body. An Atego 1229 L represents the classic 12-tonne truck, an Atego 1529 L with L cab and high roof the Atego in long-distance road haulage. An Atego 1624 A with all-wheel drive and tipper body is suitable for other areas of application.
Mercedes-Benz Axor: BlueTec diesel technology as well as many new safety and comfort features
  • Engines equipped with BlueTec diesel technology comply with the European Union’s Euro 4 and Euro 5 emissions standards
  • New systems further enhance safety
  • New cab safety appointments
With styling and engineering closely modelled on the Actros, the Axor is positioned midway between the Atego and the Actros. The vehicle is designed to serve as a specialist for medium-distance haulage in Europe, as well as for heavy distribution over short distances and for the construction industry.
Engines equipped with BlueTec diesel technology comply with the European Union’s Euro 4 and Euro 5 emissions standards
The new engines of the OM 906 LA production series comply with the European Union’s Euro 4 emissions standard and are available with a displacement of 6.37 litres and in three output ratings, ranging from 175 kW (238 hp) to 210 kW (286 hp). The larger OM 926 LA generates 240 kW (326 hp) from a displacement of 7.2 litres. The 12-litre, six-cylinder in-line engine OM 457 LA is available in three power ratings: 265 kW (360 hp), 295 kW (401 hp) and 315 kW (428 hp). It can be supplied in Blue-Tec 4 or Blue-Tec 5 variants.
For the past two years, BlueTec diesel technology based on SCR has been a familiar feature of the heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz Actros truck, in which it has proven to be a great success. BlueTec means compliance not only with the emissions limits of the EU emissions standard Euro 4 but also with those of the future EU emissions standard Euro 5. It therefore significantly enhances vehicle economy. Firstly, this is because customers who buy vehicles with BlueTec profit from state benefits such as tax breaks. Secondly, BlueTec combined with enhanced engines results in fuel savings and higher performance. Finally, BlueTec can increase the resale value of a truck. All in all, BlueTec diesel technology clearly pays off for customers. These service intervals measure 100,000 km in long-distance road haulage service, thus providing further proof of the Axor’s extremely high level of profitability.
Manual transmissions with six, nine or 16 gears take care of the power transmission. The 16-speed G 211 direct-drive transmission can also be combined with Telligent gearshift as an option in the Mercedes-Benz Axor.
New systems further enhance safety
The brake system of the Mercedes-Benz Axor is already setting standards. The truck is also optionally available with Telligent braking system and Telligent stability control. Furthermore, the optional Telligent roll control is also available as an option for vehicles with an engine output of up to 240 kW (326 hp). The term Telligent roll control stands for a suspension and damping system.
Comprehensive range of tractors and solo trucks
Anyone interested in the Axor can choose from a comprehensive programme. The 4x2 tractor has been joined by heavy-duty solo trucks with two axles (4x2 and 4x4) and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 18 tonnes as well as by a three-axle truck with a GVW of 26 tonnes (6x2 and 6x4). The result is a complete family of heavy-duty trucks for distribution, long-distance road haulage and construction use. In addition to the standard cab (S), the vehicle will also be available with an S-cab with an extended rear, a long cab (L), and the L-cab with a high roof and a standing height of 1910 mm. Many of the details of the cockpit of the Axor are taken directly from the Actros.
Three dashboard variants, new interior appointments
As is the case with the Mercedes-Benz Atego, the Axor comes with a choice of three dashboard variants that are designed for different applications. A bed is now also available, as a new equipment feature for the Axor with extended S-cab. All models are available with an optional hands-free mobile phone system with inductive antenna coupling. The phone is operated by means of buttons on the steering wheel. Also new is the additional front mirror. It expands the driver’s field of vision to include the area immediately in front of the vehicle.
At IAA Commercial Vehicle Show 2006, the Mercedes-Benz Axor will be represented by three vehicles. The first of these is an Axor 1829 L (Euro 4-compliant version). The platform truck with a box body is a distribution vehicle that is optimised for high payloads. The second vehicle is an Axor 2543 L (BlueTec 5) with a frame for swap bodies. With its L-type cab and high roof, the truck proves that the Axor is well-suited for long-distance road haulage. The vehicle is also equipped with Telligent Roll Control. An Axor 1840 LS (BlueTec 5) tractor for tank trailers focuses on high payload.
Mercedes-Benz Actros: sales hit and safety truck
  • Mercedes PowerShift: a new generation of automated gearshift
  • New: Active Brake Assist applies full braking power in an emergency situation
  • Numerous new appointments for the 2006 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show
Talk about heavy trucks in Europe today, and you can’t help talking about the Mercedes-Benz Actros. It is Europe’s most-manufactured heavy truck, with the impressive total of more than 425,000 vehicles in operation on international roads today. Ten years ago, the Actros revolutionised the truck world with the introduction of the first electro-pneumatic braking system in combination with all-round disc brakes. Soon after, further safety and assistance systems were added. And now the Actros is once again setting new standards with the introduction of the Active Brake Assist system and the new-generation “Mercedes PowerShift” transmission.
Mercedes-Benz Actros: the right answer to every question
Whether as a tractor unit or dropsider — with its cab, wheelbase, suspension and drive system variants, the Actros is the ideal choice for a wide range of needs, including the demanding conditions of long-distance road haulage, heavy-duty distribution uses, and in the construction industry. And this also applies to the engine line-up, which begins with a series of compact yet powerful V6 units featuring 12 l displacement and a choice of six output ratings, ranging from 235 kW (320 hp) and 1650 Nm of torque to 350 kW (476 hp) and 2300 Nm. For especially high power and pulling power requirements, there is also a series of V8 engines with 15.9 l displacement and a range of outputs, from 375 kW (510 hp) and 2400 Nm of torque to 440 kW (598 PS) and 2800 Nm. With the Actros, Mercedes-Benz has become the first truck brand to rigorously introduce low-emissions engines conforming to Euro 4 and Euro 5 standards, which have been gradually added to the available engines in the last two years. At the 2006 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, the Actros stand will showcase a range of powerful diesel engines featuring BlueTec diesel technology that fully meet the forthcoming EU emissions standards Euro 4 and Euro 5.
The advantages of BlueTec with SCR are that BlueTec ensures compliance not only with the emissions limits of the EU emissions standard Euro 4 but also with those of the future EU emissions standard Euro 5. It therefore significantly enhances vehicle economy. Firstly, this is because customers who buy vehicles with BlueTec profit from state benefits such as tax breaks. Secondly, BlueTec combined with enhanced engines results in fuel savings and higher performance. Finally, BlueTec can increase the resale value of a truck. All in all, BlueTec diesel technology clearly pays off for customers. Mercedes-Benz was able to supply its 10,000th truck with BlueTec technology in February of this year. Today there are more than 22,000 Actros trucks with BlueTec in operation on European roads.
Mercedes PowerShift: a new generation of automated gearshift
The new Mercedes PowerShift combines an unsynchronised, fully automated, 12-speed (16-speed for special applications) gearbox with a highly advanced management system. The advantages of PowerShift include further-enhanced economy and faster and more comfortable gearshifting. The new 12-speed transmission is available in a direct-drive version for use with torque classes of 2100 Nm (type G 211-12) and 2800 Nm (G 281-12). There are also plans to introduce a version at the end of the year for use with torques of up to 3300 Nm (type G 330-12).
New functions to assist the driver
Mercedes PowerShift provides new functions: with its “Power” mode, “EcoRoll” mode, variable hysteresis of the cruise control system (enables the driver to adjust the set speed range from + 2 km/h to + 15 km/h), the “Manoeuvring” mode, “Rock-Free” mode, and four reverse gears, the new transmission provides optimal assistance in all kinds of situations to the driver, who can operate these additional new functions via an individual control panel on the dashboard.
New: Active Brake Assist applies full braking power in an emergency situation
Active Brake Assist is the new standard in safety systems: this driver-assistance system helps in critical situations to minimise the danger of a rear-end collision with the vehicle ahead and to reduce the consequences of this type of accident. The introduction of Active Brake Assist underlines once again Mercedes-Benz’s leadership and innovation in the development and introduction of driver-assistance systems designed to increase active safety. Today, every customer who purchases an Actros can opt to have the truck fitted with any of these and further safety systems ex works. Mercedes-Benz encourages the introduction of these new safety features by offering attractive packages.
Numerous new appointments for the 2006 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show
The Actros cab exhibited at this year’s IAA Commercial Vehicle Show also features many improvements and enhancements. These include, for example an additional front-view mirror attached to the A-pillar, which expands the driver’s field of vision to include the area immediately in front of the vehicle — yet another important safety consideration. All models are now available with an optional hands-free mobile phone system with inductive antenna coupling. The phone is operated by means of buttons on the steering wheel.
Optionally available are also new aluminium wheels, which reduce total vehicle weight and therefore increase payload — by around 120 kg for a four-axle model. The Lowliner variants of the Actros with lower frame heights have also been fitted with new wind deflectors with improved aerodynamic design to reduce fuel consumption.
The Mercedes-Benz Actros at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show 2006
In all, six vehicles will be showcased in the Actros range at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show 2006. The flagship is the Actros 1860 LS tractor unit with MegaSpace cab. In addition, a 1848 LS model as Lowliner variant with low frame and MegaSpace cab and an Actros 1844 LS with L-type cab as tractor for silo trailers also represent the range of tractor units.
An Actros 2546 6x2 with low frame and L-cab will present the Actros as a heavy-duty dropsider complete with a frame for demountable bodies. As a construction vehicle, the Actros comes as the four-axle 4144 K 8x4/4. The truck features an M-cab and a three-way tipper from Meiller — options that can be supplied ex works. Also on show is an Actros 2646 K, likewise available with an M-cab and a three-way tipper ex works.
Actros Space-Max: a Mercedes-Benz dream truck
  • IAA highlight: a concept vehicle from Mercedes-Benz Trucks is opening up new dimensions in truck cab spaciousness and home-like comfort
  • The Actros Space-Max provides drivers with the very best in sleeping comfort and cosiness after a hard day’s work
  • The “brother” of the Black Edition and Actros Cruiser is a vision of trucker life in the future.
The Actros Space-Max is making drivers’ dreams come true. Following in the wake of the Black Edition and the Cruiser, the Actros Space-Max is once again demonstrating how important the driver’s working and sleeping environment is to Mercedes-Benz Trucks. The new concept vehicle is the motor show highlight from Mercedes-Benz Trucks at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show 2006 in Hanover. Driving, recreation and sleeping are the three aspects of a trucker’s life for which Mercedes-Benz has developed three distinct, yet related trucks: the Black Edition, Cruiser and Space-Max.
The Actros Space-Max focuses on providing relaxation and sleeping comfort, and therefore on the third key aspect of long-distance drivers’ everyday lives. The Black Edition focused primarily on driving comfort and a powerful, high-quality appearance in order to enhance the task of driving as such. The Actros Cruiser, on the other hand, aimed at providing a home-like feeling by turning the cab into a comfortable living space. The Actros Space-Max, finally, is a systematic enhancement of this concept that provides the driver with the ideal environment in which to experience pleasant dreams.
This visionary concept is firmly rooted in real life, as cabs are becoming increasingly important for drivers as attractive areas for conducting work and engaging in recreation. Today’s drivers are often alone, not only when steering the vehicles, but also during their rest times. As a result, having a cosy, comfortable cab is now more important to drivers than ever before in order to compensate for their stressful working lives. In the Actros Space-Max drivers can find the rest and relaxation they need to excel in their jobs.
During the design of the concept vehicle, the developers therefore focused on the bed. The remarkable thing is that the bed is invisible during the day. It is fully integrated into the back panel and, when needed, is folded out by an electrohydraulic mechanism. When the driver lies on the top-quality, 80-cm-wide mattress, he or she can opt to look directly at the stars through the large power sliding roof. Instead, drivers can also watch their favourite DVDs on the flat-screen TV. To the driver’s left and right are wall-mounted lights that can be adjusted as desired and that create a cosy atmosphere in the sleeping quarters. The “bedroom feeling” is further enhanced through the use of distinct colours and materials.
Because the bed is foldable, the “living room” provides the driver with a strong sense of spaciousness, which is further enhanced by the almost vertical windscreen. By giving the cab a roof height of four metres, Mercedes-Benz almost went to the limit of what is legally permitted. The glass roof allows a great deal of daylight to enter into the cab’s living quarters. The interior has a modern and friendly feel to it, and is characterised by the use of light-coloured leather and walnut. The driver can rest and relax in the comfortable “relaxation” seat, which is located on the front passenger side of the cab. The seat can be rotated, making it ideal for use during breaks.
The exterior of the spacious truck is also impressive. The white metallic paint job and the chrome and stainless steel elements give the Actros Space-Max an aura of strength and elegance. The Space-Max is based on the Actros 1860 LS with BlueTec 5 technology and Mercedes PowerShift, the new generation of automated gearshifts from Mercedes-Benz. As a result, the truck guarantees the very best in driving comfort, for which the required performance is provided by a 600 hp engine.
The Actros Space-Max once again demonstrates Mercedes-Benz’ skill in designing dream trucks. It proves that the limited amount of space available in a cab is no obstacle to fulfilling drivers’ wishes for a home-like environment.
Retrofit kit for trucks: converting the Axor OM 457 LA and the Actros to biodiesel
  • New: retrofit kit from Mercedes-Benz for operation with biodiesel
  • Long service intervals, no gumming or sludge accumulation
In times of enduringly high fuel prices, it can pay to convert to biodiesel. And with prices for a litre of biodiesel some 15 cents cheaper than conventional diesel, many truck fleet operators are now taking a closer look at this environmentally sound fuel. On the other hand, running a vehicle on biodiesel also creates certain disadvantages, including much shorter intervals between oil changes. Mercedes-Benz has now introduced a retrofit kit for the Axor (with OM 457 LA) and Actros production series that enables them to run on biodiesel free of problems.
Long service intervals, no gumming or sludge accumulation
The retrofit kit consists of modified pumps for the fuel-injection unit, a preliminary fuel filter with heated water separator, and an additional tank for conventional diesel to run the auxiliary heating. All of the parts are tested genuine Mercedes-Benz parts.
Retrofitting creates a number of advantages. Firstly, intervals between oil changes are significantly longer and approach the same length of time required for engines run on conventional diesel. Secondly, the preliminary fuel filter prevents the actual fuel filter from becoming clogged. A retrofit also largely stops the pumps and the injection nozzles from gumming. And lastly, running the auxiliary heating on conventional diesel preserves its normal service life.
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