Daimler at Inter Airport 2007
Oct 10, 2007
Mercedes-Benz Atego: superior engineering, operation and styling
  • Light and medium-duty trucks from 6.5 t to 15 t GVW
  • Seven output classes from 115 kW (156 hp) to 210 kW (286 hp)
  • Practical interior, choice of three cockpits
  • Mercedes-Benz Axor: completely revised and extended
  • Blue-Tec Actros meets Euro 5 emissions limits
The new Mercedes-Benz Atego gained a firm place in the market in 2007. The clearly structured line-up comprises trucks and tractors ranging from 6.5 t to 15 t gross weight.
Striking cab in four versions
The front end integrates the Atego seamlessly into the current Merce­des-Benz truck family, which comprises the Atego, Axor and Actros ranges. Cabs for the new Atego comprise the standard version (S), the S-cab with a rear extended by 180 mm, a long cab (L) and a long cab with a high roof.
In the highly practical and compact “short-radius distribution cockpit”, all the main controls are grouped in close range of the driving area creating as much room as possible on the other side of the vehicle, which can be used, for example, to pro­vide convenient through-access from the driver’s to the passenger’s side of the cab, or for fitting a centre seat. The “long-distance haulage cockpit” supplements the basic version with a number of additional stowage spaces.
Among the features that have been adopted unchanged from the previous Atego is the low cab entry height, with single-step entry for the lighter versions. This is made possible by a very low frame, with a lowered front section.
Atego 1222: low frame, high payload capacity
The same concept provides the basis for the new Atego 1222 as well. The highlight of this model is its new OM 924 LA four-cylinder engine, with an increased displace­ment of 4.8 l, which develops a maximum output of 160 kW (218 hp) and maximum torque of 810 Nm. This engine combines excellent performance with low weight, being approximately 100 kg lighter than a comparable six-cylinder unit. This has been translated in full into increased payload capacity.
Mercedes-Benz Atego with Blue-Tec 5 now even cleaner
The Atego – like its “big brothers” the Axor and Actros – is now already available with Blue-Tec 5 technology. Compared with today’s Euro 4 emissions standard, this means a further 43% reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Thanks to the new Blue-Tec diesel technology, the Atego’s emissions of particulate matter have also been reduced dramatically.
Further benefits of the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology applied in order to comply with the Euro 5 standard include higher fuel economy, reduced motorway toll charges (e.g. when driving catering vehicles from the plant to the air­port) and lower depreciation. In Germany, as of this September, the extra charge for Blue-Tec 5 ‑ the brand name of the technology used by Mercedes-Benz - is more­over being subsidised by the German government to the tune of up to €4250, upon application to KfW-Bank.
Since 2004, some 100,000 Mercedes-Benz trucks with Blue-Tec have been reducing emissions reliably and economically around the world, and are set to do so for some time to come – fitting testimony to the successful Mercedes-Benz approach.
Broad range of engines complying with the EU’s Euro 4 and Euro 5
emissions standards
The wide range of engines consists of four and six-cylinder units in seven output classes, from 115 kW (156 hp) up to 210 kW (286 hp). These all employ Blue-Tec diesel technology based on the SCR system, which Mercedes-Benz has been phasing in for its heavy-duty and medium-heavy commercial vehicles over the last two years. The use of exhaust gas aftertreatment in which a fluid known as Ad-Blue is injected into the stream of exhaust gases before these gases pass through a down­stream catalytic converter, has made it possible to improve the combustion of fuel in the engine even further. The result is both a considerable reduction in the amount of pollutant exhaust emissions, including particulates, and lower diesel fuel consumption.
New: nine-speed range-change transmission – available fully automatic
Six and nine-speed Mercedes-Benz manual transmissions take care of transmitting the power. The optional Telligent automated gearshift is unique worldwide in the light short-radius distribution truck segment. As a further option, the Atego is also available with a fully automatic transmission with a torque converter.
An infrequent visitor to the service centre
The advanced technology in the Atego results in long service intervals of 100,000 km in long-distance operation, 60,000 km in short-radius operation and 30,000 km in heavy-duty operation. The large number of maintenance-free or low-maintenance components results in significantly reduced servicing costs compared with the previous series. The Atego’s driver can perform most routine checks from the driving seat. The new “function check” shows the engine oil level, oil pressure, any oil top-up requirements, coolant level, screen wash level and brake pad wear. It also incorporates a bulb failure indicator.
From sweeper to catering or fire-fighting vehicle
The wide range of different bodies illustrates the new Mercedes-Benz Atego’s versatili­ty: from sweeper to water supply and disposal vehicle and through to either a catering or fire-fighting vehicle.
Atego 1328 with Schrader drinking water body
The Mercedes-Benz Atego 1318 with a drinking water service body is used to supply parked aircraft with drinking water, and is just one of the exhibits on the Daimler stand. The FWW 4 drinking water body has a capacity of 4000 litres of drinking water. The tank is made from 1.4302 stainless steel and features hot-air heating and a stainless steel centrifugal pump. The Atego 1318 is fitted with Telligent automated gearshift. The intercooled OM 904 LA four-cylinder in-line engine produces 130 kW/ 177 hp with 675 Nm of torque at 1200 – 1600 rpm.
Mercedes-Benz Axor: completely revised and extended
With styling and engineering closely modelled on the Actros, the Axor, specialising in medium long-distance transport and heavy-duty short-radius distribution, is positioned midway between the new Atego and the Actros. There are two model series of six-cylinder in-line diesel engines for the Axor. They comprise the 900-series 6.4 and 7.2-l engines as well as the 12-l OM 457 LA. The four output ranges are 175 kW (238 hp), 188 kW (256 hp), 210 kW (286 hp) and 240 kW (326 hp).
Blue-Tec Actros meets Euro 5 emissions limits
This achievement is down to Blue-Tec diesel technology. Blue-Tec enables the Actros to meet the Euro 5 standard that will not become mandatory until October 2009. With this combination of environmental and economic benefits, the new Mercedes-Benz Blue-Tec trucks are a unique transport solution for long-distance road haulage of the future. To date, over 100,000 Blue-Tec trucks have been registered by Mercedes-Benz.
Once the Actros has become a firm fixture in the commercial sector in many countries around the world, numerous vehicles from the Actros series have been delivered to airport operators around the world in a wide range of variants.
The Actros all-wheel-drive vehicles, semitrailer tractors and special-purpose chassis are available as two, three and four-axle vehicles in nine output classes from 235 kW (320 hp) to 440 kW (598 hp). The drive configurations offered range from the two-axle 4x2 with rear-wheel drive to the 8x8/4, a four-axle truck with all-wheel drive and two steered front axles. The Actros for off-road applications ranges from the two-axle 18-tonner to the 41-tonner with four axles.
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