The all-new Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs: Welcome to a new dimension.
Driving a car with the three-pointed star on its front fascia has always been great in Nigeria from way back. The unparalleled luxury is always second to none; this premium touch has just been unveiled in the body of a truck. The trucks which were unveiled on Tuesday 16th of October 2018 are the all-new Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs. All thanks to Mercedes-Benz and Weststar Associates Limited, Authorized General Distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria for making this a reality.
With over 125 years of trucks you can trust for many businesses in different regions around the world, Mercedes-Benz is taking the next step in Nigeria with the introduction of its new and revolutionary trucks that will give businesses in the haulage and construction industries a further boost. Companies looking to get the best results from their businesses can now enjoy efficiency, reliability and total cost of ownership in a whole new dimension.
Businesses that operate in road transport and in the construction industry need absolute reliability, in other words: trucks they can count on. This has become an art that Mercedes-Benz has continued to improve upon for well over a century. With the all-new Actros, operators will be accustomed to more reliability and efficiency in the long haulage business, while the Arocs stands out as the new force in construction.
The new Actros comes as a medium or heavy duty truck with weight variants from 18 to 33 ton. The truck can come as a semi-trailer tractor for long distance haulage and for heavy duty transport. Equipped with a 6-cylinder OM 460 diesel engine that comes in two rated power output of 265 KW (360 hp) or 310 KW (421 hp), there are also optionally available power outputs of up to 425 KW (578 hp). The new Actros also comes with a 3900 mm or 3600 mm wheel base and a torque rating from 1800 nm to 2800 nm depending on the variant. The new Actros is available in 6×4 or 4×2 configurations.
The new Actros comes with an impressive newly developed design. Beyond the exterior design, the appeal extends to the spacious and ergonomic cab interior, providing a clearly arranged driver’s workplace which makes the vehicle operations easy and safe. With the M-cab variant, the new Actros comes in a ClassicSpace cab 2000 mm long and 2300 mm wide offering enough room to work and rest. For even more comfort, the M-cab is equipped with a folding bunk to allow the driver to rest. The driver also benefits from a wide cockpit and a newly designed workplace, this impresses with its perfect ergonomics, the good accessibility of all the controls and many details which ensure that work is simply easier. Other features inside the cab include the multifunction steering wheel with control buttons for the onboard computer, telephone, volume control and the drive systems. It also houses the instrument panel, the Bluetooth radio navigation system and the electronic ignition lock.
The new Arocs comes as a heavy duty truck with weight variants from 18 to 41 ton. The truck takes on the challenge of heavy duty construction with different applications. The Arocs can come as a platform truck, dumper or concrete mixer, it is possible to install other body applications including firefighting, mining, rescue, tank bodies, vacuum etc. It is also equipped with a 6-cylinder OM 460 diesel engine that comes with a rated power output of 310 KW (421 hp), there is a 3900 mm and a 4500 mm wheel base variant and the torque comes with a rated output of 2100 nm.
The Arocs cabs are convincing with their high level of functionality, their robustness and their striking, powerful design which reflects the dedication of the Arocs to meet every challenge in off-road transportation. With the S-cab variant, the new Arocs comes in a ClassicSpace cab 1700 mm long and 2300 mm wide, it is suited to all applications which require maximum body length – for example in the construction industry or in short-radius distribution. The S-cab also offers great all-round visibility which provides protection against collisions if space for maneuvering is especially tight. Like in the Actros, the new Arocs also has additional features which include the multifunction steering wheel with control buttons for the onboard computer, telephone, volume control and the drive systems. It also houses the instrument panel, the Bluetooth radio navigation system and the electronic ignition lock.
The Mercedes Powershift 3 automated transmission is another stand out feature in the new Actros & Arocs. The automated transmission with Mercedes Powershift 3 comes in 6 to 16 speed transmission variants, with specifically customized transmission modes for power and economy. Drivers also have the option of other transmission modes that include; Fleet, Offroad and more. Additional features in the new Actros & Arocs include the safety and assistance systems like Electric Braking System (EBS) which is incorporated with ABS and ASR. The EBS records the operation of the brake pedal, is informed about current brake pressure and adjust brake pressure if necessary. Other optionally available safety systems include Active Brake Assist 4, the Stability Control Assist system, Lane Keeping Assist and Attention Assist to minimize accident risk, this ensures the driver feels safe from the start of the journey to the final destination.
For the skeptics, here are some of the benefits of the new Actros and Arocs in hard numbers: 3-year, 450,000 km powertrain warranty as standard for the Actros and 250,000 km powertrain warranty as standard for the Arocs, 60 million kilometers of endurance testing around the globe including tropical regions, Complete drivetrain development & production 100% made by Mercedes-Benz Trucks. While in the Arocs there are extra added benefits like; best in class durable parabolic steel suspension with the widest springs in the truck industry, high ground clearance for higher robustness and all the components are designed and built for highest robustness, withstanding most extreme climate conditions, difficult terrains and demanding applications.
Speaking on the arrival of the new Actros and the new Arocs, the MD/CEO Weststar Associates Limited, Mr Mirko Plath pointed out that for businesses to be more competitive especially in the heavy duty transport and construction segments they need trucks that would give them a clear advantage over their competitors and also bolster their productivity. He affirmed that this is what these new trucks are about and he went on to encourage customers to have a look for themselves because for him it is a case of “what you see is what you get”.
The new Actros and Arocs are now available for immediate order in Nigeria from Weststar Associates Limited with the best Aftersales service and support. Customers who acquire these vehicles can be rest assured of absolute reliability, efficiency and total cost of ownership in a whole new dimension.
For inquiries about the new Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs, please call 08068118015, 08099998375/6.