The “Truck Of The Year 2012” award went to the new Mercedes-Benz Actros, the flagship from the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle fleet. An international expert jury announced its choice during the international specialist trade fair “Trailer 2011” in Kortrijk, Belgium. The jury is composed of European journalists within the auto industry. This is actually the fourth time that the Actros was named the best truck of the year.
The first Actros won in 1997. It won again in 2004 and in 2009. Mercedes-Benz has accumulated eight titles, which make it the most awarded brand in this competition that focuses on advancements in technology.
This is the main factor in the process used by the jury that determines the Truck of the Year. At the 2010 IAA International Motor Show in Hannover, the Mercedes-Benz Atego was named the “Truck Of The Year 2011.” The jury’s president, Gianenrico Griffini, said that the new Actros has both “evolutionary elements” and “revolutionary new developments” that raise standards for efficiency, safety and comfort in a heavy-duty vehicle.
The award is given to the truck that has contributed the most towards innovations for road transportation when it comes to economy, emissions, safety, driveability and comfort. With 161 points, the Mercedes-Benz Actros won with a large gap. The model that followed had 67 points while the model that ranked third got 50 points.
Hubertus Troska, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, received the award at the Mercedes-Benz Symposium in Kortijk, Belgium.
Mercedes-Benz’s new Actros heavy duty truck features a new design that is not only very appealing, but is also safe and comfortable, as well as efficient and environment-friendly. Since the new Actros was redeveloped from the ground up, Mercedes was able to significantly enhance this heavy duty truck, making it more beneficial for operators, drivers and the environment.
Because of its low fuel consumption, the new Actros would be a welcome addition to an operator’s fleet. Its better handling and ride comfort would benefit drivers. Likewise, the new Mercedes-Benz Actros already complies with the stringent Euro VI emissions limits. In fact, the new Actros consumes between 6 percent to 7 percent less than the Euro V version, and between 3 percent and 4 percent less than the Euro VI variant.
Inside, the new Mercedes-Benz Actros boasts of high levels of quality, spaciousness and ergonomics. In fact, the ergonomically-designed driver’s cab has been transformed into a comfortable working-living space that is larger than previous models of the truck.
This technological automotive wonder from Mercedes is a consolidation of over EUR2 billion in investments into development and production technology and of over 22 million kilometers of road tests. A product launch of such scale usually happens once in every 15 years in the commercial vehicle sector.
Interestingly, it has been around 15 years since Mercedes first introduced the Actros in 1996. Since then, Mercedes has sold over 700,000 units, making it the most successful heavy-duty truck in the world.