Once again, the new Actros from Mercedes Benz has been a huge crowd pleaser, taking away the award for “Best Heavy Duty Truck’ at the recent 2017 Brisbane Truck Show.
“It is a great honour for the Mercedes-Benz truck to be voted the Best Heavy Duty Truck by some of Australia’s most respected commercial vehicle journalists,” said Daniel Whitehead, Daimler Truck and Bus Managing Director. “The feedback from our customers around our new generation range has been exceptional, better than even we expected.”
Whitehorse Trucks was excited to deliver a new Mercedes Benz Actros to VFS, one of the first to hit the road following the exciting launch of the redesigned model back in November 2016. Mitchell Hynd, one of our top salesmen, suggested VFS participate in the local evaluation program Mercedes-Benz was conducting for the new model.
VFS were seriously impressed by the fuel economy figures it turned out when they put the Actros to work on a run that included Albury, Melbourne and Wagga.
“We couldn’t comprehend it, so we ran it again and again, then put another driver in it and it was the same, that was the number”, Mr Collins (VFS Director of Operations) said.
The new Mercedes-Benz Actros was achieving close to 0.5km per litre better fuel economy than the American truck it replaced. To VFS that’s a massive saving of $20,000 a year in fuel alone.
Daimler Truck and Bus recently held their annual Dealer Awards night for 2016 achievements. Whitehorse Trucks are pleased to congratulate Jon Bartlett, our Parts Manager, and Mitchell Hynd, our Mercedes-Benz Salesman, who both picked up awards for their outstanding performance. With their partners at hand to cheer them on, and Lawrence Mooney supplying the gags, a very enjoyable evening was had by all. Congratulations to all other winners for 2016.
See our GALLERY for pictures of the evening and our award winners.
More than 260 customers, dealers and media were in Cairns enjoying the spectacular launch of the groundbreaking truck, the next generation Actros. Following an 18 month local evaluation program involving 35 customers, 20 trucks and more than 1 million km, the Actros is setting a new standard for heavy trucks in Australia.
The new Actros introduced a new dimension for driver comfort, and delivers performance and economy with four new engines including a high-performance 11-litre, 13-litre and the range-topping 16-litre.
The truck’s new range of in-line six-cylinder engines deliver fuel economy savings of up to 7 per cent* and an AdBlue consumption reduction of up to 40 per cent, while the latest generation of automated transmissions change gears 20 per cent faster and incorporate a clever new crawler function for low speed work.
Mercedes-Benz has introduced key local upgrades for the new Actros, including locally-sourced inner-spring mattresses for increased comfort, long range fuel tanks [...]