Tanzania becomes 2nd market in  EA for new Mercedes Benz trucks

11Feb 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Tanzania becomes 2nd market in  EA for new Mercedes Benz trucks

Mercedes Benz has opened a new chapter in the local heavy-duty truck segment by introducing two technologically advanced lorry models it says will provide contractors and transporters with unique fleet management benefits.

The head of Sales and Customer Service of Mercedes Benz Trucks Africa, Torsten Bauerheim (2nd L) speaks at the event to launch the edition of the Actros and Acros heavy-duty trucks in Dar es Salaam last week. Others from left are: Mercedes Tanzania Manager, Jerome Sentimea, Managing Director of CFAO Motors Tanzania Ltd, Marius Prinsloo and Sales Manager of MB Trucks Africa, Hansjorg Richter. Photo: Courtesy of CFAO Tanzania

Mercedes Benz has opened a new chapter in the local heavy-duty truck segment by introducing two technologically advanced lorry models it says will provide contractors and transporters with unique fleet management benefits.

Values to be accrued from investing in the latest version of the Actros and Acros heavy-duty lorries, include fuel efficiency, improved driving and saving lives.

According to Mercedes Benz Trucks Africa, the premium models have not only been specifically developed for the local market but also designed and built to withstand the harshest operating conditions in the country.

The authorised distributors of the all-new Actros and Acros series, CFAO Motors, said the launch of the trucks in the country last week is the second in East and Central Africa following their debut in Rwanda late last year.

“Combined with the latest generation of the Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated gearbox equipped as standard, the Actros and Acros achieve highest levels of fuel-efficiency, contributing to the profitability of the fleet operators,” the managing director of CFAO Motors Tanzania Ltd, Marius Prinsloo, said.

“The all-new Actros and Acros offer a further enhanced level of reliability, efficiency and robustness to the Mercedes-Benz Truck offering. Assembled at the world’s largest truck plant in Woerth, Germany, the trucks come in specifically developed variants for our market in Tanzania,” he added.

Mercedes Benz Trucks has been present in Africa for more than 70 years. The all-new Mercedes Benz trucks have so far been launched in West Africa and officially debuted in Rwanda on December 1 through Akagera Motors.

The Germany carmaker targets to launch the latest version of its Actros and Acros heavy-duty trucks to more than 40 markets in the Middle East and Africa. Since the launch of the current generation of the Actros and Acros series in 2011, it has delivered some 300,000 Actros and Acros to customers in the Middle East and Africa. 

The new Actros (MP4) follows existing models namely Actros MP1, MP2 and MP3. The company says it is a truck featuring pioneered innovations in a serious production, which immediately pays off. 

Motor experts and vehicle reviewers say the new models increases efficiency for business owners and comfort for drivers to a previously unattained level with new spacious and ergonomic cabins offering maximum comfort for the driver. Fuel consumption has fallen noticeably, while safety and vehicle capability have been increased further, they noted.

Speaking at the Dar es Salaam event on Thursday, head of Sales and Customer Service of Mercedes Benz Trucks Africa, Torsten Bauerheim, said the all new Mercedes-Benz Actros and Acros come with efficient in-line 6-cylinder engines and new aerodynamic cabs. It also has the latest generation Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmission as standard with a wide portfolio of region-specific variants available. 

“The all-new Actros is a reliable and robust truck for construction and off-road applications and they have both gone through extreme endurance testing of trucks with more than six million kilometres prior to market launch,” he said.

Tested extensively around the world, on both surfaced roads and in the most challenging terrain, these vehicles are a perfect platform for heavy-duty applications. Testing included endurance runs performed by the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Testing Center based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The all-new Actros is made for long-distance haulage as well as heavy-duty distribution haulage. It is available with up to 22 different cab variants and comes in steel or air-suspended versions. 

For tough operations, the Actros is available with a heavy-duty 15.6l engine and the 16-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated gearbox. The new Acros, which is available as chassis-, mixer-, tipper- and all-wheel-drive variants – from 4x2 to 8x8 configurations with gross combination weights (GCW) of up to 250 tonnes, is there for when exceptional robustness is required – be it on construction sites or away from surfaced roads. 

“The new Actros and Acros have set a new benchmark when it comes to safety and assistance systems, supporting the driver and saving lives,” Bauerheim concluded. 

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