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Mercedes-Benz launches two heavy-duty trucks in MEA

The new Actros and Arocs models have been specifically configured to withstand the region's harsh operating conditions

The new Actros and Arocs trucks.
The new Actros and Arocs trucks.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has launched a new generation of heavy-duty trucks, Actros and Arocs, in the Middle East and Africa.

The Actros is designed for long-distance and distribution haulage, and the Arocs is designed for construction and off-road applications.

The Actros and Arocs are available with three different engines complying with Euro IV and Euro V emission norms.

All engines are designed as in-line 6-cylinder engines with exhaust-gas turbocharging and charge air cooling for high torque at little more than idle speed.

The Actros and Arocs models are fitted with Mercedes PowerShift 3 fully automated transmissions as standard for fast gear changes. A range of drive programs enables them to be adapted to individual requirements.

Additional features include reinforced frames, robust planetary axles, optimised filter and cooling systems and the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz's safety and assistance systems, such as active brake assist (ABA4) or adaptive cruise control.

Fleet operators can choose between as many as 22 variants of the driver's cab.

The vehicles have been developed to withstand the harsh operating conditions in the Middle East and Africa.

Testing included a total of more than six million kilometres of on- and off-road endurance runs performed by the Mercedes-Benz truck testing centre based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Since the market launch of the Actros model series in 1996, Mercedes-Benz has sold more than 100,000 Actros across the Middle East and North Africa.

Globally, more than 1,000,000 Mercedes-Benz Actros have been sold since 1996.

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