When it was launched in 2012 the latest Mercedes-Benz Actros made headlines, not only thanks to its attractive styling, but because of its ability to sip diesel. Fuel efficiency has continued to improve, and Mercedes claims that the latest Actros, with its second generation Euro 6 engine, is some 7% more efficient than the original Euro 5 version. Its impressive fuel economy was confirmed by Commercial Motor magazine, when in 2017 an Actros running at 44 tonnes managed 8.65mpg around its test route, setting a new record for a Euro 6 truck in the process.
With numerous cab heights and widths, there is a bewildering number of Actros variants available. Meanwhile the distribution sector is well catered for by the Atego rigid range (6.5 to 16 tonnes) and Antos rigids and tractor units (18 tonnes upwards).
With its striking appearance, it’s easy to understand why the Arocs construction range is proving popular, in particular as an 8×4 tipper. But for those operators who prefer a lower cab, Mercedes offers the Econic. This low-entry truck, which until recently was used solely by the refuse industry for kerbside collection, is becoming increasingly popular in the construction sector, particularly in London. The Unimog utility trucks, and Sprinter, Vito and Citan vans, complete what is surely the most extensive range of commercial vehicles offered by a single manufacturer.