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Mercedes-Benz Actros pips rivals in over 90% Fuel Duels

ABR Staff Writer Published 11 May 2015

Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks have aced out rivals in more than 90% of ‘Fuel Duels’ held across 22 countries in Europe, a test comparing engines on the parameters of fuel consumption.


Covering terrains spread across the westernmost point of Spain to Romania's eastern limits between Finland in north and Italy in south, around 1,000 'duels' have so far put to test 18-ton and 25-ton trucks bearing the three-pointed star. Around five million kilometers have been covered.

The fuel-consumption contest was kicked off in the Netherlands about two and half years back. The 1000th test was organized at Kreykenbohm Forwarding Company in Holzminden, Germany.

With conditions remaining the same, the trucks have handled loads and routes for two weeks.

Martin König at the Mercedes-Benz Center Hildesheim said: "The Fuel Duel offers the unique opportunity to demonstrate the advantages of the Actros to our customers in a highly objective way.

"At the same time, drivers can use the FleetBoard telematics service to examine and improve their economical driving style".

The trucks have also displayed a consumption advantage to the tune of 10.5% with the average fuel consumption being 29 liters of diesel per 100km.

The Actros 1845 LS have surpassed the mark with an overall consumption of 26.5 liters. When assessed over an annual distance of 120,000km, these trucks have managed to save at least 3000 liters and lead to CO2 reduction of 7.9 tons.

The Mercedes-Benz Actros are powered by Mercedes PowerShift "economy" driving program and have a streamlined StreamSpace cab for extremely low drag and low fuel consumption.

Besides, the BlueTec 6 engines, which work in tandem with the standard-specification long final drives, generate extra torque in 12th gear when needed. The radiator shutters also facilitate saving of fuel.

Image: Mercedes-Benz Actros takes part in 'Fuel Duel' in Holzminden, Germany. Photo: courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.