A smooth 900,000 kilometres.
Detlef's “20 years of Actros” edition is one of a current total of 15 trucks which Dirostahl has in service for local and long-distance routes – and its Detlef's second Actros: “Years ago I drove a second-generation Actros. For a period of nine years and over 900,000 kilometres, I never really had any problems.” His hand reaches for the switch of the roof hatch lighting, which is also an extra feature of this truck. The 138 LEDs, which light up the Actros' GigaSpace cab in blue, go out; the day has dawned. To stay fit, and provide a change from his job in the cab, Detlef goes jogging twice a week. “It really does me good,” says the ex-footballer, who once played in the local state league.
A look in the rear-view mirror and then he briefly presses the accelerator. The Actros rolls off the forecourt. The transmission shafts which he has on board are destined for a wind power plant close to the Dutch border. The trucks from Dirostahl are often loaded up to the limit and the hills of the Bergisches Land (low mountain range in North-Rhine Westphalia) are a challenge for them. But with his 460 kW, the Actros 1853 comfortably carries the load. Detlef: “I would have been happy with a smaller engine. But, of course, this isn't bad either. And I also save fuel with this semitrailer truck!”