The new Atego impresses trade journalists
Vehicle & technology
With a new engine and drive train, and five percent lower fuel consumption – the new Atego boasts a total of 55 product innovations. These include numerous enhancements for the driver – as demonstrated in a press test drive in Frankfurt.
"Since as early as the revision of the Actros in 2003, on the whole Mercedes-Benz has enjoyed success in the European truck sector. Most recently this success was given an even greater boost thanks to the launch of the latest generation of the Actros, which was followed by the new Antos and the new Arocs. And now the Atego too has been renewed with the introduction of Euro VI. Also worthy of note here is the fact that in the case of this new medium-duty distribution vehicle, the new Actros has delivered a host of excellent detailed solutions.
This compatibility alone, which is the result of the complete redevelopment of all model series, the largely similar electronic architecture and a high level of use of common parts, represents an enormous step forward for customers. This is because the typically more neglected drivers working in the short-radius distribution sector are now also able to enjoy the advanced technology. A good example here is the pleasant, high-quality driver's workplace in the new Atego which includes the multifunction steering wheel. Such products not only make day-to-day work easier but also enhance safety. These aspects are also additionally improved thanks to standard-fit ESP, good all-round visibility and also well-positioned mirrors – all factors which can help stressed-out drivers avoid overlooking other road users when working in adverse weather conditions in the busy urban short-radius distribution sector.
The excellent overall package for enhancing the everyday job of the driver also includes an engine brake which is more than twice as powerful as that of the predecessor, and the fuel-efficient Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated gearshift. It enables the driver to concentrate on traffic conditions instead of on declutching and changing gear. These tasks are taken care of by the vehicle electronics, which always perform correctly, as demonstrated by the test in Frankfurt."
Even as a child, Finn Bjerremand Andersen accompanied his father, an owner-driver, on his trips. Later he went into business with his own truck and was hired by "Trans Inform" as a tester. Today Bjerremand works as trade editor and consultant at "Dansk Transport og Logistik" (DTL), an association of 2100 freight forwarders.