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The new Actros is a compelling proposition in the daily operation of transport companies. It has won numerous awards worldwide including the widely respected and distinguished 'International Truck of the Year 2020'. Voted by a strong jury of international commercial vehicles journalists from 24 countries, this is the fifth year that an Actros has been awarded the prestigious award which underline the fact that the flagship of Mercedes-Benz Trucks continues to set standards for reliability, efficiency and comfort.
With the introduction of the new Actros, HSTD has brought a refined truck onto the roads in Malaysia to fulfil the requirement of the ever-demanding transport industry. Assembled at Pekan plant facilities with high accuracy and precision, the new Actros is built to the highest Daimler quality standards backed by Mercedes-Benz Truck’s brand promise 'Trucks you can trust'.
Commenting on the new trucks, Roland said, “We are proud to inform that with the introduction of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros we will be raising the bar further in the heavy-duty truck market to shape the future of transportation in Malaysia better than ever before. ”
The new Actros is a reliable truck as it has the best product performance with a wide range of drive configurations offered. It uses OM460 6-cylinder in-line engine that produces high power output of up to 350 kW and 2,300 Nm torque for lower fuel consumption. Prior to its introduction, the new Actros has been subjected to the most extensive test program ever created, such as under extreme temperature and under rough road conditions, over 60 million test kilometres distance to ensure that it performs under the operational conditions in real life. The new Actros offers the best-in-class warranty coverage of up to three (3) years or 450,000 km (whichever comes first) to optimise the total cost of ownership. In addition, the new Actros is biodiesel compatible.
Using the new Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated manual transmission, the truck provides the best gear shifting strategy at all time for high driving comfort. Coupled with new aerodynamics cabin design, the new Actros is even more economical with-up to 4 per cent better fuel efficiency. On top of the above, the new Actros also provides high vehicle utilisation by offering the best-in-class service interval of up to 55,000 km.
Safety is at the root of the new Actros DNA. It has the state-of-the-art safety system including advanced emergency braking assistance Active Brake Assist 5 for added safety on the road which can detect both pedestrians and objects in its own lane, and under optimal conditions, can react by means of an automated warning followed by partial or full braking. The Active Brake Assist 5 is available on selected models.
Optionally available safety systems are the Lane Keeping Assist which is capable of detecting if the truck is straying from the driver’s lane to reduce risks as it helps the driver to avoid or mitigate accidents and the Attention Assist which intends to help truck drivers avoid accidents if fatigue or lack of attention is detected by displaying a visual alert and audible tone.
In terms of comfort, the new Actros is equipped with a spacious cabin for the driver’s comfort during long journeys. It brings the feeling of 'being at home' in the driver’s cabin to provide pleasant working and driving conditions especially in long-distance haulage. The new Actros uses keyless start ignition system to allow the driver to start and stop the engine even when the key is in the driver’s pocket. It is fitted with adjustable suspension driver seat for the best ergonomic drive. Plus, a luxury bed with recline-able back section for maximum rest and a controllable interior lighting on the panel next to the mattress. There is also abundance stowage space to store the essentials during long journeys. In addition, the fully digital human machine interface in the form of Multimedia Cockpit is optionally available. It has two high resolution 10-inch color display to provide a clear display of all driving and vehicle information which is accessible via touch screen and supports both Android Auto and Apply CarPlay. Therefore, the new Actros has all the qualities that really count when it comes to living and resting in comfort in the long-distance transport sector.
In 2019, Mercedes-Benz Actros has achieved the number one market share position in Malaysia in the prime mover segment. Commenting on the achievement, Roland Schneider, Chief Executive of HSTD said, “This is one of the most momentous milestones for us and we are truly honoured to have the continuous support from our esteemed dealers and customers as they have all made it possible for us to grow our business. Hap Seng is fully committed to grow in this market.”
Roland remarked “Our strategy has always revolved around satisfying customers delivered through the brand’s core value – Trucks you can trust. This value centres around everything the brand does from research and development, innovation and technology, product testing right down to customer care and driver engagement”.
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