Dealer City West Commercials have supplied A&B Potatoes with a Mercedes-Benz Actros, with the new truck being 1.5 mpg ahead of its previous tractor unit from the same model range.
This will be A&B’s second Actros, featuring a flat-floored BigSpace cab and, as a 2553 model, is powered by a 12.8-litre straight-six producing 390 kW (530 hp).
Its new truck has green and white paintwork, with optional, high-performance bi-xenon headlights, customised side skirts and chassis infill, alloy wheels, Kelsa LED light bars, and airhorns.
The Actros is fitted with an uprated 8.0-tonne front axle and axle weight measuring device, and came equipped with a fuel-saving Predictive Powertrain Control system, as well as a Mercedes-Benz Safety Pack, which incorporates the Active Brake Assist 4 and Proximity Control Assist aids.
Driver Andy Simmons describes himself as a big fan of his new vehicle’s enhanced Style Line design. Numerous items from the manufacturer’s options list, including an upgraded entertainment and satellite navigation system, a factory-fitted fridge, an additional table on the co-driver’s side and an extra luggage rack on the cab wall add to the other features.
The latest addition to the operator’s all-Mercedes-Benz fleet has lined up alongside its only other tractor unit, an Actros 2551 purchased in 2015, and four rigid curtainsiders: an 18-tonne Axor, two 15-tonne Atego and a 5.0-tonne Sprinter.
The 15-registered Actros has a first-generation 375 kW (510 hp) engine and averages 9 mpg.
“There’s only 20 hp difference between them but the new Actros is far superior in terms of fuel-efficiency,” said Director Ben Ruby. “It also seems to have a lot more grunt, which is a major benefit in this part of the world, where we have quite a few steep hills.”
A&B Potatoes’ vehicles are inspected and serviced by the workshop teams at City West Commercials’ Exeter and Highbridge branches.