The first new customer Mercedes-Benz Actros has left the firm’s production line in Wörth, Germany, eight months after its debut at the IAA Show.
The sapphire blue Actros 1851 LS 4×2 tractor features the standard-fit MirrorCam system, which uses cameras in place of traditional mirrors and two 15in screens mounted on the internal A-pillars to show drivers what is happening outside the cab. According to Mercedes-Benz the lack of mirrors improves aerodynamic efficiency and increases fuel economy figures.
The manufacturer started development work on the new Actros in 2014 and the Wörth plant prepared well in advance to accommodate the new assembly process, which uses virtual reality. About 50 projects with suppliers started early, to ensure that the new Actros production process would not run into difficulties.
The truck was built on one production line alongside its predecessor, and the 1,100 staff at Wörth were trained to install the new technologies. Mercedes-Benz also had to install new stations in its factory.
Appropriate training courses have been held in the work preparation workshop, in technical training and further education as well as directly on site at the assembly line. Stefan Buchner, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, said: “For the new Mercedes-Benz Actros we have developed solutions with the clear goal of making it the safest, most efficient and most connected truck ever.
“Thanks to our expertise in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, we are now putting it on the road. The Actros is now ready for its customers.”