Potato supplier reaps fuel returns with Mercedes-Benz Actros01 December 2017

South West supplier A&B Potatoes has taken delivery of its second Mercedes-Benz Actros and is reporting “far superior” fuel efficiency, even compared to its first Actros.

Supplied by dealer City West Commercials, the Saltash-based operator’s latest Actros has a flat-floored BigSpace cab and, as a 2553 model, is powered by a 12.8-litre straight-six engine, producing 523bhp.

It joins A&B’s other tractor, 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 503bhp engine and averages 9mpg – a decent figure, according to Ben Ruby, A&B’s managing director. The new Actros, meanwhile, is regularly posting returns of up to 10.5mpg.

Despite the small difference in bhp, says Ruby, “the new Actros is far superior in terms of fuel efficiency”. He adds: “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.”

The new Actros is fitted with an uprated 8.0-tonne front axle and axle weight measuring device, and is equipped with the Predictive Powertrain Control system, as well as a Mercedes-Benz Safety Pack, which includes Active Brake Assist 4 and Proximity Control Assist aids.

A high-spec interior includes upgraded entertainment and satnav system, fridge and extra luggage rack.

The new Actros is also specified with Mercedes-Benz Uptime. “You don’t want a truck laid up waiting for parts that could’ve been ordered a week before your visit,” says Ruby.

“With Uptime, the service team knows in advance what’s going to be required, and can ensure everything’s in place when you get there.”

Laura Cork

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