Liam Quinn (pictured), managing director, had already placed an order for the Actros – his first Mercedes vehicle for three decades – but updated the order to include Safety Pack after a visit to Millbrook Proving Ground, where he travelled in a vehicle for first-hand experience of the Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA4) feature.
He explains: “The braking performance was unbelievable. I was left in no doubt that this technology can save lives, either by preventing an accident altogether, or dramatically reducing the effects of a collision.”
As well as ABA4, the Safety Pack option includes Proximity Control Assist – which works with cruise control to maintain a pre-set distance from the vehicle in front – a driver’s airbag, and an instrument cluster with larger screen.
Armed with product information on the safety aids, Quinn contacted NFU Mutual, his insurer, which confirmed a £700 reduction (5%) on his fleet premium for four tractor units and two cars.
Supplied by dealer Northside Truck & Van, Quinns Transport’s new Actros 2453 has a flat-floored BigSpace cab, a lightweight mid-lift axle and high-performance engine brake.
Powered by a 523bhp, 12.8-litre OM 471 straight-six engine, the new addition is delivering promising fuel returns. “Bulk tipping will never be the most fuel-efficient application, but after just a few weeks on the road the new truck’s returns are up to 7.4mpg,” says Quinn. “That’s a pretty good figure already.”
The vehicle is also delivering on performance, he adds: “The Actros absolutely flies. During long runs up to Scotland it’s proved more than a match for our higher-powered vehicles on the hills. Everyone is really surprised and impressed by how well it goes.”
The Actros was acquired with funding support from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and comes with a four-year Mercedes-Benz R&M contract.