New Actros tractor units for Samworth Bros

ndustry-leading safety technology coupled with impressive fuel-efficiency and strong residual values persuaded high-profile temperature-controlled distribution specialist Samworth Brothers to place a prestigious fleet order with Mercedes-Benz.

The Leicester-based operator’s 18 new tractor units were supplied by East Midlands Dealer Mertrux Truck & Van. All are Actros 2545 models with flat-floored StreamSpace cabs, Safety Packs, and optional, fuel-saving Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) systems.

Samworth Brothers trialled a variety of demonstration units, including Actros models powered by 330 kW (450 hp) and 350 kW (480 hp) versions of the state-of-the-art, second-generation OM 471 12.8-litre straight-six. Both performed well, returning in excess of 10 mpg when pulling single-deck trailers, and only marginally less with twin-deck trailers – the 330 kW (450 hp) unit was slightly ahead, however, so it is this engine that powers the operator’s new fleet.

Though fuel-efficiency was crucial given the high-mileage nature of the operation, an even higher priority for Samworth Brothers was the protection of its drivers and other road users. The Mercedes-Benz Safety Pack bundles together the ground-breaking Active Brake Assist 4 emergency braking system – which incorporates a world ‘first’ in the shape of pedestrian recognition – as well as Proximity Control Assist and a driver’s airbag.

The Actros are the subject of a buyback agreement under which each unit will cover 250,000 km per year. Key to the attractive package put together by Mertrux Fleet Truck Sales Manager Bob Holt, were their high, guaranteed residual values at the end of the term. 

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