Leicester-based Samworth did some careful evaluation of Actros demo units before placing an order for 18 new tractor units, 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 450hp and 480hp versions of the second-generation OM 471 12.8-litre straight-six. Both performed well, returning in excess of 10mpg when pulling single-deck trailers, and only marginally less with twin-deck trailers.
The 450hp unit was slightly ahead on consumption, however, so it is this engine that powers the operator’s new fleet.
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.
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