The award was received by Hubertus Troska, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, at the IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany. He said: “We are pleased that with this high honour the Truck of the Year jury has confirmed our efforts in two significant points: firstly, that we devote to the distributor vehicle the attention it deserves on account of its performance in the daily supply of the needs of our society; secondly, that it was right to continue our investments and developments in technologies of the future, like hybrid drive, even in economic crisis situations. That now pays off.”
The new Mercedes-Benz Atego range includes trucks from 7.5 to 16 tonnes gvw. All versions feature a smart new exterior, with styling reminiscent of the premium long-haul Actros tractor unit range.
Inside the cab, a long list of enhancements includes a new multifunction steering wheel, allowing drivers to operate the computer, radio, telephone and other devices safely and easily, without removing their hands from the wheel. There’s a new instrument cluster which includes an ecometer, to show the most economical engine speed range, and significantly upgraded seats, with new contours and a range of comfortable, hard-wearing covers. In-cab storage is also improved and the list of optional extras now includes a 23-litre electric coolbox.
The Atego 1222 BlueTec Hybrid is a 12-tonne gvw vehicle powered by a 4.8-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine, producing 160kw (218hp), supported by a 44kW electric motor. The truck not only meets the latest Euro 5 emissions criteria, but also the more stringent, and voluntary EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle) standard. Trials have shown it has the potential to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 10-15 per cent in short-radius distribution work.