Mercedes-Benz is about to extend its family of trucks with a new member, the new Mercedes-Benz Antos– a model series designed specifically for heavy-duty short-radius distribution transport use.
The vehicles have already been showing their mettle, albeit still in camouflaged guise, but the covers will come off in time for the Commercial Vehicle IAA in September and the start of sales.
With the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz Antos, Mercedes-Benz becomes the first manufacturer to have a truck series that has been specially developed for the very varied requirements of the short-radius distribution transport industry.
The basic range of models available with the new Mercedes-Benz Antos short-radius distribution truck and the new Mercedes-Benz Actros long-distance transport truck is extended by the addition of further specialist models that increase the efficiency of both model series still further. With an unladen weight from as low as six tonnes, the Loader is designed to maximise the payload, while the Volumer now offers lower coupling and frame heights than ever before, maximising the vehicles’ capacity and ease of loading.
Heavy-duty short-range distribution involves, above all, the regional transportation of commodities such as food, with the retail sector one of the key areas covered. The platform trucks with refrigerated or box bodies that are so often used here spend more or less equal proportions of their time in urban traffic, on country roads and on the motorway.
This operating profile gives rise to very specific requirements of the optimum vehicle for heavy-duty short-radius distribution work: what is needed is a vehicle with good all-round visibility that is easy to operate and configured for single-day tours; a broad spectrum of engine power is required in order to cope with varying regional topography and different loads; many stops and the frequent need to change route make professional logistics management essential; and of course - on top of all this - the operator wants a vehicle that, as his 'calling card', conveys a representative image of his company.
The only way to discover what the Mercedes-Benz Antos is really like is to take a test drive. We would be delighted to arrange this for you (either from the showroom, your office or home).