Weststar Associates Limited, Authorized General Distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria on Tuesday introduced all-new Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs into the Nigerian market amidst colorful ceremony flavored with African traditional drumming and dancing.
The company’s Managing Director, Mr. Mirko Plath, represented by Weststar’s Chief Finance Officer, Ms Mary Ojulari, described the heavy duty trucks as an “improvement to the already existing excellent products.”
According to him, the Mercedes-Benz’s Research and Development team left nothing to chance in creating the new Actros and Arocs.
“The experts,” he pointed out, “extensively tested every detail, because vehicles in this market segment must be extremely reliable to sustain its place at the top position in the industry.”
Mr. Plath recalled that Mercedes-Benz brand had been successful over the years and has earned its respect and recognition in the Nigerian market over time, especially in the heavy-duty truck segment.
He said:“Understanding our environment and the extreme weather conditions alongside the infrastructural deficits, Mercedes-Benz has continuously improved on its design of heavy-duty trucks, giving them the ability to handle our rough roads and still maintain beautiful resale value even after using the vehicles for a long He saidperiod of time.”
Also addressing newsmen at the launch, Daimler’s head of Sales and Customer Service, Mr. Torsten Bauerheim, described All- new Actros as a synonym for efficiency and reliability and the all-new Arocs, a symbol for reliability and robustness, worldwide, but especially in Africa
According to Bauerheim, in an exclusive interview with Motoring World, Actros is targeted at general goods transporters, oil transportation and long haulage applications.
He explained: “The new trucks are not only beautiful with completely new, functional and aerodynamic cabins, the biggest change comes from inside. Each piece is equipped with the new 6 cylinder in-line engine in Euro III with an incredible torque and as new standard, our third generation automated transmission the Mercedes-Benz PowerShift 3.
“In short, the Mercedes-Benz Powershift 3 offers more comfort, faster shifting, efficient power transmission, better handling and above all less operational errors. Thus cutting down the wear and tear and reducing maintenance costs.
“Knowing your environment, the extreme climate, the rough roads and heavy loads, and knowing your tough applications and also the driver qualification –all together made us invest a lot in research and development to bring you – our valued customers and dear friends of Mercedes-Benz trucks – economic benefits for your company, for your business and for your transport tasks.”