C&D South West, a road haulage and transport specialist based in Chard, Somerset, recently added four new Mercedes-Benz Actros 2545LS tractor units to its 32-vehicle mixed fleet, two of which are new-generation models with MirrorCam systems. The four trucks will haul palletised loads with curtain side trailers, and all of C&D South West’s trucks pull double shifts.
New MirrorCam Fans
Because some drivers expressed concerns about a shift away from traditional mirrors, the other two vehicles in the order are from the previous generation and don’t feature the new technology. However, Mercedes-Benz says that “even those drivers with the strongest reservations were quickly convinced by the benefits of the new cameras.”
MirrorCam replaces traditional mirrors with cameras that send video feeds to A-pillar-mounted screens. The system increases forward visibility by eliminating blind spots, but it also gives the drivers improved rear-facing visibility because “the trailer always remains in the centre of the screen and distance lines enable the driver to better estimate the position of following traffic when changing lanes or overtaking,” according to Mercedes-Benz.
Improved Fuel Efficiency
Each of the four Actros trucks features a 12.8-litre 450-horsepower (336-kilowatt) engine and a 2,500-millimetre wide cab. The previous-generation vehicles have BigSpace cabs, while the new-generation ones have StreamSpace cabs. However, the major selling point of the Actros for C&D South West is fuel efficiency. The company operates 10 trucks from another marque and they achieve an average fuel efficiency of 9 mpg. While even the two previous-generation Actros models improve upon that figure at 9.49 mpg, the new-generation tractor units with MirrorCam and Predictive Powertrain Control are a hair more efficient at 9.64 mpg.
“All four of our Mercedes-Benz trucks are doing exceptionally well on fuel, but especially the new-generation models, which is just as we expected,” says C&D South West Managing Director Lorna Hammond. “As we enter a new decade, we’re keen to embrace the latest technology and reinforce our image as a business that is fully committed to safety and efficiency. The Actros are performing superbly, and City West Commercials has also impressed. The dealer’s team are proactive and keep us fully informed and up to date in terms of workshop visits.”