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The new Mercedes-Benz Actros finds its way into the Guinness Book of Records

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Khatir Soltani
You almost never hear about a heavy truck breaking fuel economy records. But that's exactly the feat the new Mercedes-Benz Actros managed to pull off. This 40-ton tractor/trailer consumed 19.44 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers during a 7-day round-the-clock test drive of 12,728.94 kilometers.


Guinness World Records observers recognized this accomplishment with a world record entry in "The most fuel-efficient 40-ton truck" category. The beauty in all this is that the Mercedes-Benz Actros also reduces CO2 emissions to 20.5 grams per ton of payload and kilometer (g/tkm).

The automaker's highly-efficient and state-of-the-art BlueTEC technology underpins the record-breaking results. The improvements are substantial: 2 to 5 percent lower fuel consumption, or, depending on the application, annual savings of 1,500 to 2,000 liters of diesel per truck. And every liter of fuel saved translates into 2,640 grams less CO2 pumped into the environment. Imagine the benefits considering that there are already 150,000 Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC trucks on the road.
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Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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