Mercedes-Benz Trucks registered the largest fleet order in Eastern Europe in its history: A framework agreement for the delivery of 1,000 Mercedes-Benz Actros with Euro VI engines has been signed with Girteka Logistics, a Lithuanian logistics company, earlier this month. The agreement will be an important milestone in the partnership between Girteka Logistics and Mercedes-Benz Trucks. The majority of the trucks will be handed over to the logistics specialist within the current year.
The Mercedes-Benz Actros is the most efficient vehicle in its class. The average fuel consumption of the truck has been cut by 13 percent since its market launch in 2011. All trucks will be equipped with the newest, further optimized generation of the OM 471 heavy-duty engine and Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC). Compared to the predecessor model, the already low fuel consumption of the diesel engine is further reduced by up to three percent and additionally lowers CO2 emissions. The PPC assistance system recognizes the topography ahead and engages gear changes in order to optimize fuel efficiency. In doing so, PPC lowers fuel consumption by up to five percent.
“We are proud to win Girteka Logistics as a large customer with the biggest fleet order in Eastern Europe for Mercedes-Benz Trucks in its history”, says Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “We feel very honored by this trust, and it clearly shows that our flagship model Actros stays ahead of the tough competition.“
Mindaugas Raila, Chairman of Girteka Logistics: „In the year of our 20th anniversary we decided to modernize our fleet by 1,000 new Mercedes-Benz Actros – an important strategic decision for us. The new Actros convinces by its operating performance, safety equipment and reliability.“
In order to further improve the fuel efficiency of the new trucks Girteka Logistics additionally decided on FleetBoard. The telematics system collects all vehicle data like consumption and break related driving style or vehicle wear-and-tear. FleetBoard supports full transparency of the entire fleet and shows further potential of savings.
Moreover, all ordered tractor units for Girteka Logistics are equipped with a level floor BigSpace cab, headroom of 199 centimeters and 890 liters of storage space in order to offer its drivers best working conditions and much freedom of movement on longer tours.
About the Mercedes-Benz Actros
The Actros was the flagship model in the product range of Mercedes-Benz Trucks since its market launch in 1996, and still is – in the year of its 20th anniversary. Economical, dynamic, versatile and comfortable – with these characteristics the Actros has become the most successful heavy-duty truck in the world. Since 2011, the newest generation of the Actros is assembled in the Mercedes-Benz Woerth plant and was the first heavy truck to meet the Euro VI emission standard. Since then, thanks to the introduction of the new Actros at the Euro VI emissions level, Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) and the new engine generation, average fuel consumption has been cut by 13 percent compared to the time-tested Actros predecessor model. With this, the truck perfectly combines economy and ecology. Mercedes-Benz handed over more than one million Actros over all generations to their customers since launching the first truck in 1996, thereof more than 100.000 vehicles of the current generation.
About Girteka Logistics
Founded in 1996, Girteka Logistics is a major European road carrier with more than 7,100 employees in Europe, Scandinavia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The fleet consists of 2,900 trucks and 3,100 trailers. Company customers range from local producers to big international companies with major regional distribution centers. Since 2012, Girteka Logistics is a reliable logistics partner for Mercedes-Benz in transporting spare parts in Europe.