T4 Logistics focuses on four more reliable and user-friendly Mercedes-Benz Actros
A brief experience with trucks from another manufacturer was enough to convince T4 Logistics that its interests are best served by the three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz.
The Cardiff-based operator’s last four Actros have arrived via South Wales concessionaire Euro Commercials. Acquired with competitive financial support from Mercedes-Benz Finance, they have BigSpace flat-floor cabins and, as 2548 variants, are powered by 12.8-liter inline six-cylinder engines with a power output of 350 kW. (476 hp).
The Actros dominates T4 Logistics’ 22 tractor range, which includes vehicles previously operated by three recently acquired local companies. The operator briefly flirted with four trucks from a competing brand, but the gesture was not repeated.
“These units gave us more problems than we expected,” said Mark Rees, T4 transportation consultant. “The Actros, on the other hand, has an excellent track record in our fleet – they have been very reliable and cost effective to operate.
“So for our last order, we didn’t hesitate to return to Euro Commercials and reestablish our relationship with Truck Sales Manager Gary Clark and his team, who have always provided excellent customer service. As always, our new Actros were delivered promptly and in perfect condition.
Managing Director David Butler started T4 Logistics with just one truck in 2013. Rapid expansion means it will soon number a dozen, and the company, which is ISO 9001 and SQAS (Safety & Quality Assessment for Sustainability) certified. , has continued to grow. Its tractors haul a range of loads, including 20- and 40-foot shipping containers and demountable tanks on skeletal-frame trailers, and steel on flatbeds.
“We are still a relatively young company, but as individuals we are all steeped in the transportation industry,” said Mr. Rees. “In our head office team, we have a total of over 100 years of experience.
The latest trucks from T4 Logistics are the first of the fifth generation of Actros models and are immediately recognizable as such due to the lack of conventional exterior mirrors. Instead, the innovative MirrorCam system uses rear-facing, roof-mounted cameras that feed their images to screens mounted inside the cab, on the A-pillars.
In addition to improving safety by providing significantly improved all-around visibility, MirrorCam reduces diesel costs by around 1.5%, as the cameras’ compact, streamlined housings create less wind resistance.
Standard safety equipment also includes Active Brake Assist 5 technology, the emergency braking system which now uses cameras in addition to radar. At speeds of up to 50 km / h, Active Brake Assist 5 can automatically apply full braking when it encounters pedestrians crossing its road.
The technology also helps to optimize energy efficiency. The new Actros models are equipped with an upgraded version of the proven Mercedes-Benz powertrain predictive control system, which uses 3D digital mapping and GPS data to analyze the road ahead, then manages gear changes and ensures a full use of the Mercedes PowerShift 3 Eco Roll function of the transmission to maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
The PPC now makes an even more substantial contribution to the economy by covering almost all of the A roads, as well as many B roads, and taking into account not only topography but also bends, roundabouts, crossroads and road signs.
T4 Logistics drivers, on the other hand, benefit from the optional upgraded interactive version of the stylish and functional dual-screen multimedia cockpit. In addition to a larger 12-inch center screen, this offers additional functionality. Features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as the Mercedes-Benz Truck Apps Portal, an open platform that allows fleet managers to easily assign apps to individual vehicles, which drivers can then view. and use to increase efficiency and comfort.
The operator also added camera systems and side sensors to alert drivers to the presence of vulnerable road users, especially cyclists, as well as audible left turn warning indicators that alert others. road users when maneuvering to the right side.
“In addition to its proven reliability, the Actros has always been a popular truck with our drivers,” added Mark Rees. “The latest developments on these new models only make it even better. MirrorCam, in particular, is clearly the way forward in vehicle design. Overall, we are thrilled with our new Mercedes-Benz trucks.