GBA’s Mercedes-Benz Actros sets a new standard for fuel efficiency: A Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor unit belonging to Preston-based GBA Services has recorded a stunning fuel consumption figure of 17.1 mpg over a 100-mile run through Austria. The six-month-old truck was hauling a cargo of bulky but light pharmaceuticals in a 13.6-metre refrigerated trailer to a customer in Vienna, working at a gross combination weight of approximately 20 tonnes. Plated for operation at a maximum of 40 tonnes gcw, the 4x2 Actros 1845 was supplied by Blackburn Dealer Ciceley Commercials. GBA’s 350-strong fleet includes Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Citan vans, and six Atego rigids, but the Actros is only its second tractor to wear a three-pointed star. The unit is powered by an advanced 330 kW (449 hp) 12.8-litre, six-cylinder engine, which transmits its output to the road via a smooth and efficient, 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated gearbox. Like all new Actros tractors, it also came fitted as standard with a Mercedes-Benz FleetBoard telematics system – it was this that recorded the remarkable mpg figure.
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