Minus degrees and icy roads, short days and poor visibility, Winter means for the truck and driver is always a special challenge. The Finnish transport company Vähälä with 65 Trucks a sets the new Actros on a daily basis, under extra heavy conditions, the search on the rest of the continent largely your same. So there are days in the Finnish Winter, where the drivers start in the morning, in the South of the country with temperatures slightly above the freezing point – and in the evening, for example, about 900 kilometers North to the provincial capital Rovaniemi at minus 40 degrees. “We are very happy with the new Actros,” says Ville Vähälä, who runs the family business in its third Generation. As one of the first customers in Europe, the 42-Year-old the vehicle is used in the context of a long-term Driving tests. In the meantime, he has made it part of his fleet. The annual mileage is in the multi-layer operating at an impressive 250,000 to 300,000 kilometers.
Vähälä uses the Actros 2663 in the configuration as the “High-Capacity Truck” with two Semitrailern. Such teams with up to 34,5 meters in length and 76 tonnes of total weight are allowed in Finland since the beginning of 2019. The new Actros is ideal as a tractor for such a Truck. Because the legislature of the Northern European country writes off a length of 28 meters, a digital camera system – the new Actros with the MirrorCam serially on Board.
The MirrorCam replaced the main and wide – angle mirrors on the outside of the Truck by a pair of compact, streamlined camera arms on the roof frame. The images are transferred to the Displays on the A-pillars in the driver’s field of vision. The System helps, for example, in the curves by the curve mitschwenkt inner image. The driver of the Trailer-the end always in view. Or backwards manoeuvring, in which the large display in a wide angle mode that gives the driver a better Overview.
Of these Features, all truckers benefit, in principle. However, those who ratios of the dark Finnish winter days, limited point of view safe and shunting has to navigate, and with an extra-long Truck that knows how to appreciate the support especially.
Especially in the winter months, the MirrorCam offers further advantages. So the System works even in cold weather reliably, because the camera lenses are heated at temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius. In addition, the light intensity of the MirrorCam even in the dark gives you a good view. And The compact cameras are in comparison much less prone to contamination, for example by slush.
In addition to the MirrorCam of the new Actros offers a number of further innovations – in particular under winter conditions, it will pay off. So, for example, the new assistance system, Active Drive Assist, the areas of brakes, the driver in all speed, acceleration and Steering supports. Or Active Brake Assist and 5, the emergency brake of the latest Generation.
The intelligent cruise control and transmission control, Predictive Powertrain Control will work in the new Actros, the improved Version. Thanks to the extended map material provides for rural routes. A big Plus, especially when touring in Finland’s sparsely populated regions. Not to mention the new Multimedia Cockpit, with two digital screens that provides the driver with intuitive viewing comfort.
Predictive Powertrain Control increases both safety and fuel efficiency – a topic that is at the very top Ville Vähäläs Agenda. “Here, Mercedes has achieved with the new Actros a new Level.” Further levers for economical Euro VI engines, fine-tuned powertrain configurations, and a re-optimised aerodynamics, not least thanks to the elimination of the side mirrors. Vähäläs 65 own Trucks cover per year, a total of eight to nine million kilometers. Because of the lowered consumption of power on the Diesel bill.
Huge Mileage in often adverse weather conditions, in sparsely populated areas and with customers, tolerate no failures: This combination requires a high degree of reliability. Since the purchase of his first Actros in 2006, he made, in this respect, a very good experience with Mercedes-Benz, says Ville Vähälä. “We can drive the Trucks up to 150,000 km between the two workshop visits, which is extraordinary.” The durable, robust design features of the new Actros, as well as application-oriented axes, frame, chassis, suspension and brake components. In addition, Vähälä makes use of the extensive Mercedes-Benz range of Services around the Truck. “All of our Trucks are equipped with service contracts, and Mercedes-Benz Uptime. Own workshop, we have not,“ says Ville Vähälä.
Around 200 Trucks in total for Vähälä Logistics, whose company is based in the Northern Finnish city of Oulu is located, in use. This also includes vehicles of subcontractors count. The own 65 Truck fleet consists of two-thirds of the vehicles with the star. The cargo ranges from pulp to paper and Board manufacturing, medical products, food for supermarkets. Another important pillar of General cargo shipments on behalf of DB Schenker. Vähälä acts as a national network partner of the German logistics giant.
The Finnish transport market requires from its protagonists quite a bit. The country is almost as large as Germany but has only 5.5 million inhabitants, of which a large part lives in the South and West. Nevertheless, it must also be in the most remote regions, regularly transporting Goods and also in the event of extreme winter weather.
Source: Daimler Trucks
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