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World premiere in the German capital Berlin: on Friday, as part of its “Shaping Future Transportation 2015 – Campus Efficiency” event, Mercedes-Benz presented its latest truck engine. The Latest Generation of the OM 471 heavy-duty truck engine is an engineering masterpiece. The engine offers fuel savings of up to 3% compared to its predecessor, reducing operating costs and lowering CO2 emissions at the same time, and ensuring that truck customers and the environment benefit equally from this latest unit to emerge from Mercedes-Benz Trucks Engine Development.
The OM 471 engine is part of the successful platform of heavy-duty truck engines of Daimler Trucks. The world’s cleanest and cutting-edge engine platform has to comply with stringent emissions standards in Europe, North America and Japan, since the engines are used in heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz trucks as well as in Freightliner and Western Star trucks in North America and FUSO trucks in Asia. To date around 250,000 of these engines have been fitted worldwide, over 100,000 of these work in Mercedes-Benz trucks. Mercedes-Benz Trucks invested 60 million Euro for the enhancement of this platform.
Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, comments: “We are keen to shape the future of road transport. The Latest Generation of our successful OM 471 engine is proof of this. Its higher fuel efficiency of up to 3% benefits our customers and the environment.”
The enhanced efficiency is the result of several internal engine modifications. Improvements in fuel injection, higher compression, a new exhaust gas turbocharger and a reduced rate of exhaust gas recirculation help lower fuel consumption. In average service with mileage of around 130,000 km/year, a Mercedes-Benz Actros with the new engine will consume around 1100 fewer litres of fuel and emit around three tonnes less of CO2.
Efficiency is a central part of the Daimler Trucks and Mercedes-Benz Trucks strategy; along with safety and connectivity it defines the company’s role as technology leader in the sector. Given that diesel makes up 30% of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a truck, fuel efficiency is an essential criterion when customers decide which vehicle to purchase. Lower fuel consumption also means lower CO2 emissions. Improvements in efficiency therefore serve both economic and ecological objectives.
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