By Theodore Opara
Owing to the growing demand by many companies to increase revenue and productivity while maintaining reduced overhead costs, Mercedes-Benz recently launched a new medium duty truck for city and short distance operations. The all-new Accelo 915C is the first Mercedes-Benz compact truck now available for delivery at Weststar Associates Limited, authorized Distributors of Mercedes-Benz commercial and passenger vehicles in Nigeria.
According to Weststar Associates, this 4X2 truck would be a great delight to construction, haulage and distribution industries as it offers high value for money, great maneuverability and suitable comfort for any transport challenge. The Mercedes-Benz Accelo provides high load capacity via its rear axle as it boasts a payload of over 5tonnes. With a Gross Vehicle Weight of 9 tons, the very adaptable Accelo allows fitting of superstructures (of up to 6.5 meters long) such as tank for liquids/gases, tipper, dry cargo, waste compactor, cesspit emptier, standard aluminum truck, box body and even bodies for the distribution of beverages.
The Mercedes-Benz Accelo is equipped with a 150HP four-cylinder Euro 3 engine equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission. For a safer driving experience, the Accelo is equipped with a pneumatic, dual circuit disc brake system to guarantee accurate responses while in everyday urban traffic. The all-new Accelo comes with a load-sensing valve and anti-Lock brakes to enhance safety by preventing unwanted locking of rear wheels.
Its passenger car-like dashboard gives the driver full overview of the most vital driving information on the instrument cluster. Other key features include ergonomic seats for two passengers and a driver, air conditioning, power windows, power steering and a central seat with a 3-point seatbelt. These features help ensure a high level of occupant safety, excellent visibility, driver productivity and alertness.
On what stands the Accelo out, Weststar Associates Managing Director, Mr. Mirko Plath said: “It’s ruggedness, driver comfort, payload and easy body mounting are unique features that set it apart from other commercial vehicles, thus making it a perfect cost-effective tool for demanding fleets in the Nigerian private and public sectors. In addition to being backed up by our well-established maintenance and parts network, there is no doubt that the Mercedes-Benz Accelo will contribute to the fast growth of the Nigerian economy.”