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3 DECEMBER 2012

G L O B A L WAT C H

Mercedes rebrands construction range as ‘Arocs’

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rom 2013 on all the trucks and tractor units used for on and off-road applications in the construction sector will be known under the name Arocs. The new specialist for construction work is following on the heels of the new Actros for long-distance transport and the Antos for heavy-duty shortradius distribution. This extremely diversified sector has never seen such a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit customer needs. The new dump

trucks, all-wheel drive dump trucks, concrete mixers, tractor units and drop-side chassis vehicles are available as two, three and four-axle vehicles with 16 output variants from 238 hp to 625 hp. From the outset, all the engines have been designed to meet the future Euro VI emissions standard and are available for order as a Euro VI version. The BlueTec 6 engines are designed as in-line six-cylinder engines with exhaust-gas turbocharger and intercooler

to provide great tractive power at little more than the engine’s idling speed. Maximum tractive power ranges from 1,000 to 3,000 newton metres and will be achieved by the four engine sizes: 7.7, 10.7, 12.8 and 15.6 litre; the latter variant is completely new and comes in the form of the new OM 473 engine. The Arocs will also be setting an example with its drive system: the engine’s power will be transmitted by the Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmission, fitted as a standard. Drive programs are available which have been specifically developed for the vehicle’s varied range of applications. The drive configurations offered for the Arocs range from the 4x2 two-axle version with rear-wheel drive to 8x8/4, a fouraxle vehicle with all-wheel drive and two steering front axles. Four-axle versions with one front and three rear axles, a wide range of air-sprung vehicles, or a load-optimised concrete-mixer chassis with single-tyred drive tandem are examples of the wide variety of new Arocs versions now available off the production

line. The Arocs has seven cabs available in 14 different versions. As supplements to the compact 2.3 m cabs in L, M or S versions, the new Arocs can also be fitted with spacious 2.5 m variants with a level cab floor. New for the Arocs are the product groups Loader and Grounder. The Arocs Loader makes the most of every possi-

bility of reducing its own kerb weight. The result provides payload optimised 4x2 tractor units which are among the lightest vehicles in the construction sector as well as 8x4/4 concrete mixers with 32 tonne maximum permissible weight. The Arocs Grounder is designed for operating under extremely difficult conditions.

Vauxhall’s Autosock Snow Socks Offer Better Treading

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or those looking for something less bulky and awkward than snow chains to deal with in the snow, Vauxhall retailers are offering customers Autosock Snow Socks — tyre covers to get you out of a slippery situation in snowy conditions. Vauxhall was one of the early vehicle manufacturers to offer Autosock Snow Socks, priced from £49.95 and is flexible enough to be used on all makes and models. They simply slip over the wheels of your vehicle and work by creating friction with the road surface.

The fact that insurers paid out £530 million to motorists in 2010, with 278,000 claims made during heavy snow falls – this product could ensure that motorists too drive safely, while helping the insurance companies save on money. The fact that insurers paid out £530 million to motorists in 2010, with 278,000 claims made during heavy snow falls – this product could ensure that motorists too drive safely, while helping the insurance companies save on money. “It’s difficult to avoid driving on snow and ice during winter,” said Sophie Thomas, Vauxhall Accessories Manager. “Be it whatever journey we make in the cold months, Autosock Snow Socks provide an extra grip that could make all the difference.” In addition, Vauxhall retailers are offering a range of Autoglym products, which includes De-Icer and Concentrated Screenwash, both available from £3.99 at participating retailers, which will help to keep windscreen clear.

Auto Monitor - 3 December 2012  

'AUTO MONITOR’, India’s leading weekly automotive news magazine, focusses on offering a broad platform to the automotive industry. It strive...

Auto Monitor - 3 December 2012  

'AUTO MONITOR’, India’s leading weekly automotive news magazine, focusses on offering a broad platform to the automotive industry. It strive...

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