Daimler is present with eight commercial vehicle brands in all regions of the world – and therefore globally more present than any other manufacturer. At the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles, Daimler showed the complete range of its portfolio: Next to exhibits of the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands, the company presented heavy-duty vehicles from America, Africa, Asia and China.
IAA Commercial Vehicles is the most important trade fair for mobility, transport and logistics around the globe. With more than 2000 exhibiting companies from over 50 countries, IAA Commercial Vehicles was more diverse than ever. Daimler Trucks also showcased its worldwide range at IAA. Thanks to more than half a million trucks and over 28 000 buses, coaches and chassis in 2015, Daimler is the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer. With its brands Mercedes-Benz, Auman Truck, BharatBenz, Freightliner, Fuso, Thomas Built Buses, Western Star and Setra, Daimler meets the wishes of freight and passenger transport operators on every continent.
The successful strategy is based on three pillars: technology leadership, global presence and intelligent platforms. The result is a worldwide footprint accompanied by tailor-made regional offerings. Trucks and Buses for the World – this is the slogan under which Daimler showed a representative selection of its vehicles for every continent at the IAA.
There were typical US trucks, representing the image of an entire industry and in many cases the dream of genuine European truckers. Two trucks from the Daimler Trucks CBE range were showcased at IAA: the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, on the basis of the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution, and the impressive Western Star WS 5700XE.
Auman 430 EST: innovation from China
Vehicles, such as the Chinese Auman were also very popular at IAA. The vehicle is built as part of a 50:50 joint venture between Daimler and Foton. With the brand new 430 model series Auman, Daimler presents a semitrailer tractor demonstrating Western European equipment features.
The Auman EST is equipped with a twelve-litre Euro V Mercedes-Benz OM 457 engine, achieving fuel savings of up to five percent compared with its predecessor in conjunction with the cutting-edge ZF Traxon transmission. The Auman features disc brakes, ABS and ESP as well as modern lighting technology with LED daytime driving lights.
BharatBenz 3723R: five-axle rigid truck from India for India
At IAA, Daimler presented the BharatBenz 3723R, a five-axle rigid with a unique modular load body that spans 28 feet for a permissible gross vehicle weight of 37 tons. The load body parts can be easily replaced with individual modules for special transportation, delivering the perfect solution for various needs in the Indian market. Major assemblies, such as the Mercedes-Benz OM 906 with an engine capacity of 6.4 litres, producing 175 kW (235 hp), which is built largely in India as well as the manual nine-speed Mercedes-Benz G 131 transmission are located below the bunk of the right-hand drive COE truck. These are robust and proven aggregates that are also very familiar in Europe. The chassis features parabolic springs on the front axles, while the driven axle comes with air suspension and the two other rear axles are equipped with semi-elliptic leaf springs.
Fuso TV-R (Concept 4043S): heavy-duty tractor unit for export markets from India
In Western Europe, Fuso is known mainly for its Canter light-duty truck, which is made in Portugal. Fuso’s heavy-duty trucks are also marketed in many parts of the world. The most recent example is the Fuso TV-R series, which saw its first launch in Kenya in August 2016. As a tractor for heavy loads, the Fuso TV concept truck 4043S on show at the IAA is aiming at growth markets in the Middle East and Latin America.
The left-hand drive, three-axle tractor unit for long-distance haulage is designed for a gross combination weight of up to 100 t. Beneath its high-roof cab is the familiar in-line six-cylinder engine, the Mercedes-Benz OM 457, here in a 315 kW (430 hp), Euro V version. The power is transmitted to the two driven rear axles by the twelve-speed Mercedes PowerShift transmission G 330. The muscular looks are enhanced by mighty wheels with size 12.00 R 24 tyres, enabling the truck to tackle challenging terrain as well.
Fuso FV Super Great V Spider: multi-function work machine from Japan
This is a mobile multi-function work machine of XXL format: the Fuso Super Great V Spider concept vehicle breaks the mould of conventional utility vehicles. Mounted behind the right-hand drive cab of the three-axle rigid truck from Japan are four arms equipped with different tools. These enable the Spider to drill, grab, chop and excavate as an extremely versatile construction vehicle. Four extendable support legs keep the truck horizontal during such work.
The vehicle is powered by the Fuso 6R10 (T8) six-cylinder in-line engine with a 12.8 l displacement, an output of 338 kW (460 hp) and a plentiful torque of 2500 Nm. Experts will note that the engine is closely related to the European Mercedes-Benz OM 471 and the American Detroit DD 13. Appropriately configured, the fully automated Fuso Inomat II 12-speed transmission, completes the powertrain.
Mercedes-Benz school bus: fully equipped bus for growth markets from India
The launch with fully equipped touring coaches under the Mercedes-Benz brand for the premium segment of the Indian market is now followed by the appearance of a school bus custom-tailored to operator requirements in the Middle East. It is available as a complete vehicle, complementing the successful chassis from Daimler Buses India that have been offered to date.
The 9.1 metre long school bus is based on the Mercedes-Benz OF 917 RF C front-engined chassis with rugged truck technology produced in the Indian Daimler Trucks plant Oragadam. The four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 3.9 litres produces 125 kW (170 hp). It is optionally available in either Euro III or Euro IV, depending on the market and regional requirements. The school bus comes with 17.5 inch wheels, parabolic springs on both axles, anti-lock braking system, anti-roll bars and three point seat belts and comes with standard features like automatic stop arm, automatic fire suppression systems, CCTV cameras and a LED destination board.
Freightliner Inspiration Truck: autonomous truck from the USA
It was the world’s first self-driving truck with approval for use on the roads – and Daimler is now bringing it to Europe: the Freightliner Inspiration Truck represents a milestone in the history of the truck. The technology behind the Highway Pilot with radar system, stereo camera and tried-and-tested assistance systems is based on the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck and has been configured for use on American highways.
The base vehicle for the Freightliner Inspiration Truck is the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution. The CBE vehicle with a long bonnet is characterised by its integrated drivetrain. At the front, at quite a distance from the driver, the Detroit DD 15 in-line six-cylinder engine, producing 294 kW (400 hp) from 14.8 litres is working away. The fully automated Detroit DR 12-DA transmission, like the engine, is closely related to its European counterparts. The axles, too, originate from the modular system of Daimler’s US subsidiary Detroit.
Western Star WS 5700XE: truck dreams come true – from the USA
The dream of the American Way of Driving – with the mighty trucks of the US brand Western Star, that dream comes true. As made clear by the muscular radiator grille and ample chrome trim, the Western Star 5700XE is a special truck even by North American standards.
Western Star is the brand for successful owner-operators, independent long-haul truckers, most of whom now opt for a Western Star with an integrated drivetrain from Daimler’s Detroit subsidiary: engine, transmission and axle are from a single source and perfectly matched to each other.