The Euro VI Actros in a direct comparison.The Actros in the Fuel Duel.

Now with the
second engine generation
and up to 3% more
fuel efficient.


Fuel-saving technology.

PPC stands for Predictive Powertrain Control, the system which incorporates GPS technology into the automated transmission. By using a satellite-based positioning system and a 3D road map the system discerns the course of the road such as upcoming uphill or downhill sections and can act accordingly by optimising shift points and cruise control speed in advance. This can result in additional fuel savings of up to 5%. In addition to the "economy" mode there is now also "fleet" mode to help support an economical driving style. 

A driving style which is conducive to reducing fuel consumption and wear significantly increases the overall efficiency of the Actros. To this end, the Fleetboard Performance Analysis Service records and analyses technical data from the truck. The driver's style of driving is assessed on the basis of the data and enables an objective assessment of the driving style. Individual coaching sessions pinpoint where there is potential for improvement.

Predictive Powertrain Control

With a more economical driving style, you can reduce fuel consumption by up to 15%.


Sophisticated aerodynamics.

When designing the Actros we tested every individual part extensively. In the wind tunnel and over many millions of test kilometres – for extremely low wind resistance and low fuel consumption.

Low drag and rolling resistance.

The design of the Actros has been optimised right down to the smallest detail in order to reduce wind resistance. This is especially apparent on the StreamSpace cab. The radiator grille with an electronically controlled radiator shutter and the door extensions also save fuel. Air management kits to suit the body or trailer precisely also play a role in cutting consumption. Along with
the tyre pressure monitoring system, super-wide tyres on the drive axle reduce rolling resistance and therefore fuel consumption, too.


With a more economical driving style, you can reduce fuel consumption by up to 15%.


Low kerb weight – low fuel consumption.

The Fuel Duel configuration of the Actros see the kerb weight drastically reduced which in turn increases its economy in everyday operations.

As part of this configuration, the Actros is equipped as standard with aluminium rims. Selected optional extras like super single tyres at the rear axle, aluminium compressed air reservoirs and a compact fifth-wheel coupling demonstrably ensure lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions. 

Depending on the field of use and the vehicle configuration, additional fuel savings and reductions in CO2 emissions are also possible.


Second OM 471 engine generation.

1100 litres of fuel per year saved, approx. three tonnes less CO2 – these are two essential basic parameters for a long-distance tractor unit truck with the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz OM 471 heavy-duty engine in the case of an annual mileage of 130,000 km. Four years after the revolutionary engine generation was introduced, now the next development step has been made – with it, the Mercedes-Benz Actros from Daimler Trucks has increased its efficiency lead even further.

The engineers at Mercedes-Benz have managed to square the circle: fuel consumption has been reduced once again by up to 3%, and at the same time, with increased torque, driving dynamics have improved. The crowning glory of this model series is a new top output of 390 kW (530 hp) and 2600 Nm torque. And last but not least, robustness has been improved further too.

This means that the second generation of the OM 471 sets new standards in the heavy-duty engine sector for heavy commercial vehicles.

Second OM 471 engine generation

Squaring the circle: lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, more output and torque.

Now with the
second engine generation
and up to 3% more
fuel efficient.

Fuel Challenger now enters the second round.

At Mercedes-Benz Trucks, the whole topic of overall economy is given close attention. Investment, fuel consumption, maintenance and repairs all have an impact on your revenue, as does the vehicle's residual value. During the entire service life of your vehicle, the cost of fuel will account for about 50-60% of driving-related expenses. For some years now, the Actros has been the undisputed leader where profitability is concerned, and it remains so today. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is continually developing new fuel-saving technologies, such as the innovative Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) assistance system, which sees the automatic transmission equipped with a driving mode which adapts to suit the prevailing topography.

The Actros with Euro VI engine makes a real contribution to reducing fuel consumption. The new Actros has proved in numerous fuel consumption tests that it is up to 9% more economical than its competitors. Together with the Fleetboard telematics system and a more economical driving style, you can reduce fuel consumption by up to 15%.

Fuel saving

Even at today's prices, fuel costs make up around 50-60% of the total vehicle costs over the entire life cycle of a vehicle.

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Besides fuel savings, CO2 savings are currently among the greatest challenges in road-based haulage operations.

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A driving style which is conducive to reducing fuel consumption and wear significantly increases the overall efficiency of the Actros.

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In the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Fuel Challenger we can demonstrate that the Actros is an extremely efficient truck in comparison with its competitors. Daimler's Fleetboard telematics-aided online services enable us to prove this objectively. With its variety of services, Fleetboard enables optimised vehicle, driver and transport management.

Fuel. The facts:

  • The best overview of the total cost of the truck can be gained by looking at its variable running costs.
  • The cost of fuel accounts for over 50% of these running costs.
  • The driver's driving style can also have a major impact on fuel consumption. Appropriate training courses for drivers are therefore a good way of achieving additional fuel savings.
  • Innovations such as PPC help the driver to achieve additional fuel savings of up to 5%.
  • Long maintenance intervals and a high residual value are also factors contributing to lower costs per mile.

Total saving in Europe.

Number of duels*





Kilometres driven*

These key indicators are based on all duels held across Europe.

Of which duels in Great Britain: 465. Kilometres driven: 1.368.381 km. Result: 9,3% saved!

* As of: June 2019: EURO 6 & EURO 5 vehicles

Further topics.