Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Sdn. Bhd. (HSTD), the general distributor of Daimler Trucks in Malaysia, officially launched the multi-award-winning truck: the new Actros. In an online presentation on Facebook the truck was presented to the public for the first time on 29th July, while representatives of the media and customers were able to see the vehicles in the metal during the week of August 3rd.
The new Actros is a compelling proposition in the daily operation of transport companies. It has won numerous awards worldwide including the widely respected and distinguished “International Truck of the Year 2020”. Voted by a strong jury of international commercial vehicles journalists from 24 countries, this is the fifth year that an Actros has been awarded the prestigious award which underline the fact that the flagship of Mercedes-Benz Trucks continues to set standards for reliability, efficiency and comfort.
According to Roland Schneider, Chief Executive of Hap Seng Trucks Distribution, the line-up of models available in Malaysia is tailored to the needs and demands of the market. Initially slated to be launched earlier this year, the introduction was delayed following the lockdown. "Overall, it will be a very tough year for the industry, not just us. However, I believe that the new Actros is an amazing step forward and that we will be able to sell a good number of this model in 2020," he said during the media walk-around.
Noting that the revolutionary mirror-cam, which was first introduced at the IAA in 2016, was not used for the new Actros, Schneider stated that the decision was to introduce it at a later point in time, as this requires homologation and approvals from the relevant authorities.
Full report in the July / August 2020 issue of Asian Trucker Malaysia.