The Mercedes-Benz Actros has been voted the Best Heavy Duty Truck at the Brisbane Truck Show Awards.
The new Mercedes-Benz model beat other finalists, the Kenworth T610 and T610SAR and Iveco Eurocargo Euro 6.
The judging panel took into account a range of criteria including technical innovation, service/maintenance support and safety when deliberating.
Daimler Truck and Bus Managing Director, Daniel Whitehead, says the Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus team was thrilled to receive the award.
"It is a great honour for the Mercedes-Benz truck to be voted the Best Heavy Duty Truck by some of Australia's most respected commercial vehicle journalists," Mr Whitehead says.
He says the new generation range is proving popular with the industry.
"The feedback from our customers around our new generation range has been exceptional, better than even we expected," Mr Whitehead says.
Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Director, Michael May, says 'word of mouth' has boosted demand for the new model. "We knew this was a great truck, but the demand is even stronger than we anticipated," Mr May says.
"Word of mouth is selling this truck.Operators are telling each other how good it is, what great fuel economy they are experiencing," he says.
The feedback for the prime mover models has been so strong Mercedes-Benz decided to feature a number of quotes on the Brisbane show stand, with the quotes displayed on the windscreens.
These include: "We expect to see a return saving of $40,000 per truck" from Transtex director, Shane Blakeborough, and "We are seeing a 25 per cent improvement in fuel economy," from CTI Logistics Commercial Manager, Glenn Brown.
Mr May presented the recently-introduced Actros prime mover to the public for the first time at the Brisbane Truck Show Thursday and launched the new-generation Mercedes-Benz rigid range that is focused on distribution and vocational applications.
The Brisbane Truck Show runs through until Sunday at 4pm at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.