GMK Logistics switches to Euro

GMK Logistics have chosen to add the new generation Mercedes-Benz Actros to its fleet, instead of going for another American-style prime mover.

The Mercedes-Benz Actros 2651 runs the 13-litre engine and has a power output of 510hp and a torque peak of 2500Nm (1844lb-ft), with a fully automated 12-speed transmission and boasts a number of integrated safety features.

With this being first time GMK and parent company CTI Logistics have purchased a Mercedes-Benz, the company is delighted at seeing a big fuel economy shift after only a few months on the road.

“The fuel economy figures they are getting represent a 25 per cent improvement in fuel economy over the old truck,” said CTI Logistics Commercial Manager, Glenn Brown.

“That is significant. We are very happy with our decision to go with the Mercedes-Benz,” he said.

The 2651 Actros has been put to work hauling a B-Double trailer set delivering floor coverings around Sydney during the day with one driver, before setting off on the Newcastle run at night with another driver.

GMK Logistics General Manager of Operations, David Knagge, says the truck has been well received by the drivers.

“They love it,” Mr Knagge said.

“It is a big improvement and the drivers really like the comfort, the vision and all of the safety features.”

Mr Knagge says the integrated safety features, which include a radar-based emergency auto brake feature, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control are a big plus.

“Safety is extremely important to our company, not just for our drivers but also the community,” he said.

The new acquisition complements the more than 650 vehicles for parent company CTI Logistics, which range from courier vehicles to triple road train combinations.