Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Road - Breakfast soup

It’s not all Bucks fizz and canapes at press launches, but with truckies and vannies to the fore at the CV Show, Mercedes-Benz struck the right note with a media breakfast ahead of the presentation by M-B Director of Trucks, Sam Whittaker.

Served up in a bowl, as opposed to a plate, journalists were treated to scrambled egg, bacon, wee sausages, and of course, no truckies’ breakfast would be complete without beans. All very tastefully done with white napkins and flowers!

Although the new Actros was launched to the international press last year, this was its first public show debut in the UK, and the first time that many operators had seen it in the metal. Big? According to the boss, every other truck cab currently on the market will fit inside their ‘Gigaspace’ tower block.
This is not extravagance, nor is it in attempt to simply ‘outdo’ rival manufacturers, it is designed to give the modern truck driver, especially the long-haul boys, decent working conditions and plenty of room for overnight stops. It has a flat floor (i.e. no engine hump) nearly 7 feet of headroom (2.13 mtrs) and the bottom bunk of the two is 750 mm wide. The inside of this cab is like a bijou bachelor penthouse crumpet trap in chrome, leather and wood - with a steering wheel.
Of more interest to us is the ultimate M-B LCV, the Vito Sport-X. This is not just a van, this is an S&M van (note deliberate use of S&M as opposed to the other way round!) with a 3 litre V6 turbo-diesel churning out 224 hp and 440 Nm of torque. It's good for 122 flat out, and has a Nought to 60 time of 8.3 seconds. It sits on 18 inch alloys and hides behind a discrete (!) Brabus front spoiler.

How stupid, but desirable, is that?

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