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Brian Yearthey targets Euro-6 fuel savings

16th January 2014
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BRIAN YEARDLEY Continental is expecting substantial savings after investing El m on 11 Euro-6 Mercedes-Benz trucks. The 4x2 Actros GigaSpace trucks, fitted with predictive powertrain

and high-performance engine brake, were chosen after trials of various makes, during which the Mercedes demonstrator returned more than 10.5mpg over 10,000 miles of long-distance work.

The first new truck went into operation on 1 January; the remainder will arrive in June. A further 20 trucks, likely to be of the same marque, will be bought in the next two years, said MD Kevin Hopper. "We are happy with Mercedes and its Euro-6 engine," he said. "The trucks will average 2mpg to 3mpg more than the vehicles they replace."

Although each new truck costs about £10,000 more than the Euro-5 it is replacing, the overall cost saving should cancel out that premium, said Hopper. "With savings of 2mpg on fuel, a great deal on the R&M contracts over five years, and toll and tunnel charges abroad being less for Euro-6, the savings are substantial and, over the trucks' five-year life, should cancel out the cost difference," he said.

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