With strong chassis, high durability and high payload, the Axor represents the hallmarks of tractors and rigid trucks used for mid-distance haulage and heavy-duty, local distribution. It comes in two versions: Axor-R and Axor C.
The Axor is available as a two- and three-axle air-sprung semitrailer tractor (4 x 2 and 6 x 2) and as a two-, three- or four-axle tractor vehicle (4 x 2 plus 4 x 4, 6 x 4 and 8 x 4) with 18 to 32 tonnes gross vehicle weight. Under the hood there is a 6.4-liter OM 906 LA unit is available with the output settings 238, 252 and 286 HP, OM 926 LA 7.2-liter engine with 326 HP and OM 457 LA engine with output ranging from 355 HP to 422 HP. This engines can be coupled to a Mercedes PowerShift G 211-12 automated transmission.
Mercedes is offering a range of genuine accessories including a roof-mounted air conditioning unit, which can be fitted to the Actros in place of the roof hatch on the Megaspace or L-cab with high roof. The MB Cool Air 800 can be operated by remote control to keep the cab at a pleasant temperature in all situations. Installation kits are likewise available for the Axor and Atego, as is a protective hood to match the air conditioning unit.
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A glance at the basic components shows what a major role the construction vehicles in the Axor series play amongst Mercedes-Benz construction vehicles: the Actros chassis and Atego cabs – the Axor forming the all-important link between the Actros and Atego. The Axor specialises in payload-sensitive transport with a high degree of on-road work. This is why the axle configurations offered are concentrated in the range of 4 x 2 to 8 x 4. The construction version of the Axor is available as a two- and three-axle air-sprung semitrailer tractor (4 x 2 and 6 x 2) and as a two-, three- or four-axle tractor vehicle (4 x 2 plus 4 x 4, 6 x 4 and 8 x 4) with 18 to 32 tonnes gross vehicle weight.
The engine line-up is also finely graduated: it is based on the two six-cylinder engines in the 900 engine model series (with 6.4 and 7.2-litre displacement) and the twelve-litre six-cylinder in-line OM 457 LA. The 6.4-litre OM 906 LA unit is available with the output settings 175, 188 and 210 kW, and the OM 926 LA 7.2-litre engine achieves 240 kW. And one performance class higher the range is seamlessly rounded off by the twelve-litre OM 457 LA engine, covering power categories 265, 295 and 315 kW.
Mercedes PowerShift also available for the Axor
As an option Mercedes-Benz can supply all Axor construction vehicles that have a twelve-cylinder engine with the particularly light Mercedes PowerShift G 211-12 automated transmission (there is a weight saving of around 50 kilograms compared with the standard-fit nine-speed transmission), which stands for the highest levels of shifting comfort and consistently favourable fleet consumption and is as gentle as can be on the powertrain. As a further option the hypoid-axle HD4-HL4 tandem in place of planetary axles can save yet more weight.
Mercedes-Benz offers a semi-automated transmission for the OM 906 LA and OM 926 LA engines in the form of the G 211-16 shift box with a direct highest gear ratio. As part of the standard specification the Axor has six-, nine- and 16-speed manual transmissions.
There are many individual elements that add up to the construction Axor’s optimised payload. The most important of these are the light frame taken from the Actros, optimised parabolic springs at the front, a bumper made of impact-resistant plastic and the hypoid-axle tandem. The cab originating from the Atego is lighter than that of the Actros. The short S-cab is available with what is known as a rucksack as an option: the cab is extended by 180 millimetres, creating more room for jackets, wellington boots and other such items behind the seats.
New payload-optimised transport mixer chassis
The Axor 3240 B concrete mixer being exhibited at the bauma show is a prime example of what can be achieved by way of extra payload where it is urgently needed by implementing some additional measures: Mercedes PowerShift G 211-12 and individual tyres on the third axle (tyre size 385/55 R 22.5; with 305/70 R 22.5 as the other tyres) and hypoid rear axles, whilst a 200-litre aluminium tank and a 25-litre AdBlue tank in combination with aluminium wheels reduce the chassis weight by a further 340 kilograms.
This takes the weight below the 9.2-tonne mark – some 500 kilograms less than a comparable four-axle Actros, and in conjunction with state-of-the-art lightweight rotary barrel mixers with a total volume of nine cubic metres it is possible to equip the four-axle mobile cement mixer for transporting eight cubic metres of concrete without it exceeding the legal limit of 32 tonnes GVW.
This is the path taken by the Axor as it goes from being a concrete mixer to a veritable payload giant – and into the bargain it displays exemplary economy where consumption is concerned – thanks to Mercedes PowerShift and single-ratio hypoid drive axles.
Engine brake of stature
An exclusive feature is its particularly powerful engine brake, the turbo brake: an extended function of the auxiliary brake, which produces significantly more braking effect than with just the constantly open throttle valve through increased exhaust gas back pressure (achieved through a suppressor grid inside the exhaust gas turbocharger). The turbo brake reaches its maximum braking power of 440 kW at 2500 rpm. A hillholder in conjunction with the Telligent braking system is also available for the construction Axor.
There is a bewildering choice of portable navigation devices on the market today. However, not all of them are suitable for trucks: it is important that the navigation device comes with an installation kit that allows it to be fitted in a safe position for driving, as well as software which makes allowance for the vehicle’s specific profile. Otherwise, drivers could perhaps find themselves stuck under a bridge that is too low or driving down a street that is too narrow.
Up-to-the-minute map material for all driver needs
Developed by Harman Becker und Daimler, the new portable navigation device for trucks is designed to select the optimum route by taking into consideration truck dimensions, trailer data, weight and hazardous goods categories. Special destinations such as truck stops or truck washes are indicated too, along with toll points or the workshop and service network for Daimler trucks. These functions are supplemented by a tailback and traffic warning facility with alternative route guidance based on TMC (Traffic Message Channel). The route planning for short-radius distribution even factors in time at the loading ramp into its calculations. The latest map material from leading provider Navteq is also included, while updates can be downloaded at any time from mybecker.com.
Remote control or voice control
The navigation device comes with a remote control. Alternatively, its hands-free system allows it to be voice operated too for greater safety at the wheel. Safety is further enhanced by the professional fitting resulting from the “Actros 2/3” installation kit.
Portable navigation device can also be used in passenger cars
One of the big advantages of portable devices is that they and their hands-free system can be used by drivers without further ado in passenger cars too. As a result, drivers can keep their familiar navigation aid close to hand at all times.
Further innovations from roof-mounted air conditioning to a reading lamp
New items in the Mercedes-Benz genuine accessories range for trucks further include a roof-mounted air conditioning unit, which can be fitted to the Actros in place of the roof hatch on the Mega space or L-cab with high roof. The MB Cool Air 800 can be operated by remote control to keep the cab at a pleasant temperature in all situations. Installation kits are likewise available for the Axor and Atego, as is a protective hood to match the air conditioning unit.