Mercedes-Benz » Axor I
By the presenting in the summer of 2001 a new 18-ton series Axor, the Mercedes-Benz Germany has started a new progress trend in modern truck industry. Before all the major Western European companies pass on its old models to the branches in Asia and South America, the Axor is a "reverse wave". The Axor was developed by Mercedes-Benz Brazil and Mercedes-Benz Turkey as variant adapted to local conditions. Firstly the Axor model was presented in Turkey in 2000 as a 3-axle flatbed truck Axor 2523 with GVW of 25 tons. The leaders of the main German office immediately assessed the potential of this model that can fill a niche between the Atego and Actros model. That way the first models of truck tractors Axor 4x2 were presented in Germany with two different wheelbases (3600 and 3900 mm) and designed for medium-distance hauls. The GCVW could be up to 44 tons. The German Axor received brazilian in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine OM457LA with output of 353, 401 or 428 hp, with meets the Euro-3 standard; a new intarder, a 9-speed gearbox with mechanical and pneumatic MPS control or 16-speed with electro-pneumatic Telligent control and all disc brakes . The standard cab from the Atego model has a length 2250 mm, original design, new seats and dashboard. It could be offered with an internal height of 1510 or 1910 mm. The first generation Axor was produced in Germany only as a two-axle truck tractor.