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Old 16th June 2008, 16:53   #1
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The first customers of Mercedes-Benz Actros now own 100 Actros trucks.
  • M/s. B. Girijapathy Reddy, Mr. Umapathy Reddy, Mr. Sudhakara Reddy & Mr. Raguram Reddy who are partners of M/s BGR & Co had purchased the first Mercedes-Benz Actros on June 23, 2006. The company operates the SCCL mines of Ramagundam and Kothagundam in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India & Mr. Ravi Gogia, Head of Commercial Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz India, handed over keys to M/s BGR’s 100th Actros.
  • "Actros offers impressive return on investment as compared with any other product" maintains Mr. Reddy.
Ramagundam. Andhra Pradesh- Mr. Sudhakar Reddy was handed over the key of the 100th Actros truck at the mining site, by Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India and Mr. Ravi Gogia, Head of Commercial Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz India.

M/s BGR & Co was the first customer in India of the Mercedes-Benz Actros; they are now the first to own a fleet of 100 Mercedes-Benz trucks in India. “M/s BGR & Co’s fleet of Actros trucks covered a cumulative of One Billion Tonn-kilometers at their mining sites of Ramagundam and Kothagundam at Andhra Pradesh during this period. It is a perfect testimony of the output that our rugged Actros trucks are capable of.” indicated Dr. Wilfried Aulbur, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India.

The searing heat, the dusty and tough terrains and steep gradients of the mines are the probing grounds for the Mercedes-Benz Actros. These strenuous situations test man and machine to the limits. It is here that the Actros comes on its own. Mr. Sudhakar Reddy elaborates “The Actros is the most technologically advanced heavy-end truck in India. Its advanced technology makes the Actros a reliable and robust carrier. In the end this translates into enhanced productivity. The auto transmission, thoughtful fitments and comfort ensure low driver fatigue; the on-board maintenance system ensures optimized efficiencies while efficient on-site support from Mercedes-Benz ensures that there is minimum downtime, if any. These make the Actros, an obvious choice for my mines.”

The 12 liter engine of the Actros delivers about 400 horsepower which makes it one of the most powerful vehicles in the tipper segment in India.

Mr. Gogia further commented: “Actros is the fastest growing product in its segment and has helped optimize return on investment for its customers because of its low operating costs, minimal maintenance requirements and driver-friendly technology. For example, the pollen-grain filter prevents dust from entering the cabin thus improving the working ambience of the drivers. The sum of many small and big measures ultimately make the Actros a product that delivers optimum returns.”

With the local production of the Actros, Mercedes-Benz has ensured that they can meet the increasing demands from their customers in India. The footprint of the Actros has grown over the last 2 years and the trucks now operate across 7 mines in 5 states of India. The service and after-sales footprint has also kept pace with this growth: presently having 4 after sales hubs in India, Mercedes-Benz plans to extend to 11 service- hubs by 2008 in addition to providing on-site service for customers.

The growing economy and focus on infrastructural development has increased the scope and demand for high-tonnage applications in India. The company is also evaluating Actros offerings for other segments in India.
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The owner has Volvos too.
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I hope they dont overload the trucks like our Bellary folks do on a routine basis.
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.... The owner has Volvos too.
That was the first thing that came to my mind after seeing the picture. The 'RED' volvo truck is bang in the center of the picture and is so obvious.

Seems like 'Volvo' is coming in between the Mercedes India CEO and their most prized customer.

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All new Actros is about to be launched too. V6 engines are going, to be replaced by I6s.

Hopefully we'll get them in India not too long after EU launch.
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The owner has Volvos too.
there is 1 Tata too... how can one forget to buy tata?
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i believe this guy owns 100 volvos aswell, you might find in in the volvo site, i remember that news very well when he was handed the 100th volvo key

so he has 100 volvos + 100 mercedes benz

it will be great to see him buy 100 scanias now
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@tushky, exactly my words, how can one forget to buy tata trucks that too in India
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i believe this guy owns 100 volvos aswell, you might find in in the volvo site, i remember that news very well when he was handed the 100th volvo key

so he has 100 volvos + 100 mercedes benz

it will be great to see him buy 100 scanias now
SCANIA, DAF, MAN and Renault Trucks.. These companies might also hand over the 100th vehicle keys to his guy. Who knows!!
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That was the first thing that came to my mind after seeing the picture. The 'RED' volvo truck is bang in the center of the picture and is so obvious.

Seems like 'Volvo' is coming in between the Mercedes India CEO and their most prized customer.
WHat an eye, dude!! Impressive!
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I have seen these trucks quite a few times. They fill up at my grand dad's petrol bunk in the village quite often. They look really impressive.
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I remember seeing an Actros each being trucked on a Tata truck on the Pune - Hyderabad highway. There used to be a convoy of Actros' being carried piggy back on Tata trucks.
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They sure do look huge. 100 Actors and 100 Volvos and not even a single TATA! I wonder why? Speaks volumes about the capability of Indian Truck makers in producing high-tonnage vehicles.
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I remember seeing an Actros each being trucked on a Tata truck on the Pune - Hyderabad highway. There used to be a convoy of Actros' being carried piggy back on Tata trucks.
Which way were they heading to hyderabad or pune ?
Where does mercedes assemble/manufacture these trucks ?
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You forgot Tatra!

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SCANIA, DAF, MAN and Renault Trucks.. These companies might also hand over the 100th vehicle keys to his guy. Who knows!!
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