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Daimler brings Actros COE to North America


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Fleet Owner / November 13, 2013

Daimler has delivered 22 Actros COE tractors to a large bakery fleet in Mexico. Mexico has overall length restrictions for tractor-trailer combinations, and the fleet intends to test higher cube trailers made possible by the cab-over-engine configuration.

Daimler is also displaying the European Actros COE tractor at "Expo Transporte", Mexico’s largest commercial truck show.

“Mexico is a conventional heavy truck market, and we don’t expect cabovers to be anything but a niche product, but if we have customers who need a cabover, we can work with them to give them the right trucks,” said Stefan Kurschner, the new president and CEO of Daimler Trucks Mexico.

Daimler truck plants in Saltillo and Santiago account for 52% of Mexico’s commercial vehicle production and 58% of its Class 4 through 8 truck exports, he said. While truck sales in Mexico historically rise and fall with the U.S. economy, Kurschner said the company hoped to also see the Mexican domestic truck market begin to grow independently as fleets start to replace equipment. A large percentage of trucks still on the road in Mexico are over 20 years old, he pointed out.

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