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Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA FZE (DCV MENA) has announced that the Mercedes-Benz Atego 1726 was crowned ‘Medium-Duty Truck of the Year’ at an independent truck and fleet focused awards ceremony in Dubai
The category featured five competing vehicles and was hotly contested; however the Atego 1726 stood apart and, by drawing the greatest number of industry votes in the run up to the event, captured the trophy.
The Atego range is a crucial member of Mercedes-Benz Truck’s medium-duty portfolio in the MENA region and comprises trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of up to 17.1t. Characterised by the claim ‘trucks you can trust’, the range offers an application-specific vehicle configuration for almost every commercial requirement and sector.
“We are pleased to receive the award and would like to thank those who have voted for the Mercedes-Benz Atego 1726. The Atego, known for its versatility, can be customised from the factory to meet every customer’s needs, and is one of the pioneers in the medium duty truck sector in the region with its Mercedes Powershift 3 automated transmission,” said Olaf Petersen, general manager, Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA FZE.
The Atego 1726 specifically can be configured in 4x2 or 4x4 axle configuration, an S-Cab or L-Cab (4x4 chassis only offered with S-Cab) and boasts a 256hp inline six engine. The vehicle is Euro V emission class rated. The Atego 1726’s powertrain is designed for performance, efficiency and robustness, ensuring that the costs per kilometre stay low during the vehicle’s service life.
Together with the standard 4x2 version, the 4x4 variant offers greater ground clearance and better traction on rough terrain. The latter makes it ideal for on-road and off-road operations for usage cases that include heavy applications such as construction or garbage collections.
The awards ceremony also shortlisted the FUSO Canter – Euro 5 and FUSO eCanter in the ‘Light-Duty Truck of the Year’ category. Both vehicles were highly commended following industry voting. In addition, DCV MENA and Fleetboard, a full-fledged telematics-supported fleet management solution, were highly commended in the ‘Outstanding Manufacturer of the Year’ and ‘Achievement in Fleet Mobility’ categories respectively.