Forwarding agent based in Hildesheim takes on another Mercedes-Benz Actros Euro VI: Spedition Bartkowiak GmbH adds to its Actros Euro VI fleet

Forwarding agent based in Hildesheim takes on another Mercedes-Benz Actros Euro VI: Spedition Bartkowiak GmbH adds to its Actros Euro VI fleet
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July 2013
Wörth/ Hildesheim
  • One of the most innovative freight forwarders in the German state of Lower Saxony is opting for the lowliner variant of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 LS
  • The Bartkowiak-Spedition fleet is successively transitioning to the Actros
  • The company's management were won over by the total costs of ownership (TCO) for the new Actros
  • Full safety and comfort equipment package with the Top SafetyPack, Climate Pack and PPC
Wörth / Hildesheim – Spedition Bartkowiak, based in Hildesheim, is opting for the new Mercedes-Benz Actros and successively adding more and more Actros Euro VI vehicles to its existing fleet. At the end of July, Klaus Bartkowiak, Managing Director of Bartkowiak-Spedition GmbH, received another new Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 LS from Martin König, Regional Salesperson, Commercial Vehicles for the Mercedes-Benz sales and service outlet in Hanover, at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth.
At the handover in the Wörth Customer Service Centre, Klaus Bartkowiak explained the reasons behind his decision to go with the new Mercedes-Benz Actros: "In a six-month test, the new Actros demonstrated its strengths against well-known competitors in our fleet. We were won over by the overall concept with respect to cab design, comfort, consumption, safety systems, image and especially its low fuel consumption."
Klaus Bartkowiak's corporate philosophy is based on sustainable growth from an economic, social and environmental perspective. Spedition Bartkowiak is also considered innovative because it was able to reduce its fleet consumption figures by 20 percent in the space of a few years. The company was able to do this by consistently implementing a sustainability management system developed by the acquainted consultancy firm "hi-consulting", as well as with the ongoing support of Mercedes-Benz Eco-Trainers and by successively transitioning its fleet of trucks to the fuel-efficient Euro VI variant of the Mercedes-Benz Actros. During the trial phase, the Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks went up against the competing products of Spedition Bartkowiak in a direct comparison - with success if the purchase decision is anything to go by. The decisive factor was not just the proven reduction of four to five percent in the fuel consumption of the Euro VI variant of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros, but also the vehicle's total costs of operation which include its residual value.
The lowliner variant of the new 1845 LS tractor unit with lowered chassis, pneumatic suspension and a 3700 mm wheel base is painted in Bartkowiak's company colour "opal green". It comes equipped with the Safety Pack Top, which means the driver can rely on the protection of the Stability Control Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Proximity Control Assist, Attention Assist and (particularly important) Active Brake Assist 3 systems.
All vehicles come with the FleetBoard telematics system, which helps to lower the total costs of operation while driving by analysing the driving style. Managing Director Klaus Bartkowiak is convinced: "The FleetBoard system is a very good tool for looking at the process as a whole, and its precise analyses help us to further improve our vehicle costs. Since we attach great value to safety, all of our Actros trucks are equipped with the Top Safety Pack. This will have a positive effect on our insurance premiums in the long term."
The Euro VI variant of the OM 471 in-line six-cylinder engine contributes to the vehicle's fuel-efficiency, which translates into a four to five percent reduction in fuel consumption. The newly developed engine, which has a displacement of 12.8 litres, generates 330 kW (449 hp) with torque of 2200 Nm. Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) allows the further reduction of fuel consumption by up to three percent by linking GPS data, the cruise control and the G 211-12 PowerShift automatic transmission.
The choice of driver's cab impacts the vehicle's economy, driver comfort and therefore also its safety. The StreamSpace driver's cab is 2500 mm wide, has a level floor throughout and offers headroom of 1970 mm between the seats.
The automatic climate control, auxiliary air conditioning for the summer and auxiliary water heater with extra insulation for the colder months keep drivers comfortable and fit on the road.
Finally, Klaus Bartkowiak mentioned another important reason why he is successively transitioning his fleet to the new Mercedes-Benz Actros: "For me it's the reliability of the Actros Euro VI trucks we use. To date we have driven more than half a million kilometres with our Actros Euro VI tractor units. Apart from a few minor electrical problems we have not experienced any faults. The Actros Euro VI tractor units are very reliable and much more fuel-efficient than similar, competing trucks in the fleet."

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    Klaus Bartkowiak, Managing Director of Spedition Bartkowiak and Martin König, Regional Salesperson, Commercial Vehicles for the Mercedes-Benz sales and service outlet in Hanover.
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