Following its world premiere at a trade fair in Berlin, the new Mercedes-Benz Actros is said to boast some 60 technological innovations and new design hallmarks. Most noticeable is the absence of regular exterior mirrors. Instead, the new version of the heavy-duty truck comes as standard with the dynamically designed MirrorCam. Design-wise, the new Actros is described as revolutionary rather than evolutionary. "The focus is no longer primarily on the exterior — namely iron and steel. The interaction between driver and truck is now more the focal point. This becomes obvious as soon as you see the new interior," says Gorden Wagener, chief design officer at Daimler AG. Touchscreen displays on both insides of the A-pillars act as rear views. These can be decorated in high-gloss ash wood, brushed aluminium or carbon-fibre-look trim elements. The cabin of the latest Actros features few analogue switches. The new Multimedia Cockpit — now with a pair of free-floating, extremely high-resolut...

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