Mercedes-Benz is looking to waste collection operators with the introduction of its first dual control vehicle in Australia, the Econic.
Launching the vehicle, the manufacturers said offering a dual control version of the truck, with an additional steering wheel and column fitted to the left-hand side of the cabin, means more choice for Australian waste collection operators.
Mercedes developed the new model in response to interest in the original marque from Australian clients, but who required a dual control system. Drivers need the ability to operate the vehicle from the side of the cab closest to the kerb to get a better view when picking up bins using a side loader system.
The cabin complies with European ECE-R29 crash test regulations and features large panoramic windows for improved visibility around the truck.The truck uses a 7.7-litre diesel engine with 299 horsepower that meets Euro VI emission standards. It is linked up to a six-speed Allison fully automatic transmission.
The new dual control model is a big boost for Econic, which was introduced locally in 2012, says Mercedes-Benz Trucks sales manager, Andrew Assimo: “We are very excited to introduce a dual control version, which we think ticks all the boxes for Australian waste collection operators.”
He asserts that the Econic is a “convincing” solution for operators with a concern for safety and the environment.
“There is no other truck in the class that has the full suite of safety and environmental features that are standard in Econic including an Electronic Braking System, Anti-Lock Braking, a Euro VI rated engine and panoramic vision,” he added.