The Beast of BeneLux

In the wonderful world of Mercedes-Benz and the family network across the world of Daimler Trucks, we sell a huge variety of different marques and models from Freightliner to Western Star, to Bharat Benz and the vast array of FUSO chassis available, I have to say I still think the best of the lot is the new Actros / Actros 5 / MP5 or how ever you prefer to call it. There is also a loyal following of truck sales staff across the world that we get to meet and talk to via social media these day and I can’t wait to see how my Australian colleagues get on with MirrorCam on their road trains and also how long it will be before Freightliner catch up the Actros on fuel. Anyway I do digress slightly, so back to the top. I have come to know a salesman from Mercedes-Benz BeneLux who by all accounts sells some belters and has already clocked up 30 SLT’s, those are the heavy haulage tractors. So when Geert Groeninckx messaged me and asked if I can keep I secret of course I said yes! Luckily now the secret is out and I can share these photos with you. This is how Mercedes-Benz Trucks roll in Belgium and Luxembourg……..

The press release from Our BeneLux friend reads as follows, this is a direct translation into English and I will follow it up with the words for our European readers too;

Last Thursday, some customers and prospects of Mercedes-Benz BeLux were introduced to the sporty AMG range at the Circuit of Zolder during the Petrolhead Days. During the break, our new show truck also had the opportunity to drive a few laps. 🤩

Thanks to Olivier Dekens “OlliVision” and Ivan Tarantsov Photo for these beautiful pictures!

Afgelopen donderdag maakten enkele klanten en prospecten van Mercedes-Benz BeLux kennis met het sportieve AMG gamma op het Circuit van Zolder tijdens de Petrolhead Days. Tijdens de pauze kreeg onze nieuwe showtruck ook de kans om enkele ronden te rijden. 🤩

Bedankt aan Olivier Dekens “OlliVision” en Ivan Tarantsov Photo voor deze prachtige foto’s!

If you fancy a new Actros in LHD that will give you some of the best MPG or KM/Litre then the truck is still for sale. Remember it doesn’t just look good, it has world leading technology to make this the safest and most advanced truck on the market, as a 4×2 it can be stage 3 autonomous. It’s just this one looks better than most of the rest! What an awesome looking truck, 4×2 tractors still look proper to me especially when being chased by a couple of AMG’s!

Right who’s got the phone number for Silverstone…….

Happy Convoy Day!

Melissa : Why do they call you the Duck?

Rubber Duck : Because it rhymes with “luck.” See, my daddy always told me to be just like a duck. Stay smooth on the surface and paddle like the devil underneath

Melissa : But they’re all following you.

Rubber Duck : No, they ain’t. I’m just in front!

Rubber Duck : Here’s the plan: When we get to the pass, we’re gonna put on our fish costumes, pass out the Vaseline® an’ an extra ration o’ rum for the men. That should do it.

Peterbilt 389 Pride & Class Package Returns

A little bit of news across the water. I’ve been doing a lot of US Trucking during lock down. Watching lots of YouTube videos and done a bit of searching for used American trucks. There is still a massive fascination with the American metal and trucking across all 48 states, anyone want a driver??!! @Peterbilt do you need someone to drive one of these around the country for you???! Have a little read of this press release if you’re keen on a new Pete’ this could be the one for you;

Peterbilt Motors Company is proud to announce the return of the Model 389 Pride & Class package due to popular demand. Introduced with a limited production run in 2014 and 2017, the Model 389 Pride & Class package’s unique styling and touches of understated elegance truly set this truck apart from all others.

​Key external features of the Model 389 Pride & Class package include a highly polished hood crown surrounding a classic style louvered grille sheet, a brightly polished hood spine, chrome hood side accents, and polished hood fenders. The side of the truck is accentuated with polished rocker panels, bright cowl skirts, battery box, fuel tanks, and trimmed mud flaps. The iconic exterior look is finished off with a polished exterior sun visor, bumper, exhaust stacks and an exclusive Pride & Class emblem on the sleeper.

​The distinctive features of the Model 389 Pride & Class package continue on the inside of the truck as well with a luxurious Platinum Arctic Gray interior, charcoal dash top and Blackwood-finish trim accentsthroughout the cab. Premium black leather seats are embroidered with the Pride & Class logo on the headrests and go nicely with the black, luxury carpet lines found in the spacious cab and sleeper. Bright gauge bezels, a special steering wheel and Pride & Class emblems on the dash and accent trim round out the interior experience.

“The Model 389 Pride & Class package takes a place amongPeterbilt’s most iconic trucks. With unparalleled performance and distinctive design, it furthers our proud tradition of providing trucks with industry-leading styling, quality and value,” said Robert Woodall,Assistant General Manager Sales and Marketing.

The Model 389 Pride & Class is available now for order through Peterbilt dealerships.

Euro Tunnel Update

Covid-19: Digital travel certificate

Dear Mr Sheldrake,

As previously announced, a travel certificate is required for entry or transit through French territory. This announcement follows the implementation of the Prime Minister’s instruction of 18 March 2020, n°6149/SG, regarding the decisions made to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

Each driver entering French territory must have the certificate available to present to border control authorities. Click here to download the certificate.

What’s new ?

Drivers can now complete the certificate directly on their mobile phone or any other device instead of the paper version. Please find the link :

media.interieur.gouv.fr/deplacement-vers-france-covid-19/index-en.html

The data is stored exclusively on the mobile phone or any other device. No information is collected by the Ministry of the Interior. The pdf certificate generates a QR Code which enables the information entered when you complete the certificate to be read. 

Please ensure that your drivers have completed the certificate (paper or digital version) and ticked the appropriate box required by the French authorities for crossing the border before they arrive at the UK check-in.

It is really important that your drivers are fully aware of this requirement which will directly affect their cross-Channel journey from the UK to France.

Best regards

Freight Commercial Team

TBHQ Update

Lock down isn’t to productive for blog writing although it has given me time to do plenty of titivating in TBHQ and also time to start writing the Scania Centurion book. I’ve even had time to rearrange my Middle East shelf and before you ask, the trucks on the shelf are actually heading west to east, hence the stickers in the correct order(ish). While I was doing this highly important work I was joined by Mrs Blog who kindly poured some cold drinks out the fridge.

I have been lucky enough to take some donations for TBHQ and also I have rehoused some items as not everyone has enough space to keep all their trucking memorabilia. If you do have anything to donate then please get in touch, if if it’s on loan then at least your cherished truck stuff isn’t heading for landfill. I do wonder how much guff I would have if I was still on the road!? Perhaps the cabin would need and extension if that was the case. I hope you like it!

UK Show Date Changes

With the impending doom that is Covid 19, lots of UK shows have been cancelled or postponed to later in the year. I was sent a list at work yesterday of a few of the bigger ones for the UK and I thought it’d be a good idea to share it with you. In the mean time, if your already missing the truck show season and the thought of not being able to go and show your pride and joy, then get on Facebook and search for my Corona Truck Show Group. I started it a week ago and we already have over 3000 members. It’s an online truck show for you to post a photo of your truck and remember to put on which country you are from. So far we are big in Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and a few others. All a bit of fun! Next up, the date changes;

2 April                  Mercedes-Benz Trucks Dealer Awards (Event Postponed – new date tbc)

2 April                  Edinburgh Clean Air Event (Event Postponed – new date tbc)

28-30 April           CV Show (Event Postponed – new date tbc)

9-10 May             Truckfest Peterborough (Event Postponed – new dates 30-31 August)

12-15 May            APSE Aviemore (Event Postponed – new date tbc)

13-14 May            ITT Hub (Event Cancelled – will take place in 2021)

28-30 May            Tip-Ex Harrogate (Event cancelled – will take place in 2021)

30-31 May            Truckfest North East (Event currently being reviewed)

16-18 June           Multimodal (Event Postponed – new dates 4-6 November)

1 July Motor Transport Awards (Event Postponed – new date 27 August)

Photo Challenge – Kentvale

Photo detectives required.

This weekends challenge is to find a photo of Kentvale Transports Scania 113M Centurion.

By all accounts it looks like they only had it on English plates for less than a year as it shows as being exported 9-10 months after registration. This being the case it probably explains why there are so few photos of it. Do you have a photo of the Kentvale Centurion please? If you do email me; ben@truckblog.co.uk and earn yourself a TB sticker.

New trade name for Scania’s S-series sleeper cabs

Interesting bit of news from Scania. Something I had wondered about myself, manufacturers who use similar model names to others. Just a thought but I wonder how DAF and Jaguar feel about sharing the “XF” models?? Here’s the info from Scania;

Scania is renaming their most premium trucks, the S-series. Instead of the letter S followed by the actual horsepower, the new trade name will be the horsepower followed by an S, like 450 S or 730 S. The reversed naming order applies only to the sleeper cabs with a flat floor. Behind the change lies an agreement with Daimler AG, parent company of Mercedes-Benz.

Scania’s current way of naming trucks by the cab series followed by the engine power was introduced back in 2004 with the introduction of the PGR series. The new type of trade name for the S-series, with the horsepower figure stated first, will be introduced on S-series trucks ordered from now and does not affect any other trucks.

“By making this adjustment, we fulfil an agreement we have made with Daimler, says Alexander Vlaskamp, Senior Vice President, Head of Scania Trucks. We are keen about protecting our brands and recognise why Daimler, with their long-standing S-class passenger car history, had an issue with the S-series trade name.”