Technical Feature

Mercedes-Benz SLT

HEAVY HAULAGE SPECIALISTS HAVEN’T WARMED TO AUTOMATED MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS (AMTS) AS MUCH AS REGULAR 44-TONNE OPERATORS, GENERALLY PREFERRING MANUAL BOXES. HEAVY TORQUE HAS BEEN TO GERMANY AND DRIVEN SOMETHING THAT MAY CHANGE THEIR MINDS. HEAVYTORQUE REPORTS FROM MUNSINGEN

Truck manufacturers are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to developing specialist chassis for niche markets. The numbers often just don’t stack up with the investment taking years to recoup. Truck factories that produce on a grand scale, and with in excess of 100,000 trucks a year coming off the line at Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant near Karlsruhe, it is the biggest in Europe, often operate on economies of scale that do not favour specialist buyers.