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11/07/2017 - 07:00hs

UAE purchases 14 Brazilian trucks

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil will ship this month to Abu Dhabi trucks of the model Atego 1725. They will be used by the Ministry of Defense for troops transportation.

São Paulo – The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Defense will receive this month 14 trucks assembled by Mercedes-Benz do Brasil, the Brazilian subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz. The trucks shipped were of the Atego 1725 4x4 model, off-road, and will be used for troops transportation, according to information made available by the company.

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Brazilian branch also supplies for the Middle East

The vehicles were sold in January and shipped to Abu Dhabi in three batches in May, according to information provided by Roberto Leoncini, Mercedes-Benz do Brasil vice president of Sales, Marketing and Parts & Services Trucks and Buses.

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil’s Client Customization Center (CTT) worked on the trucks to meet the specific requirements made by the client. The vehicles shipped to Abu Dhabi have vertical exhausts, 365/85 wide-base singles to increase efficiency in off-road operations and received special painting in sand color for camouflage.

The Atego 1725 was developed for special operations such as construction and agricultural works and military transportation. The chassis is built with a high-resistance to twisting and bending, and the vehicle is well-known as robust and strong for varied topography. The OM-906 LA engine has 245-horsepower at 2,200 rpm and torque of 92 kgf.m between 1,200 to 1,600 rpm, which provides better performance and low fuel consumption.

“Since last year, Mercedes-Benz do Brasil has been increasing its sales to this market that requires semi-heavy and light trucks from our brand,” said Leoncini via email to ANBA. According to the executive, there’s a demand for this type of product, which has been increasing to better meet the transportation needs that have been emerging.

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Atego in the assembly line: vehicle was also painted in sand color to be shipped to the UAE

Early this year, the automaker reported the exports of 348 trucks to the Middle East and North Africa in 2016. From this total, 202 were the Atego model and 146 of the Accelo model. Mercedes-Benz do Brasil said at the time that the main destination markets were Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and United Arab Emirates.

These two models began to be exported by Mercedes-Benz do Brasil after the parent company decided that the Brazilian branch would be responsible for supplying medium-sized trucks to the Middle East and North Africa, which started at the end of 2015.

The Mercedes-Benz do Brasil sells its products to over 40 countries in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Last year, the automaker exported a total of 6,382 trucks and 6,527 buses. From January to June of this year, the company shipped 3,965 trucks and 3,354 buses abroad.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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