The new heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz Actros truck has been launched on the Irish market.

Winner of the coveted 2012 International Truck of the Year Award, the Actros is powered by a new generation of low-emissions, fuel-efficient engines.

Confirmed in tests carried out under the independent eye of the leading German certification and testing agency, the Actros is considered capable of delivering fuel savings amounting to €2,500 per annum – equal to a whopping €12,500 over a five years life span of the average long-distance truck.

Its other features include a totally new cab, numerous aerodynamic refinements, an innovative lighting concept and a generous working, living and resting space for the driver.

Pictured at the launch held in Tattersalls of Ratoath were Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales manager Fergus Conheady (left) and colleague Gerry McDonnell with Celtic Linen director Philip Scanlon (centre).