Imperial swings to better fuel economy


Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) through its CARGO Commercial Vehicles dealership based in Germiston handed-over a fleet of six New Generation Freightliner Argosy.

Imperial Trucks

CARGO Commercial Vehicles persuaded Imperial Cargo’s group MD Christo Theron and his management to try out the CPK, smooth performance and class-leading fuel efficiency of the improved Argosy.

It took less than three months of testing for the company to decide to switch to the new Freightliners, which are 800kg lighter than the average comparable European model and can therefore carry more payload.

“A saving of point-two percent (.2%) on fuel, multiplied by 470, times 16 000, is a big saving for us. The price (of the trucks) was also very competitive. And the drivers love the trucks,” Theron said.

In fact, the trucks feature all the safety and premium comfort features, including two sleeping bunks.

The statuesque, brand-new Argosy 6x4s in white Imperial Cargo livery – the first of a total of 17 units on order – moved in convoy for the first official handover to Imperial Cargo.

The trucks feature a 500hp Cummins ISX EURO III turbo-charged, water-cooled direct Injection diesel engine coupled  with an Eaton Fuller Ultrashift Plus transmission. The Ultrashift plus transmission adjusts gear shift point based on five different variables including incline and available engine torque. The trucks also feature, Michelin tyres on Alcoa rims, electronic traction control, and ABS braking system.

Christo Theron and, the Froneman pair say it was also the package offered – extended service intervals of 25 000km, extended warranties, accreditation of Imperial Cargo’s workshops, with full technical staff training provided and competitive pricing that swung the deal.

An elated Froneman Snr. “For us this is a breakthrough. When a big operator like Imperial Cargo chooses the new Freightliner, other operators will know it must be a good truck,” he said.

“Yes, the sky is now the limit,” commented Godfrey Hani, divisional manager for Freightliner/Western Star, referring to future sales.

New Generation Freightliner Argosy has once again proved why it remain the best-selling long-haul brand in the over 400hp heavy 6×4 truck market sector in Southern Africa.