The Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity is also consistently applied to Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles. In fact to all car classifications, from vans to trucks.

The next generation of the Mercedes-Benz truck design.

The Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity is also consistently applied to Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles.

  • The next generation of the Mercedes-Benz truck design.

  • The Future Truck 2025.

    Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles also aspire to the concept of sensual purity – the Mercedes-Benz passenger car design philosophy. There is a glimpse of it in the new flagship of the truck range, the Actros, but it is much more obvious in the Future Truck 2025, the spectacular commercial vehicle concept – already tested and operational – which introduces autonomous driving for Europe’s congested motorways.

    The Future Truck 2025 is a spectacular commercial vehicle concept which introduces autonomous driving for Europe’s congested motorways.

    “Trucks”, explains Mercedes-Benz Design-Chef Gorden Wagener, “are a working tool, with their own precise language. Though for us, good design is intelligent and emotional. Therefore we transferred our successful passenger car design philosophy of sensual purity to the future of trucks. So our Future Truck 2025 is an intelligent beauty”.

    With regards to design, global thinking is inevitable, however there are still country-specific studies like the Atron for the Brazilian market.

    “It’s very important to think globally”.

    Kai Sieber, Director Design Brands and Operations, divides his time between the smart and commercial families. He is the head of design not only for the Mercedes-Benz European range, but also for the vehicles that are built under the same brand name in Brazil, for Freightliners and Western Star vehicles in the USA, for Mitsubishi-Fuso vehicles manufactured in Japan, Bharat-Benz vehicles in India and for Evobus buses, even if all of them, except for Brazil, have their own design structures. “It is very important to think globally”, he explains, “because we have to encourage synergies. Every brand must have its own identity, but there must also be an exchange of components”.

    The machine is never wrong.

    “The greatest challenge”, adds Bertrand Janssen, who works with Sieber as Senior Manager Creation Brands, “is thinking in modular terms, in order to use components globally but also to be able to change their appearance. For example, the Atego that we build looks different from the one built in Brazil”. But apart from the models produced by Mercedes-Benz – the Actros, Atego, Antos, Arocs, Unimog, Zetros and Econic – the horizon in Sindelfingen extends to the next generation: the Future Truck 2025, in other words. “In order to express efficiency, operating costs and safety”, Sieber explains, “we have tackled the question of autonomous driving. The machine is never wrong and today there are already cars that are able to drive autonomously. But in order to express a new concept we had to create a new design”.

    In order to express a new concept like the autonomously driving Future Truck 2025, a new design had to be created.
    As soon as the engine of the Future Truck 2025 starts the grille is lit up in white, and when it is functioning autonomously the light pulsates in light blue.

    Inspired by Daft Punk.

    Janssen intervenes: “We were inspired by the French Daft Punk group; our truck also hides its face. When it is stationary it is an anonymous sculpture, but as soon as the engine is started the grille is lit up in white, and when it is functioning autonomously, it turns light blue. This light pulsates like a heartbeat”. It is easy at this point to play the card of sensual purity, and to define this volume with just a few lines, modifying the surfaces, volumes and tension. “We have eliminated some elements on the front”, Sieber says, “to give it a rounder shape.” Radar sensors, stereo video cameras and other electronic devices guarantee maximum safety, on the motorway and only on the motorway, up to 80 km/h. “That future will come”, says Sieber. In the meantime his group works with current reality even where vans are concerned.

    Modern luxury.

    The Viano has split in two: on the one hand into the V-Class for passengers, which meets all the usual requirements even where cars are concerned – besides being intelligent it is also very emotional, following the current form language of sensual purity; and on the other into the commercial Vito. The bodywork is the same for both: “We have the first pure, sensual, sculpted van”, observes Sieber. “We developed it in parallel with the C-Class, and this says a lot”.

    The interior design of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles makes use of select materials and represents modern luxury.

    A small number of lines, and a great deal of work on the surfaces. What distinguishes the V-Class from the Vito are the interiors: attention to the materials, in other words, modern luxury for the V-Class and modern purity for the Vito.

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