Work behind the high-rack warehouse, where stillages and Europallets pile up high, needs to be precise and fast. The driver of a van there indicates that he wants to pass by. Loris Eck reverses his truck with ease into the lane between the stacks of stillages and pallets. “That was pretty tight going,” he does admit. “But you’ve got great all-round visibility in the cab. On top of that, the Antos is extremely manoeuvrable.” Mercedes-Benz has specifically developed the new truck to meet the tough and growing requirements of heavy-duty distribution from 18 tonnes upwards. Loris Eck works as a driving demonstrator at the Application Information Centre at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth. The task today for the 34-year-old is to show the team of “Transport” reporters what an Antos 1832 with a ClassicSpace S-cab can do at various locations and in varying situations on the plant site.
The situation behind the high-rack warehouse is one which drivers experience every day on heavy-duty distribution work. Pushed for time and very often in heavy traffic, they have to manoeuvre their trucks safely at narrow drop-off points. “That’s when a vehicle like the Antos is worth its weight in gold,” says Eck.