Evolution of Mercedes-Benz Trucks over the decades


In the constantly evolving world of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, design, technology and innovation are always to the fore as vehicles are developed to meet the ever-changing requirements of owners and the markets they serve.

Over the past 50 years alone, that on-going process of change has brought Mercedes-Benz to a point where awareness of global warming and climate change has fostered the development of battery powered transportation, exemplified by the emergence of the award-winning battery-powered eActros 300 4×2 rigid unit (pictured with a classic 1418 model). The Mercedes-Benz eActros 300/400 model was recently honoured at the Fleet Transport Awards, category winner Green Commercial of the Year Award 2024.

Defining what the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles division believes will be the future in terms of Co2 neutral, emission free transportation, the eActros is described by Fergus Conheady, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles in Ireland as a truck that “ticks all the boxes in terms of technology, sustainability, design and profitability”.

Pictured alongside the eActros – with all of its futuristic technology, safety elements, specifications, and driver comfort features – is a classic 1418 model Mercedes-Benz 1970s generation ‘bull nose’ unit, then a common sight on Irish roads and the premier choice of organisations whose heavy workload called for a heavy-duty truck capable of handling the rough with the smooth.

Some 52 years old and going strong, the 1418 ‘bull nose’ is in the private collection of Wexford-based Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles dealer, Somers of Camolin.