Mercedes engines made in Brazil to hit Middle East
The long-term contract goes into effect this August. The amount of units to be supplied was not made public.
According to the carmaker’s press office, Saudi Arabia and Algeria are some of the countries that will receive the Actros trucks and Arocs and Zetros off-road trucks with Brazilian-made engines.
The OM 460 family engines, featuring Euro 3 emission control technology, will be shipped from the Mercedes plant in São Paulo, Brazil to Wörth, Germany, where the vehicles will be assembled.
A statement quoted Mercedes-Benz do Brasil president and Latin America CEO Philipp Schiemer as saying the Brazilian plant was picked for being a landmark when it comes to cost, quality and reliability.
But there’s another reason as well: “[Mercedes-Benz do Brasil] has a tradition of making robust, resistant engines that are well-suited to the harshest conditions in cargo transportation, as is the case with Africa and the Middle East,” the executive claimed. ■