Mercedes-Benz is a brand name for luxury car well known to most of us. The hood ornaments alone on these beautifully designed and costly vehicles have great value, and are sometimes stolen from the vehicles. These luxury cars are engineered for quality, comfort, performance, and an exceptionally smooth ride. Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche are also well-known luxury cars. But, did you know that all these luxury auto-makers also make other vehicles?
Mercedes-Benz also makes garbage trucks!
The Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT 2628 garbage truck was introduced in 1998, according to the company. It was specially designed for urban use, with a low frame, folding doors, a level cab floor, and a natural gas drive. This vehicle is mainly used for garbage collection, but it can also serve as a fire truck, or a beverage distributor or tank truck.
Mercedes-Benz also makes other vehicles you would not expect from a luxury car company. Their products include:
- Actros semitrailer tractor, designed to pull heavy loads up to 250 metric tons. Mercedes boasts that the new Actros only uses 15 liters of fuel per 420 meters on average.
- Ciatro G transport bus, currently used for local public transport in Straasborg, France. These buses in Straasborg carry approximately 9,000 passengers a day in 250 thirty-minute runs.
- Tourismo bus, in use by the German women’s national football team, on their way to the Women’s World Cup in Canada, via training camp in Spain.
- Marco Polo camper van, a compact camper with well-appointed sleeping, seating and stowage facilities. The company claims that this camper combines style and design appeal with maximum practicality.
Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche are also well-known luxury cars.
A 2015 Lamborghini Aventador is priced between $397,500 and $548,800, as listed on cars.com. The Porsche 911 GT3 is listed at $131,395 on Car and Driver. Bentleys are handcrafted in England, with prices starting at $180,195, while Audi is a technologically advanced and luxurious car, with higher end models starting around $76,975, as reported by TrueCar.
Were you aware that company that owns Audi, Bentley Lamborghini, and Porsche is the same company that made the Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the Bug? The Beetle became popular in the 1960s and famous for its fuel economy and low price tag. Volkswagen still makes the Beetle today – somewhat sleeker and upgraded in appearance – starting at $20,695 for a 2015 model.
No matter what kind of car you drive, whether a luxury vehicle or other, you face an increasing risk of traffic accidents, along with other motorists today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 32,719 people died and 2,313,000 were injured on America’s roadways in 2013. Marks & Harrison reports that even 120,000 crashes occur in the state of Virginia alone.
Be careful out there.