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Ron Finemore signs major truck order

Ron Finemore Transport has signed a deal for a total of 95 new generation Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Coronado trucks over a twelve-month period.

All up, Ron Finemore Transport will take 68 Mercedes-Benz trucks and 27 Coronados, to be delivered through to early next year.

Ron Finemore Transport was reportedly the first Australian fleet to place a large order of the new generation Mercedes-Benz truck, the first of which have been delivered to the Ron Finemore depot in Orange, New South Wales.

According to Daimler, the Orange fleet is running mostly 510hp versions of the new generation Euro 6 13-litre in-line six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz engine.

Ron Finemore Transport also operates the 530hp version of the same engine in some of its B-double operations and has been equally impressed with the fuel economy.

Ron Finemore Transport Executive Chairman, Ron Finemore, has been particularly impressed by the new generation Mercedes-Benz Actros that has been performing strongly in its fleet for close to one year, Daimler said.

"The Mercedes-Benz 1418 helped make a lot of early Australian operators including myself [succeed],” Finemore said.

“My hope is that the new Mercedes-Benz truck proves to be the 21st century equivalent of that great truck.”

The Mercedes-Benz models operate in a wide range of roles across the Ron Finemore Transport fleet, including single trailer, B-double and refrigerated freight applications.

Ron Finemore Transport Group Fleet and Maintenance Officer, Laurie Brothers, said: “We have been pleasantly surprised with the fuel economy and performance of the new trucks based in Orange, which operate on the mountainous route between Sydney and the western region of New South Wales.

“The partnership with Daimler Trucks and its product sales, engineering and uptime teams has paid off and we have the right specifications for our tasks.”

“The new Actros has great drivability and the drivers have welcomed the new fleet with open arms. We still operate some previous generation Actros 2648 and 2655 units and those drivers are eagerly awaiting the next arrival of Actros 2651 and 2653 product later this year.”

The Orange depot also operates Coronado 114 models equipped with a 15-litre Detroit engine that pumps out 560hp, as well as a fully automated Eaton UltraShift transmission.

The Coronados run as B-double fuel tankers up to 61.5 tonnes, which have been fitted with additional features including additional step and grab-rails for increased driver comfort and safety.

“This is our second generation of Freightliner Coronado product and we learnt a lot from the first fleet to enable us order a slightly different specification with Freightliner’s support and we are now seeing the benefits,” Brothers said.

“The drivers welcome the space in the cab and the manoeuvrability of the vehicle in and out of tight delivery sites throughout central western NSW. They are also very impressed with the power and the way it handles the tough climbs."

“Ron Finemore Transport is one of the leading freight companies in Australia and places a strong focus on safety, fuel economy and reduced emissions, as well as the comfort of its drivers,” said Daimler Truck and Bus Managing Director, Daniel Whitehead.

“We are excited that Ron Finemore Transport identified the strengths of the Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz products and has chosen them to fulfil its varied freight requirements.”

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