This latest generation of Mercedes Benz Actros trucks was launched on the market in Spring 2003. Used to transport heavy loads over long distances, these models differ from their predecessors mainly as regards safety, running costs and driver comfort. The most significant developments are to be found in the drive cab interior (designed to satisfy even the most demanding truckers), the ever-more powerful engines and the technical improvements made to the drive axle. Externally, the new Actros trucks are characterised by the radiator grill, which have the fins set more widely apart to increase air flow and the new lights with super-clear casings and variable-focus reflectors. All Actros engines are of the new V-type Series 500: the V8 engine installed on the 1854 LS version provides from 503 to 578 HP.