The Mercedes-Benz Atego is a light rigid truck introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1997.
It is available in weights of 7.5 to 26 metric tonnes (t) and is powered by a straight 4 or 6 cylinder engine. Originally all straight engined rigids by Mercedes were marketed as Atego but from the 2005 facelift Atego models over 18 t were renamed Mercedes-Benz Axor.
The designation is 970.
Race versions of the trucks are simply called Mercedes-Benz Race Truck, built by LARAG in the East Swiss canton St. Gallen. The race trucks have competed in ADAC Truck Grand Prix and NRW Truck Cup.
The company is conducting large-scale fleet tests with the Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid delivery truck of 7.5 and 12 tons GVW, used to deliver mail in Germany .
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