Mercedes-Benz Classic: Mercedes-Benz - at the forefront of automated truck transmissions

“ It was two things mainly which in 1985 set Mercedes-Benz on course towards the truck of the future. They were the new OM 442 A and OM 442 LA engines and the new EPS gearshift mechanism. The abbreviation initially stood for ‘electro-pneumatic gearshift system’ and subsequently for ‘Electronic Power Shift’. These two elements, the engines and EPS, were closely interrelated because the Stuttgart plant installed this automated gearshift mechanism as standard in those trucks which were fitted with these new and particularly high-torque engines, both with a cubic capacity of 14.6 litres. ”

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