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The Future of Trucks in Germany

Updated on November 3, 2012

Mercedes-Benz, known for their cars, also is known for their reliable trucks and vans. In the U.S., most big trucks and semis are not Mercedes, but American made, like Peterbilt and others However, MB has been making similar trucks for the European market for years and one sees few, if any, American diesels there.

MB is known for innovation and design and this is no different when it comes to semi trucks to haul goods. Recently, the future of truck design began appearing on German autobahns, basically, prototypes of what may become the norm. In a second, the obvious innovation is the 360-degree windshield wiper, which seems like a fantastic idea. The other interesting aspect is that the tires are smaller than even the current MB semi trucks. The other obvious impression is that the trucks look like alien insects or bugs. In a word, simply bizarre! It may actually scare oncoming drivers if they are under the influence of something, LOL.

These prototypes are certainly operational and are head turners wherever they show up in Germany!


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      saitam 5 years ago from Lisbon

      wow, I did not know the trucks were being designed this way. Strange prototypes, let's see if they will be on the future roads.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I kind of like this design and think I would enjoy driving one of these big rigs. Leave it to the German designers to come up with such a creative vehicle.

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      CHRIS57 5 years ago from Northern Germany

      There is a German designer with an Italian name: Luigi Colani.

      He came up with those soft, organic forms. In 1977 he designed his first truck. If go through his homepage or the wikipedia page, you will find that. Colani was always an "enfant terrible" am German designers. His ideas were/are quite progressive, but they never really made it into mass production, same with the truck design.

      Because the design is remarkable and not an every day sight, many roadside promotion actions use his truck to attract people, for the past 30 years. So actually it is not the future, it is the past.