Good lorry drivers are hard to find and even harder to keep hold of. Finnish haulier Miks Auvinen has his own successful model for staff retention – his 625hp Mercedes-Benz Actros 2663 “Lowrider” show truck. He has converted his Actros 2663 semitrailer with two silo trailers into a unique driver’s dream in conjunction with his professional driver Arto Simola, who has been driving for the family-run company Kuljetus Auvinen for three years. The company is based in Helsinki and specialises in silo transportation. Managing director Mika Auvinen is known throughout Finland and beyond for his passion for show trucks. The Actros “Lowrider” has received no fewer than seven awards in Finland and Sweden to date.
Over 6000 hours of work have gone into creating the “Lowrider”. The cockpit is dominated by purple velvet and smooth white leather. From the initial concept of the “Lowrider” to the first test drive took almost a year. The cost of the materials required to create the purple driving dream came in at around 450,000 euros (S$718,000), but for Arto Simola, the real value lies in the privilege of having probably one of the most unusual workplaces in the world.