The Iveco brand has had mixed fortunes in the Australian truck market, but is now unveiling the next stage of the Acco. The latest refresh sees the introduction of the X-Way model range and a completely new look for an old favourite. Tim Giles was there when the new trucks were unveiled.
An event organised in Europe has seen a new writer for Diesel on a record breaking run. Will Shiers from the UK will be taking over from regular European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, in Diesel Magazine and Diesel News in 2019. Will drove an Iveco Stralis NP 460hp truck from the UK all the way to Madrid in Spain on one tank of LNG.
A presentation by Iveco to customers, dealers and media this week has seen the all new Acco unveiled in Melbourne Exhibition Centre. This is not a revamp of the current truck, but a ground-up redesign of the whole vehicle.
There’s no question that trucks are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and being equipped with much higher safety levels, futuristic truck technology is becoming the norm and the pace of change is a rapid one, particularly in European vehicles.
A vehicle which has been selling well for the Iveco business has been the Daily van, a model big on flexibility. The biggest of the models on offer is the 70C with a 7 tonne GVM on a 4100 mm wheelbase. This is the model Diesel took for a drive around Brisbane, through the suburbs and into the CBD.
In Europe, the Iveco Stralis X-Way range is undeniably extensive, with rigid and semi models available for tipper and mixer applications, hook-lift/tilt tray container operations, crane, timber and tanker work. For those hauliers looking to get into, and out of, tight-spots there’s the option of rear-steer axles on three and four-axle rigid chassis, along with a tridem bogie on 8x2s and 8x4s.
The Iveco Stralis X-Way exemplifies the segmentation in the European tipper market. The new range from the Italian truck maker consists of three distinct models: ‘On Set-up’; ‘On+ Set-up’; and last-but-not-least ‘Off Set-up’. Of the trio, On and On+ are homologated for on-road operations while, as its name suggests, Off is the Italians’ off-road product.
Both Iveco and Volvo have announced the appointment of a new person to head truck sales of their respective brands. There’s two new sales bosses for European brands, a new General Manager Sales at Iveco and a new Vice President Sales at Volvo.
Scott Slater has taken over the position of General Manager – Sales at Iveco Trucks, replacing Geoff Buswell who will take on a new position within the CNH Industrial Group in Australia. This new role will see Slater assume sales responsibility for both Iveco’s National Key Accounts as well as Dealers.
He has already spent 18 months as Iveco National Key Accounts Manager and before that was General Manager at Iveco Dealership, Melbourne Truck Centre. In total, he has been involved in commercial vehicle sales for over 18 years.
“It’s an exciting time for Iveco in Australia, the product offering is the strongest it’s been in many years and this positions us well for future sales growth,” said Slater. “The brand has performed strongly in the light market over the past 12to18 months and during this time has also set solid foundations for this momentum to continue across to the medium and heavy segments.
“Having the Iveco heavy duty range with models such as the Stralis and Acco being made locally, provides a real advantage for customers in terms of the flexibility and customisation levels we can provide them. I’ll be focusing on promoting these benefits to prospective Iveco customers in the months ahead,”
Iveco Australia boss, Bruce Healy, thanked Geoff Buswell for his contribution to Iveco, and also said that Slater was well credentialed to take on the new role.
“Geoff did a great job over the last three years in strengthening Iveco’s Dealer Network and played a pivotal role in introducing successful new initiatives such as Daily specialist Dealers to the network,” said Healy. “Given Scott’s extensive heavy vehicle sales industry experience, both at the manufacturer level and in retail sales, he is very well suited to step-up into the new role. We look forward to him making a strong contribution.”
Meanwhile, Volvo Group Australia announced the appointment of Clive Jones as Vice-President Sales Volvo Trucks Australia, New Zealand and Oceania markets, commencing in August. He is currently Volvo National Sales Manager in New Zealand, and will replace Mitch Peden who moves to the role of Managing Director Volvo Malaysia in August.
“For the past 16 years Clive has been instrumental in building the presence of Volvo Trucks and Buses in New Zealand, and we are looking forward to leveraging his deep insight gained from more than 20 years of experience in the truck industry,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President and CEO of Volvo Group Australia.
“Clive has been part of the Volvo family for most of his career, from the early days when he started driving a Volvo FH up and down the highways of New Zealand. He has a deep understanding of our customers and our product, and his appointment only adds to the strength of the Volvo Group Australia leadership team.”
Clive Jones said he was looking forward to building on the successes of his predecessor to take the Volvo Trucks brand into an even more dominant market position.
“My involvement with Volvo Group Australia spans my entire tenure with the Volvo brand, and I’ve met many Australian customers along the journey thus far,” said Jones. “I am a firm believer that our people are the key to our success and developing their skills and mindset with a customer-centric focus has been one of the ingredients of Volvo Trucks’ success in both Australia and New Zealand.
“Alongside a passion for Volvo, being able to work with the best people in the business in Australia has been a significant part of my decision to take on this role, and I relish the challenges and opportunities it will bring.”
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