Simple Stralis Instrumentation

A test drive of an Iveco prime mover demonstrates the simple Stralis instrumentation strategy. Driving a modern truck involves a lot of time watching flickering LCD screens in the cabin. The Iveco Stralis cab design is 14 years old, it was quite a futuristic looking truck when first launched, but in the intervening time the look has matured.

 

Simple Stralis Instrumentation

 

The dash is interesting and, at its centre, is, probably, the LCD screen which is easiest to see and understand, on the Australian market. The images are clearly visible, even in direct sunlight. The controls do not confuse with too many options, either.

 

Top right hand corner tells us which gear we are in. Then you get the mode you are in and how many gears up or down can be accessed manually. In the middle is more general information. If the radio is on it will tell you the station.

 

To the left of this are the two speed limiter and cruise control figures. Cruise control is set on a right hand stalk, press the button to activate and then use the up and down buttons on the end of the stalk  to control the set speed, simple.

 

The layout of the screen can be changed to suit the driver. A fuel consumption read-out would be useful. It shows the basics like oil pressure etc. Unlike the LCD screen, the speedo and tacho do not have the clear visibility in bright sunshine. Sometimes it can be quite difficult to see speed with a quick glance.

 

While the design of the cab exterior has aged well since its initial launch in 2002, the controls on the dash board do look a little dated and clunky, they do not seem to have been modernised. The space inside the cabin is tall, but not very deep. Locker space is well designed and other storage is quite good. More space would always be useful, but European prime movers all suffer from the same dimension restrictions in European law.

 

There are no frills with the Stralis, all of the sophistication is out of sight. The simplicity of some of the controls mean Iveco have restrained themselves to only having five buttons on the top of the driver’s door. This is much less than any other European truck on the market.

 

Climbing in and out of the cab is simple with well placed steps and grab handles with some thought going into their positioning. A lot of the features have been set up precisely, the seats are comfortable and the cabin is air suspended with well-adjusted dampers on the rear.

 

The mirror position controls are a smart solution to a problem every truck brand solves in a different way. Press the button and on the dash LCD screen appears an image of the front of the cab with one of the four mirrors highlighted. Click away until the correct mirror is found and use the single adjustment button to position it correctly.

 

The climate control system is easy to use, with bright numbers telling the driver what it is set to. There is a very useful pocket above the radio, which just so happens to be the perfect size to hold the Australian work diary. It was probably designed to take a laptop, but finding a place to keep the diary handy and secure can often be problematic in the modern truck.

 

The radio controls are simple and straight forward. This design sums up the whole truck. The designers have thought about it and reduced complications in the controls of, what is, a sophisticated device.

 

Steering wheel adjustment can be activated by pressing a button on the floor, not obvious to this driver when a different mat has been placed under foot, we got there in the end. The drinks holder does not appear to be either as big or robust as many drivers would like.

 

Collusion Fines for Truck Makers

Massive collusion fines for truck makers have been handed down by the European Union. According to the EU the group of manufacturers were found to be acting as a cartel to fix prices of trucks and time the introduction of technologies to comply with emissions rules.

The fines amount to 3 billion euros ($4.4 billion) and are said to be the highest ever levied by the European authorities. All of the major suppliers to the European market were included in the decision. Those fined in the case so far include MAN, Mercedes Benz, DAF, Iveco and Volvo/Renault and it was asserted they had been colluding for 14 years, from 1997 to 2011. Scania is still under investigation. Read more

All New Stralis Launched

Iveco have launched the next generation of the Stralis model with a new drive line and more powerful electronics, claiming fuel savings of over ten per cent. The New Stralis XP follows the Stralis Hi-Way, launched in 2012, retaining the cabin and SCR only emission control technology, but not for all drivelines.

 

New Iveco Stralis XP
New Iveco Stralis XP

 

Some of the engines, in trucks designed for long international haulage in Europe, will include an element of EGR. This will run at eight per cent recirculation and, Iveco claim, will not require increased cooling in the European market. The Stralis 480XP and 570XP models in Europe, designed for extra-long haul missions, will feature the new Smart EGR.

 

For Europe, the Cursor 13 engine will be offered up to 570 hp. However, any introduction in Australia is likely to take some time and this higher horsepower option is unlikely to make it here.

 

New Iveco Stralis XP
New Iveco Stralis XP

 

According to the launch release, all the improvements and new features generate fuel savings of up to 11 per cent, while other new services on offer can add further savings of up to three per cent. Iveco is reckoning its new models will be able to improve the total cost of ownership of a Stralis in long-haul applications by 5.6 per cent.

 

“The New Stralis XP is a truck at the leading edge of technology that delivers an extraordinary TCO  (total cost of ownership) and CO2 performance,” said Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President. “It is the perfect truck for long haulage operators: from their vehicles they want no stoppages, no troubles, no downtime and low TCO. With our unique approach that integrates perfectly product and services, we developed a vehicle of outstanding reliability and fuel economy that comes with our uptime guarantee and a whole range of new services to help them manage their fleets efficiently. The New Stralis XP is a true TCO2 Champion born to run on all European motorways.”

 

New Iveco Stralis NP
New Iveco Stralis NP

 

One of the fuel saving strategies is the, so called, Smart Auxiliaries which automatically disconnect or go into energy-saving mode when they are not needed. The components include the clutch compressor and air processing unit, energy-recovery alternator with intelligent battery monitoring and a variable-flow steering pump.

 

Iveco is also introducing its predictive GPS-based Hi-Cruise system which controls eco-roll, gear shifting and cruise control. This is coupled with the new 12-speed Hi-Tronix AMT, developed in collaboration with ZF. The claimed shifting time has been reduced by 10 per cent, with improved durability. It also features a slow manoeuvring mode for low-speed operation, working like a torque-converter transmission, a rocking back and forwards function, four reverse gears and a new range of PTOs.

 

New Iveco Stralis XP
New Iveco Stralis XP

 

The new AMT, along with a taller rear axle ratio of 2.47 is reckoned to translate into a seven per cent reduction in engine rpm.

 

Iveco are also going down the onboard monitoring and training route with the TCO2 LIVE modular program, with a detailed report on the fuel consumption of each vehicle in the fleet emailed to the customer every week, and fuel efficiency advice based on real-life truck analysis.

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Trade Skills Centre Opening

A new Trade Skills Centre has been opened in Glenala State High School, based in the Archerfield, Richlands, Wacol area where much of the trucking industry is based, to the West of Brisbane. The TSC is a federally funded initiative through the Trade Training Centres in Schools Project and will, with the help of the Heavy Vehicle Industry Association, be the venue for the delivery of the Certificate 2 in Automotive Vocational Preparation (heavy vehicle stream) and Certificate 2 in Logistics to Year 11 and 12 students from July 2016. Read more

Volvo To Launch New Truck at Melbourne Show

Volvo Group Australia has announced the Australian launch of its new Volvo FE Euro 6 Dual Control 6×4 rear-air suspension waste truck will be at the 2016 edition of the International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show in Melbourne.

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According to the show’s organisers, a last minute rush for exhibition space has seen multiple prominent names added to the line-up of the show, which starts next Thursday, May 5.

“There has been a real rush to be part of the Show over the past week or so, but we are trying to create sufficient space for everyone to join us at short notice,” said ITTES Show Director, Simon Coburn.

“The idea of bringing together Australia’s main growth industries, transport, infrastructure and waste, under the one roof is spreading rapidly and enticing many new exhibitors to come to Melbourne. I can’t wait for visitors to see what we have in store for them.”

Among the new exhibitors, who have been announced are, Freightmaster Trailers, Harris Trailers and Brimarco, who have all now secured space in the trailer section of the event, with tanker specialist Byford also on board again after a celebrated 2014 outing.

The last minute trailer additions will see a host of equipment travel to the Melbourne Showgrounds, including two A-double tankers from Moama-based Byford, a number of semi-trailer combinations from South Australian Freightmaster Trailers and more from local Victorian builder Harris Trailers.

Iveco Australia, meanwhile, will showcase its recently revamped Acco 6×4 featuring Bucher Municipal’s latest Gen V Series II side-loader unit, and an Iveco Daily 20 m3 van.

 

Iveco plans for ITTES Announced

Iveco vehicles will be represented at the upcoming International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show, at the Melbourne Showgrounds on May 5-7. In the Waste Management in Action event the Iveco stand will include the latest version of the Acco, represented by a 4×2 and two 6×4 variants.

 

Stralis Clear Back of Cab Hook Lift

 

Making its show debut will be the new Stralis 8×4 Clear Back of Cab (CBOC) model, released late last year. The Stralis will be fitted with a Multilift XR26Z hooklift with 26 tonne capacity, offering both sliding and tilting movement.

 

Iveco engineers redesigned the Stralis’ exhaust system to a horizontal orientation, while also adopting a new modular air intake which is now located between the front steer axles. Repositioning these items allows closer fitment of the body towards the rear of the cab, meaning faster and more efficient body fitment for hooklift and overhead refuse collection applications.

 

Stralis has a choice of two Cursor 13 SCR engines at 450hp and 2200 Nm, or 500hp and 2300 Nm. Both engines are coupled to Iveco’s Eurotronic II 16-speed automated transmission and Meritor drive axles. Front suspension is a load sharing four air bag, two leaf parabolic springs with double acting shock absorbers, while in the rear, the Hendrickson Primaax PAX 462 is fitted.

 

The 4×2 Acco in the show, will be equipped with a Multilift ‘Futura’ new generation skiploader. The Futura offers a number of new innovations including lightweight, high strength steel construction for payload benefits, and newly-released operator control and safety features.

 

Of the remaining two Accos, one is a compactor unit, to be operated by Solo Resource Recovery on a contract with Manningham Council in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The other Acco, the 6×4, will be exhibited in a demonstration arena where show-goers can not only see the vehicle operating, but by invitation, also drive and operate the truck if they hold the correct licence.

 

This Acco is fitted with a new Bucher Municipal Gen V Series II side loader, developed to provide greater access and manoeuvrability in tighter urban areas while still providing a generous payload, the display model provides over 10 tonnes. Iveco will also exhibit a 20m³ 50C Daily van at the event.

 

“The Acco range is an industry standard in the waste collection sector given its bullet-proof driveline, low whole of life costing and fit-for-task construction,” said Darren Swenson, Iveco Australia Marketing Manager.

 

“And now the latest Stralis range, particularly the CBOC models, build on Iveco’s ability to offer a high quality range of commercial vehicles for use in this important sector. Not to be forgotten, the Daily van line-up with its abundant safety features, market-leading 8-speed full automatic transmission and car-like driving experience provides an excellent base for sanitary services vehicles.”

Going For It

 

At this time of year, a bunch of crazy truck drivers take on one of the toughest challenges in motor sport, the Dakar Rally. This year sees the 38th running of the event, which now takes place in South America after political turmoil put the Sahara Desert out of bounds to the rallying fraternity.

 

 

This year’s truck winner was, Dutchman Gerard De Rooy, driving his highly modified Iveco Powerstar, powered by a 900 plus hp Cursor engine. The truck covered 9,000 km over some of Argentina and Bolivia’s most inhospitable terrain, finishing an hour and ten minutes clear of his closest competitor. This is the second Dakar victory of DeRooy’s career and the Powerstar also managed three stage wins and several more podium finishes.

 

Getting a truck up and over this dune is all about speed, power and a bit of luck:

 

It’s better to just stay well out of the way of the rally trucks, as this buggy driving competitor found out:

Truck of the Year

The International Truck of the Year 2016, chosen by a group of 25 senior truck journalists, representing 25 magazines throughout Europe, has been announced. The honour was given to Iveco’s New Eurocargo, and the award was presented to Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, during the Solutrans gala dinner at the Lyon Chamber of Commerce, France.

 

Pierre Lahutte from Iveco receives the IToY award from judging panel Chairman, Gianenrico Griffini.
Pierre Lahutte from Iveco receives the IToY award from judging panel Chairman, Gianenrico Griffini.

 

In a neck-and-neck competition, with a winning score of 101 votes, Iveco’s new medium-duty truck fought off a strong challenge from Renault Trucks’ C and K range, which finished in second place, while Ford Trucks’ new construction series was third.

 

According to the International Truck of the Year rules, the annual IToY award is presented to the truck launched in the previous 12 months which has made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency based on several main criteria, including technical innovation, comfort, safety, drivability, fuel economy, environmental footprint and total cost of ownership (TCO).

 

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The New Eurocargo cab design, which echoes the styling of the new Iveco Daily, features ‘city-friendly’ contours with horizontal lines which underline its main focus on multi-drop distribution in urban environments, whilst delivering a substantial drag coefficient reduction at higher speeds on the open highway.

 

The New Eurocargo cab interior has a multi-functional ‘office on-the-move’ with its central console pre-configured to integrate with smartphones, tablets and GPS-based navigation systems, as well as advanced telematics solutions. The latter are managed by the Drivelinc central touchscreen display, which offers an interface for messaging, fleet management and driving-style support.

 

The International Truck of the Year journalists (who all had the chance to drive the new Eurocargo some months ago) praised the advanced features of its driveline, including its SCR-only four or six cylinder engines, which are said to offer improved drivability and fuel-savings as well as lower CO2 emissions.

 

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New Eurocargo also has eco gear-changing strategies in its two-pedal AS Tronic automated manual transmission, plus an eco-roll function to encourage fuel-saving ‘coasting’. Savings in diesel consumption are also achieved by the use of low-viscosity engine oils and the fitment of a ‘smart’ fan.

 

The Natural Power CNG version Eurocargo Iveco will be able to meet ever-tighter restrictions on diesel-engined trucks in major European cities. Its low noise footprint and low emissions make the Natural Power Eurocargo capable of handling delivery tasks in environmentally sensitive areas.

 

“Iveco has delivered a new medium duty truck that, once again, raises the bar in a highly competitive segment, in which Eurocargo has set the market benchmark in the last 25 years,” said Gianenrico Griffini, International Truck of the Year Chairman.

 

The International Truck of the Year award was originally launched in 1977 by the British journalist and editor of the UK’s Truck magazine, Pat Kennett. Today, the 25 jury members represent leading commercial vehicle magazines throughout Europe. Moreover, in the last few years, the IToY Group has extended its sphere of influence by appointing ‘associate members’ in the growing truck markets of China, India, South Africa, Australia, Brazil and Japan. Altogether, the combined truck-operator readership of the 25 IToY full-jury members’ magazines, as well as those of its six associate members, exceeds 950,000.

‘Mr Acco’ to Retire

A longtime truck industry veteran has announced his, long expected, retirement this week. Lloyd Reeman is a well known figure around the trucking industry and currently works under the title of Iveco National Manager Key Accounts. Lloyd is calling time on his remarkable career, after over 46 years of service with International Harvester and Iveco Trucks.

 

Lloyd Reeman

 

Lloyd began working in the mailroom of International Harvester in the late 1960s before transitioning to sales roles where he tells us he developed an enduring passion for commercial vehicles and in particular, the locally developed and manufactured Acco.

 

During his time in the industry, Lloyd has witnessed many changes including the modernisation of trucks and trucking, as well as the gradual decline of Australia’s automotive and commercial vehicle manufacturing position.

 

“To have had the privilege to work with an Australian manufacturing company, while many competitors have come and gone, has been one of the most satisfying elements of my career,” said Lloyd, as part of the announcement. “I’ve always believed in company loyalty and that’s one of the main reasons why I stayed with the same brand.

 

“Along the journey, I’ve crossed paths with many great people and I’ve been inspired by the commitment, positive attitude and passion of many of my fellow colleagues, especially during more difficult times.

 

“With its broad product range, local manufacturing position and strong dealer network, Iveco is in a great position to become an even greater player in the Australian trucking industry.”

 

This is not the end for Lloyd as he will remain a familiar face around Iveco’s Dandenong facility as he will carry on with ongoing consulting work for the truck maker.

 

Iveco Managing Director, Michael Jonson publicly thanked Lloyd for his many years of service.

 

“Lloyd has been an outstanding ambassador for Iveco over a long period of time,” said Jonson. “He is much admired not only within the Iveco organisation, but throughout the broader trucking industry.

 

“It’s obviously very difficult to replace someone with his level of industry knowledge and customer rapport, so fortunately we’ve been able to maintain his ongoing services as a consultant. I foresee that Lloyd will stay involved in our PR campaigns, mentoring and customer-facing activities across many facets of the business.”

 

Lloyd will officially retire in late November, an announcement on his replacement is expected to be made in the coming weeks.

Daily Delivery

This week has seen the official launch of the Iveco Daily van. The transport industry and truck media have been able test drive the new van and cab chassis range at the Anglesea proving grounds in Victoria. The launch featured the first appearance of a new automatic transmission from ZF, the Hi-Matic 8 speed box.

 

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The Daily was initially unveiled at a spectacular global launch, last June, in Italy. Now, the right hand drive version, specifically set up for Australia, has been revealed. The new Daily model represents a major advance on the previous vehicles on offer, not simply a refresh of its predecessor. 80 per cent of the body shell has been redesigned and new engines power the Daily. The new 8 speed ZF is also brand new and, for now, only available in the Iveco light commercial range.

 

The new Iveco Daily sees an extension of the number, size and shape of the models on offer, going out to a van with 19.6 cubic metres of cargo space, up to 205 hp from the engine and with a torque rating of 470 Nm. These figures are put the new Daily in the lead in the race for more power, torque and load space.

 

The sweeping front bonnet design gives the new range a distinctive look as well as improving aerodynamics. The new shape also sees the cargo floor set lower than ever before, even with retention of the stiff ladder frame chassis at the centre of the van and cab chassis architecture. New dimensions also give the range an improved turning circle, down to 10.5 metres, kerb to kerb.

 

The new van and cab chassis range also use an all new front suspension. The Quad-Leaf front end uses a quadrilateral system comprising a double swing arm and leaf springs to give the new range improved handling and stability.

 

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The new Daily range does extend the reach of the brand, which has been limited by things like the lack of a true auto transmission option. There are also now two wheelbases and four van lengths to choose from. Add to this, the three roof height options on the van and there is a size for most light duty applications. The cab chassis comes in three wheelbases and has GVM options from 4.5 tonnes to 7 tonnes.

 

The new Daily range is one of the pillars on which Iveco seeks to rebuild its profile in Australia. Sales performance has been patchy for the truck maker with a number of its models. The only reliable performer has been the Acco model, relaunched with a new shape earlier this year, which has kept the company’s manufacturing facility in Dandenong, Victoria and the truck numbers up.