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.

 

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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.

Doing it in the Dakar

The Dakar rally provides us with some spectacular footage as trucks rampage through the deserts and mountains of South America. This year’s event was no exception, with the Russians dominating the race, coming in first, second and third in their Kamaz trucks. MAN managed fourth place with another Kamaz coming in fifth. Strong contenders Iveco started badly, losing a lot of time, but finished well, winning the final stage to finish sixth overall. The Hino team came in 16th overall, but first in the under 10 litre class, completing the course powered by a nine litre engine. Read more

New Iveco boss appointed

CNH Industrial has appointed a new Managing Director of Iveco, after the position has been held vacant for over a year. Michael Jonson has been named as the new MD, after fulfilling a number of roles within the CNH organisation, around the world.

 

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“We all get passionate about the future of Iveco here in Australia,” said Jonson at the recent launch of the new Acco. “I am 100 per cent acutely focused on regaining our brand prowess, here in the market place. We have the product, we have the people who care about our product and we have customers who want our product. We really need to focus on becoming the brand at the top of every priority list in Australia.

 

“We will do that with sheer determination, improvement across our processes and more customer focus. We have global platforms, we can delve into them to improve the way we do business, improve our product. We can tap into these resources so we can, again, hold Iveco at the top of the Australian market.”

 

Jonson began his career with CNH in 1997 and has been involved in accounting and consolidation across the group. Firstly in London, and then across Europe, through a number of finance control and then cash management roles.

 

Jonson arrived in Australia in 2007 as the Treasurer for the CNH Group before moving to a role as COO of CNH Capital. In 2011, he was appointed Managing Director of CNH Capital. He took up his role with Iveco in November, this year.

New in Hannover

Once every two years the trucking world descends on Hannover for the IAA. This is, probably, the world’s biggest truck show and subject to a lot of attention. Global launches of trucks and trailers abound and everyone has something new to sell. This year, Daimler have introduced their Future Truck 2025 concept, the self driving truck in this video. Read more

Vision for the future

It’s not just the truck makers who are coming up with new concepts at the IAA Truck Show in Hannover, this week. Iveco has its Vision concept van on the stand, showcasing future technologies and improved safety and environmental outcomes in design.

 

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At the heart of the Iveco Vision is the Dual Energy system, using two different types of power. One is electric only, with zero local emissions and low noise levels. The other is hybrid for longer journeys driving on the highways. The hybrid is claimed to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 25 per cent.

 

The Vision has a specific transfer system, coupling the electric motor to the drive shafts, as the van self-adapts to the most suitable power source. The hybrid mode improves vehicle speed and overall range, while the electric mode allows unrestricted, no-emission access into busy metropolitan areas.

 

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The project focused on the development of three new areas of design. One, is an adaptive Human/Machine Interface, the second, looking for total visibility and, thirdly, a new fully automatic system for load management.

 

The Vision is equipped with a high-integration tablet computer, which communicates with the on-board electronics.

 

The van includes large glazed areas and ‘see-through’ A pillars giving unrestricted visibility forward from the cabin. Images from a rear mounted camera are displayed on a panoramic screen on top of the windscreen.

 

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The load management system is based on a series of sensors which identify the goods and then indicate the correct positioning of these within the vehicle interior. It also controls devices which prevent the movement of larger packages. Beside protecting valuable goods from damage and improved space management, the system also makes loading and unloading faster.

New innovations from Iveco

At the forthcoming IAA Truck Show in Hannover, Germany, in September, Iveco is set to unveil a number of innovations and new technology fitted in its vehicles to visitors at the show.

 

Centre stage will be taken by the new Iveco Daily, revealed in June (for a full report on the new van and the launch check out the September/October issue of Diesel Magazine). With 80 per cent of all its components redesigned, this is genuinely a New Daily. Also on show will be the major new components to included in the van, the new F1C engine, the new fully automatic HI-MATIC gearbox and the new Quad Leaf front suspension.

 

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Also on show will be the Stralis Natural Power Euro 6 including a liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine. A new standard for LNG tank technology, UNECE 110, was introduced in the European Union in June this year, allowing LNG trucks to get approval to run on European roads. This could be the precursor to a substantial increase in the use of LNG on European highways.

 

Iveco will be displaying its new Euro 6 engine design, the HI-SCR (High Efficiency selective catalytic reduction). The design uses SCR only to control exhaust gas emissions without using either EGR or a diesel particulate filter. Iveco claim a reduction in fuel consumption of 2.33 per cent over the engine’s predecessor.