In choosing Iveco’s Stralis Hi-Way as the 2013 European ‘International Truck of the Year’, the award judges stated that the heavy-duty truck “… has made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency from several different perspectives including fuel economy, safety, driveability, comfort and a low environmental footprint.”
The prestigious annual award—given by 25 leading commercial vehicle magazines in Europe—was presented at the gala evening of the 64th Hanover international motor show which is Europe’s largest commercial and industrial vehicle show.
“We are very proud of this award. The new Stralis sets a benchmark in efficiency, quality and value for the customer,” said Iveco chief executive Alfredo Altavilla at the presentation ceremony. “The vehicle is a true showcase of our revamped company strategy of being close to our customers and delivering excellent products.”
According to Iveco, the new Stralis is produced to the highest standards of manufacturing quality and this, combined with a range of new features, significantly reduces the total cost of ownership for the operator.
The AD/AT and ASL models will be assembled at Iveco Trucks Australia’s Dandenong factory while the ATi model will be produced at the company’s plant in Madrid, Spain. All versions will be available in Australia from May 2013.
The new Stralis models are equipped with FPT Industrial Cursor engines which are said to deliver low fuel consumption and excellent performance. The unique ‘High Efficiency SCR’ (HI-eSCR) emissions reduction system—designed, patented and produced by FPT Industrial—reportedly makes the new Stralis the only heavy-duty truck on the market to meet Euro 6 emissions limits without the addition of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). The exclusive HI-eSCR after-treatment technology is said to reduce nitrogen oxide levels by more than 95 percent, without increasing fuel consumption.
The cab of the new Stralis has been also fully redesigned. Improved ergonomics and comfort are the products of close co-operation between dealers and customers. The external restyling of the cab has focused on improving vehicle aerodynamics and therefore fuel efficiency. Among many new features, the cab now features a revamped grille, redesigned corner air deflectors and a new bumper air dam design.
The vehicle also incorporates new vehicle telemetry systems in addition to the most advanced safety features including electronic braking system with brake assist function, electronic stability program, daytime running lights and advanced emergency braking system.