Acco on the at­tack

The Aussie icon goes on and on, de­spite what some ex­ec­u­tives want, writesGRAHAMSMITH

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IVECO pro­duces and sells the Acco, but it doesn’t own it. It’s only the cus­to­dian of an en­dur­ing icon of Aus­tralian truck­ing. That’s the mes­sage that came through loud and clear when Iveco con­sid­ered chang­ing the Acco.

Own­ers told it to leave Acco alone and not change the things they love about it.

‘‘Acco own­ers are very pa­tri­otic. They tell us not to make changes un­til we talk to them,’’ Iveco prod­uct plan­ner Kevin Tay­lor said when an­nounc­ing the 2008 Acco.

The Acco’s demise has been fore­cast for some time, but the old truck con­tin­ues to defy doom-and­gloom pre­dic­tions.

It sells the sort of num­bers that make it very dif­fi­cult for com­pany man­agers to make the de­ci­sion to kill it off, though many have wanted to put it down in re­cent years.

Orig­i­nally de­signed in Aus­tralia by In­ter­na­tional, the Acco con­tin­ues to be one of the most pop­u­lar trucks for waste col­lec­tion and dis­posal.

It also re­mains pop­u­lar with the con­crete in­dus­try.

But sales are stag­nant and Iveco would pre­fer to see them on the rise.

The Acco was last up­dated al­most a year ago when it be­came the first truck to come into line with ADR 80/02. This was many months be­fore it be­came com­pul­sory to meet the lower ex­haust emis­sion lim­its.

At the same time a new 6.5-tonne front axle was in­tro­duced, which brought with it new FUPS front un­der­run pro­tec­tion and con­fir­ma­tion of the com­pli­ance to the cab strength rule, ECE R29.

The chas­sis was changed as well as styling of the cab and in­te­rior.

In the latest changes, Iveco of­fers the op­tion of Airtek airbag front sus­pen­sion, which adds new so­phis­ti­ca­tion to the old truck.

‘‘The aim was to pro­vide best-in­class ride, im­proved han­dling and sta­bil­ity, with lower tare weight and smaller turn­ing cir­cle,’’ Tay­lor says.

‘‘The air sus­pen­sion has been two years in de­vel­op­ment. It has been sub­jected to more than eight months’ in­ten­sive test­ing at the Anglesea prov­ing ground and with cus­tomers in some of the most chal­leng­ing ap­pli­ca­tions pos­si­ble.

‘‘Cus­tomers have had high praise for the ride and sta­bil­ity of the pre­pro­duc­tion trucks they’ve eval­u­ated. Many rated it bet­ter than ri­val Euro­pean trucks they also op­er­ate.’’

The ad­di­tion of the airbag front sus­pen­sion re­duces the wheel cut to 50 de­grees. This re­duces the turn­ing cir­cle by 2m. It also re­duces tare weight by 120kg on an 8x4 truck.

The Acco story will con­tinue well into the fu­ture. Iveco has held a fo­rum with the waste in­dus­try, and plans to hold a sim­i­lar one with the con­crete in­dus­try soon.

You can’t keep a good truck down: the Acco is des­tined to be around for some years yet.

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