ARGUABLY THE biggest revelation from Iveco was the surprisingly brief mention of plans to later this year start building some Stralis models at Iveco’s Dandenong (Vic) plant. Strangely, that’s as much as Iveco had to say on the factory’s ongoing viability.
There was, however, certainly no lack of diversity on the stand, from the flagship Stralis cab-over to the evergreen ACCO and of course, the arrival of International ProStar as part of the Iveco stable.
Down the weight scale, there were new Euro 6 versions of its medium-duty EuroCargo 4x2 and a high-volume Daily van making their first public appearance.
The van is particularly interesting, not least because it comes with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) rating of seven tonnes on a long 4100mm wheelbase, and is available with load volumes ranging from 16 to 18 and a cavernous 19.6 cubic metres. With such expansive credentials, Iveco is in no doubt the van provides a viable alternative to pantechbodied light trucks.
On the restyled Euro 6 version of EuroCargo, it’s a truck that comes with GVM ratings from 12 to 18 tonnes and cabs in slimline, low and hi-roof sleeper, and crew cab forms. Underneath is Iveco’s responsive ‘Tector 7’ engine ranging from 185kW (250hp) to 206kW (280hp) coupled to the choice of a 9-speed ZF manual or a 5-speed Allison automatic.
As Iveco likes to point out, the Tector achieves Euro 6 compliance without EGR input, relying on what it calls Hi-SCR and a single diesel particulate filter. EGR seems to be increasingly on the nose with suppliers and customers alike.