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FORD HAS SEEN its name rise to rare heavy-ve­hi­cle heights af­ter win­ning the In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year award at the 67th IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles show with its Otosan F-MAX prime mover.

The IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show ran from Septem­ber 20 to 27 in Hanover, Ger­many.

Based in Turkey, Ford Otosan is a Ford Mo­tor Com­pany-Koç Hold­ing joint ven­ture. Ac­cord­ing to IAA, the judges marked the F-MAX up for cost due pri­mar­ily to the ve­hi­cle’s “pow­er­ful and ef­fi­cient” 12.7-litre E6D Eco­torq en­gine.

The new F-MAX was de­signed and tested by 500 Ford Otosan en­gi­neers over a five-year pe­riod.

Tests were car­ried out in 11 coun­tries on four con­ti­nents us­ing 233 pro­to­type units. This in­volved 15,500 hours of lab test­ing and five mil­lion kilo­me­tres of road test­ing.

“Say­ing ‘shar­ing the load’ as a brand prom­ise, we com­mit our self to un­der­stand cus­tomers’ needs and share all kind of load that they might have,” Ford Otosan CEO Hay­dar Yenigün says. “We de­vel­oped our new trac­tor with Ford’s prin­ci­ples of com­fort, power, ef­fi­ciency and tech­nol­ogy at its heart.

“To en­sure that the de­sign guar­an­tees the most, in terms of ef­fi­ciency and prac­ti­cal­ity, we ex­am­ined ev­ery part and ev­ery de­tail over and over again.”

The joint ven­ture has kept a close eye on driver com­fort, which may well have swayed their de­ci­sion. The 2.5m-wide cab flat floor comes with 2,160mm of floor-to-ceil­ing height. The com­pany claims is cab of­fers best-in-class noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness (NVH) and in­te­rior quiet­ness “thanks to its best-in­class tor­sional cab stiff­ness, lower en­gine noise and sound ab­sorp­tive trim de­sign”.

Pow­ered in­te­rior light­ning con­trols from the bed area and driver com­part­ment, au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol sys­tems and steer­ing wheel ad­just­ment fea­tures all of­fer com­fort in the cabin.

A mini fridge and cof­fee maker in­cluded in some mod­els of­fer driv­ers ad­di­tional com­fort.

To keep bones from weari­ness, driv­ers get a seat with breath­able fab­ric and er­gonomic de­sign, 260mm of seat ad­just­ment along with a 90 de­gree fold­able up­per bed, an in­clined head frame on the lower bed, com­fort­able and large mat­tresses, and a re­mote con­trol unit in the bed area, which pro­vides an ideal area for driv­ers to re­lax when tak­ing a break.

The Eco­torq en­gine, which the truck­maker says is the “first and only truck en­gine de­vel­oped from scratch and made in Turkey”, boasts 2500Nm and 400kW. Tech­ni­cal fea­tures in­clude E-APU tech­nol­ogy, eco-roll func­tion, and pre­dic­tive cruise con­trol (Max Cruise). Up to seven per cent is claimed in re­duced main­te­nance costs and long ser­vice in­ter­vals re­duce the to­tal cost of own­er­ship.

Eco­torq is mated with a 12-speed ZF au­to­mated trans­mis­sion and dif­fer­ent drive modes such as Eco-Mode and Power-Mode.

The IT is also to the fore in the F-MAX de­sign. Cen­tral to this is Con­necTruck, which of­fers widerang­ing ben­e­fits. These in­clude re­mote mon­i­tor­ing of the ve­hi­cle us­ing re­mote di­ag­nos­tic and over­the-air soft­ware.

“The spe­cial to­po­graphic map means that F-MAX is able to an­a­lyse road con­di­tions, al­low­ing the ve­hi­cle to drive at op­ti­mum speeds, thereby re­duc­ing fuel con­sump­tion by up to four per cent,” the com­pany says. “Fleet man­age­ment sys­tems in­te­gra­tion al­lows the Con­necTruck Mo­d­ule and Ford Trucks cloud to act as a data gate­way for third­party fleet man­age­ment sys­tems to ac­cess se­lected ve­hi­cle data,” the com­pany says.

The F-MAX of­fers driver as­sis­tance in the forms of adap­tive cruise con­trol, pre­dic­tive cruise con­trol (max cruise) with speed tol­er­ance choices, ad­vanced emer­gency brake sys­tem, hill launch as­sist, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, ad­justable speed lim­iter de­vice and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol.

The eight-inch thin-film­tran­sis­tor liq­uid-crys­tal dis­play colour-wide clus­ter screen “al­lows ev­ery­thing from tyre pres­sure and tem­per­a­ture sta­tus to driver eval­u­a­tion func­tions to be dis­played on the same screen”.

“Con­trol switches on the leather steer­ing wheel al­lows the driver to nav­i­gate be­tween clus­ter screens. Truck-spe­cific em­bed­ded nav­i­ga­tion, web link and Ap­ple CarPlay im­ple­men­ta­tion, and Blue­tooth con­nec­tion func­tions are pre­sented within the 7.2-inch LCD mul­ti­me­dia soft touch screen.”

Also at the show, Ford un­veiled the F-Vi­sion Fu­ture Truck, a fully elec­tri­cally-pow­ered con­cept truck that was a first for Ford Trucks In­ter­na­tional, and a level 4 au­ton­o­mous truck pro­to­type. The con­cept model points to the man­u­fac­turer’s di­rec­tion on elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, au­ton­o­mous and con­nected drive, light­weight man­u­fac­ture and zero car­bon emis­sion prod­ucts. “It cares about hu­mans’ pri­or­i­ties both in­side the cab and on the road, as well as the load be­ing car­ried, and aims con­stantly to con­nect with the en­vi­ron­ment and users and com­mu­ni­cates,” it says.

Above: The Turk­ish-built Ford Otosan F-MAX prime mover – voted the In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year at Hanover, Ger­many

Be­low: Ford un­veiled its F-Vi­sion Fu­ture Truck at IAA Hanover

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