The truck of the year

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THE new Iveco Stralis HiWay, the heavy-duty truck of Iveco, has won the In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year award 2013, the an­nual tro­phy of the 25 lead­ing com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mag­a­zines in Europe for the truck that, ac­cord­ing to the jury, “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 award was pre­sented at the 64th edition of the IAA Hanover com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle show.

“We are proud of this award. The new Stralis sets a bench­mark in ef­fi­ciency, qual­ity and value for the cus­tomer. The ve­hi­cle is a true show­case of our re­vamped com­pany strat­egy of be­ing close to our cus­tomers, de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lent prod­ucts,” said Al­fredo Al­tavilla, Iveco CEO.

Stralis Hi-Way se­cured the ti­tle with a to­tal of 138 votes, de­spite fierce com­pe­ti­tion.

An­nounc­ing the award at the show, Truck of the Year award chair­man Gia­nen­rico Griffini told the in­dus­try: “Iveco has de­liv­ered a sta­teof-the-art heavy-duty, long-haul truck with an in­no­va­tive engine so­lu­tion and ad­vanced telem­at­ics that will make a con­tri­bu­tion to low­er­ing the to­tal cost-of-own­er­ship for Europe’s truck op­er­a­tors.”

Brian Weather­ley, UK jury mem­ber on be­half of Com­mer­cial Mo­tor mag­a­zine, said: “To­day’s truck op­er­a­tors continue to face an up-hill bat­tle against ris­ing costs, par­tic­u­larly with the price of fuel. Iveco’s fo­cus on re­duc­ing the to­tal cost-ofown­er­ship with the new Stralis HiWay will not go un­no­ticed by those UK road hauliers look­ing for ways to re­tain what tight mar­gins they cur­rently achieve.”

The jury mem­bers col­lec­tively felt that the truck’s lower fu­el­con­sump­tion is nat­u­rally wel­come in the mar­ket­place, whilst the Hi-eSCR en­gines pro­vide longer ser­vice in­ter­vals to en­sure the new flag­ship can spend more time out on the road earn­ing money for its owner.

Weather­ley also said: “Hav­ing looked hard at new Stralis Hi-Way, I’ve been im­pressed by Iveco’s holis­tic ap­proach to cut­ting the cost of own­er­ship. How­ever, it has also en­sured the needs of to­day’s long­haul driv­ers have not been for­got­ten ei­ther. Thanks to the Stralis Hi-way’s com­pletely-re­vised cab in­te­rior, driv­ers will en­joy a com­fort­able, prac­ti­cal and safe en­vi­ron­ment.”

The fea­tures of the new model are the sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in to­tal cost of own­er­ship and the pro­pri­etary cat­alytic re­duc­tion sys­tem HIeSCR, de­vel­oped by FPT In­dus­trial.

Com­bin­ing the qual­ity of the prod­uct with a range of in­te­grated ser­vices, Iveco claims that the new gen­er­a­tion can achieve a re­duc­tion in to­tal cost of own­er­ship of up to 4% (Euro­pean fig­ure) on an in­ter­na­tional mis­sion over an av­er­age dis­tance of 130,000km, for four years.

The new Stralis is pro­duced in the Iveco plant in Madrid and will be launched in SA at the Johannesburg Truck and Bus Show next year.

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