IVECO ADDS STRALIS MODEL TO LOCAL MANUFACTURING
IVECO AUSTRALIA says that an additional Stralis model will be built at its factory in Dandenong, Melbourne. Iveco says the move strengthens its commitment to Australian truck and bus manufacturing.
Currently sold in Australia as a fully imported model, from the fourth quarter of 2017 the Stralis ATi will be assembled at Iveco’s Dandenong facility and become known as the Stralis AT.
Selected components including mirrors, wheel angles, trailer connections, batteries, wheels and liquids will be sourced locally.
The Stralis AT variants will include a 6x4 prime mover and 6x2 rigid in a variety of specification options, and will join existing Stralis AS-L, Powerstar, Acco and Delta and Metro bus chassis models that are locally built and/or manufactured in Melbourne.
The addition of the Stralis AT to the production mix will see the Dandenong facility undergo investment in tooling and software to calibrate the AT’s adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems, and in doing so introduces new technology to the site.
Iveco says Australian buyers will enjoy several benefits from the local production of AT models including greatly reduced lead times from vehicle order to delivery, and the ability to customise to order by adding factory-fitted special options and local accessories.
Iveco Australia managing director, Michael Jonson, says the increase in local production highlighted the company’s commitment to Australian manufacturing. “Iveco is one of only a few remaining commercial vehicle brands to manufacture here – this latest expansion in Australianbased production demonstrates the company’s commitment to having a strong local manufacturing presence,” Jonson says.