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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.

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