ACCO GETS AN UPGRADE
Although the Stralis X-Way range was the focal point for Iveco during the launch, the long-awaited upgrade to the venerable ACCO almost stole the show.
“With changing transport industry requirements, the previous ACCO platform had reached the limitations of its development,” Iveco Australia business manager Bruce Healy explains.
He says, like the Stralis X-Way, the new ACCO was the culmination of four years’ work between Iveco’s local engineering and development teams, and Iveco’s global engineering centre.
“In developing the new ACCO, Iveco has combined many of the much-loved attributes of the previous model with cutting edge technology borrowed from the Stralis X-Way platform,” Healy explains.
“Despite sharing all the good bits with the Stralis X-Way, such as the Euro 6 Cursor 9 engine with up to 360hp and 1650Nm of torque, plus all of the advanced safety features and a much more ergonomic cabin, the new ACCO will still have its own identity.
“Exclusive to the ACCO will be, firstly, an Allison full automatic transmission, a favourite for many vocational applications, and secondly, exclusive wheelbases to suit waste industry applications.
“It will be available in 6x4 and 8x4 configurations and feature the option of a factory dual control system fitted at our Dandenong manufacturing facility, along with the Parker Chelsea PTOs,” he says.
“We see the new ACCO as being the evolution of a legend that’s now well-armed with the equipment to satisfy the most stringent safety and emission requirements.”
Like its predecessor, the new ACCOs will continue to be built at Iveco’s Dandenong plant. Before it hits the market, however, Healy says there will be six to nine months of “real world trials” around Australia with selected customers, the trucks fitted with bodies from three waste industry body builders.
“We look forward to receiving the feedback,” he says.
Evaluation unit: The new ACCO