ACCO GETS AN UP­GRADE

Owner Driver - - Truck Technology -

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

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