Ford F-Max is In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year

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The new F-Max, pro­duced by Ford Trucks, has been elected In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year (IToY) for 2019 by a jury of 23 com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle ed­i­tors and se­nior jour­nal­ists, rep­re­sent­ing 23 ma­jor truck­ing mag­a­zines from through­out Eu­rope. The pres­ti­gious award was handed over to Hay­dar Yenigün, Ford Otosan Gen­eral Man­ager, dur­ing the press day of the IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show in Hanover, Ger­many. With a win­ning score of 126 votes, the new F-Max heavy-duty trac­tor fought off the chal­lenges posed by Sca­nia’s re­cently-launched

L&P Se­ries and the FH/FM truck range pow­ered by Liq­ue­fied Nat­u­ral Gas (LNG) from Volvo Trucks. As per the In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year (ITOY) rules, the an­nual award is pre­sented to the truck in­tro­duced into the mar­ket in the pre­vi­ous 12 months and has made the great­est con­tri­bu­tion to road trans­port ef­fi­ciency. Jury mem­bers take into ac­count sev­eral im­por­tant cri­te­ria in­clud­ing tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion, com­fort, safety, drive­abil­ity, fuel econ­omy, en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print and To­tal Cost of Own­er­ship (TCO).

Dur­ing a re­cent test drive in Turkey, the IToY jury mem­bers came to ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fi­ciency and ad­vanced char­ac­ter­is­tics of the

F-Max’s driv­e­line, in­clud­ing Eco-Roll, Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol (ACC) and GPSbased Pre­dic­tive Cruise Con­trol func­tions. Equally im­pres­sive was the pair­ing and quiet­ness of the in-line six-cylin­der 12.7-litre Ford Eco­torq Euro6 en­gine rated at 500 hp in com­bi­na­tion with the ZF 12-speed Traxon au­to­mated gear­box. The jury mem­bers also ap­pre­ci­ated the key fea­tures of the new longhaul cab, which of­fers a com­fort­able, er­gonomic, user-friendly work­ing and liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment, with a flat floor, a width of 2.5 m, an in­te­rior height of 2.16 m, ex­cel­lent stor­age ca­pac­ity and cock­pit-style dash­board fea­tur­ing a dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter (which is both easy to read and nav­i­gate). Yet an­other fea­ture of the F-Max that im­pressed the jury mem­bers was the Con­necTruck fea­ture. It is the con­nec­tiv­ity plat­form of the ve­hi­cle. Ex­pressed In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year Chair­man Gia­nen­rico Griffini, that Ford Trucks, with the in­tro­duc­tion of F-Max, has de­liv­ered a fine en­gi­neered trac­tor that can be a mean­ing­ful new player in the highly com­pet­i­tive seg­ment of long-haul trans­port.

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