STRALIS is European International Truck of the Year
I n choosing the STRALIS Hi-Way from IVECO as the 2013 European International Truck of the Year the award judges said the heavy duty truck �has made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency from several different perspectives including: fuel economy; safety; driveability; comfort and a low-environmental �footprint��.
The prestigious annual award � given by the 25 leading commercial vehicle magazines in Europe � was presented at the 64th Hanover International Motor Show. the largest of its type in Europe.
We are proud of this award. The new STRALIS (pictured left) sets a benchmark in efficiency, quality and value for the customer,� said IVECO chief executive officer, Alfredo Altavilla, at the presentation ceremony.
�The vehicle is a true showcase of our revamped company strategy of being close to our customers and delivering excellent products.�
He said this significantly reduced the total cost of ownership (TCO).
The AD/AT and ASL models will be made at the IVECO Trucks Australia Dandenong plant and the ATi at the IVECO plant in Madrid, Spain. All versions will be available in Australia through IVECO Trucks Australia from May, 2013.
Equipped with FPT Industrial Cursor engines, the new STRALIS ensures low fuel consumption and excellent performance.
The unique high efficiency SCR (HI-eSCR) catalytic reduction system � designed, patented and produced by FPT Industrial � makes the new STRALIS the only heavy vehicle on the market to meet Euro VI emission limits without the use of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). The exclusive HI-eSCR after-treatment technology reduces nitrogen oxide levels by more than 95 percent without increasing fuel consumption.
The cabin of the new STRALIS has been fully redesigned. Improved ergonomics and comfort are the product of close c-operation between dealers and customers. The external restyling of the cab has focused on improving vehicle aerodynamics and, therefore, fuel efficiency.
IT now has a central grille and redesigned �air deflectors� and a new bumper dam design.
The vehicle incorporates new vehicle telemetry systems in addition to the most advanced road safety features, such as EBS with the Brake Assistant function, ESP, Daytime Running Lights and the Advanced Emergency Braking System.
Australian Kenworth number 50,000 delivered
Kenworth has delivered the 50,000 Australian designed and manufactured truck at its Bayswater plant ikn Melbourne.
Mike Dozier, managing director of PACCAR Australia, handed the keys of a K200 prime mover to long-standing Kenworth customer Peter Rodney, managing director of Rodney�s Transport Service, the largest privately-owned trucking company in the Riverina.
The picture on the left shows (from left) Mr Dozier, Mr Rodney and Mr Rodney’s wife Shanelle at the presentation ceremony.
Kenworth has designed and manufactured uniquely Australian trucks since 1971 and it has been the number one heavy-duty truck supplier since 2001. Kenworth trucks are also exported to New Zealand, Japan, Thailand and Papua New Guinea.
�The heavy-duty truck market in Australia is one of the most competitive in the world,� Mr Dozier said.
�In an industry with no tariff protection, no government financial assistance and a high Australian dollar Kenworth successfully maintains its status as the market leader against dozens of imported brands from the US, Europe and Asia. We continue to successfully deliver high value-added manufacturing � that is, world-class trucks which provide distinct business advantages,� he said.
Mr Dozier said Australia had a diverse range of operating environments unlike anywhere else in the world. Trucks had to deal with extreme heat in remote, dusty mines and across deserts. Others had to haul loads that were two or three times heavier than overseas and on rough and unmade roads.
Often trucks were required to perform an inordinate amount of hours, some as much as 24 hours a day.
He said: �It�s crucial that this country has a local manufacturer which understands these challenges. Kenworth is the only manufacturer offering full design capability, technical expertise and resources to application-engineered trucks for the most extreme on and off-road operations.
�Our trucks are designed to satisfy these unique needs. They feature higher cooling capacities to handle heavier weights and hotter conditions, more robust construction to manage the roughest roads and embody a design philosophy that ensures cost-effective maintenance and reliabi.� .
Mr Dozier said Kenworth�s 42 years of local manufacturing had a significant ripple effect that had benefited many Australian industries.
He said: The company employs more than 800 staff in Melbourne, the majority of whom are directly or indirectly involved in the manufacturing operations. It also supports the industry�s best nationwide network of PACCAR dealers who employ about 3000 people throughout Australia. In addition, the company supports a variety of local suppliers who provide the majority of the parts and materials which make a Kenworth.
As part of its manufacturing commitment, Kenworth has made a substantial investment in design engineering. This enables it to purpose-build trucks with extremely short lead times � a feat imported trucks cannot match.
The company has also made a long-term investment in training. As a registered training organisation,PACCAR Australia delivers qualifications and numerous other certifications in partnership with external firms. It has been recognised for its training efforts, being named Victorian Employer of the Year for 2012 and 2007,and winning the Federal Government�s 2007 industry training award for manufacturing.
�We are committed to maintaining a highly-skilled workforce � our people play a crucial role in our continued success,� Mr Dozier said. �Local manufacturing remains the driving force behind our business, and we�re in it for the long haul. We are continually reinvesting in expanding our operations, continually refining our techniques and introducing new technologies. Most importantly, we listen to our customers and we meet their needs.�
Mr Dozier said it was fitting that Kenworth�s milestone truck was built for Rodney�s Transport Service.
�Rodney�s Transport Service (RTS) is one of our long0term customers and contributes valuable feedback based on extensive operational experience,� Mr Dozier said.
�We have had honest and open communication with Peter Rodney since day one. His feedback has helped make our products better and, consequently, his business more competitive. It�s been a win-win for both parties, and it�s the epitome of how we conduct business with all of our customers,� he said.
�Peter is an industry innovator. His company has a good spread of transport applications, and it continues to be successful by diversifying its business which is built on Kenworth trucks. RTS is most deserving of our 50,000 th Kenworth,.� .
Peter Rodney said at the official handover: �It�s gratifying to receive this milestone vehicle. We have been working with PACCAR for so many years; it�s like being part of a family. They satisfy all of our trucking needs � not just sales, but also finance, servicing and parts. PACCAR takes the headache out of maintaining a large and diverse fleet, enabling us to focus on improving our service to customers,.� .
Established in 1992 near Wagga Wagga, RTS has grown from a small business running three trucks to a major regional transport operation with two depots boasting large storage facilities for up to 100,000 pallets of stock and 20,000 tonnes of grain harvested from the Riverina.
The company operates a Kenworth fleet of 104 prime movers configured with tanker, tautliner and tipper trailers for haouth Australia. In addition, the Kenworths transport livestock and a variety of agricultural products, including fertilizers, lime, gypsum and grain.
The company�s latest K200 � Kenworth�s 50,000 th truck � is powered by a Cummins ISXe5 engine, producing 550hp and 1850 lb/ft of torque. The engine utilises SCR exhaust after-treatment technology for emission reduction, which meets Euro 5 and Australian ADR 80/03 emissions regulations.
The truck is equipped with an Eaton Fuller RTLO20918B 18-speed manual transmission, Meritor FG941 (6.6t) front axles and Meritor RT46-160GP rear axles. It also features two 750-litre, long-range fuel tanks, Kenworth Airglide 460 suspension and a 2.3-metre Aerodyne sleeper.
Configured as a B-double tautliner, it has a carrying capacity of 50 tonnes. It will join the company�s 27 other K200s on linehaul operations, carting a wide range of goods, from batteries and paper to various agricultural products, including salt. The new truck will make interstate deliveries to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, clocking up around 7,000 km a week.
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