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IVECO South Africa used bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018 to display its award-winning new generation Eurocargo heavy commercial vehicle range for the first time at a public event in South Africa, Capital Equipment News reports. Key design focus areas of the new range are increased payload and driver comfort.

Having made its debut at a closed in-house function dubbed Iveco in Action late last year, the new generation of the IVECO Eurocargo range was showcased at a public event for the first time in the local market at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA. 

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Available models for the local market comprise of the ML 140 E22, the ML 160 E24, the ML 180 E28 freight carriers, the ML 180 E24K  tipper, as well as the ML 150 E24WS 4x4, all powered by a Euro 3 engine. While the range is making its official South African debut, it has already made its mark on the international stage, having clinched the International Truck of the Year award in 2016.

The International Truck of the Year award is judged by a group of 25 senior commercial vehicle journalists, representing 25 magazines throughout Europe. The award is presented to a truck which has made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency based on several main criteria, including technical innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, fuel economy, environmental footprint and total cost of ownership.

One of the main reasons the Eurocargo has made its name on the international scene has been because of the wide number of variants. The new range is no exception, with gross vehicle masses (GVM) ranging from 10 t to 18 t, with a choice of 15 wheelbases.

The wheelbases range from 3 960 mm to 6570 mm, catering for various body lengths and types. “We have optimised the wheelbases for the local market, which is a major improvement compared with the previous range,” explains Mutseura. “This means that from a legal payload capacity point of view, we have significantly increased the payloads simply by optimising the wheelbases.”

For example, with an 8,5 m tautliner body, the larger ML 180 E28 4x2 model, with its 18 t GVM and a 6 210 mm wheelbase, can legally carry a payload of 8,5 t. The ML 160E24 4x2 model, which was on display at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, with its 16 t GVM and a 5 670 mm wheelbase, was carrying a 17 t Palfinger crane, with a 6,5 m body behind the cab, but it could still carry a 6,5 t payload. With a 6 m³ tipper body, the ML 180 E24 tipper can legally carry a payload of 7,5 t. 

“Increased payload is one of the most effective ways of improving freight efficiency. It allows trucks to carry more freight and reduce the number of trips, and ultimately the cost of running the truck through less fuel consumption and maintenance costs,” says Mutseura.

There are various transmission options available for the new range, including manual, automated transmission (AMT) and full automatic. However, the full automatic transmission choice is only available for the ML 180 E28 freight carrier, while the rest are available in either manual or AMT.

For more on this, please refer to the March edition of Capital Equipment News.

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