IVECO previews next generation Euro 6 ACCO

IVECO has announced the next generation ACCO model that will be manufactured at IVECO’s Melbourne production facility, sharing the architecture with the Stralis X-Way.

Commercial vehicle manufacturer IVECO recently launched a Euro 6-rated Stralis X-Way as part of a new range specifically developed for vocational and construction applications. The range is suited to operations in which on-road work may also require a level of off-road mobility IVECO announced this week.

In terms of the next ACCO, the company is consulting with the waste industry to develop a variety of body mounting and chassis layout to suit a variety of bodies.

For waste collection applications, IVECO will continue to offer a dual control system.

IVECO Australia Business Director Bruce Healy said the ACCO was an Australian transport industry legend, and that given its status in the market, IVECO was working tirelessly to ensure a new ACCO would do the iconic nameplate proud.

“Developed for the Australian army in the years following World War II, the ACCO is Australia’s first locally-designed and manufactured truck,” Mr Healy said.

“Following its inception, the model quickly made the transition from army to civilian life and found a home in all manner of applications, from vocational work to line-haul and everything in between.

“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 – it’s been a joint effort between our local engineering department and the design team at IVECO’s European headquarters,” he said.

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ACCO models will feature SCR Euro 6, Cursor 9 engines with between 310 and 360 horsepower and 1300 and 1650 newton metres of torque with emission control handled via IVECO’s Hi-eSCR system. The engines will be matched to the Allison Generation Five 3200 Series, 6-speed full automatic transmission.

Aside from the adoption of new cleaner, more efficient Euro 6-rated Cursor engines, the new ACCO range has also made significant gains in the area of safety, which will position the model as one of the safest available in the heavy duty truck market.

Included as standard is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Braking System (EBS), Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), axle load indicator, electronic battery cut-out and L.E.D daytime running lamps and rear L.E.D lights.

Operators will also benefit from a new cabin design that offers additional visibility and comfort combined with the easy access the previous generation ACCOs were well regarded for.

Another familiar feature includes the three-piece steel front bumper with headlight mesh protection providing added durability and lower maintenance costs if these components are damaged in the field.

Inside the cabin, the operator is treated to an ergonomically-designed work space with modern instrument cluster and intuitive dashboard layout.

Creature comforts include a variety of standard and optional equipment including automatic climate control, ISRI air suspension seat for driver and passenger and heated and motorised mirrors.

But staying true to its heritage, the new ACCO has retained its simple interior design with the use of tough, hardwearing plastics and easy-clean trim for easier upkeep in dirty environments to provide the best of both worlds.

Pictured: The Euro 6-rated Stralis X-Way was launched at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in October.

 

 

IVECO provides a complete refuse collection solution

While the venerable ACCO might be the most recognised truck in the waste collection industry due to its long history, proven durability and fit-for-purpose construction, it’s by no means the only model IVECO earning a keep in this demanding industry.

Locally-made Stralis models are also on the scene, successfully tackling a range of hooklift bin applications, providing operators with a modern and efficient 6×4 and 8×4 platform. As with the ACCO, being built in Melbourne, the Stralis can be customised along the assembly line, providing faster and more efficient body fitment and delivery to customers. Depending on the model selected, the scope for modification can be made considerable.

To achieve the desired end outcome, IVECO’s local engineering and manufacturing teams work closely with the customer and bodybuilder in specifying and manufacturing the vehicle, and there’s also the opportunity for all involved to visit the manufacturing facility to view progress on the build.

As well as targeting traditional waste applications like sideloader and front lift compactors and hook lift work, IVECO has an eye on the future with its development of a smaller compactor models based on the 12 to 16 tonne Eurocargo range.

A shift towards apartment and townhouse living as well as a rise in gated communities such as retirement villages, means that larger, more traditional refuse collection vehicles can struggling with this more confined infrastructure.

With this in mind, IVECO has developed a dual control cab chassis that can accommodate a 14-cubic metre compactor body providing up to five tonnes of payload. Featuring a shortened wheelbase, the Eurocargo compactor is extremely manoeuvrable and has a lower tare weight which allows it better access to tighter private access roads that have gross vehicle mass restrictions.

For a closer look at the IVECO range, please see: www.iveco.com.au

IVECO’s Personalised Maintenance Contracts

Managing a fleet of vehicles can be a balancing act, especially when it comes to maintenance. IVECO’s Elements packages cover a range of options, from routine scheduled servicing through to total maintenance and repair. Whether you are an individual owner operator or the owner of a large fleet, Elements is suitable.

The Elements packages allow fleet operators to budget for costs in advance, avoiding unforeseen outlays by delivering a range of tailored packages designed to maximise vehicle uptime. It aims to provide operators with the flexibility to develop a maintenance regime best suited to their application. For a fixed monthly fee, operators know that their van or truck maintenance is taken care of.

Personalised maintenance contract packages are available across the full range of IVECO vans and trucks and over the past 12 months, the program has been reviewed and adjusted with the goal of providing customers with even greater value. There’s also the peace of mind of knowing that servicing and repairs are being carried out by IVECO-trained technicians to exacting manufacturer standards using IVECO genuine parts.

According to IVECO, here are the top reasons to consider its personalised maintenance contracts:

1.      Individually tailored packages to best suit your application and requirements

2.     Competitively-priced monthly fee

3.     Better control of customer balance sheets via known service costs

4.     Work undertaken by skilled factory-trained technicians

5.     Use of IVECO genuine parts to maintain resale value

6.     Better cash flow and budget control

7.      Customers can concentrate on their core business leaving servicing to the experts at IVECO

8.     Added convenience and peace of mind

9.     The flexibility to use one of IVECO’s 60 dealerships or parts and service outlets nationwide.

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IVECO’s ACCO endures test of time

The ACCO can trace its origins way back to 1952 when the International Harvester Company of Australia produced the country’s first locally-designed and built truck.

Developed specifically for the Australian army as a tough, go anywhere, 4×4 rigid, it wasn’t too long before the truck entered the civilian world and became favourable across a broad range of applications.

From tipper work, general haulage, emergency service, refuse and prime mover work, and everything in between, IVECO notes the ACCO entrenched itself as an Australian trucking industry icon, evolving over the years to offer a vast range of model choices, a selection of petrol and diesel engines and in 1971 – an automatic transmission.

In 1972 the ‘ACCO A’ was born, featuring an all-new cabin, a proven structure that can still be seen in the current model ACCOs. The sturdy steel cabin was years ahead of its time, having already met ECE-R29 safety requirements (decades before mandated), while IVECO says the total vehicle package was lauded for its reliability, dependability and ease of service and maintenance.

Despite numerous iterations since the 50s, the company says sophistication and technology features remain core traits of the ACCO range, making it a staple of demanding applications such as waste collection.

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IVECO delivers 10 ACCOs to concrete fleet

Concrete and construction products company, ACM, has opened a new batching plant in Rockbank, Melbourne, acquiring 10 new IVECO ACCO 8×4 agitators to service customers in the region.

The trucks all feature 340hp engines with 1,500Nm of torque and are coupled to six-speed full automatic transmissions, and while the vehicles will only cover approximately 20,000km per year, they will face high running hours.

The new ACCOs are all equipped with 7.4m3 bowls and will service a range of customers across civil, residential and commercial sectors, according to ACM General Manager, Digby Crawford.

“The great thing about the ACCOs is that they are fit for purpose – the trucks and all of the driveline componentry is proven, reliable and long lasting,” he said.

“Maintenance on the trucks and availability of parts is another benefit, you can find replacement parts everywhere, which minimises the likelihood of any downtime.

“Another attractive aspect of the ACCOs was the availability of Electronic Stability Control which is important in this application where the load has a higher centre of gravity.”

According to IVECO, Digby did extensive research before choosing to purchase the ACCOs.

“We looked closely at five different brand trucks all up, but in the end the ACCO had the best all-round package,” Digby said.

“The combination of low tare weight, industry standard components, cabover design which allowed us to better manoeuvre in confined spaces and superior serviceability won us over.”

Suspension on the trucks is handled via rear rubber block, while up front the trucks run integrated air suspension, a combination that has reportedly drawn praise from ACM drivers.

“The drivers are complimentary of the ACCOs, they drive well and in particular they mention that the ride is very smooth and comfortable,” Digby said.

ACM has chosen a bright green livery for its fleet to reflect its environmentally-charged company tagline, ‘Redefining Green’.

“The Rockbank facility and the 10 new ACCO agitators are important components of ACM’s future growth and are helping us ‘Redefining Green’,” Digby said.

“We also have another plant under construction in Clyde (South East Melbourne) which is due to open in early 2018 – a further 10 ACCOs have been ordered for this site.”