LGV Manufacturer of the Year
This award recognises advancements in the Large Goods Vehicle Sector (Over 7.5 Tonnes).
Iveco’s claims that its new Stralis NP, which runs on compressed and liquid natural gas, is the most sustainable international transport truck ever. At its heart is the Iveco Cursor 9 Natural Power Euro VI engine, which delivers the same power and torque output as its diesel equivalent. It is the first natural gas truck with a 12-speed automated gearbox - the Eurotronic transmission guarantees lower fuel consumption. The LNG-only version has a record range autonomy of 1,500 km and features the Hi-Way cab, which was introduced on the “International Truck of the Year 2013” Stralis Hi-Way.
Isuzu trucks are now used by countless organisations in just over 120 countries throughout the world. For the UK market, the vehicles are manufactured in Japan and assembled near Verona, Italy, with Isuzu’s LGV range made up of the Forward and Urban Models in size variants of 5.5t, 6.5t, 7.5t, 11.0t and 12.0t. Isuzu’s Euro VI 3.0 litre 150 PS engine is matched to a 5-speed synchromesh overdrive gearbox. Whether you choose a narrow or wide cab, this compact truck is suited for operations requiring more carrying capacity than 3.5 tonners without having the large physical footprint of a 7.5 tonner.
2016 saw Volvo Trucks launch improvements on its FM, FMX, FH and FH16 model ranges by increasing engine fuel efficiency together with new aerodynamic improvements on cab and chassis, which can potentially reduce fuel costs by up to five per cent. On the engine, changes have been made to comply with the Euro-6 Step-C regulations, such as low-friction pistons, an all-new improved turbo, a higher compression ratio, an enhanced camshaft and other software updates. This is added to a re-designed front spoiler, air deflectors, mudguards and a tighter wheel housing on FH models to improve the aerodynamics and reduce air resistance.
A refresh of DAF’s highly popular XF range features a new chassis made of high-tensile steel which is powered by PACCAR MX-13 and MX-11 engines, developed for maximum efficiency, high performance and low operating costs. A new gearbox, the AS Tronic, includes EcoRoll (truck rolling downwards with an idling engine) and FastShift (no clutch disengagement between 11th and 12th gear) to further enhance fuel efficiency. DAF has also introduced an extensive programme of improvements to the popular LF series.
2016 saw Scania unveil two new R and S models, with the S truck said to be up to five per cent more efficient than the previous model. It features new drag-reduction technology with three adjustable air deflectors to improve the alignment between the cab and the trailer roof. Three models will be SCR-only with the new 13-litre 500hp unit engine. Scania in the UK was once again recognised by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership this year for dedicated gas-powered trucks and buses, which are now in daily service with a number of high profile operators in the UK, including Argos and the John Lewis Partnership.
With new product developments such as Predictive Cruise Control, Predictive Shifting and Eco Mode, the trucks produced by this year’s winner can give users fuel saving opportunities of 4–5%. With intuitive controls and a central display, the driver benefits from feedback on fuel consumption and levels of anticipation during key driving events.