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FORD TRUCKS LIFTS THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL TRUCK OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE 67TH IAA COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW

The new F-Max, produced by Ford Trucks, has been elected International Truck of the Year 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.

In terms of 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 which 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 extended test drive in Turkey, the IToY jury members praised the efficiency and advanced characteristics of the F-Max’s driveline, including Eco-Roll, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and GPS-based Predictive Cruise Control functions. Equally impressive was the pairing – and quietness – of the in-line six-cylinder 12,7-litre Ford Ecotorq Euro 6 engine rated at 500 HP in combination with the ZF 12-speed Traxon automated gearbox.

The Truck of the Year journalists also appreciated the key features of the new long-haul 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). Jury members also commented favourably on ConnecTruck, the connectivity platform of the vehicle.

Summing-up the jury vote, International Truck of the Year Chairman Gianenrico Griffini commented: “With the introduction of F-Max, Ford Trucks has delivered a fine engineered tractor that can be a meaningful new player in the highly competitive segment of long-haul transport.”

MAN WINS FIRST-EVER TRUCK INNOVATION AWARD

MAN Truck & Bus has won the inaugural Truck Innovation Award for 2019 in recognition of its aFAS Level 4 automated driverless safety truck. This sought-after trophy is being awarded by the International Truck of the Year (IToY) jury, a group made up of commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing major trucking magazines from Europe and South Africa.

The new award acknowledges the enormous technological change that is evidenced within the field of commercial vehicles. The Truck Innovation Award was handed over to Joachim Drees, Chief Executive Officer of MAN Truck & Bus, during the press day of the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany.

The aFAS – this acronym stands for “automated driverless safety vehicle for jobs on Federal motorways” - is a highly innovative safety solution developed by MAN over a period of four years, with the support of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and with the involvement of technical institutions and several key component supplier-partners.

With a winning score of 93 votes, MAN’s aFAS fought off competition from the Mercedes-Benz eActros, Volvo Trucks’ FL/FE electric trucks, Renault Trucks’ second-generation electric trucks, DAF’s Ecochamps and ZF’s Innovation Truck.

A Truck Innovation Award nominee must be an advanced-technology vehicle, with a gross vehicle weight over 3,5 t. It should either feature an alternative driveline – hybrid, hybrid range-extender, allelectric – or have an alternative fuel-system such as LNG/CNG/ hydrogen/fuel cells. Alternatively, it must feature specific high-tech solutions when it comes to connectivity – whether semi- or fully autonomous driving systems, a platooning capability, or advanced support services such as remote diagnostics. During a recent exclusive press event in Linz , Austria, the IToY jury members were given an in-depth overview of the aFAS project. Furthermore, the jury had the opportunity to assess the Level 4 unmanned protective truck. The highly innovative vehicle – a MAN TGM 18.340 – automatically follows another truck engaged in maintenance works on highways.

The IToY journalists were impressed to discover that the aFAS has already been tested, without any accident, on public roads covering more than 4 000 km. Jury members also commented favourably on the fact that the aFAS can save lives, because mobile construction sites on motorways pose a high risk to site personnel, since serious rear-end collisions are common. Furthermore, they gave the thumbs-up to the ease of operation, high level of active safety and extensive use of series components. In addition, they remarked on the fact that this is the first Level 4 driverless vehicle on public roads in Europe.

Summing up the jury vote, International Truck of the Year chairman Gianenrico Griffini commented: “With the aFAS project, MAN has not only delivered an effective solution to protect mobile construction sites, but it has also gained important insight for the future technical development of fully automated driving vehicles.”

Obituary – Markus Huber

A lifetime dedicated to trucks

Markus-Huber

Markus Huber, long serving Swiss member of the International Commercial Vehicle Juries - Truck of the Year & Van of the Year, passed away peacefully after Christmas at the age of 73. His truck related career started in the Swiss Military, driving a Saurer 4×4, with its unsynchronized gears, and with its brakes and the steering systems without servo. Since then much has happened, Hüebi, as he was fondly called, preferred the uncomplicated and recorded a personal best time in a truck, a 750 hp Volvo FH16. Grown up in Olten, Markus completed teacher training but took to the profession only for a short time. In the Army he was Mot-Fahrer (motor driver) at the news troupe, and while participating the repetition course in 1969, he applied for a job in Bern at the ‘Automobile Revue’, that was well respected in the industry. Hüebi speculated that his appearance in uniform was good for him, as the legendary editor-in-chief, Robert Braunschweig was a motorcyclist officer. So his career started as a journalist in the automotive sector in December 1969, and was responsible for politics and business, but then switched to technology and vehicle testing. In 1981, his commercial vehicle editor Max Fehlmann retired, the civilian truck time for Hüebi started, although he still had to take a few driving lessons, because his Military driver's license was not yet accepted for civilian use. Then trucks, vans and buses became part of his daily business and Markus became facinated on the ongoing technical developments. In 1991 he became a member of the jury "International Truck of the Year„ and soon joined the Van of the Year jury, representing Switzerland and in recent years retired from both adjudication panels.

May he Rest In Peace

DAF’S NEW XF/CF RANGE LIFTS THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL TRUCK OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE SOLUTRANSCOMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHOW IN LYON

DAF’s new XF/CF truck range has been elected International Truck of the Year for 2018 by a jury of 23 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 23 major trucking magazines from throughout Europe.

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The prestigious award was handed over to Preston Feight, President of DAF Trucks, during the press day of the Solutrans Commercial Vehicle Show in Lyon, France.

With a winning score of 104 votes, in a neck-to-neck competition the new Dutch heavy-duty truck range fought off the strong challenge posed by Iveco’s Stralis NP long-haul 460 HP natural-gas engine model which was second, and Scania’s XT construction range, which finished in third place.

In accordance with the International Truck of the Year (ITOY) rules, the annual award is presented to the individual vehicle or model range introduced into the market in the previous 12 months which has made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency, based on several important criteria including technological innovation, driver comfort, road safety, driveability, fuel economy, environmental ‘footprint’, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

The new XF/CF innovative drivelines, based on optimized MX-11 and MX-13 in-line six engines, well integrated with the latest ZF Traxon 12-speed automated gearbox and new DAF rear-axles, deliver improved driveability, greater fuel efficiency and seamless gear-changing characteristics.

The Truck of the Year jury members appreciated the new XF/CF’s energy efficiency features, which include improved combustion, a reduction in internal engine friction losses, engine down-speeding, intelligent auxiliaries, driveline component integration, different gear-shifting strategies, enhanced predictive features running on a new electronic architecture as well as weight reductions in selected components such as the compact after treatment system.

In particular, during a recent extended test drive in Belgium and the Netherlands, the IToY jury members praised the advanced characteristics of the latest XF/CF drivelines, which allow for longer fuel-saving ‘Eco-roll’ periods, due to the increased integration of the engine and automated-gearbox equipped with the latest GPS-based Predictive Cruise Control function.

Summing-up the jury vote, International Truck of the Year Chairman Gianenrico Griffini commented: “With the introduction of XF/CF series DAF has delivered a heavy-duty truck range that sets a new standard in terms of driveline energy-efficiency and overall performance”.

Preston Feight, President of DAF Trucks commented: “The honors belong to every member of the DAF organization. We all worked hard to make the best trucks on the market even better. The result are the New CF & XF – representing Pure Excellence. It is fantastic that all these efforts are rewarded in such a great way. In addition, winning the ‘International Truck of the Year 2018’ award is a recognition for our suppliers and dealers, and most importantly, it is a fantastic tribute to all those customers who have chosen or will choose the DAF New CF or XF. The jury commented that the trucks are leading the way in transport efficiency. What to say more?”