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FIA ETRC and ITOY announce unique media partnership

The FIA European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) and the International Truck of the Year (ITOY), a non-profit organisation registered in Austria, have announced a unique media partnership to develop and highlight specific common interests.

These topics include the ETRC, which will enjoy extensive coverage in ITOY magazines and websites and on ITOY social media, and from Nürburgring onwards the direct involvement of ITOY members in a new talk show format calledTruckTalk.

TruckTalk will cover race and industry-related topics, such as interviews with leading personalities, safety, new technologies, sustainability and the truck driver shortage. The talk shows, which last 15-60 minutes, will be distributed online or broadcast during each 2021 official race calendar event.

Under the agreement, ITOY members will receive exclusive media content and access to the ETRC Digital Media Hub, which hosts a comprehensive video archive supported by artificial intelligent search engines. Moreover, ITOY journalists will get exclusive behind-the-scenes access at the races, including insights into the operation of ETRC and interviews with key players.

ITOY members will connect with partners and teams to identify exclusive stories concerning the FIA ETRC's position as the leading platform for sustainable technologies.

FIA ETRC and ITOY are actively working on new and more joint projects, which will be announced in the future.

About the International Truck of the Year
The International Truck of the Year (ITOY) award was initially launched in 1977 by the British journalist and editor of Truck magazine Pat Kennett. Today, the 24 jury members represent leading commercial vehicle magazines throughout Europe. Moreover, in the last few years, ITOY has extended its sphere of influence by appointing associate members in the growing truck markets of China, India, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Iran, and New Zealand. Altogether, the combined truck-operator readership of the 24 ITOY full jury members' magazines, as well as those of its eight associate members exceeds one million.

ETRA Media contact
Barbara Proske
E mail:  media@etra-promotion.com
Website: www.fiaetrc.com

MERCEDES-BENZ TRUCKS’ ELECTRO-MOBILITY SOLUTIONS WIN 2021 TRUCK INNOVATION AWARD

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has won the 2021 edition of the Truck Innovation Award for its electromobility solutions with its eActros battery-electric heavy-duty truck (BEV), which is planned to go into series production in 2021, and its Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, a hydrogen-based fuel-cell electric concept truck (FCEV), which is planned to start operational customer trials in 2023.
The prestigious award was simbolically handed over to Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management, Daimler Truck AG and Sven Ennerst, Head of Daimler Trucks Product Engineering, with a video clip at the headquarter in Stuttgart, Germany.
The Truck Innovation trophy, which acknowledges both the enormous technological changes and the energy transition that are taking place within the automotive sector, has been awarded by the International Truck of the Year (IToY) jury, a group of 25 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing major trucking magazines from Europe and South Africa.
With a winning score of 128 votes, Mercedes-Benz’s electric trucks fought off the competition from Volvo Trucks’ heavy-duty BEV concepts and DAF’s 2nd Generation CF Electric.
The International Truck of the Year jury, who had the chance to get to know the previous prototype of the eActros and the latest closer-to-the-series-production-vehicle, praised the handling characteristics of the battery-powered truck in distribution applications and its performance in terms of acceleration and driveability. Moreover, the IToY journalists praised the user-friendliness for a quick and easy transition from a conventional internal combustion engine vehicle.

Finally, the IToY jury members appreciated Mercedes-Benz Trucks comprehensive approach to electro-mobility, based on a clear-cut long-term strategy, on a global modular electric powertrain platform and on in-house development of main critical components. It’s a wide-range solution portfolio, which spans from the pre-production eActros to the battery powered eActros Long Haul, to the fuel-cell liquid-hydrogen concept GenH2 Truck for long-haulage applications.
Summing up the jury vote, International Truck of the Year Chairman Gianenrico Griffini commented: “Shaping CO2 neutral transport requires the swift development of battery-electric and fuel cell trucks. This development needs to be supported by a long-term electro-mobility strategy, which is precisely what Mercedes-Benz Trucks is doing.”
According to IToY rules, a Truck Innovation Award nominee must be an advanced-technology vehicle with a gross vehicle weight over 3.5-tonnes either fitted with an alternative driveline or have an alternative fuel-system. Otherwise, it must feature specific high-tech solutions with regard to connectivity (whether semi or fully autonomous driving systems) a “platooning” capability, or advanced support services such as remote diagnostics.

MAN’S NEW TGX WINS THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL TRUCK OF THE YEAR AWARD

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MAN’s new TGX range has been elected International Truck of the Year 2021 by a jury of 24 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 24 major trucking magazines from throughout Europe.
The prestigious award was handed to Andreas Tostmann, Chief Executive Officer of MAN Truck & Bus, during a virtual ceremony that took place at MAN’s headquarters in Munich, Germany. With a winning score of 155 votes, the German truck manufacturer’s flagship fought off the strong challenge posed by Volvo Trucks’ new FH range.
Based on 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. Several important criteria are considered, including technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, fuel economy, environmental footprint and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). While retaining a strong family feeling with the present heavy-duty generation, MAN’s new TGX range represents a big step forward in terms of comfort, safety, fuel efficiency, connectivity, advanced service portfolio and human-machine interface.
During extended test drives carried out last February in Bilbao, Spain, and more recently, between Germany and Austria in July, the Truck of the Year jury members appreciated the improved cab aerodynamics that - together with the D26 and D38 Euro VI d engines, optimized drive axle and GPS-assisted cruise control - contribute to a reduction in fuel consumption.
Moreover, the jury praised the human-machine interface of the new truck range, based on an easyto-read, fully-digital colour instrument cluster and the turn-and-press control system (SmartSelect) of the secondary display, along with the multifunction steering wheel.
Finally, the IToY journalists appreciated the wide array of assistance and safety systems, aimed at reducing the driver’s workload in every operating condition and at improving traffic safety.
Summing up the jury vote, International Truck of the Year Chairman Gianenrico Griffini commented: “With the introduction of the new TGX, MAN has delivered a future-oriented heavy-duty truck range, able to answer today’ s and tomorrow’s transport needs.”

The Grand Old Man of Danish truck and bus journalism has died

Former Danish truck and bus journalist, automotive consultant, service inspector, appraiser and more, Ivan Stjernqvist, died on Monday July 27 after a long illness at the age of 82 years.

Ivan Stjernqvist

For more than 60 years he worked with trucks, buses, coaches, engines and vehicle technology in all shapes and sizes.
In 1959 Ivan Stjernqvist graduated as a mechanic at Mercedes-Benz in Odense, and since then his great interest in and understanding of vehicle technology has characterized his highly respected career in the Danish truck and bus industry. After working as a mechanic for a few years he was granted an internship in 1961 at Mercedes-Benz in Germany. After returning to Denmark he then became a service inspector, truck salesman and regional manager for the privately owned Danish Mercedes-Benz importer Bohnstedt-Petersen A/S. In 1970, his career took him to Scania dealer Scanva Diesel A/S, where he became sales manager for the Copenhagen area. In parallel, Ivan was authorized by D.A.F. (Danish Automobile Dealers Association) as an appraiser and consultant in both technical and commercial matters. In 1981, Ivan moved to Volvo dealer Jørgen Nielsen A/S in Ringsted and Slagelse as sales manager for both cars and trucks.
In 1984, he established himself as an independent appraiser and technical consultant and also took up writing for various Scandinavian trade magazines in the truck and bus industry including Danske Vognmænd (Danish Truck Hauliers Association). This was the starting point of a more than 35 year long career as a reputed and respected truck and bus journalist. Soon Ivan was invited to join the “International Truck of the Year" jury representing Denmark. In parallel Ivan also wrote about coaches, buses and bus technology for Danske Busvognmænd (Danish Bus Hauliers Association) and thus also represented Denmark in the international "Bus & Coach of the Year" jury.
For the past more than 35 years, he has been testing and writing about hundreds of different trucks, buses, coaches and vans as well as engine and vehicle technology of virtually every brand. Some of his articles were translated into several languages and published in foreign trade magazines throughout Europe. Ivan was particularly interested in new technology and vehicle development, and like few other of his colleagues, he had a unique technical understanding. This gave him direct access to many of the truck and bus manufacturer’s technical departments, where he was popular and respected for his technical knowledge and curiosity. Despite his uncompromising focus on technical details and contempt for errors and inaccuracies, Ivan was a very sociable and well-liked man throughout the industry both in Denmark and abroad.
For many years he contributed to Danske Busvognmænd’s magazine “Busmagasinet” with high quality technical articles until 2016 when he resigned from the international "Bus & Coach of the Year" jury. Since 2001, Ivan was associated with the leading Danish truck magazine Lastbil Magasinet as technical editor, a position he held until 2018, when he officially retired as a truck journalist and handed over the membership of the "International Truck of the Year" jury to Lastbil Magasinet's editor-in-chief Rasmus Haargaard.
Ivan lived for many years and until his death in Frederikssund, Zealand. He leaves behind three children from a previous marriage and several grandchildren as well as his wife Annemette. The family will inform about Ivan Stjernqvist's funeral in the near future.

MERCEDES-BENZ’S NEW ACTROS WINS THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL TRUCK OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mercedes-Benz’s new Actros has been elected International Truck of the Year 2020 by a jury of 24 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 24 major trucking magazines from throughout Europe.

The prestigious award was handed over to Prof. Uwe Baake, Head of Product Engineering Mercedes-Benz Trucks, during the press day of Solutrans, the biennial International Show for Road & Urban Transport Solutions in Lyon, France.

With a winning score of 121 votes, the German flagship fought off the strong challenge posed by Iveco’s recently launched S-Way long-haul range and Volvo Trucks’ fuel-efficient FH I-Save.

Based on 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. Several important criteria are considered, including technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, fuel economy, environmental footprint and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Mercedes-Benz has built upon the technical strengths of its current range to deliver a new truck that introduces substantial improvements in crucial areas, such as partial automated driving, expanded cruise and transmission control systems, digital human-machine interface and several state-of-the art safety systems.

Among the latter, the jury praised the introduction of the MirrorCam system, which replaces the traditional exterior rear-view mirrors and effectively supports the driver in maneuvering, cornering or changing lanes. Moreover, the new solution not only improves all-around visibility but also aerodynamic efficiency.

During a recent extended test drive in southern Spain, the Truck of the Year jury members appreciated the new Active Drive Assist system which, in certain operational conditions, can take over the longitudinal and lateral guidance of the truck, thereby allowing partially automated driving in all speed ranges.

Finally, the IToY journalists praised the extended functions of the new Actros’ Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) system and the totally digital Multimedia Cockpit, which replaces the conventional instrument cluster. PPC, in particular, can now also be used on winding cross-country routes, saving fuel and reducing driver’s workload.

Summing-up the jury vote, International Truck of the Year Chairman Gianenrico Griffini commented: “With the introduction of the new Actros, Mercedes-Benz has delivered a state-of the-art heavyduty truck that paves the way towards autonomous driving vehicles of the future”.

HYUNDAI’S HYDROGEN MOBILITY SOLUTION WINS 2020 TRUCK INNOVATION AWARD

Hyundai has won the second-ever International Truck of the Year (IToY) Truck Innovation Award for its Hydrogen Mobility Project, based on its H2 XCient fuel-cell all-electric heavy-duty truck which promotes the introduction of a ‘green’ hydrogen-fuel road transport ecosystem in Switzerland, and other European countries in the future.

This much sought-after trophy has been awarded by the International Truck of the Year (IToY) jury, a group made up of 25 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing major trucking magazines from Europe and South Africa.

The latest award acknowledges the enormous technological changes and the energy transition that are evidenced within the field of commercial vehicles during the past few years. The Truck Innovation Award 2020 was handed over to Rolf Huber, Chairman of Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility and to Jihan Ryu, Vice President Commercial Vehicle Engineering Design Group of Hyundai Motor Company, during the press day of Solutrans, the biennial International Show for Road & Urban Transport Solutions in Lyon, France.

With a winning score of 80 votes, Hyundai’s fuel cell truck-based mobility project fought off competition from the Nikola Hydrogen truck range, Freightliner’s eCascadia, Volvo Trucks’ Vera and Scania’s AXL autonomous driving vehicles and Renault Trucks’ Optifuel Lab 3.

The International Truck of the Year jury praised the comprehensive approach to clean mobility in the commercial vehicle sector, based on the partnership of several key players in supplying ecofriendly heavy-duty trucks. The partnership includes vehicle-provider Hyundai Motor Company together with H2 Energy, Linde and Alpiq for green energy solutions for hydrogen production and distribution, together with logistics and retail and trade partners in Switzerland.

The Hyundai H2 XCient Fuel Cell truck (FECV) that has been developed according to European regulations features a new 190 kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 95 kW fuel cell stacks connected in parallel. It has an operational range of around 400km, thanks to seven fuel-tanks, each with a storage capacity of almost 35 kg of hydrogen at a pressure of 350 bar.

According to IToY rules a Truck Innovation Award nominee must be an advanced-technology vehicle with a gross vehicle weight over 3.5-tonnes either fitted with an alternative driveline (e.g. hybrid, hybrid range-extender, or all-electric) or have an alternative fuel-system (such as LNG/ CNG/ hydrogen/or fuel-cells). Otherwise, it must feature specific high-tech solutions with regard to connectivity (whether semi or fully-autonomous driving systems) a ‘platooning’ capability, or advanced support services such as remote diagnostics.

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?”