Daf's New CF and XF named joint International Truck of the Year 2018 winner
Daf’s New CF and XF ranges have been jointly crowned International Truck of the Year 2018 at the Solutrans Commercial Vehicle Show in Lyon, France.
With a winning score of 104 votes, the trucks beat the Iveco Stralis NP 460 (96 votes) and the Scania XT (59 votes) into second and third places.
The jury of 23 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists from across Europe praised the trucks’ improved drivelines, which feature optimised MX-11 and MX-13 engines, the latest ZF TraXon 12-speed automated gearbox and new DAF rear axles.
These together deliver improved driveability, greater fuel efficiency and seamless gear-changing characteristics.
Numerous energy-efficient features include improved combustion, engine down-speeding, intelligent auxiliaries, driveline component integration, enhanced predictive features and weight reductions.
“There’s certainly a lot more to this truck than a new sun visor and grille,” said CM editor and UK jury member Will Shiers.
The Iveco Daily Blue Power was named International Van of the Year 2018, with the manufacturer praised for producing a range of highly sustainable light commercials with a choice of powertrains that reduce operators’ environmental impact.
The range, which includes electric, CNG and Euro-6 Real Driving Emissions options, scored 113 votes, with the new Ford Transit Custom coming in second place with 79 votes.
The other podium place went to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ latest gas-powered Caddy TGI model.
“The Daily Blue Power range puts together the main and viable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of LCVs in urban and suburban operations,” said one of the judges.
In the final category, the Volkswagen Amarok V6 took the International Pick-up Award 2018.
“Jury members adjudged the Amarok V6 to be the best all-rounder in a very close-run competition.
It scored 56 points with its new German rival, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class achieving 50 marks, and the current Toyota Hilux not too far behind on 41 points,” said Jarlath Sweeney, chairman of the International Pick-up jury.
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Mercedes-Benz Econic with plug-in electric body for Lewisham Council
Lewisham Council has taken delivery of a second Mercedes-Benz Econic refuse truck with Geesinknorba plug-in electric body to compact and remove waste from its local market.
The 4x2 Econic 1830, on an 18-tonne chassis supplied by Marshall Truck and Van, is the subject of a contract hire agreement with NRG Fleet Services, an established supplier to Lewisham Council. It is powered by an 299hp engine and includes a driver’s door which is higher and opens more widely than previous models, as well as a re-profiled floor that makes cross-cab access easier.
Conventional refuse vehicles rely on their diesel engines to provide the power for bin-lifting, and the crushing and compaction cycle, but Geesinknorba’s electric body fulfils these tasks quietly and with the potential for zero carbon emissions.
Noel Everest, Lewisham Council’s service group manager for passenger and fleet services, said: “Our local markets are thriving, but because they’re in busy, high street locations they pose difficulties in terms of waste collection and removal services.
"We ruled out trucks with engine-driven bodies because they have to tick over all day to power the compactor, with resulting increases in local emissions. The plug-in body is an ideal solution, as it means the vehicle effectively acts as a mobile compactor skip.
"The body runs on electric power so is very quiet, and when it’s full - which is usually by lunchtime - the driver can leave the market with relative ease to tip.
"The Econic then returns and remains on site, typically until 7.30pm, at which point it comes back to the depot for the body to be recharged overnight.”
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