Iveco completes renewed heavy line-up with new T-WAY range
Following the well-received arrival of the Iveco S-Way, even it was a rather drawn-out affair in the UK, the final stage of the company's heavy product revitalisation is with us. This time, the construction sector gets the attention with the launch of the heavy-duty T-WAY, the successor to the Trakker before that, and the tougher sibling to the highway-biased X-WAY range.
The T-WAY, the T standing for tough, was launched in an elaborate live online event, with the message “This truck wants to be treated bad - really bad”. We hope the warranty administrators have been told.
The T-WAY is available with a comprehensive choice of chassis and driveline variants, including two- and three-axle tractors and two-, three- and four-axle rigids. It comes with a range of axle drive options, including the HI-TRACTION hydrostatic front axle drive system on 6x4 tractors and rigids.
Engines are the Cursor 13, with ratings now up to 510hp, 10hp more than on the Trakker, with the option of the Cursor 9 for weight-critical applications. Transmission options are 12- and 16-speed versions of the HI-TRONIX (ZF TraXon) automated gearbox, with enhanced software for off-road mobility. These include Hill Holder, Rocking and Creep modes. A manual option is also said to be on the cards. On-road, the HI-CRUISE system include predictive cruise control and eco-roll functions with improved algorithms. Uprated PTO systems now incorporate a new high-performance sandwich unit producing up to 2,300Nm of torque.
Despite its 10mm chassis rails, nine-tonne front axles and hub-reduction drive axles, now with disc brakes, Iveco claims a 325kg weight reduction compared with the Trakker, largely thanks to a new single-piece tandem axle support casting. Available cabs are AD short cab, and the longer AT cab in standard and high-roof versions. New wheelbase options of 4,000mm, 4,200mm and 4,500mm join the line-up.
The full package of connectivity solutions already seen on the S-WAY and X-WAY will be available. There’s no specific information on pricing yet, but claims of 15% lower total cost of ownership compared with the Trakker were quoted. Orders for Euro-6 models are being taken now, although production of Euro-3 and Euro-5 examples for global markets won’t begin until the end of the year.
Iveco Truck Business Unit chief operating officer Luca Sra said “Today we open a new chapter in Iveco’s extraordinary off-road history with the launch of the Iveco T-WAY, heir to the throne of the TRAKKER as the ‘strongest of the heaviest’. This extra-strong vehicle, a true champion of performance, sturdiness and durability, will further consolidate Iveco’s presence in the heavy off-road sector. The Iveco T-WAY completes the renewal of our heavy Iveco WAY range, which is now one of the freshest, richest and most innovative on the market.”
Brand president Thomas Hilse added “We have shaken up the industry with the on-road Iveco S-WAY. Today, we are doing it again in the off-road sector. We are about to take trucking into the future in this segment too, and the future is now, with the Iveco T-WAY. We designed the Iveco T-WAY with the ambition to set new standards in robustness, reliability, efficiency, handling, bodyfitting, flexibility and connected services – and design, a ‘must’ for an Italian brand. The name says it all: T for Tough!”
Repute retained after operator’s wake-up call
A Kettering construction waste operator that displayed a “passionate commitment to compliance” has had its licence suspended for 14 days after a DVSA investigation uncovered a host of failings.
Storefield Aggregates appeared at a Cambridge public inquiry before TC Richard Turfitt after one of its vehicles was issued with an S-marked prohibition for a worn out tyre tread. A subsequent DVSA investigation found that the company’s pro-forma inspection records did not have a section for tyre tread depths and inspections did not record tyre pressures. In addition, its records showed brakes being adjusted and a Tapley brake test carried out, but no roller brake tests other than at annual test; no wheel retorque log; drivers defect reports did not appear to be completed and a high prohibition rate.
However, directors Douglas Wright and Jonah Clarke, who is also transport manager, were able to demonstrate a significant number of improvements introduced within the business, which Turfitt said “weigh heavily in the balance”.
In a written decision, the TC credited the operator for recognising elements of the operation required improved risk management, as well as for continuing to maintain its fleet of 16 HGVs during the lockdown. As a result, he found that the operator and transport manager’s repute was tarnished, not lost, but as a deterrent action the licence was suspended for two weeks.