New IVECO Stralis prepares for launch

CM’s spies have captured the next Stralis prototype undergoing last-minute testing, ahead of its launch in July.

Although it’s still unclear from the camouflaged images, we expect the new cab to be a complete clean sheet design rather than a reskinning over the current structure, well-proven over quarter of a century.

However, there’s a definite new appearance in store, thanks to the distinctively slanted headlamps.

Notwithstanding IVECO’s current concentration on the gas-fuelled market, the company may also be considering creating a flagship version using the Cursor 16, a 15.9-litre SCR-only engine, currently reserved for agricultural and marine applications, which advertising claims to be “delivering 18-litre performance in a 13-litre engine package”, with the potential to overtake the Swedes in the power stakes.

Also anticipated is a new naming policy, which is expected to see the Stralis name replaced by a new alpha-numeric format, as well as construction models being marketed under the Magirus brand.

In the current issue of Commercial Motor (6 June), new CNH president, commercial and specialty vehicles and interim IVECO commercial director, Gerrit Marx, outlines his plans for the company’s future structure and strategy.

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Learn about the product innovation which has made SDC Trailers the UK’s leading trailer builder


In this free downloadable white paper we celebrate the 40th anniversary of SDC Trailers by examining the company’s history of innovation.

After an introduction from CEO Enda Cushnahan, we take a look back at the story so far. After being established 40 years ago in a small shed SDC has become the UK’s leading trailer builder, making them a great example of a UK manufacturing success. Although technology has moved on in the intervening decades, SDC has held on to their principle of designing and building exactly what the customer needs for their particular operation. “That’s one of our USPs” says Cushnahan.

“Now 30 years on we still set ourselves the challenge of trying to translate what the customer wants rather than building an off the shelf product. Each trailer on the production line is being built specifically for a customer.” Enda Cushnahan, chief executive officer, SDC Trailers

From page 8 we round off this CM Special by looking at examples of what drives SDC forward – product innovation. This includes the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) semi-trailer, launched in 2016 as a world-first. SDC’s patented KERS trailer can deliver a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 25% by capturing electrical energy during vehicle deceleration in a bank of graphene ultra-capacitors.

SDC Innovation Roll of Honour

2010: Launches 3-axle skeletal trailer than splits in two, to form a single axle trailer for transporting 2x20ft containers.
Launches ‘Aeroliner’ aerodynamic trailer with 12% fuel savings.
Introduces roll stability systems (RSS) for brake type approval two years ahead of mandatory legalisation.

2011: Manufactures and tests the UK’s first 14.6m and 15.65m longer length semi- trailers.
Develop a new lightweight walking floor trailer with an increased capacity of 90.2 cu m.

2012: Builds 3-truck transporters based on a longer length chassis - a first for the UK market.

2013: Launches ‘Autoliner’ car transporter with increased flexibility for vehicle transport operators.

2015: Named Motor Transport National Innovation Award winner with Malcolm Logistics for 15.65m extendable skeletal trailer.

2016: Launches the world’s first application for a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) on a semi-trailer.

2018: Launches hydraulic lifting deck curtainsider featuring lightweight deck design suitable for 52 pallet operation, exhibited at the CV Show and received third place in the Trailer Innovation Award body category.