‘Mr Acco’ to Retire

A longtime truck industry veteran has announced his, long expected, retirement this week. Lloyd Reeman is a well known figure around the trucking industry and currently works under the title of Iveco National Manager Key Accounts. Lloyd is calling time on his remarkable career, after over 46 years of service with International Harvester and Iveco Trucks.


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Lloyd began working in the mailroom of International Harvester in the late 1960s before transitioning to sales roles where he tells us he developed an enduring passion for commercial vehicles and in particular, the locally developed and manufactured Acco.


During his time in the industry, Lloyd has witnessed many changes including the modernisation of trucks and trucking, as well as the gradual decline of Australia’s automotive and commercial vehicle manufacturing position.


“To have had the privilege to work with an Australian manufacturing company, while many competitors have come and gone, has been one of the most satisfying elements of my career,” said Lloyd, as part of the announcement. “I’ve always believed in company loyalty and that’s one of the main reasons why I stayed with the same brand.


“Along the journey, I’ve crossed paths with many great people and I’ve been inspired by the commitment, positive attitude and passion of many of my fellow colleagues, especially during more difficult times.


“With its broad product range, local manufacturing position and strong dealer network, Iveco is in a great position to become an even greater player in the Australian trucking industry.”


This is not the end for Lloyd as he will remain a familiar face around Iveco’s Dandenong facility as he will carry on with ongoing consulting work for the truck maker.


Iveco Managing Director, Michael Jonson publicly thanked Lloyd for his many years of service.


“Lloyd has been an outstanding ambassador for Iveco over a long period of time,” said Jonson. “He is much admired not only within the Iveco organisation, but throughout the broader trucking industry.


“It’s obviously very difficult to replace someone with his level of industry knowledge and customer rapport, so fortunately we’ve been able to maintain his ongoing services as a consultant. I foresee that Lloyd will stay involved in our PR campaigns, mentoring and customer-facing activities across many facets of the business.”


Lloyd will officially retire in late November, an announcement on his replacement is expected to be made in the coming weeks.

Daily Delivery

This week has seen the official launch of the Iveco Daily van. The transport industry and truck media have been able test drive the new van and cab chassis range at the Anglesea proving grounds in Victoria. The launch featured the first appearance of a new automatic transmission from ZF, the Hi-Matic 8 speed box.


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The Daily was initially unveiled at a spectacular global launch, last June, in Italy. Now, the right hand drive version, specifically set up for Australia, has been revealed. The new Daily model represents a major advance on the previous vehicles on offer, not simply a refresh of its predecessor. 80 per cent of the body shell has been redesigned and new engines power the Daily. The new 8 speed ZF is also brand new and, for now, only available in the Iveco light commercial range.


The new Iveco Daily sees an extension of the number, size and shape of the models on offer, going out to a van with 19.6 cubic metres of cargo space, up to 205 hp from the engine and with a torque rating of 470 Nm. These figures are put the new Daily in the lead in the race for more power, torque and load space.


The sweeping front bonnet design gives the new range a distinctive look as well as improving aerodynamics. The new shape also sees the cargo floor set lower than ever before, even with retention of the stiff ladder frame chassis at the centre of the van and cab chassis architecture. New dimensions also give the range an improved turning circle, down to 10.5 metres, kerb to kerb.


The new van and cab chassis range also use an all new front suspension. The Quad-Leaf front end uses a quadrilateral system comprising a double swing arm and leaf springs to give the new range improved handling and stability.


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The new Daily range does extend the reach of the brand, which has been limited by things like the lack of a true auto transmission option. There are also now two wheelbases and four van lengths to choose from. Add to this, the three roof height options on the van and there is a size for most light duty applications. The cab chassis comes in three wheelbases and has GVM options from 4.5 tonnes to 7 tonnes.


The new Daily range is one of the pillars on which Iveco seeks to rebuild its profile in Australia. Sales performance has been patchy for the truck maker with a number of its models. The only reliable performer has been the Acco model, relaunched with a new shape earlier this year, which has kept the company’s manufacturing facility in Dandenong, Victoria and the truck numbers up.

Doing it in the Dakar

The Dakar rally provides us with some spectacular footage as trucks rampage through the deserts and mountains of South America. This year’s event was no exception, with the Russians dominating the race, coming in first, second and third in their Kamaz trucks. MAN managed fourth place with another Kamaz coming in fifth. Strong contenders Iveco started badly, losing a lot of time, but finished well, winning the final stage to finish sixth overall. The Hino team came in 16th overall, but first in the under 10 litre class, completing the course powered by a nine litre engine. Read more

New Iveco boss appointed

CNH Industrial has appointed a new Managing Director of Iveco, after the position has been held vacant for over a year. Michael Jonson has been named as the new MD, after fulfilling a number of roles within the CNH organisation, around the world.


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“We all get passionate about the future of Iveco here in Australia,” said Jonson at the recent launch of the new Acco. “I am 100 per cent acutely focused on regaining our brand prowess, here in the market place. We have the product, we have the people who care about our product and we have customers who want our product. We really need to focus on becoming the brand at the top of every priority list in Australia.


“We will do that with sheer determination, improvement across our processes and more customer focus. We have global platforms, we can delve into them to improve the way we do business, improve our product. We can tap into these resources so we can, again, hold Iveco at the top of the Australian market.”


Jonson began his career with CNH in 1997 and has been involved in accounting and consolidation across the group. Firstly in London, and then across Europe, through a number of finance control and then cash management roles.


Jonson arrived in Australia in 2007 as the Treasurer for the CNH Group before moving to a role as COO of CNH Capital. In 2011, he was appointed Managing Director of CNH Capital. He took up his role with Iveco in November, this year.

New in Hannover

Once every two years the trucking world descends on Hannover for the IAA. This is, probably, the world’s biggest truck show and subject to a lot of attention. Global launches of trucks and trailers abound and everyone has something new to sell. This year, Daimler have introduced their Future Truck 2025 concept, the self driving truck in this video. Read more

Vision for the future

It’s not just the truck makers who are coming up with new concepts at the IAA Truck Show in Hannover, this week. Iveco has its Vision concept van on the stand, showcasing future technologies and improved safety and environmental outcomes in design.


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At the heart of the Iveco Vision is the Dual Energy system, using two different types of power. One is electric only, with zero local emissions and low noise levels. The other is hybrid for longer journeys driving on the highways. The hybrid is claimed to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 25 per cent.


The Vision has a specific transfer system, coupling the electric motor to the drive shafts, as the van self-adapts to the most suitable power source. The hybrid mode improves vehicle speed and overall range, while the electric mode allows unrestricted, no-emission access into busy metropolitan areas.


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The project focused on the development of three new areas of design. One, is an adaptive Human/Machine Interface, the second, looking for total visibility and, thirdly, a new fully automatic system for load management.


The Vision is equipped with a high-integration tablet computer, which communicates with the on-board electronics.


The van includes large glazed areas and ‘see-through’ A pillars giving unrestricted visibility forward from the cabin. Images from a rear mounted camera are displayed on a panoramic screen on top of the windscreen.


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The load management system is based on a series of sensors which identify the goods and then indicate the correct positioning of these within the vehicle interior. It also controls devices which prevent the movement of larger packages. Beside protecting valuable goods from damage and improved space management, the system also makes loading and unloading faster.

New innovations from Iveco

At the forthcoming IAA Truck Show in Hannover, Germany, in September, Iveco is set to unveil a number of innovations and new technology fitted in its vehicles to visitors at the show.


Centre stage will be taken by the new Iveco Daily, revealed in June (for a full report on the new van and the launch check out the September/October issue of Diesel Magazine). With 80 per cent of all its components redesigned, this is genuinely a New Daily. Also on show will be the major new components to included in the van, the new F1C engine, the new fully automatic HI-MATIC gearbox and the new Quad Leaf front suspension.


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Also on show will be the Stralis Natural Power Euro 6 including a liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine. A new standard for LNG tank technology, UNECE 110, was introduced in the European Union in June this year, allowing LNG trucks to get approval to run on European roads. This could be the precursor to a substantial increase in the use of LNG on European highways.


Iveco will be displaying its new Euro 6 engine design, the HI-SCR (High Efficiency selective catalytic reduction). The design uses SCR only to control exhaust gas emissions without using either EGR or a diesel particulate filter. Iveco claim a reduction in fuel consumption of 2.33 per cent over the engine’s predecessor.

New Daily, more power

A new model Iveco Daily van has been unveiled in a major global launch in an Italian palace just outside Turin, home of the Iveco brand and the company’s owners Fiat. This revamp of the Daily van is the third major redesign in the van’s 30 plus years history. After its initial launch around 1980, the van was relaunched in 2001, now with a completely new looking front end it is expected to start arriving in Australia early in 2015.

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The Daily retains the elements of its design which have differentiated it from rivals, namely a ladder frame chassis at the core of its construction. This has seen the Daily preferred in a number of applications where the inherent solidity of a conventional chassis is required. Iveco are also now offering a 205 hp engine in the range, making a quantum leap in the horsepower stakes, heating up the hp race in the van world. Iveco say 80 per cent of the van and cab chassis components have been redesigned.

As with anything coming out of Italy, a vital part of the van is its design. The new look is a dramatic change to the front end with wide smile, being formed by the front grille and lighting clusters, sweeping down in a curve from A pillar to A pillar. The bonnet sits considerably higher than in its predecessor, but the design has shied away from the ‘goggle eyed’ look favoured by a number of its competitors in recent years.

With the new van design Iveco have also upped the cube stakes, with a new maximum volume of 19.6 cubic metres available (Iveco in Italy round the figure up to 20 in their advertising material). However, the 10.8 cubic metre version of the van is likely to be the biggest selling van, with its 10.5 m turning circle and lower van floor.

In Australia, the cab chassis is likely to remain the biggest seller. The ladder frame chassis enables the Daily to compete against small Japanese trucks as well as form the basis of many camper vans on our roads. The new design comes in wheel bases from 3 m to 4.75 m and the Daily is now capable of 6.19 m overall length.

Ambitious expansion of CNG

AGL Energy have announced plans to open a series of compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling facilities across the East Coast of Australia. The new sites will be both public and on-site refuelling stations and aimed specifically at commercial vehicles.


The process is planned to start this year with the first sites opening in the Melbourne area. The roll-out is slated to be situated in key locations to suit freight routes and enable transport companies to utilise the fuel.


“The sixth largest country by landmass, Australia’s road transport sector is central to our economy, getting food from farms to homes and connecting businesses to markets,” said AGL Managing Director ,Michael Fraser revealed at the ITTES during the launch. “The transport sector is also the second most energy intensive industry in Australia. A rising proportion of our road transport sector is also fuelled by foreign crude and fuel imports, increasing from 60 percent in 2000 to over 90 percent today. Diversifying our fuel mix and building an alternative fuels industry locally, is part of the solution to developing a more resilient economy.”


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The launch saw a number of examples of the kind of vehicles available now, powered by CNG. There were two Isuzu trucks, an FSR and NLR alongside an Iveco Daily with CNG engine. Elsewhere on the Melbourne Showground site Dennis Eagle had unveiled a CNG powered truck with an innovative high density gas storage from Intelligas.


AGL Smart CNG is following in the footsteps of a number of similar projects launched in the past. They have had limited success but been hampered by a lack of government financial support for alternative fuels, an increase in the price of natural gas and only a small number of trucks capable of using CNG on the local market.


One of the problems is the limited number of tasks for which CNG is appropriate. Fleets of garbage trucks and buses with set routes are ideal but freight vehicle with varying routes need flexibility of fuel supply, something a limited number of CNG filling stations cannot offer.


Natural gas is getting traction in the US with subsidies available and many trucks on set local routes. There are 120,000 natural gas powered truck on their roads, probably enough to justify an increase in refuelling infrastructure. Those sot of numbers are unthinkable in Australia for a long time.


Until then, we are in a chicken and egg situation. If there were more filling stations, the industry would buy more trucks. If they bought more trucks, the truck manufacturers would bring a wider range in. If there are more CNG trucks on the road, more CNG service stations would spring up. If…if…if…AGL will probably need deep pockets and nerves of steel to get this one up. Good luck to them!

Previews to ITTES popping up

It’s the week before a major trucks show and the exhibitors at the International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show are starting to get press releases out there to give us sneak previews of what new things we will be seeing at the Melbourne Showground from April 3 to 6. Of course, there will be some surprises actually at the show but feeding a few titbits in the week before the ITTES gets the public in a ‘show’ mood.


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The big stories of the show are already in the public domain. Kenworth will be showing the new Paccar MX 13 engine fitted in their trucks. The new Volvo FM, FMX and FE will be unveiled at the show for the first time in Australia.


This week, it has been announced, Iveco will be displaying a new compressed natural gas (CNG) engined Daily van at the ITTES in a display jointly organised with AGL, the natural gas and electricity supply company. The 3 litre CNG engine puts out 134 hp and 350 Nm of torque while offering a lower carbon power alternative.


Another van display, this time from Renault, is intended to demonstrate the ‘diverse universe’ of the Master van from the French manufacturer. Renault’s first visit to the show comes as the range continues to grow alongside sales of the Renault van range. There will be rear and front wheel drive models, both cab chassis and van on the stand, with various engine and gearbox options demonstrated.


Show visitors will be able to ride a Harley Davidson at the Freightliner stand, which also includes the Revolution Innovation concept truck. Isuzu will be emphasising the accessories available including, bull bars, reversing cameras,tyre pressure monitoring and daytime running lights alongside the new, high horsepower, Limited Edition F Series models released to celebrate 25 years as number one in the truck market.




The trailer display pavilion will include an innovation in side tipping technology. Air Tip’s name gives the game away, they are introducing an air powered side tipper system to the market. The inventor, Clarke Petrick, came up with idea when working as a geophysicist on mine sites. It uses the existing air circuits on the truck to activate and power the tipping mechanism.


Kreuger will be displaying the Steelbro range on their stand for the first time since they announced their partnership in the Australian market.


Word has it, there is a major new initiative to be announced by TransHelp, the driver’s health and well-being support organisation. It is also pretty certain the Iveco Daily won’t be the only alternative fuel engine debuting at the ITTES.

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