IVECO Trucks Australia has announced it will increase production of the Stralis range at its Dandenong manufacturing facility to include the Stralis AT model, previously imported direct from Europe and badged as the Stralis ATi.
The announcement was seen as a major boost for the broader local manufacturing industry, with selected components including mirrors, wheel angles, trailer connections, batteries, wheels and liquids to be sourced locally.
The addition of a second Stralis model to the local manufacturing mix provides greater economies of scale, increased commonality of parts and a strong business case to further increase the scope of local manufacturing works. As a result, in the future IVECO’s Australian workers will have greater involvement in the assembly process of these models.
The addition of the Stralis AT to the local production mix has also seen the Dandenong facility undergo investment in tooling and software to calibrate the AT’s adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems, and in doing so introduced new technology to the site that could also be used for other models in the future.
Australian buyers will enjoy several benefits from the local production of AT models including greatly reduced lead times from vehicle order to delivery, and the ability to customise to order by adding factory-fitted special options and local accessories.
IVECO’s local engineers are also heavily involved in the installation of new Euro 6-rated Cursor engines for both the AT and AS-L variants. The move towards Euro6 is in keeping with IVECO’s broader global position and tagline ‘Your Partner for Sustainable Transport’.
The Australian engineering team is now continuing its real market testing on a selection of these engines. For many months, a number of vehicles have been amassing hundreds of thousands of validation, compliance and general testing kilometres in real-world fleet conditions prior to their introduction to the production line.
During the evaluation phase, the vehicles will cover a minimum of 300,000 kilometres each, with performance data being downloaded and analysed on a weekly basis. The trucks’ fluids are also being sampled every 25,000 kilometres.
The local development and validation is being undertaken in conjunction with FPT (Fiat Powertrain), which has the ability to monitor the vehicle from the other side of the world with a telematics system.
The Stralis AT and AS-L ranges join several other of IVECO’s locally-manufactured models including the ACCO – which has been built in Dandenong for over 40 years – and Delta and Metro bus chassis.