After his visit to Europe to check out new truck technology, Diesel News’ US Correspondent, Steve Sturgess, looks at two Turkish technologies which caught his eye, and the eyes of many industry observers, resulting in one of them being included in the International Truck of the Year.
Ford created a stir with the unveiling of its F-MAX heavy-duty truck prime mover. Available with a 12.7 litre, 500-hp diesel, it is Ford’s re-entry into the world of heavy-duty trucking.
The Ford Ecotorq engine, which the truck maker says is the first and only truck engine both developed from scratch and manufactured in Turkey, develops 1,850 ft-lb (2500Nm) of peak torque and 500hp (400kW) peak power to make it competitive with other heavy-duty European trucks in the mid-power range. Technical features include what Ford calls E-APU technology, eco-roll function, and predictive cruise control. Ford says it has up to seven per cent reduced maintenance costs, though doesn’t say what the baseline is, and its long service intervals reduce the total cost of ownership.
There was also new truck news from another Turkish truck and bus manufacturer at the somewhat unfortunately named BMC display stand. The company was originally an offshoot of the British auto and truck maker and it is to be hoped that the reliability and durability are a lot improved over the old BMC (what are the three ignition switch positions on a British sports car? Off, on and fire).
Its new heavy-duty range launched at Hannover under the TUĞRA name. There’s little technical detail for this admittedly good-looking cabover. The announcing press release reads: With its ergonomic design, TUĞRA promises a warm living space and comfortable driving, especially on the long distance journeys.
With its contemporary console design, full TFT display, Bluetooth and navigation features in (the) 7-inch multimedia (display), large-volume in-cab storage areas, multifunctional driver’s seat, refrigerator, beds, multifunctional steering wheel and custom designed interior lighting; BMC TUĞRA, is on duty for day and night.