We’ve heard of a range of different reasons as to why operators choose the Iveco product, often its adaptability and cost of life that is nominated as the prime reasons.
But in this case, it was simply a case of the Iveco product copping a battering and consistently coming back for more.
New Zealand logistics company – C3 has just expanded its fleet of 16 Iveco Stralis prime movers by another four trucks.
The new trucks will join their older siblings in Western Australia – hauling wood chips from sustainably-grown plantations across.
C3 also operate several trucks from the city of Portland in south-western Victoria in the same application but configured as B-Doubles.
Racking up about 400kms a day, some of the Stralis trucks in the C3 fleet have covered more than a million kilometres.
But C3 Operations Manager – Albany, Craig Fildes, says they just keep coming back for more punishment.
“A lot of the roads the trucks travel on especially in the plantations – as you could imagine – are not very nice, the trucks can take a battering but the Ivecos handle it well.
“The drivers are also happy with them, especially with their comfortable, quiet cabin.”
The new additions to the fleet are powered by the 560hp 13 litre Cursor engine coupled to a ZF Eurotronic II 16-speed transmission.
“This time we went for the higher engine output and worked with Iveco to select the best GCM – the AS-Ls allow us to work at our desired target of 90 tonnes which helps productivity.
“The AS-Ls do quite an amazing job – they are a good all-round fit for the application.
“They’re comfortable, quiet, they’re easy to work with and are competitively priced.”
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