There are plenty of operators still using Ford and Sterling Trucks in Australia, could we be about to see the ‘blue oval’ brand back in the race?
The U.S. vehicle manufacturer has revealed a new heavy-duty prime-mover at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany – its called the F-Max.
And the new offering has landed with the biggest accolade in trucking – the coveted International Truck of the Year award.
The Ford offering beat home the highly-acclaimed Scania L&P Series and Volvo Trucks latest FH/FM range.
Interestingly, the cab-over truck in the supplied photo above shows a right-hand drive vehicle, though there is no confirmation that the model will come to Australia.
Any new Ford truck in Australia would have to contend with the lack of an Australian heavy truck dealer network.
The F-Max was designed and tested by Ford Otosan, a Turkey-based manufacturer that is partially owned by Ford.
Ford saying the new offering was designed for comfort, power, and efficiency.
The truck has successfully completed five years of testing in 11 countries and on four continents and Haydar Yenigün, CEO of Ford Otosan, confident it will impress potential operators.
“We developed our new tractor with Ford’s principles of comfort, power, efficiency and technology at its heart,”
“To ensure that the design guarantees the most, in terms of efficiency and practicality, we examined every part and every detail over and over again.”
The truck is propelled by a 492hp Ecotorq Euro 6 compliant engine that drives 2,500Nm of torque through a 12-speed ZF automated transmission.
While standard driver assist features will include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-keep Assist and Electronic Stability Control.
We’ll keep you updated as any further info comes to hand on the Ford F-Max.
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