The new Eurocargo in brief
The vehicle segment covered by the Eurocargo is very wide, from 6 to 19t, it covers municipal, public utility, retail distribution and general light haulage. Eurocargo is a work horse with a proven track record. Originally launched in 1991 as the first vehicle in its class designed and developed by Iveco, Eurocargo has won many accolades internationally starting with the coveted ‘International Truck of the Year’ in 1992. Since its launch in 1991 to date, Iveco has built over 430,000 Eurocargo vehicles; testament to its popularity among vehicle buyers and it has always sold at either number 1 or number 2 position in its segment in Europe.
The addition of the Tector engine in 2000 and cab restyling in 2003 further cemented the Eurocargo as the vehicle of choice in the medium weight truck segment.
Now in 2008 the latest incarnation of this popular product range is launched, more competitive and productive than ever, ready to overcome new challenges and to respond in a better and more complete way to al the needs of the fleet operator.
Since its first launch in 1991 it has been recognised as being an incredibly versatile product range and now new Eurocargo today offers even more available model variants with new equipment, both optional and standard. These aspects allow the customer to configure the vehicle appropriately to the needs of the operation, whether this is urban distribution, building work or municipal services.
New Eurocargo is renewed both in form and in content. Starting with the driver’s cab, completely renewed from the outside to the internal appointments, offering the best of driver comfort for the driver and passengers, improving life on board and so contributing to improving road safety by not subjecting the driver to fatigue brought about by discomfort. The grille and front panel adopt the latest Iveco family feeling with provision for vehicle owners to personalise their vehicle with their specific fleet livery. Front mudguards are new with also new integrated light cluster groups.
The cab is immediately available with the familiar three Eurocargo cabs, The MLC day cab, the MLL sleeper cab and the MLD crew cab ensuring the immediate success already achieved by earlier Eurocargo models in being specified to every chosen vehicle mission. Eurocargo MLL sleeper cab models gain the benefit of twin large capacity external tool lockers introduced with the new Stralis.
New Eurocargo inherits the excellent Tector engine range, developed and produced by FPT –Fiat Powertrain Technologies, exploiting its performance, reliability and low operating cost and so contributing to the vehicle’s earning potential and performance with a low environmental impact.
A new range 6 and 9 speed ZF transmissions are introduced with fully automated transmission shifting and clutch control optionally available on 6 speed versions so making further driver safety and drive train durability enhancements. Lighter than before, the manual transmissions optimise the vehicle performance in all configurations of 5, 6 or 9 speeds.
The Eurotronic 6 speed version is equipped with transmission control software that optimises fuel consumption, initiating gear changes at the ideal point from an engine speed and load point of view.
The Allison full automatic hydrodynamic transmission is, for the first time offered on the full range from 12t gvm, providing an elevated ease of operation, driver comfort and reduced operating cost for vehicles on typical stop-go missions (e.g. refuse collection) from 7.5t upwards.
Active safety features have been made available aplenty; ASR (anti wheel-spin control), ESP (electronic stability control) and Hill-Holder (anti roll-back system for hill starts), to be introduced at a later date, are all optionally available. Acoustic warning devices such as the seat belt reminder, alerting the driver if the seat belt is not fastened when the vehicle moves from rest, and the park brake warning, alerting the driver if the driver’s door is opened without first applying the park brake, are available as standard.
Body builder intervention has been further simplified by the addition of an option. ‘Tipper Body Control’. The tipper body control and the PTO control levers are mounted onto the base of the driver’s seat and include all electrical and pneumatic controls, so reducing body builder intervention time and maintaining the integrity of the cab interior.
Iveco has developed a range of after market accessories dedicated to the new Eurocargo in order to further enhance the new vehicle enabling the driver to achieve the maximum in terms of performance, comfort and safety on board. The new Eurocargo, – like the new Stralis and new Trakker - was designed to demonstrate Iveco fundamental values towards excellence: Commitment, Reliability, Performance, Team Spirit and Power. Values new Eurocargo shares with the New Zealand rugby national team, the All Blacks, who in their history have won more than anyone else.