Over the last four years progress has been gradual, without the opportunity for one big spectacular launch. The introduction of so many innovations at once did however represent a risk, in the context of the quality standards implemented by Iveco, both for the product itself, and for the training of the technicians of the service network. Iveco has chosen to progress in stages, in order to be able to test each new element in the lab, on the test tracks and in the field, putting vehicles out to pilot customers. As the new features were presented, the network technicians were trained and given the opportunity to get to know the new technologies.
The stages in the evolution of Iveco heavy duty road vehicles
In 1998 Iveco presented the Cursor 8, a six cylinder, 7.8 litre engine available on the EuroTech in four versions from 240 to 352 HP. The Cursor 8 was a completely innovative engine, created using state of the art technology. With electronically controlled pump unit injection activated by an overhead cam shaft, a decompression engine brake, and a new variable geometry turbocharger which adapts electronically to respond to power demands. Its maximum output of 45 HP/litre and dry weight of just 678 kg created quite a stir. In four years’ intensive use on medium-heavy duty tractors, the 352 HP Cursor 8 has proved the quality of its architecture in terms of reliability and operating efficiency. On the occasion of the launch of the Cursor 8 the Iveco network also implemented a specific training programme on electronic engine management.
In 1999 the 10.3 litre Cursor 10 engine was presented on EuroTechs and EuroStars, at two power outputs: 390 and 430 HP, this engine is based on the same design as the Cursor 8. Also introduced were electronically controlled braking with disc brakes (E.B.S.), CAN-BUS internal data communciation system and EuroTronic gearbox all using electronics. Iveco’s transition to electronics was thus complete, and the Cursor 10 lived up to all expectations as regards reliability and running costs.
At the end of 2000 the 12.9 litre Cursor 13 was fitted to the vehicles in the construction site range, up to 440 HP. At the beginning of 2001, the EuroStar range saw its latest addition in the shape of a 480 HP version of the Cursor 13. At the same time the EuroTronic full automated gearbox was introduced. Each increase in power was matched by an adaptation in the engine brake, powered by a variable geometry turbocharger to provide enhanced braking torque, up to 400 HP on the Cursor 13.