Patrick Galtier, general manager of Transports Galtier, placed the winning bid for the customised Iveco Stralis XP ‘Emotional Truck’, with its special All Blacks’ livery.
Massimiliano Cialone, of Cialone Tour, won the All Blacks Magelys coach, used to transport the New Zealand team’s players on their European tour.
The auction started on Tuesday 25 October (2016) and ended on Monday last week (21 November).
The charity initiative was sanctioned as part of the partnership deal between Iveco and the All Blacks.
As part of the partnership, from 6 to 27 November, Iveco was the All Blacks’ European supporter and provided the team with six Iveco vehicles – two Magelys coaches and four Daily Hi-Matic minibuses – to transport players and staff for the 2016 European tour.
The handover ceremony for the keys of the two auctioned vehicles took place in Paris, in the presence of several All Blacks players, Unicef staff and Pierre Lahutte, Iveco brand president.
“We are very proud of the amount we raised, exceeding the target price for both vehicles,” comments Lahutte.
“I would like to extend my thanks to Massimiliano Cialone and Patrick Galtier in particular, who placed the winning bids – and for the Iveco All Blacks who, thanks to their contribution, helped our champions support the very important cause of children’s education in South Africa.”
The All Blacks’ Stralis XP, features Iveco’s new engine, top-of-the-range transmission with predictive GPS gear selection, and HI-SCR (high efficiency selective catalytic reduction) after-treatment technology.
Meanwhile, the All Blacks’ customised Magelys is the 12.8 metre variant, with 46 luxury leather seats, and equipped with a central glass pavilion, side corridors, plus fridge, toilets, WiFi connection, GPS, a multi-media audio-visual system and two LCD screens.
The powertrain comprises the 8.7 litre, 400bhp, 1,700Nm torque Cursor 9 engine, driving through an automated ZF AS-Tronic gearbox.