Iveco head turner trucks and vans at the CV Show 16 April 2015

Iveco’s futuristic Vision concept van, a bling-packed special-edition Stralis heavy truck and dedicated, spark-ignition gas trucks were among head-turners at this week’s CV Show (14—16 April 2015, NEC, Birmingham).

Vision is a view of technologies and configurations likely to be available for the next generation of LCVs, and Iveco product director Martin Flach explained that the firm is seeking feedback from operators.

Innovations include a dual energy diesel-electric powertrain, developed by Iveco, that self-adapts to the most suitable traction mode. Flach says in electric only mode it is ultra low nose and zero emissions for inner city work, while in hybrid mode, it consumes 25% less fuelthan conventional diesels.

Other features include: largely glazed 'A' pillars for wrap-around driver visibility; side and rear-view cameras displayed on a panoramic visor screen above the windscreen; adaptive LED lighting; a photovoltaic roof driving the auxiliaries; and an innovative dual-device multi-function driver interface, part of which comprises a tablet with links to the van's cameras showing 360 degrees around the vehicle during deliveries.

Vision can also: automatically adjust tyre pressures, according to the load; and optimise the load internally on electronic skids, preventing movement with electronically deployed airbags. It also improves driver ergonomics and safety by providing for single door entry and egress on the passenger side.

Companies involved in the development are Bosch, Dainese, Brembo, Streparava, Arcelor Mittal, CRF, Denso, FPT, Sole, Trucklite, Xperion, ZF, Comftech, Essence and ST Microelectronics.

As for the top-of-the-range Stralis, Flach says it's designed for owner-drivers seeking the ultimate in in-cab luxury, as well as fleets looking to reward loyal drivers with a top-specification tractor unit.

The truck shown was a 6x2 twin-steer configuration (AS440S56TX/P) unit, based on Iveco's most powerful 560bhp Euro 6 Cursor 13 engine.

Dubbed Stralis Hi-Life, it builds on the Hi-Way's existing specification, adding five factory-fit options packs plus an array of Iveco accessories to create what Flach says is the safest and most luxurious Stralis heavy truck on the road – with adaptive cruise control and driver attention support (DAS).

The specification also has Iveco's Safety Pack, Comfort Living Pack, Comfort Driving Pack, and Style Pack, with driver features including an on-board microwave, a TV and DVD-system along with surround-sound speakers and a bespoke Iveco coffee maker.

Brian Tinham

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