Iveco is targeting growth in the distribution market with the launch of its new Eurocargo Euro 6 truck, which uses Iveco’s high efficiency SCR engine technology to meet the new emissions standard.
The manufacturer says HI-eSCR technology is lighter and more fuel efficient than systems that require EGR and active particulate filters.
Iveco’s Stralis tractor won the International Truck of the Year award for 2013 using the HI-eSCR system. TÜV, the European technical certification centre, recently certified that there is a 2.33 per cent reduction in fuel consumption when using the HI-eSCR system.
The distribution market is a critical one for Iveco. Speaking at the UK launch, Claudio Zanframundo, managing director of Iveco UK and Ireland, pointed out that the medium truck sector – homeland of Eurocargo and a vital link in the UK’s distribution chain – is forecast to stay at some 14,400 units this year.
The Eurocargo’s share of the medium sector between 7.5 and 18 tonnes has grown from 10.9 per cent in 2012 to 12.9 per cent year-to-date 2013, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Retail operators account for 62 per cent of Eurocargo sales. Iveco reckons it takes a 13.5 per cent share of this market.
“Retail operators remain the main pillars of the nation’s transport and distribution systems, and success with them confirms the popularity of the product where it really matters,” said Zanframundo.
While the medium sector of the truck market has remained flat this year, demand for the Eurocargo is expected to exceed 2,000 units for the first time since the economic recession began. “That’s over 26 per cent growth in the last 12 months – and an excellent platform on which to launch our Eurocargo Euro6.”
The new range runs from 6 to 19 tonnes with engines from 160 o 320 hp and 13 transmission options. In total there are 11,000 combinations to cover different applications from urban distribution to industrial transport.
There are two new engines. The Tector 5 is a 4.5 litre 210hp engine which promises better fuel consumption than the Tector 6 engine that it replaces. And the Tector 7 is a six cylinder 6.7 litre engine offering 320 hp – against 300 hp of the equivalent Tector 6.
Iveco argues that the SCR-only system maximises combustion efficiency and minimises particulate matter production without the use of exhaust gas recirculation. This in turn minimises fuel consumption and maximises performance.
The post-treatment system uses a catalytic converter (SCR) which uses the chemical reaction with the water-urea solution (AdBlue) to convert the nitrogen oxide emissions produced during combustion into nitrogen (N2) and water vapour (H2O).
“The absence of both the EGR system and of an active regeneration particulate filter (DPF) also ensures increased engine reliability.”
Service intervals of 80,000 km for the Euro VI engines remain unchanged, compared to the Euro V versions, while the DPF has service intervals of 300,000 km.