Truck of the year for Knights of Old

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Knights of Old has become one of the first hauliers in the UK to take delivery of the International Truck of the Year 2013 – the Iveco Stralis Hi-Way.

Ian Beattie, managing director of Knights of Old, said: “The new Stralis is a real head turner and the first time a lot of people see one it will be in Knights of Old livery. It’s been attracting a lot of interest from our drivers already; they’re as excited as we are about its potential to nudge our fuel-saving performance up yet another gear.”

The Stralis Hi-Way AS440S46TX/P heads a fleet of six new Iveco 6×2 twin-steer tractor units to be entering service with the transport and logistics specialist over the coming weeks, with the Hi-Way to be joined by five Stralis Hi-Road AT440S46TX/P models.

Knights of Old has specified all six tractors with Iveco’s new Driving Style Evaluation tool which allows the driver to improve their driving behaviour in real time. Recognised as one of the key reasons behind the manufacturer’s ITOY crown, it helps drivers to follow the most fuel efficient driving style and can generate savings of between 5 per cent and 12 per cent, which Iveco claim is superior to any single technology solution.

The system works by processing data acquired by the engine, vehicle, and through an advanced Iveco algorithm, to provide an ongoing assessment of driving style, displayed on a dashboard mounted screen, along with suggestions for steps the driver can take to reduce fuel consumption.

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