Acco suspension upgrade boosts ride + handling

By: Greg Worrall


Hot on the heels of a major facelift in 2007, the Acco division of Iveco has received another boost with

Hot on the heels of a major facelift in 2007, the Acco division of Iveco has received another boost with confirmation it will receive a suspension upgrade in 2008.

Developed by Iveco in conjunction with specialist Hendrickson, the new front suspension, known as Airtek, offers a combination of air and spring units, with airbags carrying 80 percent of the effort.

Claimed by Acco as offering a 120kg weight saving over a conventional unit fitted to the 8X4 model, the new suspension also improves the turning circle by up to two metres, as well as a 50 degree wheel cut.

Iveco says it completed 1,000 passes of the Anglesea twist course, highlighting a significant improvement in wheel articulation, while cab rigidity is also increased.

Acco says it completed a forum of waste industry operators on their requirements, and received solid feedback on the new truck, with customer orders now filtering in for compactor use.

Initially offered as an option, Acco says the strong response led to 14 pre-production trucks being developed and put into use in key markets.

Included in the standard specification is a 315hp engine, with automatic transmission, a facelifted cab, with FUPS and improved driver ergonomics, as well as 6.5 tonne front axles.

Customers said the truck compared favourably to European models in the same application, and offered ride and handling benefits, as well as the opportunity to standardise fleets.

Following the strong response from the waste industry, Acco says it will now work with cement agitators, to gauge their support.

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