Iveco unveils the new Acco range
New Acco range adds some contemporary touches to a classic design
Iveco has unveiled its new, modernised range of Acco trucks designed specifically for the local market.
The new Accos come in 4x2, 6x4 and 8x4 configurations, and feature a number of practical and aesthetic improvements.
"While Iveco engineers have introduced many new improvements in the latest release, certain aspects about the Acco – qualities that have worked year after year – remain unchanged. The model’s low tare weight is the most competitive in the market and cabin entry and egress is completed with minimum effort required – an important consideration for the driver that’s in and out of the cabin all day," Iveco product manager Joel Read says.
The new Acco retains the basic cab shape of its classic 1972 predecessor, but has borrowed some newer design elements from other Iveco truck ranges.
On a practical level, a number of exterior components have been improved such as the addition of side deflectors, bumper-encased indicators and a three-piece steel bumper.
Unlike the rest of the range, the agitator variant of the Acco will also feature electronic stability control (ESC).
"We’re very pleased to have begun introducing ESC to the Acco range. We identified the rollout would start with the 8x4 agitator specification and will evolve to other models in the future. Agitator owners can now rest assured that they have this important additional safety feature," Read adds.
Iveco says that the agitator spec was given priority for this feature because of its higher centre of gravity.
Power output remains mostly the same as previous models, with power options ranging between 280hp (209kW) and 340hp (254kW). Under the hood is an 8.9-litre, Euro 5 engine that uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR). Further, the Acco range uses a fully automatic, 6-speed Allison generation 5 transmission.
Iveco says that a key advantage for the Acco range is designed and built locally, and that over 85 per cent of its componentry is from Australian sources.
"The flexibility offered through local manufacturing has made the ACCO a favourite platform for body manufacturers to work with," Iveco national key accounts manager Lloyd Reeman says.
"Over 78,000 Acco units have been produced at the Dandenong factory since the first model was released commercially in 1961."