90,000th Iveco ACCO rolls off production line


Solo Resource Recovery takes delivery of milestone truck

90,000th Iveco ACCO rolls off production line
The ceremony celebrating

 

Iveco Australia has celebrated the production of its 90,000th ACCO truck, 58 years after the model’s debut in Melbourne.

The milestone edition, a 6x4 model, was handed over to long-term Iveco customer, waste management firm Solo Resource Recovery, which has purchased more than 1,000 ACCOs over the last 30 years.

Despite carrying the mantle of 90,000th ACCO, this new truck will not lead an easy life and will shortly go into service at Tweed Heads as a rigid tanker.

Iveco recalls that, in 1961, the first civilian AACO (Australian A-line Cab Over) models left the production line at International Harvester’s Dandenong, Melbourne, production works.

Since then it became the ACCO (Australian C-line Cab Over), a name change affected following a move from the ‘A’ to ‘C’ production line.

Iveco marked the occasion with a small ceremony last week at the end of the production line, with Iveco Australia business director Bruce Healy presenting the vehicle and a commemorative plaque to Solo Resource Recovery national fleet manager David Hancock.

"It gives me much pleasure today to be part of celebrating a momentous milestone for the ACCO model, and for Australian commercial vehicle manufacturing as a whole," Healy says.

"The ACCO is an Australian transport industry icon and has proven to be a real survivor, as its longevity and high production numbers will attest.

"A combination of rugged construction, reliability, fit-for-purpose design and local engineering have made it a favourite for decades, particularly in demanding applications."


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Hancock says the ACCO has been a staple of Solo Resource Recovery’s fleet nationwide for a long time.

"We operate 4x2, 6x4 and 8x4 ACCO variants in a range of compactor, hook lift, front end loaders, tankers, ‘RoRo’ (Roll-on / Roll-off) and rear loader operations, and currently have over 500 ACCO units in our fleet," he notes.

"There is a reason why we keep using these trucks – for the tough, start and stop work that is part and parcel of refuse collection, it’s difficult to go past the ACCO.

"The trucks are also straightforward to maintain, easy for bodybuilders to build on and the service we receive from Iveco in supporting the range is excellent."

Iveco now looks ahead to the future launch of the new-generation Euro 6 ACCO.

"The new Euro 6 ACCO will continue to be manufactured in Australia and will enjoy many of the same benefits that held its predecessors in good stead for so many years," Healy says.

"To this proven equation we’re also adding the latest in emissions technology, safety features and driver appointments, making the next generation of truck an ACCO like no other."

 

 

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