Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 October 2012

Nigeria: Crawling Behind the Truck of the Year

The Iveco Stralis Hi-Way has been elected International Truck of the Year 2013. Their truck was voted by a 25 member committee from various magazine in Europe.

With a winning score of 138 votes, the new Italian heavy-duty, long-haul truck fought off the strong challenge posed by Mercedes-Benz's Antos heavy-duty short-range distribution truck which collected 107 votes.

Of course the Iveco won for greatest contribution to road transport efficiency from several different perspectives including: fuel economy, safety, drive-ability, comfort and a low-environmental 'footprint'. From Sunday Trust we could not help noticing the Antos which was a new entry that came so close. It's not because it's a Mercedes but for the fact it is close to being an all round truck than just long hauler.

The new vehicle has borrowed many technologies and design lines from the Actros which is its bigger sister, but it features a character of its own and a unique cab configuration that was designed specifically for short delivery purposes. However it does seem very capable of handling what the Actros can do. This is because of its heavy duty nature.

The question is, will we see it in the Nigerian market. That is left on to Weststar Nigeria; so far they are very quiet about what will be sold or of any launch. The kind of thing Daimler does to keep buyer waiting in anticipation.

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