Wednesday 30 October marked an important day for IVECO and the much-loved ACCO range, as the last current generation, Euro 5 model unit left the assembly line at the company’s manufacturing facility in Melbourne.
Since introduced in 1961, the ACCO (or AACO as it was known then, when manufactured on the A Line rather than today’s C line) has become a long-time favourite of the New Zealand and Australian trucking industries, being used in all manner of applications from light rigid to prime mover work and everything in between.
Initially developed from the International Mark 3 general service 4x4 vehicle and adapted for civilian use, the ACCO’s simple design and tough underpinnings saw widespread acceptance of the model which continues today. The oldest surviving and registered ACCO is actually housed at Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill.
The current shape ACCO was introduced in 1972 and was further developed on that platform culminating with the introduction of the Euro 5 2014 model year variants. Ever increasing emission and safety requirements meant that with the major changes introduced by 2014, the current model had reached its full development potential.
Amazingly, over its lifetime the ACCO has undergone over 4,300 specification changes.
The celebratory event was attended by IVECO Australia staff and representatives from IVECO New Zealand. Also participating were key component suppliers to the ACCO range over the years who received commemorative plaques; recipients included Alcoa, Cummins, Dana, Goodyear, Heavy Automatics, Hendrickson, Hilton Manufacturing and Meritor.
Addressing attendees was IVECO Australia and New Zealand Business Director, Bruce Healy, and IVECO Brand Ambassador Lloyd Reeman, who has been involved with the ACCO program since the 1970s. Both spoke of the ACCO’s proud heritage and also advised that the last Euro 5 unit built will be retained by IVECO for posterity and for display at future events.
Scheduled to be launched in New Zealand early next year, the new Euro 6 ACCO will still be manufactured in Australia and has been developed specifically for New Zealand and Australian markets, to ensure it is fit for task.
Initial models to be released are aimed at the vocational market, specifically for compactor and hooklift bin applications which were a mainstay of the previous generation ACCO. The new models have undergone an extensive local development program, with several evaluation vehicles currently in yearlong trials with key refuse customers, where they have performed extremely well according to feedback and performance benchmarking.
The new range introduces powerful, yet cleaner and more efficient Euro 6 engines coupled to proven Allison full automatic transmissions. On the safety front, as standard the vehicles will feature a raft of technology including Adaptive Cruise Control, Advanced Emergency Braking System, Electronic Braking System with Brake Assistance, Electronic Stability Program and Daytime Running Lamps.
Operators wanting even more safety can select from options such as: Hydraulic Retarder, Lane Departure Warning System, Driver Attention Support, a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Xenon Headlamps.
The new ACCO also promises to further reduce its predecessor’s already impressive low total cost of ownership benefits, particularly in the area of fuel use.
IVECO look forward to sharing additional details of the new Euro 6 ACCO range closer to launch and can’t wait to provide New Zealand operators with the latest in technology, efficiency and comfort that the new ACCO has to offer.
To provide prospective customers with an opportunity to experience the new E6 ACCO in a working specification, IVECO will also be operating a 6x4 demonstration unit early in the new year, which will be fitted with a side loader compactor body.
The vehicle will help demonstrate the significant advancements that the new E6 ACCO delivers over its predecessor, particularly in the area of comfort, noise levels and driver appointments, which will help usher in a generational change to the iconic nameplate.