IVECO Argentina made the first product launch in the year: the commercialization of the CNG Tector of national manufacture. “Today, like more than 50 years ago, we continue to bet on national production. Therefore, with more than 110,000 units produced and meeting the quality standards required by market demands, we are launching four new trucks, three of them designed and manufactured in our Córdoba-based plant,” said Francisco Spasaro, Commercial Director of IVECO Argentina.
In 2019, the firm presented the first CNG commercial vehicles in the country. “A year ago we marked a milestone in Argentina with the launch of the Natural Power range. This line responds mainly to a change in the energy grid in our country. We continue to offer our carriers a more profitable and ecological solution for their operations,” Spasaro added.
Julián Recupero, responsible for light and medium vehicles, and Luis Tovar, responsible for heavy vehicles, affirmed that the new vehicles were designed to run on CNG and that the engine has the same useful life, operational elasticity and performance as a diesel one. Plus, it adds a quieter, more cost-effective and environmentally friendly operation.
The CNG Tector, which extends the “Natural Power” range, in a rigid version and 4×2 configuration with denomination 160E21, is powered by the FPT Industrial’s OTTO cycle NEF 6 engine, with 210 HP and 750 Nm of torque. With six 80-liter CNG tanks, it offers an approximate range of 300 km. It also offers power and a low level of gaseous and sound emissions, being an alternative for night missions. The truck has a front parabolic suspension, a six-speed gearbox in the front and a driver’s seat with air suspension that gives the new Tector a high level of ride comfort. Its interior is modern and ergonomic, with a command to change the cable integrated into the dash.
On the other hand, the Stralis Hi-Road in its 440S33T 4×2 tractor and 260S33Y 6×2 rigid configurations, both CNG, is also expanding IVECO Argentina’s “Natural Power” portfolio. The new truck is powered by a FPT Industrial’s Cursor 8 natural gas engine with 330 HP and 1,300 Nm of torque, with a capacity of up to 720 liters. It offers a reduction in CO2 emissions of -10% in and up to -95% using biomethane, and a noise reduction with a PIEK certification that guarantees levels below 71dB. These characteristics make it an ideal option for night operations and in urban areas. Contributing to the reduction of operational cost, the vehicle offers a savings of 40% and 50% in the cost of fuel compared to diesel trucks.