Iveco confirms extra Aussie production
Great news for Australian vehicle manufacturing today with Iveco Australia announcing it would start building a new version of one of their most popular trucks at their Melbourne production facility.
The additional Iveco Stralis model will go into production in the final quarter of the year in Dandenong and will replace a model currently imported into Australia.
Known as the Stralis AT, Iveco tell us the truck will boast a number of selected components including mirrors, wheel angles, trailer connections, batteries, wheels and liquids sourced locally.
While Iveco say the locally produced trucks will have advantages over imported models, including greatly reduced lead times and the ability to customise to order by adding factory-fitted special options and local accessories.
Including a 6×4 prime mover and 6×2 rigid, the new Aussie-built Stralis will join existing Stralis AS-L, Powerstar, ACCO and Delta and Metro bus chassis models – all of which are locally built and/or manufactured in Melbourne.
Iveco boss, Michael Jonson, says its great news for Australia, and the company.
“Iveco is one of only a few remaining commercial vehicle brands to manufacture here – this latest expansion in Australian-based production demonstrates the company’s commitment to having a strong local manufacturing presence,”
“The addition of Stralis AT variants to the local production mix along with other initiatives will ultimately see a modest increase in the facility’s manufacturing workforce,”
“This is good for the local workforce and good for Australian truck buyers who can further reap the benefits that locally-manufactured vehicles provide.”
The addition of the Stralis AT to the production mix will see the Dandenong facility undergo investment in tooling and software to calibrate the Stralis AT’s adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems.
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