Simon National Carriers bolsters its fleet


Added safety and reduced emissions have proven to be major drawcards for Simon National Carriers, which has just added five new Iveco Eurocargo ML160s to its fleet.

The new trucks are fitted with tautliner bodies and will be put to work in general freight applications in the greater Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide metropolitan areas.

Simon National Carriers’ National Operations Manager, Michael West, said it was the first time the company had purchased Iveco medium duty trucks. “We’ve previously operated some of the larger IVECO trucks, but never in the medium duty section of our fleet,” he said.

“The Eurocargo was extremely attractive to us particularly from a safety and emissions perspective, they have features and equipment that our current Japanese models can’t match.”

Simon National Carriers’ focus on safety and compliance has also seen the company implement various initiatives, including speed limiting trucks to a maximum of 90 km/h – to reduce fuel consumption and minimise the likelihood of high speed accidents – and driver monitoring on speed, acceleration, harsh braking, rest breaks, driving hours and other parameters.

The new Eurocargos are powered by a Euro 6, 6.7 litre 6-cylinder engine producing 280hp and 1000Nm of torque from a low 1250rpm. An added benefit of the engine is the patented ‘Hi-SCR’ emission control system which features a passive Diesel Particulate Filter that doesn’t require any intervention by the driver. As well as the added convenience, Hi-SCR offers reduced weight and lower fuel consumption compared to more traditional EGR / SCR systems.

Matched to the engines are Allison 5-Speed full automatic transmissions, which help provide a comfortable and hassle-free driving experience, particularly in the busy metropolitan environments in which the trucks will operate.

West said he was impressed with the Eurocargo’s overall safety package, including its full suite of active safety features. “We owe it to our drivers and to other road users to provide the safest vehicles possible,” he said.

“As well as features such as driver airbag and Electronic Stability Program, the Eurocargo has all the latest technology that can help minimise the chance of an accident – features like Advanced Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning can go a long way if a driver becomes momentarily distracted.”

The new trucks will make multiple drops per day throughout the course of the delivery route. “The Eurocargo’s low chassis makes it easier and safer for the driver to access the tray to unload. It’s a similar situation with the cabin, it’s easy to get in and out of and during the course of a busy day with lots of deliveries, it’s less tiring on our drivers,” West said.

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