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F-Max takes out Truck of the Year 2019

A jury convening 23 senior journalists and editors from European media has voted the Ford F-Max as the International Truck of the Year it was announced yesterday at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany.

It’s the first time a non-European heavy vehicle has taken out the award.

Haydar Yenigün, Ford Otosan General Manager, accepted the award.

“After successfully completing 5 million kilometres of road tests in 11 countries on four continents, the F-MAX will set a new benchmark in the international transport industry,” he said.

“The International Truck of the Year award is a very important step toward our future. I would like to thank all of our employees for their efforts in winning this prestigious award.”

In order to qualify for the award the truck must have been introduced into market in the previous 12 months.

Key qualifying criteria for award consideration included a vehicle’s contribution to road transport efficiency, technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, fuel economy, environmental footprint and Total Cost of Ownership.

The Ford F-Max won with 126 votes ahead of the latest in the Scania L&P Series and highly fancied models from Volvo Trucks’ latest FH/FM range.

A recent and extended test drive in Turkey of the F-Max for the ITOY jury members garnered unanimous acclaim for its driveline, Eco-Roll, Adaptive Cruise Control and GPS-based Predicative Cruise Control functions.

The Ford Ecotorq Euro 6 engine rated at 500hp featuring a ZF 12-speed Traxon automated gearbox was praised for its reduced noise.

Other notable features include a new long-haul ergonomic comfortable cab with excellent storage capacity and cockpit-style dashboard featuring digital instrument cluster.

“With the introduction of the F-Max, Ford Trucks has delivered a fine engineered tractor that can be a meaningful new player in the highly competitive segment of long-haul transport,” said Gianenrico Griffini, ITOY Chairman at the IAA event.

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