Commercial vehicle manufacturer IVECO has announced its plans to bring the Euro 6 ACCO to local shores starting next year as the last Euro 5 has left the assembly line in Melbourne.
The last unit built will be retained by IVECO for posterity and for display at future events it confirmed at an event attended by IVECO Australia staff and key component suppliers to the ACCO range since it was first introduced in 1961.
It has undergone over 4,300 specification changes since then and been used in all manner of applications from light rigid to prime mover jobs across Australia and New Zealand.
Increasing speculation has mounted as to IVECO's long term manufacturing plans in Australia following parent company CNH Industrial's decision to divest itself of retailer Truckline in recent weeks.
At an event attended by IVECO Australia staff and key component suppliers to the ACCO range over the years, IVECO Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Bruce Healy confirmed production of the new Euro 6 ACCO would start in Q1 of 2020 and would continue in Australia as it had been developed specifically for the local market.
The new models have undergone an extensive local development program, with several evaluation vehicles currently in year-long trials with key refuse customers, where they have performed exceptionally well according to feedback and performance benchmarking said IVECO in a statement.
Initial models to be released are aimed at the vocational market, specifically for compactor and hook-lift bin applications which were a mainstay of the previous generation ACCO.
The new range introduces powerful, yet cleaner and more efficient Euro 6 engines coupled to the proven Allison full automatic transmissions.
Vehicles will feature a raft of standard technology including Adaptive Cruise Control, Advanced Emergency Braking System, Electronic Braking System with Brake Assistance, Electronic Stability Program and Daytime Running Lamps.
Hydraulic Retarder, Lane Departure Warning System, Driver Attention Support, a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Xenon Headlamps are also available as options.
Initially developed from the International Mark 3 general service 4x4 vehicle and adapted for civilian use, the ACCO saw widespread acceptance thanks in part to a simple design and tough underpinning.
"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," the company said in a statement.
"Ever increasing emission and safety requirements meant that with the major changes introduced by 2014, the current model had reached its full development potential."