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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 28th 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---15 VERSATILE: An Iveco ACCO garbage truck in action . The truck has been fine-tuned over the years for the waste industry. Waste not, want not with Iveco's truck with Graham Smith wheels I N the corridors of power at Iveco headquarters they laughingly say that it's the waste industry that is the real owner of the ACCO, that they are simply the pro- ducers of Australia's great working class truck. Its not the case, of course, but its an accurate reflection of the importance of the link between Iveco and the waste industry. In reality, the ACCO is the product of a unique partnership between Iveco, its designer and producer, and the waste operators who continue to buy it in huge numbers. The ACCO is the best-selling truck in Iveco's local range; it outsells such heavyweight heroes as the Stralis, Powerstar, and that makes it the most important truck the company has here. Given that the majority of ACCOs produced at Iveco's Dandenong plant in Melbourne are snapped up by the waste industry it's no wonder that the company is prepared and eager to maintain the development partnership that waste operators want. ''We produce it, but it's really owned by the vocational market,'' says Lloyd Reeman, Iveco's Director of Key Ac- counts, and the man driving the ACCO's success. ''But more than that it's the waste guys who are the main owners.'' To that end Iveco's people regularly sit down with the major players in the waste business to review what needs to be done to the ACCO to keep them coming back for more. ''Every second year we have a waste forum when we invite the key players in the industry to tell us what we need to do to enhance the truck even further for their needs,'' Reeman says. ''They also report to us every couple of months on any product development things we should be looking at, any reliability issues we have, and also the good things we're doing. The end result is that it is what they want.'' The common message from waste operators is that they don't want the fundamentals of the ACCO to change, that it's the perfect tool for the job. Any changes that are made, they say, should make the truck better for the job it has made its own over many years, and it's those changes that are incor- porated into the ACCO. According to Lloyd Reeman, one of the enthusiastic men behind the ACCO, there have been some 3400 changes made to the ACCO over many years that have fine-tuned it for the waste industry. They include things like adding protective guards around the left-hand headlights and front turn signal lamp so they don't get damaged by trees and shrubs on nature strips, a seal has been added to the top of the new front panel to stop waste material leaking in behind the grille and contaminating the equipment fitted there, there's a special windscreen wiper on the left to keep the driver's view clear to both A- pillars on dual control, there's also a new sunvisor to shield the driver from the burning rays of the sun, and a new driving light to aid visibility. Inside the cabin the driver has the convenience of cup holders and the comfort of more efficient air- conditioning, something that is essen- tial when you're in the truck for eight hours and virtually stationary when working. Driver comfort is something Iveco is keenly aware of and as a result devotes a sizable portion of its engineering resources to in an effort to make sure they meet those needs. Disc wheels are now standard instead of spider wheels to make it easier for tyre service people to change tyres on site. The cab jack has been moved further outboard for easier access, and there's a new oil filler so the driver can check and top up the oil without tilting the cab. There's also a new fuel filter, the transmission oil cooler has been moved to improve its durability and the air storage tanks have been relocated. A FUPS front bar is now standard, which allows the truck to carry 6.5- tonne on the front axle and that means more payload. In addition to the meetings with the waste companies there are also regular discussions with the body builders who produce the side loaders, front loaders, hook loaders and other bodies that the waste companies will fit to the ACCO after it leaves the Iveco factory to find out what things would make their job easier. used cars Motors Glenorchy MOTORS have two current model Toyota Corolla Levins available today. These six-speed manual vehicles have low kilometres. Features include electronic stability, a leather steering wheel and gear selector knob, alloy wheels, MP3 six-stack CD player incorporating iPod input and Bluetooth. They are in terrific condition and priced at $22,995 for the 2007 and $23,995 for the 2008 model. Performance Automobiles A 2004 Subaru Liberty sedan Tiptronic semi-automatic is a hot deal. This good-looking car has the performance and safety Subaru is famous for. Priced at $18,990 drive away with a three-year warranty. DJ Quality Used WHEEL Deal for this week at DJs is a 2004 Subaru Liberty reduced by $3000. This 3.0-litre vehicle features a R-B4 GEN engine, six-speed manual AWD, front and side airbags, ABS brakes, leather seats, electric sunroof, climate control, six- disc 13-speaker McIntosh stereo, 18-inch alloys and cruise control. Was $26,990 now $23,990 drive away. Wayne's Car Sales WAYNE'S has a 2008 Toyota Hilux 4x4 turbo diesel dual cab flat tray priced to sell at $44,990 (less for ABN holders). Features an alloy bull bar, 3.0-litre turbo diesel, tow bar, side steps, air conditioning and 21,000km on the clock. Silver paint, full tinted windows and 26 months of new car warranty round out a tidy package. Euro Central Used EURO Central has a very hard-to-find pre-owned Honda Jazz VTi hatch. This 1.5-litre automatic is a class leader in fuel economy and interior space, with a magic seat system, anti-lock braking and electric widows. This car is $18,888 drive away, including a three- year/175,000km used car warranty. Co-Op Used BE quick to grab a great deal on a tough work vehicle. Co-Op has a 2005 Patrol DX 4.2-litre turbo diesel with air conditioning, new wheels and tyres. *ERG Truck Tracker 1989-2008. *Drive away price includes GST, stamp duty and 12 months registration. Limited to stock available. †Government tax break applies to all new trucks subject to "small business and general business tax break" legislation, a business must purchase the asset before end 31 Dec 2009 and have it installed ready for use before end 31 Dec 2010, the deduction will be available to the taxpayer who is entitled to the capital allowance deduction under Division 40 of ITAA97 in respect of the asset and the deduction will be 50 per cent of the cost of the asset (exclusive of GST). For full terms and conditions see www.treasury.gov.au. This is general advice only. Businesses intending to take advantage of the 50% tax break should contact a tax professional for advice on their circumstances. ISZ6445 NLR 200 FACTORY TIPPER $46,650* DRIVE AWAY GREAT DRIVE AWAY DEALS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR: LAUNCESTON & NORTH WEST COAST HOBART ATTENTION TASSIE TRADIES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TAX BREAK†. Isuzu NQR450 Premium Long $75,000Drive away 50% Investment Allowance Is your business eligible for the Federal Government s Investment Allowance? Check your eligiblility with your tax advisor as you may be able to claim a tax credit of 50% on new or demo vehicles purchased for your business before 31 December 2009. 185HP engine, new truck ex demo, price includes new curtains in customer colours, tautliner fitted with gates, nose cone & ATK 1000kg tuck away tailgate loader with aluminium platform, toolbox & load binders fitted to track under body. 8.7 Ton GVM. Premium model comes with AMT transmission, climate control, cruise control, fog lamps etc. Suit new truck buyer. Plus remainder of 6 year/300,000km warranty (from April 2008). Demo rego expires 3/4/2010. Big savings on next generation Isuzu "that s what I want!" Derwent Park, 8C Lampton Ave Phone 6211 0504 Shane Hilder 0408 108 231 One only!
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