Iveco Australia to build Stralis AT in Melbourne

Iveco Australia has announced that it will be assembling the Stralis ATi model at its facility in Dandenong, Melbourne, renaming it Stralis AT.

The Stralis AT is currently sold in Australia as a fully imported model, with Australian manufacturing and selected component sourcing, including mirrors, wheel angles, trailer connections, batteries, wheels and liquids, to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The Stralis AT variants will include a 6×4 prime mover and 6×2 rigid in a variety of specification options, and will join existing Stralis AS-L, Powerstar, and ACCO models which are locally built or manufactured in Melbourne.

According to Iveco, local production of AT models will reduce lead times from vehicle order to delivery, and introduce the ability to customise orders with factory-fitted special options and local accessories. 

Iveco Australia Managing Director, Michael Jonson, said the increase in local production highlighted the company’s commitment to Australian manufacturing.

“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,” Jonson said.

“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, so this is good for the local workforce but also for Australian truck buyers, who can further reap the benefits that locally-manufactured vehicles provide.

“The expansion of local production not only reflects a strong belief from Iveco Australia that local manufacturing is sustainable, but the initiative is also strongly supported by Iveco’s parent company, CNH Industrial,” Jonson said. 

The addition of the Stralis AT to the production mix will see the Dandenong facility undergo investment in tooling and software to calibrate the AT’s adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems, and therefore introduce new technology to the site.

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