An Iveco Powerstar has topped the leader board at this year’s ‘Dakar Rally’, widely considered the World’s most demanding off-road racing event.
Piloted by Dutchman Gerard De Rooy, the Iveco Powerstar covered the 9,000 kilometre course over some of Argentina and Bolivia’s most inhospitable terrain, an hour and ten minutes clear of the closest competitor.
On his way to triumph in the Dakar (the second Dakar victory of his career), De Rooy also steered the Powerstar to three stage wins and several more podium finishes.
Capping off a stellar Dakar for Iveco was a third place finish for Argentinian, Federico Villagra, in another Powerstar, with a further two Ivecos placing in the top ten.
This event marked the 38th running of the Dakar and featured a record-breaking number of entrants, including 55 trucks competing on 13 stages in extreme temperatures over surfaces including, sand, rocks and mud.
The Iveco Powerstar and Trakker models competing in this year’s event were powered by Iveco Cursor 13 engines that were race-prepared by FPT (Fiat Power Train) Industrial, resulting in reliability while still outputting an impressive 900 plus horsepower.
Iveco Brand President, Pierre Lahutte, said the Dakar result was the latest in a string of international successes for the brand.
“Iveco’s triumph in the 2016 Dakar, with a resounding success provides more recognition after the Eurocargo ‘International Truck of the Year 2016’ and Magelys ‘International Coach of the Year 2016’ titles,” he said.
“Iveco put the excellent reliability of its trucks on the trails of the Dakar rally, enabling the team’s outstanding pilots to give their best performance in the race. I would like to thank Gerard De Rooy, Federico Villagra, Anton Van Genugten, Pep Vila and Ales Loprais and their remarkable teams for the determination and drive they have shown.”
The Powerstar nameplate has its origins in Australia, with Iveco’s road-going trucks of the same name having been developed here.
Iveco Australia Marketing Manager, Darren Swenson, said the lessons learned in motorsport assisted the company in honing and enhance its product offerings in consumer markets.
“Participation in the Dakar rally confirms the reliability of Iveco trucks and the brand’s ongoing commitment to product research, development and testing in some of the world’s most inhospitable and competitive environments,” Mr Swenson said. “Many common features of modern vehicles can trace their conception to motorsports of various kinds.”
“Buyers of Iveco trucks in Australia should be buoyed in the knowledge that our vehicles are making an impact on one of the World’s toughest proving grounds.”
1. De Rooy – IVECO 2. Mardeev – Kamaz 3. Villagra – IVECO 4. Stacey – MAN 5. Van Genugten – IVECO
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Iveco Australia manufactures and imports commercial vehicles spanning the light, medium and heavy duty truck segments and, under the Iveco Bus brand, buses and coaches. The commercial vehicle range includes on and off-road models beginning with car licence vans, through to road train prime movers rated at up to 140 tonnes GCM. The ACCO and Powerstar vehicles, developed and produced specifically for the Australian market, complement Iveco’s worldwide best sellers such as the Daily, Eurocargo, Trakker and Stralis. Iveco vehicles are ably supported by a dedicated network of 50 dealerships and service outlets strategically located nationwide, offering aftersales services that include extended warranties, roadside assistance and programmed maintenance contracts.
Iveco’s Australian manufacturing base in Dandenong Victoria, represents a major investment in the local truck and bus industry. Iveco directly employs around 600 people nationwide and thousands more Australians in related industries, from retailing operations to component suppliers.
Iveco is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a World leader in Capital Goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNHI) and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Borsa Italiana (MI: CNHI). Iveco designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, and vehicles for applications such as off-road missions.
Iveco employs close to 21,000 individuals globally. It manages production sites in seven countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America where it produces vehicles featuring the latest advanced technologies. 4,200 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries guarantee technical support wherever an Iveco vehicle is at work.
Iveco employs close to 21,000 individuals globally. It manages production sites in 7 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America where it produces vehicles featuring the latest advanced technologies. 4,200 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries guarantee technical support wherever an Iveco vehicle is at work.
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