Widdowson plays 21

Iveco has won an order to deliver 21 new Stralis Hi-Road high-roof 6×2 twin-steer tractor units to the Widdowson Group, financed through Iveco Capital. The Widdowson Group took delivery of the first 10 Stralis Hi-Roads from local Iveco dealer Guest Truck and Van in May. The Leicester-based haulier will take delivery of a further 11 Stralis tractors over the next six months, which will all be used for general haulage throughout the UK.

Each of the fleet’s heavy trucks travel an average of 120,000 km to 140,000 km per annum, and are on the road between five and six days per week, with some units being double-shifted for night work.

The new Iveco tractors are powered by EEV-rated FPT Industrial 10.3-litre Cursor 10 engines, which are capable of producing up to 460 bhp between 1550-2100 rpm, plus 2100 Nm of torque between 1050-1550 rpm and are fitted with EuroTronic automated transmissions as standard.

Harry Hawksworth, chairman and technical director of the Widdowson Group, said: “It was Iveco’s absolute commitment to the product and the aftersales support it offers that really sold it to me.

“Prior to the first vehicles entering service, an Iveco driver trainer provided specific training and driver familiarisation to show our team how to get the best out of the vehicles. It’s still early days, but the feedback has been very positive so far.” Iveco’s Driving Style

Evaluation tool is fitted in the new vehicles, enabling the driver to improve their driving style in real time – a tool Iveco says can generate fuel savings of between 5-12 per cent.