Tractor distributor JG Plant has taken delivery of an Iveco New Eurocargo, featuring the manufacturer’s patented HI-SCR engine technology, for delivering agricultural plant across South Wales.

The 4×2 rigid is the company’s first Iveco, and was specified with a plant body and Fassi crane. Supplied by local Iveco dealer Glenside Commercials of Caerphilly, it joins a second rigid truck at the Bridgend-headquartered firm.

JG Plant Managing Director Gareth Rees says: “We’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the drivers since putting the Iveco into service. From day one it’s had a very busy introduction to life on our fleet, and it hasn’t skipped a beat. We’re over the moon with the truck’s performance and versatility, and when the time comes to expand, I’m confident we’ll be looking at another Iveco.

“We were especially impressed with the excellent customer service provided by both Iveco and Glenside Commercials. At the outset, we explained the delivery challenges we face as a company, and together they drew up a specification of the right vehicle for the job – taking the time to select a longer wheelbase chassis for the heavy agricultural tractors we carry, and a Fassi crane for our delivery operations.”

The New Eurocargo – which was named International Truck of the Year 2016 – will be in operation five days a week at JG Plant, supporting the company’s tractor delivery operations, alongside a side-line delivering landscaping products and raw materials for JG Plant’s sister company – sports ground engineering and landscaping specialist, Inscapes.

Powered by Iveco’s Tector 5 engine, the New Eurocargo (ML160E21/P) is capable of producing up to 210 hp between 2,050 and 2,500 rev/min, and up to 750 Nm of torque between 1,400 and 1,800 rev/min.

Launched last year as ‘the truck the city likes’, the New Eurocargo combines exceptional manoeuvrability with a quiet, fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly driveline. The truck’s spacious cab, which was created to act as a ‘mobile office’, features increased storage, a fold-out ‘desk’, and USB ports for charging mobile devices.

JG Plant’s New Eurocargo also features Iveco’s patented HI-SCR system, which has been designed to meet Euro VI emissions standards without the need for exhaust gas recirculation. This means productivity is increased as HI-SCR requires neither driver involvement nor downtime from active regeneration, meaning no fuel is utilised to burn particulates and no energy is lost to cool down exhaust gases.

“Our drivers have reported being really impressed with the New Eurocargo’s responsive transmission and – crucially – its turning circle. A lot of our deliveries for Inscapes take place in urban locations, such as city centres, and being able to pull into those tricky spots with ease and offload with the crane makes every delivery easier,” adds Rees.

JG Plant is a dealer for Iveco’s sister company – tractor and agricultural machinery provider New Holland – meaning Rees and his colleagues have an in-depth understanding of the many benefits offered by HI-SCR technology, which is used within New Holland’s Tier 4b farm machinery range. Both New Holland and Iveco are part of CNH Industrial – one of the largest capital goods manufacturers in the world.

Established in 1966, JG Plant merged with Inscapes in 2013, harnessing the business’ decades of experience in hauling heavy cargo, and allowing the logistics specialist to support its sister company’s landscaping and sports ground engineering business.