Test Days for the Fleet Transport Irish Truck of the Year Awards 2023

*In association with AIB Finance & Leasing

New trucks worth over £2.5 million have been presented by seven commercial vehicle brands for evaluation at the Fleet Transport Irish Truck of the Year Awards 2023. This 19th edition of the annual awards programme, held by Fleet Publications and sponsored by AIB Finance & The hire took place over two days at the Moyvalley Hotel, County Kildare.

Here, a panel of seven expert judging members rated each truck in three main categories – Fleet Specifications Tractors, Construction, Energy/Alternative Fuels: Electric and Natural Gas. Test drives were carried out along national and main roads, with construction trucks being brought to a nearby quarry to perform more in its natural environment. In addition, and to obtain further information on the products, technical presentations made by the various brands to the panel.

According to Jarlath Sweeney, Group Editor, Fleet Publications, the event was very interesting and busy! “Yes, we had a very interesting two days with truck testing at the Moyvally Hotel, a new venue for us which worked well. The high levels of technology and specification were demonstrated to us by the brands, and on behalf of the panel, we are very grateful for the time and effort they put into preparing and showcasing the trucks.The continued advancements in diesel engineering are appreciated, as is the continued development of electric powertrains and the natural gas. All bodes well for the future as industries reduce the carbon footprint of operators,” he said.

Full details of this year’s competition will appear in the next issue of Fleet Transport magazine. In the meantime, these are the makes and models vying for the main and category awards, which will be announced and presented at the Fleet Transport Awards gala dinner at the Johnstown Estate Hotel, Enfield, County Meath on November 10.

FLEET TRANSPORT IRISH TRUCK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2023

BEST FLEET TRACTOR

DAF XF 480 FT 4×2

DAF XG 530 FTG 6×2

IVECO SWAY AS 570 6×2

MAN TGX 26.510 6×2

MERCEDES-BENZ ACTROS 1840 LS 4×2

RENAULT T480 4×2

RENAULT T-High 520 6×2

SCANIA 560S SUPER 6×2

VOLVO FH 460 6×2

IVECO XWAY At 420 8×4

MAN TGS 35.430 8×4

MERCEDES-BENZ 3243K 8×4

RENAULT C440 8×4

VOLVO FM 420 8×4

NATURAL GAS

IVECO S-WAY 460 CNG 4×2 tractor

RENAULT D-WIDE CNG 4×2 rigid

VOLVO FM 460 6×2 LNG tractor

ELECTRIC

RENAULT E-TECH D-LARGE 26T rigid

VOLVO eFL200 4×2 rigid

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