Hampshire-based haulier Rogers Transport has started 2021 on a high with the arrival of one of the UK’s first right-hand drive customer Iveco S-Way tractor units.
The general haulage and Palletways member will primarily use it on refrigerated supermarket trunking routes, occasionally branching into curtain-side and low-loader work alongside their six Stralis.
Ordered with the range-topping 12.9-litre Cursor 13, the AS440S57TX/FP with its 570hp engine boasts a spec sheet that stretches across several pages. The 6×2 with steering mid-lift runs on full air suspension, which managing director, Simon Rogers says makes for “fantastic road-holding and comfort”.
It also allows them to raise the ride-height all-round whenever they might need to venture off the beaten track. This complements the truck’s shiny light-weight Alcoa Dura-bright aluminium wheels, and Rogers’ bespoke style of fitting chrome lighting and under bumper bars for added style and personality.
Making an early impression is the ZF retarder. This is the first truck that Rogers has bought fitted with the powerful auxiliary braking system, which was chosen to enhance smooth progress on hillier routes with heavy trailers and reduce drivers’ need to rely upon the service brakes, minimising wear on consumable parts.
With body-coloured bumpers and painted in All Black Metallic, styling has been enhanced by the Full LED Pack which includes front and rear LED lighting with the headlights incorporating cornering functionality, fog lights and the new combined DRL (Daytime Running Lights) lighting signature and indicator. While improving visibility and hazard perception by up to 15 per cent, this lighting combination, the paintwork, sun visor and fitted headlamp protection grilles have given the truck a distinctly stealthy look.
Rogers’ drivers will benefit from the new Driver Assistant Pack which includes a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Digital Axle Load Measurement and DSE+DAS (Driving Style Evaluation & Driving Attention Support).
To amplify comfort on nights out in the UK and across continental Europe, the vehicle has been specified with an independent cab heater, ambient lighting, door and bunk blinds, night-time safety lock and new fully integrated under-bonnet parking cooler.
Simon Rogers says: “It’s possible that we got a bit excited and carried away with the specification, but with it being a new model we wanted a fleet flagship and there are so many great new features such as the connectivity and ability to connect and operate certain functions with a smartphone.
“Our drivers all want it for the looks, but I thought I’d keep the keys for a little while. However we’re already so impressed with it, an order for a second has been placed.”