Iveco (Industrial Vehicles Corporation), nowadays a CNH Industrial Company, was founded in 1975. It was a major merger between Fiat’s truck division and the truckmakers OM from Italy, Unic from France and Magirus-Deutz from Germany. Initially Fiat owned 80% of the Iveco shares, in 1980 that percentage increased to the full 100%.
Since 2002 Iveco’s line-up of heavy duty construction and off-road trucks is called the Trakker, it superseded the EuroTrakker. Mainly through Magirus-Deutz the Iveco company got a fabulous expertise in building heavy duty off-road vehicles.
The maximum axle load of each rear axle is 9,500 kg. Add the 9,000 kg of the front axle and you get a 28,000 kg (61,700 lbs) GVWR for this 6×6 dump truck. Heavy duty 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 10×8 trucks are very common around here.
They’re all cabovers these days, but I vividly remember the conventional 6×6 dump trucks from my childhood in the (early) seventies. The conventionals I saw on our roads back then were built by Ginaf, Terberg, Mercedes-Benz, MAN, Hanomag-Henschel, Magirus-Deutz and Tatra.
The Iveco is also equipped with a PTO-driven crane. Trucks like this have a hard life, not only due to the nature of their full-time daily job, but also because these are used during the winter season for salt spreading and snow plowing.
The crane is mounted on the truck’s frame, right inbetween the tilt cab and dump bed.
The rear side of the chassis, with a drawbar coupling. Typically this kind of on-/off-road trucks tows a lowbed trailer to transport construction machinery. In that case the legal maximum GVWR of the whole combination is 50,000 kg, which explains the 400+ hp engines in these short distance cabover trucks with their day cabs.
The cab is related to the Iveco Stralis long distance trucks and tractors, the Trakkers have a steel bumper though. This Trakker is powered by an Iveco 13 liter 6-cylinder diesel engine, good for 440 hp. Note the super singles on the front axle.