The Iveco Eurocargo is a medium-duty truck manufactured by the Italian company Iveco since 1991. It is the successor of Iveco-Magirus' air-cooled MK series and covers the range from 6.5 to 26 tonnes. It is available in four cab variants: short/long flat roof, long high roof & double cab. It can be delivered as a chassis or as a tractor unit.
In this blog post, we want to introduce you to the history and development of the Iveco Eurocargo and show you why it is the perfect commercial vehicle for all inner-city operations and municipal applications.
The first generation (1991-2002)
The first generation of the Eurocargo appeared in 1992 as the successor to the MK series, which had been in production since the 1970s. In contrast to its predecessor, only water-cooled engines were fitted. The engine range consisted of four- and six-cylinder diesel engines with a displacement of 4 to 6 litres and an output of 100 to 280 hp. The Eurocargo was available with a manual or automatic transmission and offered various wheelbases and body lengths.
The Iveco Eurocargo stood out for its features and innovations, such as:
- A modern design with aerodynamic lines
- A comfortable cab with ergonomic dashboard
- A high level of safety with ABS, ASR and airbags
- A high level of reliability with a long service life
- A high level of economy with low fuel consumption
The Eurocargo quickly became a popular truck for transporting all kinds of goods in Europe and beyond.
The second generation (2002-2008)
The second generation of the Eurocargo appeared in 2002 with some improvements and extensions to the model. New Tector engines were added to the engine range, which met the Euro 3 emissions standard. Power ranged from 140 to 300 hp. The Eurocargo was now also available with an electronically controlled gearbox (EuroTronic), which offered better shift quality.
The Iveco Eurocargo was also visually revised to give it a fresher look. The most important changes were:
- A new radiator grille with the Iveco lettering
- New headlights with integrated turn signals
- New bumpers with fog lights
- New exterior mirrors with electric adjustment
The Eurocargo remained a versatile truck for various applications, such as:
- Box body, platform body, refrigerated body, tank body, tipper body, fire engine body, tow truck body, refuse body, concrete mixer body
- Tractor unit for light semi-trailers
- All-wheel drive for off-road use
The Eurocargo continued to be appreciated for its quality and performance.
The third generation (2008-2016)
The third generation of the Eurocargo appeared in 2008 with an adaptation to the Euro 5+EEV emissions standard. The Tector engines were further developed to reduce emissions and increase efficiency. Power ranged from 160 to 300 hp. The Eurocargo was now also available with an automated transmission (EuroTronic II), which provided better fuel economy.
The Iveco Eurocargo also received a new look, giving it a more modern and dynamic appearance. The most important changes were:
- A new radiator grille with a chrome frame
- New headlights with LED daytime running lights
- New bumpers with integrated fog lights and air intakes
- New exterior mirrors with integrated indicators
The Eurocargo maintained its versatility and flexibility, offering more than 11,000 different configurations. It was also equipped with various driver assistance systems, such as:
- ESP (Electronic Stability Programme)
- LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System)
- ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control)
- AEBS (Emergency Brake Assist)
The Eurocargo continued to be praised for its reliability and economy.
The fourth generation (2016-today)
The fourth generation of the Eurocargo appeared in 2016 with an introduction of the natural gas engine and compliance with the Euro VI D emissions standard. The Tector 6 natural gas engine has a displacement of 5.8 litres and an output of 204 hp.
It offers an excellent environmental balance and features low levels of nitrogen oxides, complete elimination of lead and hydrocarbon compounds and 95 % fewer particulates compared to diesel. It also has a lower noise level, which makes it an ideal partner for night-time transport tasks.
The Eurocargo was also slightly redesigned visually to give it a fresher look. The most important changes were:
- A new radiator grille with a new Iveco badge
- New headlights with LED indicators
- New bumpers with new air intakes
- New exterior mirrors with aerodynamic shape
The Iveco Eurocargo remained a versatile truck for all inner-city operations and municipal applications. It is sustainable, efficient, manoeuvrable and versatile. It can be used for goods delivery, refuse collection, road maintenance and street cleaning. It has a small turning circle and a large turning angle.
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