a brand of CNH Industrial, conquered the top of the podium at Dakar 2016, the
world's longest and most competitive off-road rally. This edition saw trucks,
cars, quads and motorcycles race across 9,000 kilometres of off-road terrain
through Argentina and Bolivia. Out of 55 competing trucks, six different brands
made it into the top twelve in the Truck Category. Iveco dominated this list
with four trucks in the top ten, three of which were in the top five, including
first place. Dutch driver Gerard de Rooy, leader of Team Petronas De Rooy
Iveco, was placed first in the 2016 edition.
This is his second victory in
the Dakar's Truck Category. His performance over the rally's thirteen stages
once again demonstrated his experience and skills in both driving and
navigation and confirmed the dependability of the Iveco Powerstar to win a race
of this magnitude. Argentinian driver Federico Villagra placed third in his
Iveco Powerstar. He counted an impressive following of millions of local fans
in Argentina, where Iveco is the market leader for commercial vehicles.
The Dakar route presented
itself as the perfect proving ground to showcase the versatility and strength
of Iveco's trucks. It was also a great opportunity for Iveco to highlight the performance
of its engines. The Iveco Cursor 13 engines are manufactured at CNH
Industrial's engine plant in Bourbon Lancy, France and specifically prepared
for the race by CNH Industrial brand FPT Industrial at its Research &
Development centre in Arbon, Switzerland.
"This is a resounding
success and recognition, after the Iveco Eurocargo being named 'International
Truck of the Year 2016' and the Magelys from Iveco Bus winning 'International
Coach of the Year 2016'. Iveco puts the excellent reliability of its trucks on
the trails of the Dakar rally, enabling the team's outstanding drivers to give
their best performance in the race," commented Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand
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