The ACCO is a medium duty truck build by Iveco . The vehicle was designed for the Australian market and is available in a wide range of versions with 4x2, 6x4 and 8x4 axle configurations. Thanks to its versatile character, the truck can be used for waste, distribution and construction applications.
The Iveco ACCO has a long history behind and was launched for first time in 1972. Since then, the truck was continuously improved and the latest major upgrade was made in 2007 when the truck received a new exterior design together with improved comfort and efficiency.
The Iveco Acco is powered by a 2010 Cummins ISL-E5 engine which is available with three power ratings, ranging from 260 hp to 315 hp.
The truck features a cab over engine configuration for enhanced maneuverability in tight working sites. Its design however isn’t something to rave about, as it’s rather dull than modern.
The front features a Iveco-s “V” shaped grille which is traversed by two horizontal stripes. The headlights are mounted lower into the bumper, which leaves the truck’s front fascia pretty clean. The main lights however, look like an afterthought and their round shape fails to gel nicely with the robust design of the cabin.
The one-piece steel bumper is mounted deeper for greater protection and was engineered to resist to various impacts that may occur during heavy work conditions.
Thanks to the 2007 facelift the Acco has also received revised front and side air deflectors which provide better airflow and improve both the look and aerodynamics. Under the side deflectors there are mounted small turn indicators which are easy to see from afar.
Thanks to a hydraulic lift and latch the cabin folds forward providing easy aces to the engine. To offer a proper ride the cabin features a four point mounting system with rubber blocks at the front and air springs with dampers at the rear.
Access inside could prove to be a bit difficult, as the steps are placed pretty high from the ground. Once inside however, the 2.2-metre, walk-through cab is wide and spacious, offering a proper amount of space.
Though, the dashboard could’ve been more modern and the build quality is a bit poor. Luckily, most of the controls are placed intuitively, but the bad part is that they aren’t within easy reach and you will have to do some serious stretching exercises to reach them. As a result you’ll find yourself pretty often leaning forward even for minor necessities such as mirror adjustments or window openings.
The seats are among the most uncomfortable units in the segment and despite their adjustments, it will be very hard to find a proper driving position that won’t leave you with back pains after a few hours of driving. Luckily, the steering wheel has an ergonomic design and can also be adjusted, improving the driving position a bit.
On the other hand, we don’t have any complains about the all-round visibility, as the windshield is big enough to give you a clear view of the road. The side visibility is also pretty good and the mirrors have very few blind spots.
The Iveco Acco comes with cruise control, air-conditioning, power windows and an AM/FM radio with CD player. For enhance versatility, the ACCO is also available with dual controls to cope with some waste-collecting applications.
Engines and transmissions
The ACCO is equipped with an 8.3-litre six-cylinder Cummins ISL-E5 common-rail direct-injection turbocharged engine. The engine copes great with the utilitarian character of the truck and is available with three outputs including 260hp, 285hp and 315hp ratings. Maximum torques of 1055Nm for the 260hp and 285hp models and 1350Nm for the 315hp unit ensures that the Iveco Acco can carry massive payloads without feeling underpowered.
For enhanced efficiency and lower fuel consumption, the Cummins ISC engine includes a catalytic converter, aluminized stainless steel exhaust piping, a revised gantry design and a particulate filter.
There is also available a wide range of transmission choices which includes Eaton’s 9, 10, 11 and 13-speed manual, and 5 or 6-speed Allison automatic transmissions which are mainly intended for compactor and agitator use. There is also available a power take off (PTO) with pump mounting brackets which is standard on automatics and optional for manuals.
Iveco Acco Engines specifications
|Engines||hp @ rpm||Nm @ rpm|
|Cummins ISL-E5||260 @ 2100||1055 @ 1300|
|Cummins ISL-E5||285 @ 2100||1055 @ 1300|
|Cummins ISL-E5||315 @ 2100||1350 @ 1300|
Ride and suspensions
The ACCO’s chassis features high tensile steel frame rails bolted, with flange-headed bolts for improved strength.
To be able to cope with a wide range of applications the truck is offered with a various rear suspensions that include Hendrickson air suspension, rubber springs or Iveco’s three-rod leaf springs, with capacities ranging from 9 to 18.1 tonnes. Moreover, the Acco is also available with Airtek front air suspension.
You won’t have any major complains about the air suspensions, but the steel suspensions offer a pretty harsh ride, especially on country roads where you can feel every bump of the road directly in your spine, despite the air suspended seat.
The stopping power is assured by dual air braking system which use Meritor 419mm drum brakes measuring 178mm wide at the rear and 152mm at the front.
The Iveco Acco doesn’t bring anything new on the table. It’s clean styling might be uncharitably described as boring, but we’ll go with modern. Too much frippery would only harm its rugged nature and the new Acco looks like it’s ready to tackle some harsh jobs. Though, the build quality continues to be poor, the cabin remained pretty limited with third class comfort and marginal ergonomy.
The Iveco Acco however, puts up solid numbers and has got the goods where it counts. Its engines are strong and pretty efficient, the suspensions are part of the heavy duty class and will carry anything without whining and the road manners are also pretty convincing.