Two Trucks Part 1 – The Iveco

I have finally completed the Steam Achievement of driving 1000km in trucks from each manufacturer. The last two makers were the Iveco and Volvo. I should put my hand up at this point and say that I was already marking these down as not going to join my personal fleet. My experience of the Iveco Stralis had not been a particularly good one and I hated the very granular plastic dashboard. As for the Volvo – last time I drove one was as a driver for hire and I didn’t really like the interior of the cab – cream and grey!?! – nor the instrument layout. Since then I have restarted the save, the new France map has arrived and I have driven vehicles from every other manufacturer over long distances.

I turned up at the Iveco dealer in my Mercedes-Benz and sold it. Then I reviewed the various Iveco options on offer. With plenty of cash in hand I was looking for a high level vehicle with a sleeper cab. After viewing the Stralis Active Space sleeper which reminded me a lot of the Merc, I took a look a little lower down the pecking order at the Stralis Hi-Way. This truck seemed a better proposition. Even so, I still was viewing it as a 1000km and sell option. It was the first run that convinced me that I will keep the truck. Compared with the standard Stralis, the Hi-Way has a much better quality dash and one that I was immediately more comfortable with than the one in the Merc Actros. Forward visibility is very good and the mirrors are well positioned. But what really got my attention was the more active feel of the cab following on from the Merc – it was a little like driving the FLB! Suddenly there was more than just the pennants hanging at an angle to tell me I was taking a corner quite fast  Perhaps the Merc could do with some more life in its driving to make it more appealing?

In the previous post you will have seen the Iveco Hi-Way in the ‘Goodfeel Orange’ colours supplied by the dealer. I said they wouldn’t last! She now wears a custom livery that is supplied in the game for all trucks but I think it only really works on this one! Green, Brown and Cream – must have been created with Great Western Railway fans in mind! I lightened the shade of green very slightly but that’s all! I added bull bars and lights to complete the package and here she is in all her finery 🙂

Parked up in Toulouse after the refit.
On route from Genève to Malmö with a load of Electronics.
Three Iveco’s – showing a selection of the different outfitting choices.
Delivering a pressure tank to Rostock.

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  1. My brother-in-law is a truck driver and travels all over Europe. Or as he puts it: ”They pay me to be a tourist.”
    He is currently en route to Bordeaux,France with a load of rope, believe it or not!. At the moment he has stopped for the night in Spain. He drives an Iveco.

    • I’m waiting and hoping for a map expansion into Spain in the game. I do visit Bordeaux regularly and one of my company garages is up the coast in Nantes. Sadly, I only drive trucks in the game – in the real world I’m an almost retired Telecomms engineer.

      Hope he travels safe and enjoys the tourism 🙂

      • We Google chat every day and have become vicarious tourists.
        My daughter even helps him out with traffic problems the nearest truck stop or garage along his route.
        She knows his Nice /Monaco route like the back of her hand already!
        Amazing to think we can do this while sitting here in Johannesburg!

      • The internet is so useful for that sort of thing and it’s really great that you can keep in touch 🙂 I can see your daughter becoming a trucker herself at this rate!

      • Well, the next time she pops over to Portugal, her uncle has promised she can be his navigator. After all, she is familiar with most of his routes already!

      • Now that sounds like fun 🙂 I bet she’s looking forward to that!

      • Indeed she is!

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