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F-Max is Russia’s Truck of the Year!

October 8, 2019
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Following its International Truck of the Year (ITOY) 2019 success, the has now won the Truck of the Year award in Russia. The winner of this prestigious award is chosen by journalists from specialist transport publications in Russia.

The award ceremony was held during the Comtrans 2019 exhibition, in which Ford Trucks also participated. (Read more about Comtrans on page 34 of this issue of FOCUS.)

Ford Trucks vice president Serhan Turfan tells FOCUS that the F-Max’s victory confirms that Ford Trucks is a significant player in the global market. “We believe that the Truck of the Year award we have achieved in Russia is another indicator of our potential strength in the global arena. The ITOY award shows that the F-Max has set a new standard in the commercial vehicle market. Russia is a big and challenging market, and the F-Max has once again proved itself. We are confident that the F-Max will continue its success all over the world,” he says.

The F-Max is equipped with a 12,7 litre E6D Ecotorq engine, which delivers 500 hp (373 kW) of power and maximum torque of 2500 Nm. It boasts a 2,5-m-wide cab that has a flat floor, providing 2 160 mm of floor-to-ceiling height. It’s a brilliant truck to drive; we hope to see it in South Africa in the not-too-distant future. However, it is currently only available in left-hand drive.

My friends call me a glomad (a global nomad lest you don’t get it). That’s a particularly apt word, because I am always trawling all corners of the globe, looking for stories. As a result, I have slept in some seriously strange places – on a bed of ice in the Arctic circle, on the floor in a traditional Japanese hotel, on the sand dunes in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan … and even on the floor of a Thai cargo ship. Mostly however I tend to sleep on aircraft (if I had a dog, he would bark at me when I eventually come home). I am passionate about trucks, cars, travel, food, wine, people and hugs – so I write about all these things. Except the hugs.

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