The first months of this year have brought several important changes to TATRA, a traditional Czech company. Production and sales of heavy trucks of all model series have undergone significant consolidation.
In terms of statistics, these indicators have shifted to better numbers compared to the same last year period.
The TATRA brand has found a new owner, the Czech company TATRA TRUCKS a.s., which has ensured the continuity of production and taken over all the truck-maker’s activities. TATRA’s technical development and production regularly bring significant design solutions to the automotive market that offer comprehensive transport solutions to the customers in all industry segments operating the TATRA vehicles.
With the new owner at Bauma
TATRA, for the first time with the new owner, participates in a prestigious international building exhibition Bauma 2013. The thirtieth annual International Trade Fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment will be held at the Exhibition Center in Munich, Bavaria from the 15th to 21st of April 2013.
TATRA has prepared, jointly with the German dealers Gerhard Friedrich und Metallbau Fahrzeugehandel and DAF Berlin Nutzfahrzeuge Vertriebs- und Service GmbH, a presentation of the current top of its production schedule in Hall B, stand No. 303.
The most modern range of heavy trucks from Kopřivnice is represented by a four-axle TATRA PHOENIX tipper, which offers unique driving features and even greater added value for the customer in its standard 8×8 or 8×6 lightened version. The original chassis of the TATRA concept and powertrain components of foreign origin are, as well as a modern cab with a highly comfortable interior, a guarantee full satisfaction the most stringent customer requirements. Motorized with excellent, liquid cooled, PACCAR MX-13 assemblies, of course it meets the strictest emission limits according to Euro V Directive, and is also ready to meet the forthcoming progressive Euro VI standard, which will come into full effect from 2014. Renowned manufacturers such as MEILLER, one of the most important players on the market in this field, or dynamic Slovak producer, VS-mont, supply the tipper bodies. Both of them are strategic TATRA’s partners in the market segment of truck superstructures.
Special TATRA heavy trucks are represented at Bauma 2013 by a mining construction truck TATRA 815-732R90/39 8×8.1 R (1+3) with a Fliegl building superstructure with the discharging system, ensuring effective emptying of the body cargo area without having to tilt. Customer requirements of a low overall vehicle height led to the use of a standard chassis of T 815-7 model range with a compact low cab and the aforementioned building superstructure emptying system.
The original direct air-cooled eight-cylinder TATRA engine compliant with Euro V emission specifications with a maximum output of 325 Nm kW/2100 drives the vehicle. Automatic six-speed Allison 4500 transmission and a two-speed TATRA auxiliary transmission transmit the power output parameters to all four axle wheels, the vehicle is also equipped with an electric Telma retarder.
A two-seat RHD cab TATRA 815-7 with integrated ROPS/FOPS (reinforced roof and cab structure with adequate mounts), which is necessary for safe operation in mining areas, is fitted on the four-axle chassis with the wheelbase 3,900 mm + 1,450 mm + 1,660 mm (arranged 1+3), axle load capacities of 9t, 2x16t and 9t with the steered first and last axles, air bellow suspension of the first and last axles and heavy-duty variant of the combine KING FRAME suspension system on the second and third axles with 16.00 R20 tires on the first and last axles and 24 R21 tires on the second and third axles. The last rear axle is steerable with the VSE electro-hydraulic system. The system works with curving the rear axle at the vehicle speed of 40 km/h. If necessary, the axle can automatically be centered to the zero position – the “safety” feature.
It is a variant of the standard offer of special vehicles of T 815-7 6×6, 8×8 and 10×10 (8) model ranges with a low ROPS/FOPS cab intended for sale primarily on the Australian continent. However, TATRA company is able to offer this type of chassis to other markets too.
The main production schedule of the TATRA brand builds on the latest model range of heavy trucks TATRA PHOENIX, where the unique design of Tatra chassis with the central tube and independently suspended and spring-loaded half-axles, drivetrain of foreign origin, highly valued modern cab design and advanced superstructure design are combined to a great advantage. For the Kopřivnice motor works, customers, business partners, colleagues or brand admirers and supporters, the TATRA PHOENIX model range means a significant step forward in meeting a concept of rigorous customer friendliness.