Steyr Konzept lands top design award


Steyr, the premium short-liner agricultural brand of CNH Industrial N.V., has received the prestigious Platinum Award in the 2020 MUSE Design Awards Competition in the Concept Design category.

Conferred by a jury composed of renowned international design professionals and leading industry specialists, the Steyr Konzept succeeded in a field of some 3,000 entrants. The MUSE Creative and MUSE Design Awards, established by the International Awards Associate Inc., recognise the achievements of design professionals from around the world hailing from a range of disciplines.

Combining innovative technologies in a unique, sustainable and potentially zero emission package, STEYR, in partnership with sister powertrain brand FPT Industrial, created the Steyr Konzept, which encapsulates a future vision for agricultural machinery.

Conceived by CNH Industrial’s Design Center, the concept is characterised by a completely fresh design approach and is a distinct departure from conventional tractor design. Every element is functional yet stylish, and the fluid design lines convey a technologically advanced approach. Key Steyr styling cues have been integrated and reinterpreted with a futuristic slant, such as the traditional external white cab structure and the inclusion of an asymmetrical grille. The cab’s minimalist design language is complemented by advanced display projection technology. Key operating parameters are projected onto the front transparent screens to enhance overall operator visibility and access to at-a-glance information. This customer centric design is focused on reducing operator fatigue and improving overall productivity.

The Steyr Konzept’s technology is as groundbreaking as its design. Featuring innovative architecture developed by FPT Industrial, the global powertrain brand of CNH Industrial, the tractor employs a serial hybrid approach whereby the diesel engine, a compact 4.5-litre 4-cylinder unit, works at optimal speed as an energy generator, charging batteries. The engine is disconnected from the wheels, and traction is provided by four independent electric motors directly installed in the wheel hubs. Depending on the application, the concept can achieve a 10% fuel saving versus pure diesel.

This study is an important investigation into the future of tractor design, that blends a unique combination of technologies and functionality into an environmentally friendly, efficient and fully functional machine.

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