Machine of the Year awards at SIMA

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Challenger’s MT775E has been voted as the winner of the Machine of the Year XXL award at the SIMA Show 2015 in Paris. One of the most prestigious accolades for tractors incorporating innovative technology and overall performance, the selection was made by 19 independent agricultural journalists representing trade magazines from 17 European countries.

The MT775E’s 9.8 liter, 7 in-line cylinder Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine not only cuts fuel consumption by up to 5%, but also increases the maximum power by 15% to 438hp (56hp more than the MT765D).

Other MT775E highlights include 25% extra engine torque (1921Nm), a 43% increase in hydraulic oil flow (321 lit/min), and the 53% larger fuel tank (659-liter) allows operators to spend more time in the field between refills for even higher levels of productivity.

The maximum ballasted weight of the tractor has risen 8% from 16,329kg to 17,690kg, and the belt contact area is increased 13% by 4.21m². This all adds up to 157% more for the MT775E when compared with the previous benchmark MT765D tracked tractor.

Following the Tractor of the Year award at EIMA in Bologna, Italy last year, the Case IH Magnum 380 CVX was awarded Machine of the Year 2015 in the 280 to 400hp segment at SIMA.

“This double success makes us proud indeed: it rarely happens that one machine is awarded these two prizes in a row,” said Andreas Klauser, brand president, Case IH.

“The Case IH Magnum series was first launched in 1987 and has since been continuously made better yet, step-by-step further increasing performance and productivity, reducing fuel consumption and emissions, improving operator comfort, and thus optimizing owners’ return on investment,” said marketing manager Dan Stuart. “Without exaggerating, we can say that 27 years of Magnum tractors – and two such awards after this period of time – give clear evidence of the achievements of our engineers. And 27 years of Magnum tractors also stand for 27 years of approval by the toughest test personnel and test fields you can get – that is farmers and contractors in their everyday practice.”

The new Magnum 380 CVX features CVX variable transmission; easy to use multi-controller handle; new LED lighting packages; and the innovative Rowtrac option, which provides the track advantage of power to the ground, but with markedly less soil disturbance than is seen with other tracked tractors.

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