TOTY and best design awards for Case IH tractor

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Case IH has won its second Tractor of the Year (TOTY) award for the most powerful of its Maxxum Multicontroller’s, with the vehicle’s eight-step, semi-powershift transmission helping to catch the judges’ attention.

Following the prize it received at Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany, the four-cylinder Maxxum 145 Multicontroller added to its collection of awards on the first day of EIMA International in Bologna, Italy. As well as a second TOTY title, the tractor also came top in the Best Design category.

Notable features

Launched last year alongside three smaller 116-135hp (rated) models, the 145hp machine’s ActiveDrive 8 eight-step semi-powershift transmission and the Multicontroller armrest and joystick were attributes especially recognized by panel of judges. The Maxxum tractors are also available with four-step powershift and continuously variable transmissions.

“We are delighted to have been awarded the 2019 Tractor of the Year accolade for the Maxxum 145 Multicontroller,” says Thierry Panadero, Case IH vice-president for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

“It’s a fitting recognition that greater transmission efficiency and ease-of-control both have parts to play in not only making farming more profitable, but more sustainable too. Helping to make operations easier, more efficient and more environmentally friendly is a core criteria in the design of our machines, so it’s gratifying to see the Maxxum Multicontroller’s features recognized in this way.”

The awards build on the tractor’s previous achievements, including the lowest average specific fuel consumption recorded in the field work section of the PowerMix test conducted by Germany’s DLG testing station.

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