On the opening day of Agritechnica took place the awarding Ceremony for Tractor of the Year Awards 2020. The event is indeed the celebration of modern tractors technology, and also a special moment to meet professionals and networking.
The first of the insutuitial guests Miss Malene Conlong, International Press Director of DLG during her speech said: "We are very honoured that the TOTY organizers continue to choose this venue for their award ceremony.
Agritechnica is organized by the DLG, the Germany Agricultural Society. This has a lot in common with the TOTY jury. Both are independent organizations, and their objective is to share technical knowledge across borders. Agritechnica is a typical example of that objective in action.
At Agritechnica, the DLG brings farmers and machinery manufacturers together, and TOTY is in a similar position.
The TOTY jury consists of journalists who, by the very nature of their profession, are independent – and of course this is a profession that is also important to the DLG. Journalists are invited to all major tractor launches, and they are able to explain to their readers, the farmers, all the relevant technical details.
TOTY is close, therefore, to both manufacturers of machinery and farmers choosing the machinery, and is ideally and independently placed to select the winning formulas – with many criteria going into the selections.
TOTY is an international award, with the jury representing many countries, and the entries coming from manufacturers building tractors for sale in markets all over the world.
And the latest award to be decided by the TOTY jury, the Sustainable TOTY, fits closely with this year’s Agritechnica theme, which is Global farming - Local responsibility. This addresses the need for a sustainable future in agriculture, and tractors will play a leading role in this context."
The second of the institutional guests who honored the event by addressing a speech to the audience, has been Mr. Vad Der Ley, President of CEMA, the European Agricultural Machinery association, who said:
"As President of CEMA, the European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association I am very honored to take part in the Tractor of the Year Award Ceremony. CEMA represents about 7,000 companies around Europe, from tractor manufacturers to a long list of companies producing implements as well as livestock equipment. Allow me to say and that might be my professional bias, that in modern agriculture the tractor - implement combination is still the right tool to deliver precision and efficiency on the field.
But today I want to praise the level of innovation and technology our industry carries forward to make of the agricultural sector a front- runner when it turns to digitalization and technological tools leading sustainable agriculture. Our machines are the great example that engineering together with on-field expertise and self-commitment to provide the best adapted solutions to our clients can bring innovation to the next level and keep global leadership.”
Winners of the three main categories were chosen among 14 shortlisted tractors:
|Carraro Tractors V 75 Compact
Massey Ferguson 3709 Alpine
New Holland T4.110 N
Same Frutteto Active Steer
|Fendt 314 Profi +
Kubota M 4072
New Holland T5.140 DynamicCommand
Steyr 4130 Expert CVT
Valtra A114 HiTech 4
|Case IH Magnum 380 CVX Drive
Claas Axion 960 Terra Trac
Fendt 942 Vario
McCormick X7.624 VT Drive
Valtra N154e Versu
The new 942 serie for the first time reaches more than 400Hp. This model impressed also for the level of connectivity which permits full remote control of several functions.
The optimization of MAN 9lt engine, is based on a low-regime concept (Fendt ID) that delivers a high power performance at a low rpm. In this way the engine smoothly works at a specific max torque level at a minimum consumption level.
The innovative hydraulic system includes two separated high-flow circuits.
The VarioDrive Transmission, splits and delivers the torque to the two axles optimizing traction on field and on road.
New Holland T4.110 N made the difference mainly thanks to the suspended axle “TerraGlide” available either with brakes or without.
This system is a turning point in terms of comfort and agility. It allows you to drive at higher speed in full safety condition whether you are on field or on road. The operator can easily adjust height and rigidity of the suspension according to the soil conditions.
Anti-Dive function is standard, it reduces pitching effect while braking or accelerating with heavy implements.
To emphasize the work of the suspended axle, this tractor can be equipped with PneuTrac tires produced by Trelleborg.
This tractor brings into the market an innovative new boost system called Dynamic Performance which provides extra-power regardless of the task including stationary Pto’s works.
The FendtOne cab environment is another important development, expanding the display area with new terminals. It also includes more customizable controls and the onboard/offboard philosophy, to synchronize the office with the tractor and the fleet in terms of data share and task planning.
Sustainable TOTY a new awarding category. All the shortlisted tractors of the three main categories ran for this award. To celebrate the debut of the new category, the jury decided to expand the evaluation by including also to 3 prototypes.
The jury has elected as Sustainable TOTY the New Holland Methane Power. This tractor makes virtual circle a reality.
Fpt Industrial has specifically developed a methane engine which delivers the same power and torque as a diesel equivalent. Integrated precision farming technology includes some elements of autonomous operations such as the ability to detects obstacles. Specific working functions can switch from a monitor to an other by simply drag and drop.
Connectivity is one step further, you can use your smartphone to unlock the tractor, and even to control the rear linkage.