Every year a jury of 23 European farm equipment journalists compare the latest tractor models and hand out their “Tractor of the Year” awards.
The 2017 prizes were handed out at the EIMA exhibition in Bologna, Italy last week (the awards alternate annually between EIMA and Agritechnica in Germany.)
CNH won two of the four awards, as the Case IH Optum 300 CVX took the top honours as “Tractor of the Year” and the New Holland T5.120 was awarded “Best Utility Tractor.”
Built in Austria, the Optum was recognized, at least in part, for its high-power, low-weight design, according to CNH.
“The result is a tractor that protects the soil, in that it can be operated at a weight that suits the work. It protects the owner’s business from the tire and component wear that can occur when a heavy tractor is used for lighter field or transport tasks. And it protects against high fuel consumption…,” noted Dan Stuart, Case IH high-horsepower tractor product marketing manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The Tractor of the Year award shows how important those characteristics are considered to be in modern agriculture.”
New Holland’s T5.120 is the latest in the company’s popular T5 tractor series, with the new Tier 4B models having been “re-engineered to meet the evolving needs of livestock farmers and those who require a nimble, mid-powered tractor for dairy and mixed farming.”
“The Best Utility 2017 title is testament to New Holland’s long-standing leadership of the mid-powered segment. This award is a well deserved recognition of the hard work and dedication of all those involved in the development of the T5.120 tractor series, from our engineering teams to the whole Jesi (Italy) plant team, developing a tractor meeting the specific requests made by our customers,” said Carlo Lambro, brand president New Holland Agriculture.
The Deutz-Fahr 6215 RCshift was awarded “Best Design” and the Antonio Carro Tony 9800 was named “Best Specialized Tractor” for 2017.