The original design of the STRATOR comes from the Iveco PowerStar.

Following the takeover of International Trucks, IVECO Spa. has produced trucks for the local Australian market at its plant in Dandenong, Victoria since the mid 1980s. The PowerStar was introduced at the end of the 1990s as the successor to the legendary International models with a nose.

Completely in accordance with American traditions, the PowerStar came on the market with a wide variety of engines, gearboxes and axle configurations. Buyers could choose engines from manufacturers such as Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Cummins and Iveco. Gearboxes (manual or automatic) were available from ZF or Eaton. The electrical system deviated from the American standard; a 24-volt system was installed in the PowerStar.

The PowerStar was approved for road train use and permitted to carry loads of up to 120 tonnes and to pull a maximum of 4 trailers coupled together. Because of the combination of market-accepted American engines and the comfort of the European cabin, the PowerStar soon became a success.

The new version of the PowerStar was introduced in 2005. With its redesigned cowling, front bumper and cabins from the Stralis range, the new PowerStar looked fantastic. Iveco surprised visitors to the IAA in Hanover with a PowerStar 6x4. European interest was aroused and it did not take long for the European version to be developed, which was introduced only two years later as the STRATOR.

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