One of the highlights of this edition is in the category of Sustainable Tractor of the Year, which recognizes the most innovative tractor in terms of sustainability, which consider aspects related to reduced pollutant emissions, safety, comfort, efficiency and connectivity. The winner was the New Holland Methane Power tractor concept powered by the new FPT Industrial N67 Natural Gas, which was competing against other finalist entries, including two prototypes. As part of FPT’s strategy to lead the introduction of alternative fuels in off-road applications, the N67 NG has a displacement of 6.7 liters and a six cylinder in-line configuration, delivering power of 180 kW at 1,800 rpm and torque of 1,035 Nm at 1,500 rpm. It is compatible with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and biomethane, and has 10% lower CO2 emissions than Diesel engines in real field conditions. When running on biomethane, this can reach virtually zero or even become negative.
In the same way, the winner of the Best Specialized category is powered by an FPT Industrial engine. The New Holland T4.110 N is equipped with the ideal engine for specialty and compact tractors, the F34. For this application, the 3.4-liter engine delivers power of 79 kW (107 hp) at 2,300 rpm and maximum torque of 440 Nm at 1,500 rpm. Such was the domination of FPT-powered entries at the 2020 awards that no less than eight of the final nominations were driven by the Brand’s engine technologies, three in the running for the principal TOTY award itself. FPT Industrial engines were also prominent in TOTY award sub-categories, with two of the nominated multi-purpose tractors in the ‘Best Utility’ segment featuring FPT Industrial solutions, along with a further two in the ‘Best of Specialized’ class for orchard, vineyard, hill and mountain tractors, and one in the ‘Sustainable TOTY’ category. Launched in 1998 by Italian magazine ‘Trattori’, the prestigious annual TOTY awards recognize the latest innovations throughout the international tractor sector. This year, the jury comprised 25 journalists from 24 countries, representing the most influential agricultural magazines, websites, TV programs and social networks across Europe. The ceremony took place on November 10th at the Agritechnica 2019 exhibition in Hannover, Germany