View Full Version : Iveco Massif
04-05-2008, 09:06 PM
An other brand new, supercool 4x4 workhorse that will most likely never make it to the US. Design-wise it looks like the Spanish Santana (which actually Land Rover Defender license), but it is marketed by the Italian truck manufacturer Iveco. Santana used to use Iveco engines, so I am not exactely sure who got who and what happened. All I know is that it is marketed as new 4x4 workhorse in Europe. Enjoy :)
04-06-2008, 03:55 AM
Here's the story, according to Edmunds Inside Line.
Some years ago, a Spanish truck manufacturer called Santana licensed the rights to build the Defender from Land Rover. Later, building on the experience gained manufacturing the Defender, Santana developed an off-road model of its own called the Massif. Santana became an Iveco partner in 2006, and the updated Massif was born.
Power for the Massif will be provided by a Fiat 3.0L 4 clyinder turbodiesel that produces 176 hp and 295 ft-lb. The transmission is a ZF six speed model.
Like the Defender and the Land Cruiser 78, the Massif will be available in short and long wheelbase models, 3 and 5 door SUVs, a pickup and a cab/chassis. Here's the pickup version:
The Massif is one of three models in Iveco's off-road line. The others are the Daily 4x4 (a 4x4 van similar to the Mercedes Sprinter), and the Trakker (a heavy duty 6x6 and 4x4 truck similar to MAN's off-road trucks)
Edmunds says Iveco is thinking about entering the USA market!
04-06-2008, 02:20 PM
Thanks Chip for filling in the blanks. Would be great if Iveco would come with the Massif to the US!!
BTW, Santana also built the Suzuki Samurai under license; my Sami I had in Switzerland was built by Santana.
04-06-2008, 03:03 PM
Santana was onwned by Suzuki for some years and produced Samurais to save custom duties. They still manufacture the diesel Jimnys.
A remark to the Daily 4x4: This is the former SCAM with a Daliy cabin, with different frame and live axles it's not comparable to a 4x4 Sprinter, but a real truck.
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