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New Holland's bolt from blue

Striking new paintwork just the appetiser on NH's Maserati-inspired special edition

Bruce Lett

Published 30/03/2010 | 05:00

New Holland (NH) is celebrating recent award-winning successes with its tractors by launching two special edition 'Blue Power' machines. The T7070 Auto Command won the 2010 Tractor of the Year as well as the Golden Tractor for Design award.

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NH says the Blue Power special edition of the T7070 Auto Command and T7060 Power Command tractors will feature bodywork that is painted a striking, one-off colour of Maserati blue.

New Holland and Maserati's parent company, Fiat, own Ferrari and Alfa Romeo as well, so there is no shortage in supply of Italian flair, style and performance.

Chrome

In addition to the Maserati blue livery, there are some silver and chrome styling additions to make the Blue Power tractors extra special, according to New Holland. A leather seat package is also available.

New Holland says the paint finish is not all the Blue Power tractors have in common with a Maserati. Both products utilise the same Skyhook active suspension technology. On Maserati cars, the Skyhook system of shock absorbers automatically selects the optimum level of damping and integrates with the MSP safety system and the calibration of the car's automatic gearbox.

Maserati's Skyhook system acts by using acceleration sensors that detect movement on all four wheels and the body of the machine. A control unit processes the data it receives from the sensors, analyses the driving style and road surface, and instantly adjusts the gas dampers accordingly via their proportional valves. The result is that the car is able to adapt to the characteristics of each driver.

On the tractor, clearly the suspension is less focused on assisting road handling. Here, the suspension is completely cab orientated so it is all about greater operator comfort. With the Skyhook system there is the potential to improve further on conventional cab suspension systems and at the moment, anything that increases comfort on our lunar-surface roads would be welcome.

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Both special edition models are available fully equipped with SideWinder II armrest and IntelliView III screen and are ready to accept Intelli-Steer auto guidance and front linkage.

New Holland says both awards acknowledge the brand's commitment to offering its customers the best technology and solutions for easier and more productive farming. The Golden Tractor for Design award recognised New Holland's SideWinder II armrest, with its intuitive controls focusing on ease of use and operator comfort.

This new console includes the CommandGrip control lever and the IntelliView III touch screen monitor, all introduced as a result of communication with, and feedback from, New Holland customers.

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