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AGCO wins three Tractor of Year Awards for 2016

This week the ag world is looking in the direction of Hanover, Germany.   The international agriculture exhibition Agritechnica is under way from November 10-14.  Besides attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors, it has become a standard event for manufacturers of all sizes to showcase their newest products.  The major players including AGCO, have extensive displays made up of their newest innovations.  With all the fanfare, Agritechnica has also become the event of choice for many different presentations and award reveals.

The new Fendt 1050, Massey Ferguson 5713 SL, and the Valtra N174 Versu, each won an award this year, taking all but the specialized tractor category for 2016 of the prestigious Tractor of the Year Awards (TOTY).  This was an exciting accomplishment for AGCO, demonstrating their leadership in the innovation of new products.  The future is bright as their up and coming tractors have been recognized as top of their class.

“Winning these significant Awards is testament to the success of AGCO’s multi-brand strategy,” said Martin Richenhagen – Chairman, President & CEO, AGCO Corporation. “Every AGCO Brand is strong and, as these Awards prove, each is exactly tailored to deliver the specific technology, specifications and features for its individual market sector. “It also proves that, thanks to AGCO’s significant investment in research & development, the individual Brands are able to develop award-winning innovations and technology that benefit their customers.” (Business Wire)

Three AGCO brands walked off with three of the four awards.

Fendt 1050: Tractor of the Year 2016

Fendt 1050 TOTY

“In awarding the title Tractor of the Year 2016 to the 517hp, Fendt 1050 Vario, the judges noted it is the world’s most powerful standard tractor. The 1000 Series Fendt occupies a new power segment, fulfilling demand for even more powerful standard tractors, which are also manoeuvrable and versatile. The judges also praised the innovative VarioDrive system that provides independent hydraulic drive to the front and rear axles. This, they commented, offers a driving experience very similar to the most sophisticated cars.” (Business Wire)

Massey Ferguson 5713 SL: Tractor of the Year, Best Utility 2016

Massey Ferguson 5313 SL TOTY

“Massey Ferguson is the first manufacturer to take the top spot in the new Tractor of the Year, Best Utility category with its new 130 hp MF 5713 SL. The jury said it had no doubts about the tractor’s unique All In One Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, employed to meet the strict Tier 4 Final regulations. The judges also noted that, thanks to its compact dimensions, the All in One system fits neatly under the steps, not under the bonnet and this allows the steep sloping bonnet to maintain excellent visibility.” (Business Wire)

Valtra N174 Versu: Golden Tractor for the Design 2016

Valtra N174 Versu TOTY 2016

“In awarding the Golden Tractor for the Design 2016 Award the judges said the Valtra N 174V sports a ‘modern, dynamic, compact and cool look’! These positive comments fit perfectly with Valtra’s design philosophy that form follows function. Every detail of the new N Series is designed with a purpose in mind: to improve productivity, minimise the total costs of ownership and make the working day of the driver comfortable. The very compact design and a high level of functionality, ergonomics, visibility and comfort reach a totally new level in N4. As always with Valtra tractors, the N Series cab is also designed for reverse driving with TwinTrac.” (Business Wire)

The Tractor of the Year was awardede to the Fendt 1050, Tractor of the Year Best Utility was awarded to the Massey Ferguson 5713 SL, and the Golden Tractor for the Design was awarded to the Valtra N174 Versu. You can read the complete press release here. There are four categories in which a tractor of the year is selected.  There is a Tractor of the Year Award, Best Utility (new for 2016), Golden Tractor for the Design, and Best of Specialized.

The Tractor of the Year Awards were announced this year at Agritechnica.

“The Tractor of the Year is an international award that, yearly, a group of European journalists – specialized in agricultural machinery – gives to the best tractor of the year. Twentythree independent technical magazines are members of the jury… Before including each tractor in the final shortlist of the nominees, the jury members must have had the opportunity to evaluate it under field conditions.”  (TOTY)