Machinery

Machinery

Motoring

Motoring

  • EVERYONE seems to be getting in on the act of having a 4 x 4 in their inventory and now the Spanish arm of the VW group, SEAT, says it will bring a compact SUV model to the market in 2016.

  • IT'S CERTAINLY one of my favourite pick-up trucks and it seems that everyone else likes it too - Isuzu's D-Max has just been named 'Pick-up of the Year' for the second consecutive year by a commercial vehicle award scheme.

  • PERHAPS STUNG by the news of Audi adding an RS badge and high performance mechanics to its Q3 SUV, Range Rover has just announced a super model of its own, a performance focussed Evoque.

  • FAMED FOR its large 4 x 4s and the utility Wrangler series, Jeep has announced it wants to compete in the small SUV market with the new Renegade model.

  • IF TATTIES reach £500 per tonne and your grain breaks £200, then you might just be in a position to afford this, the ultimate new 4 x 4, the Bentley SUV - but you will have to order now for delivery in 2016.

Technical

Technical

  • NEW HOLLAND is upping the ante in providing state-of-the-art guidance systems with its drive to equip dealers with the necessary technology.

  • CLAAS HAS introduced a new automatic steering system, GPS Pilot Flex, which can be quickly and easily transferred between different machines.

  • A NEW study has demonstrated the effectiveness of Michelin's Improved Flexion (IF) tyres at reducing soil compaction compared to a set of tread tracks.

  • WHEN FARMS set out to address a shortage of slurry storage capacity, minimising the volume of 'dirty' liquid generated by the daily routine is a good place to start.

  • A NEW research centre dedicated to bringing 'smart' agricultural machinery into wider and more productive use in UK has been opened at Harper Adams University College, Shropshire.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide

  • TWO MODELS in Kubota's M40 series have undergone the 'upgrade treatment' at the same time as having the Japanese manufacturer's latest 3.77-litre four-cylinder engine installed.

  • A SCHEME that emulates the approach taken by car manufacturers who set standards for used vehicle checks and preparation aims to gain the trust and confidence of tractor buyers.

  • THIS YEAR'S Royal Highland Show will be used as a sounding board both for farmer reaction and for signing new dealers for a brand of tractors being imported from Turkey.

  • STRAIGHTFORWARD controls that means operators can switch between tractors and yet still have the same cab and control layour, has been a welcome bonus for a North Yorkshire dairy farming family who switched to a one-make fleet rather than a mixture of different makes.

  • IT'S ALL about operator comfort in the four-model Landpower range from Landini, which has just been launched with the new spacious Master Class cabin.

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