Foden raises the roof
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by John Kendall • Foden plans to launch a double-hunk sleeper cab at TipCon in Harrogate on 2 May. It is based on the new 4000 cab with a higher roof to accommodate the additional bunk.
The Hi-line cab became standard when the New 4000 Series was launched at TipCon last year with 300mm more headroom than the flat roofed 4000 Series cab.
But the New 4000 has only been offered with a single bunk, which was raised 250mm in the revised cab to give more under-bunk storage space.
Foden could lower the bunk again to give more headroom beneath the top bunk, making up for the lost storage space with additional overhead lockers in the new high-roof moulding. The bigger cab is designed to help make Foden competitive in the high-roof tractor unit market, where sales have grown faster than most manufacturers expected.
Sales should also be helped by a wider choice of engines, with the return of Caterpillar's 14.6-litre
3406E and the introduction of the electronically controlled 10-litre C10.
Foden is determined to improve its tractor sales and reduce its dependency on the construction sector. I Foden will display a Caterpillar C10 engine on its TipCon stand at Harrogate.