Valtra T-Series Tractor
The project started eight years ago. From the beginning the goal was to make the most suitable tractor for demanding users. Lot of customer input were collected, different studies done and countless hours spent on making different concepts starting with a clean slate. This tractor is the outcome of those things. In the end the only thing which was left from the old model was the steering wheel. Everything else is redesigned.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
First-class usability and performance was achieved by close co-operation with customers. Quiet and spacious cab offers good visibility to every direction. Controls are ergonomic allowing user to focus on the task at hand. Exterior design supports visibility and safety and has concordant appearance from nose to tail.
Excellent power to weight ratio reduces soil compaction and helps plants to grow better. Low fuel consumption makes T4-series tractor friendly to environment and all of us.
T4-series tractor is the most significant release in 25 years for Valtra.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
User operated machine with a capability to autonomous steering on the field. Power range from 155 -250 hp. Reliability is ensured by 40 000 test hours in extreme conditions. Within intensive UI and UX studies intuitive user interface was created to enhance productivity. Low cost of ownership comes from 600h service intervals and fuel efficient engines. Well accomplished power to weight ratio reduces soil compaction.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project started in 2007 in Suolahti Finland. Product launch was at the end of 2014 in Worth am Main Germany. First open to public event was at SIMA show 2015 in the end of January 2015 in Paris France.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The project has been completely customer focused. Wide range of usability and ergonomic studies were conducted with real users. Collaborative design methods was used in every prototype and evaluation phase. Prototypes were tested by customers in real working conditions and outcome was used in further development phases.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Length 5800mm x Height 3130mm x Wheel Base 2995mm
Valtra, Tractor, Agricultural, Vehicle, T4-Series
The output of the project is based on intensive multi-disciplinary team work. Valtra has a long history utilizing industrial design in its product development. People in the company are also good listeners to customers and end-users. The research and development department together with marketing translated the wishes into product attributes and demands. Solutions were then tested and refined profoundly.
The target was to create the most compact yet powerful machine in its class. Lots of effort was put to gather the wide variety of user needs and clarify the usability of highly complex entity. The goal was to increase the overall performance of the users. In addition to that the task included a demand to design a tractor that visually communicates the brand message and high-end quality.
TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Design Manager: Kimmo Wihinen, Industrial Designer: Arto Riimala, Industrial Designer: Turkka Heiska, Valtra R&D Department and ED-Design