Big European tractor award judging goes digital

Coronavirus forces big European tractor awards to go online

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The European Tractor of the Year awards are going digital this year

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Coronavirus has forced judging of the European Tractor of the Year competition to go online.

The competition covers four major awards - Tractor of the Year, Best Utility Tractor, Best Specialised Tractor and Best Sustainable Tractor.

A panel of 26 specialist farm machinery journalists from 25 countries will judge the awards and announce their decisions in online presentations.

The awards are being sponsored for the next four years by big Indian off-road tyre manufacturer, BKT.

Nine brands will have models in the Tractor of the Year category - ArmaTrac, Kubota, Case IH, Landini, Claas, New Holland, Fendt, Steyr and Massey Ferguson.

The judging parameters cover engines, transmissions, hydraulics, electronics, cabin comfort, innovative technical options, design, connectivity and precision farming.

Entries in the best utility category must weigh a maximum 8900kg and be more than 70hp and multi-purpose.

The finalists are ArmaTrac, Kubota, Fendt, Valtra and Case IH.

Entries in the best specialised category are judged on engines, transmissions, comfort, agility and design.

The finalists are Antonio Carraro, Fendt, Landinia and Valtra.

All the brands in the running for the awards export tractors to Australia.

The sustainable tractor category is selected by the judging panel based around the megatrends in tractor technologies including automation, digitalisation, alternative fuels and new engines.

The tractor models which have made the finals in all four awards, which have been running since 1998, haven't yet been announced.

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