The “Tractor of the Year” is an international award which a group of 26 independent journalists assigns to the best tractor in the European market. The accolade has been on the go since 1998. Each year, four tractors come out trumps across the four categories. AGCO and Claas have shared the spoils for 2021.
Overall tractor of the year
The new Massey Ferguson 8S.265 which was launched in July last year scooped the overall tractor of the year for 2021. The MF 8S.265 heads up the 8S Series, which includes four models from 205hp to 265hp. The 8S Series introduces new designs in the engine, cab, transmissions and driveline as well as with new controls and connectivity.
The Claas Axion 960 Cemos was chosen as the winner of Sustainable category. New options on the latest Stage V 900 series includes the tyre inflation system and the self-learning Cemos for tractors dialog system. This recently received the “DLG approved” label for achieving fuel savings of up to 16.8% fuel savings and a 16.3% increase in productivity when cultivating.
The Valtra G135 Versu scooped the Best Utility accolade. The G Series is the first in the 5th generation of Valtra tractors, and a new model series that fits between the A and N Series with its 105-135 hp. The G Series is designed to work in tight spaces thanks to the short wheel base. The G135 Versu is equipped with the SmartTouch tractor terminal. This brings more technology and full precision farming features to a lower hp tractor.
Best of Specialised
Last but not least, the Fendt 211 V Vario won the specialised category. With a new cab, it also features Dynamic Performance which extends its power offering by an extra 10hp automatically when required. This is the smallest Fendt tractor series and has a compact design for applications such as vineyards.