North American powerhouse gets special-edition ‘black livery’
A special-edition 25th-anniversary (front wheel assist) tractor has been unveiled by Versatile – the Canadian tractor manufacturer.
“It’s still the same production line in Winnipeg that we’ve always had so, for the 25th anniversary, we decided to do something a little different and paint one black – with a silver fleck,” explained Adam Reid, director of marketing for Versatile, when speaking to North American outlet RealAgriculture.
Reid was referring to the 365hp model (pictured above) that debuted at a recent show in Canada.
The new special-edition tractor – a one-off – marks 25 years of production of mechanical front-wheel-drive tractors at that site. Over the years, those tractors have been sold under many brand-names, including Ford / New Holland, Buhler and Versatile.
Don’t forget, also, the short-lived Landini Starland (pictured below). As is clearly evident from its outward appearance, these tractors were built for Landini by – as it was known then – Buhler Versatile.
Versatile was taken over by Rostselmash in 2007. Rostselmash is a Russian manufacturer of some considerable scale. The company produces large numbers of combines – and also self-propelled foragers – for its native Russian market and the surrounding regions.
Interesting to note…
Interestingly, many North Americans refer to ‘conventional’ tractors with a powered/driven front axle (such as the example pictured below) as ‘front wheel assist‘ models. Here in Europe, we refer to such tractors as ‘four-wheel drive‘ (4WD) units.
When North Americans refer to ‘four-wheel drive‘ tractors, they typically mean big, articulated (pivot-steer) tractors – with equal-size wheels all round (such as the tractor pictured below).