The new generation CLAAS LEXION 8000/7000 combine harvester has added to its growing list of accolades with the recent presentation of an internationally-renowned iF Gold Award for Design.
Established in 1953, the Industrie Forum Design awards promote excellence in industrial design. This year’s competition attracted almost 7000 entries from 50 countries. Each entry was assessed against strict criteria for design, innovation, functionality, manufacturing quality, safety and environmental compatibility.
The LEXION 8000/7000 was one of only 75 entries to earn a gold award. The start-of-the-art harvester caught the eye of the judges, not only by its sheer size, but its appealing combination of ergonomics and design. The fully-glazed cab, which gives the driver excellent all-round visibility, and the larger grain tank, which ensures higher productivity, were especially important factors in placing the LEXION at the top of the winners’ podium.
CLAAS Harvest Centre General Manager of Product, Tim Needham, says the LEXION 8000/7000 is more productive, more efficient and easier to operate than ever before. “With its revolutionary APS SYNFLOW HYBRID threshing system and cutting-edge operating systems, this series raises the bar for harvesting performance even higher than before,” he says. “Every aspect has been re-engineered to meet the needs of today’s grain producers – increased efficiency and ease of operation and reduced downtime and operating costs.
“It’s effectively a new machine that delivers 10 percent more capacity than the previous 700 series.”
The LEXION 8000/7000 was designed in-house by the CLAAS Corporate Industrial Design Team.
“This is the first time CLAAS has directly submitted an entry in the iF Awards and they won a gold, which is an outstanding achievement,” Tim says.
Working in partnership with industrial designers, CLAAS has previously won iF awards for its JAGUAR 900 and 800 forage harvesters, AXION 800 advanced technology tractors, SCORPION telescopic loaders and RTK FIELD BASE mobile GPS station.