Kögel NOVUM generation wins the Trailer Innovation 2019 award

Thomas Eschey, Managing Director at Kögel and Kögel Owner Ulrich Humbaur (PresseBox) ( Hanover, )
  • First place in the Concept category of Trailer Innovation 2019
  • High stability, easier handling, more payload and a high degree of customisation
  • Kögel Cargo, Mega, and Light platform trailers are updated
At the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover today, the new NOVUM generation of trailers developed by trailer manufacturer Kögel received the international industry prize "Trailer Innovation 2019" in the supreme discipline "Concept". This prize promotes outstanding ideas and new products in the trailer and container sectors. The jury, consisting of 16 reputable European transport publications, discovered that the Kögel NOVUM generation is setting new benchmarks in the field of complete concept trailers.

Kögel is gradually introducing the new and reliable external frame and body already known from the Kögel Lightplus for its Cargo, Mega, and Light platform trailers. The Kögel tarpaulin semi-trailers are also receiving further optimisation as part of the NOVUM generation change. NOVUM not only introduces the new external frame and body but also the new, optimally designed Kögel modular system with optimised, uniform new modules, assemblies, and components. This enables an extremely high level of individualisation for the NOVUM generation trailers, with Kögel addressing the wide-ranging requirements of the market. In addition to high stability, the trailers of the NOVUM-Generation also score with even easier handling as well as more payload, depending on the model.

NOVUM – the new Kögel trailer generation


In future, all NOVUM generation trailers will have a sturdy, torsion-resistant welded frame with full-width cross beams for high payloads and concentrated loads. Vehicle stability is further boosted by a new, slimmer yet stronger rear cover plate, as well as the new air and lighting console on the front wall, which transfers forces along the side member to the frame. The new external frame profile greatly increases the accessibility of the VarioFix lashing points, allowing the cargo to be lashed to the VarioFix perforated steel external frame with the tarpaulin closed and also in combination with the optionally available drop sides. When using belts with claw hooks, the drop sides need to be open to attach them. The drop sides can remain closed when attaching belts with flat hooks. The 13 pairs of lashing shackles included as standard are now available with grip hooks at the sides for easier handling and have a tensile force of 2,500 or 4,000 kilogrammes respectively. Naturally, all NOVUM generation trailer frames have long-term protection from corrosion thanks to the nano ceramic technology in addition to cathodic dip-paint coating with a subsequent coat of UV varnish.


In the basic design, the front wall, including the front volume corner posts, the rear corner posts, and the rear wall door portal are made of aluminium. The standardisation of the corner posts with and without a lifting roof provides a whole raft of benefits. Weight savings are achieved particularly in conjunction with a lifting roof. This also facilitates the positioning of pallets along the front wall during side loading. Furthermore, all the drop side spacing is now a standard size on NOVUM generation trailers. This means that differently sized lattices are a thing of the past. The lattice pockets can be arranged flexibly using a perforated profile on the corner posts and in the lattice storage console. Of course, the new semi-trailer generation also has a DIN EN 12642 Code XL load-securing certificate.

NOVUM update

Kögel is rolling out this update gradually for all Cargo, Mega, and Light variants. Many variants of the NOVUM generation will be available starting from IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018.
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