John Deere announced on June 7 that the John Deere 850K and 1050K Crawler Dozers have each won a 2016 Red Dot Award, which is widely considered to be one of the world’s most esteemed design accolades.
John Deere developed the design for the machines in collaboration with BMW Group’s subsidiary, Designworks. The industrial design language on the crawler dozers delivers a consistent aesthetic to the entire family.
"We are incredibly humbled to receive such prestigious recognition from these experts in the industrial design industry," said Doug Meyer, global director construction engineering at Deere. "The award underscores the hard work of the John Deere team and our partners to deliver strong, durable machinery that helps our customers achieve outstanding results."
The John Deere 850K includes features such as a Final Tier 4 diesel engine and an easy-to-clean “V-cool” package. It also has a spacious cab, designed to block out noise for operator comfort.
The production-class John Deere 1050K features strong chamfers and surface breaks for more durability. It also includes a dual-path hydrostatic transmission, as well as an Eco Mode option that reduces fuel consumption by up to 25 percent.
This year, approximately 5,200 candidates were considered in the Red Dot Product Design category. The 41 experts that made up the jury panel came together in Germany to assess the potential winners on-site. In addition to the 850K and 1050K, John Deere took home a Red Dot Award in the Agricultural Division for its 8000 Series Self-propelled forage harvester.