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    Isuzus keep storage service on the move

    With more people each year trading in sprawling suburban homes for small inner-city apartments finding affordable off-site storage to accommodate surplus household and personal items has become an increasingly sought-after service.

    With operations in Melbourne and Sydney and soon to be expanding to Brisbane, Taxibox Mobile Storage is one provider leading the way in moving and storing solutions, offering free delivery of storage ‘cubes’ straight to the customers’ door.
    Taxibox Co-Director Jeremy Rosen believes the company’s fleet of five Isuzu FVL 1400s provides a competitive advantage for his business.

    “We use Isuzu trucks for our delivery method   This means we can operate with truck-mounted forklifts and deliver up to five taxiboxes at a time toonecustomer."   Jeremy said.

    One of Taxibox Isuzus is pictured ..

    Jeremy said Isuzu’s reputation for reliability was a significant drawcard in buying the FVL 1400s.

    “Reliability is incredibly important to us because it affects our reputation in the market. For people moving into storage, it’s often a very stressful time − so we don’t miss deliveries and we try to be as timely and responsive to their needs as we can be,” Jeremy said.

    The truck bodies were custom built to accommodate five 1.5m wide x 2.2m high Taxiboxes and were fitted with truck-mounted forklifts and the necessary mounting kits.Taxibox began its operation in Melbourne and the company was soon making in excess of 50 Taxibox deliveries a day throughout the city’s ring roads, with each truck clocking up to 100,000 kilometres per year.

    In 2012 Taxibox expanded into Sydney and have been offering hassle-free moving and storage solutions to Sydneysiders ever since.





    STRALIS is European International Truck of the Year


    In choosing the STRALIS Hi-Way from IVECO as the 2013 European International Truck of the Year the award judges said the heavy duty truck “has made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency from several different perspectives including: fuel economy; safety; driveability; comfort and a low-environmental ‘footprint’”.

    The prestigious annual award – given by the 25 leading commercial vehicle magazines in Europe – was presented at the 64th Hanover International Motor Show,. the largest of its type in Europe.

    "We are proud of this award. The new STRALIS (pictured left) sets a benchmark in efficiency, quality and value for the customer,” said IVECO chief executive officer, Alfredo Altavilla, at the presentation ceremony.

     “The vehicle is a true showcase of our revamped company strategy of being close to our customers and delivering excellent products.”

    He said this significantly reduced the total cost of ownership (TCO).

    The AD/AT and ASL models will be made at the IVECO Trucks Australia Dandenong plant and the ATi at the IVECO plant in Madrid, Spain. All versions will be available in Australia through IVECO Trucks Australia from May, 2013.

    Equipped with FPT Industrial Cursor engines, the new STRALIS ensures low fuel consumption and excellent performance.

     The unique high efficiency SCR (HI-eSCR) catalytic reduction system – designed, patented and produced by FPT Industrial – makes the new STRALIS the only heavy vehicle on the market to meet Euro VI emission limits without the use of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). The exclusive HI-eSCR after-treatment technology reduces nitrogen oxide levels by more than 95 percent without increasing fuel consumption.

    The cabin of the new STRALIS has  been fully redesigned. Improved ergonomics and comfort are the product of close c-operation between dealers and customers. The external restyling of the cab has focused on improving vehicle aerodynamics and, therefore, fuel efficiency. IT now has a central grille and redesigned “air deflectors” and a new bumper dam design.

    The vehicle incorporates new vehicle telemetry systems in addition to the most advanced road safety features, such as EBS with the Brake Assistant function, ESP, Daytime Running Lights and the Advanced Emergency Braking System.

    Australian Kenworth number 50,000 delivered


    Kenworth has delivered the 50,000 Australian designed and manufactured truck at its Bayswater plant ikn Melbourne.

    Mike Dozier, managing director of PACCAR Australia, handed the keys of a K200 prime mover to long-standing Kenworth customer Peter Rodney, managing director of Rodney’s Transport Service, the largest privately-owned trucking company in the Riverina.

    The picture on the left shows (from left) Mr Dozier, Mr Rodney and Mr Rodney's wife Shanelle at the presentation ceremony.

     Kenworth has designed and manufactured uniquely Australian trucks since 1971 and it has been the number one heavy-duty truck supplier since 2001. Kenworth trucks are also exported to New Zealand, Japan, Thailand and Papua New Guinea.

    “The heavy-duty truck market in Australia is one of the most competitive in the world,” Mr Dozier said.

     “In an industry with no tariff protection, no government financial assistance and a high Australian dollar Kenworth successfully maintains its status as the market leader against dozens of imported brands from the US, Europe and Asia. We continue to successfully deliver high value-added manufacturing – that is, world-class trucks which provide distinct business advantages,” he said.

    Mr Dozier said Australia had a diverse range of operating environments unlike anywhere else in the world. Trucks had to deal with extreme heat in remote, dusty mines and across deserts. Others had to haul loads that were two or three times heavier than overseas and on rough and unmade roads. Often trucks were required to perform an inordinate amount of hours, some as much as 24 hours a day.

    He said: “It’s crucial that this country has a local manufacturer which understands these challenges. Kenworth is the only manufacturer offering full design capability, technical expertise and resources to application-engineered trucks for the most extreme on and off-road operations.

    “Our trucks are designed to satisfy these unique needs. They feature higher cooling capacities to handle heavier weights and hotter conditions, more robust construction to manage the roughest roads and embody a design philosophy that ensures cost-effective maintenance and reliabi.” .

    Mr Dozier said Kenworth’s 42 years of local manufacturing had a significant ripple effect that had benefited many Australian industries.

    He said: "The company employs more than 800 staff in Melbourne, the majority of whom are directly or indirectly involved in the manufacturing operations. It also supports the industry’s best nationwide network of PACCAR dealers who employ about 3000 people throughout Australia. In addition, the company supports a variety of local suppliers who provide the majority of the parts and materials which make a Kenworth.

    "As part of its manufacturing commitment, Kenworth has made a substantial investment in design engineering. This enables it to purpose-build trucks with extremely short lead times – a feat imported trucks cannot match.

    "The company has also made a long-term investment in training. As a registered training organisation,PACCAR Australia delivers qualifications and numerous other certifications in partnership with external firms. It has been recognised for its training efforts, being named Victorian Employer of the Year for 2012 and 2007,and winning the Federal Government’s 2007 industry training award for manufacturing.

    “We are committed to maintaining a highly-skilled workforce – our people play a crucial role in our continued success,” Mr Dozier said. “Local manufacturing remains the driving force behind our business, and we’re in it for the long haul. We are continually reinvesting in expanding our operations, continually refining our techniques and introducing new technologies. Most importantly, we listen to our customers and we meet their needs.”

    Mr Dozier said it was fitting that Kenworth’s milestone truck was built for Rodney’s Transport Service.

    “Rodney’s Transport Service (RTS) is one of our long0term customers and contributes valuable feedback based on extensive operational experience,” Mr Dozier said.

    “We have had honest and open communication with Peter Rodney since day one. His feedback has helped make our products better and, consequently, his business more competitive. It’s been a win-win for both parties, and it’s the epitome of how we conduct business with all of our customers,” he said.

    “Peter is an industry innovator. His company has a good spread of transport applications, and it continues to be successful by diversifying its business which is built on Kenworth trucks. RTS is most deserving of our 50,000th Kenworth,.” .

    Peter Rodney said at the official handover: “It’s gratifying to receive this milestone vehicle. We have been working with PACCAR for so many years; it’s like being part of a family. They satisfy all of our trucking needs – not just sales, but also finance, servicing and parts. PACCAR takes the headache out of maintaining a large and diverse fleet, enabling us to focus on improving our service to customers,.” .

    Established in 1992 near Wagga Wagga, RTS has grown from a small business running three trucks to a major regional transport operation with two depots boasting large storage facilities for up to 100,000 pallets of stock and 20,000 tonnes of grain harvested from the Riverina.

    The company operates a Kenworth fleet of 104 prime movers configured with tanker, tautliner and tipper trailers for haouth Australia. In addition, the Kenworths transport livestock and a variety of agricultural products, including fertilizers, lime, gypsum and grain.

    The company’s latest K200 – Kenworth’s 50,000th truck – is powered by a Cummins ISXe5 engine, producing 550hp and 1850 lb/ft of torque. The engine utilises SCR exhaust after-treatment technology for emission reduction, which meets Euro 5 and Australian ADR 80/03 emissions regulations.

    The truck is equipped with an Eaton Fuller RTLO20918B 18-speed manual transmission, Meritor FG941 (6.6t) front axles and Meritor RT46-160GP rear axles. It also features two 750-litre, long-range fuel tanks, Kenworth Airglide 460 suspension and a 2.3-metre Aerodyne sleeper.

    Configured as a B-double tautliner, it has a carrying capacity of 50 tonnes. It will join the company’s 27 other K200s on linehaul operations, carting a wide range of goods, from batteries and paper to various agricultural products, including salt. The new truck will make interstate deliveries to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, clocking up around 7,000 km a week.






    Linfox adding 55 new Scanias to its fleet

    Scania Australia has delivered the first of 55 new Scania 440 hp SCR prime movers to Linfox,. These will be split between the company’s Victorian and New South Wales operations.

    Some of the new trucks are pictured on the left.

    The deal is the biggest Scania has concluded with the logistics leader for many years. “We are very pleased to be delivering such a significant order of fuel-efficient and safe vehicles to Linfox for use with some of their very high profile clients,” says Roger McCarthy, Scania Australia’s managing director.

     “We signed the order late last year and the factory was able to paint the trucks in the iconic Linfox red and yellow as part of the production process.

     “The vehicles will be maintained by Scania workshops on a scheduled servicing and repair programme that offers Linfox a known cost-per-km for the duration of the contract. This is an example of how the Scania Total Transport Solution concept works to provide efficient whole-of-life running costs for Linfox.”

     Scania was successful in winning the Linfox business for a variety of reasons, said Scania national fleet sales manager Steven Alberse.

     “Good fuel economy and low cab entry played key roles, plus the cab-over configuration for easy access to tight loading docks,” he says.

     In keeping with the Scania philosophy of providing a total transport solution Scania has deployed its master driver trainers to train the Linfox driver trainers regarding the full range of Scania driver support functions inside the cabs.

     “The vehicles are equipped with the new Scania fully automated Opticruise gear-changing system as well as the Scania retarder and Scania driver support, all of which enable the driver to reduce consumption and emissions while at the same time maintaining safe and efficient work practices.”

     Linfox president fleet and procurement Ray Gamble said: “Linfox is pleased to add Scania’s new prime movers to our growing fleet of more than 5000 vehicles.”

     “The Euro5 vehicles adhere to Linfox’s ongoing commitment to the safety of our drivers and the sustainability and reliability of our operations,” he said..

    The Scania P 440 SCR engine is the most powerful six-cylinder engine available under the P-series cab,and offers 440 hp (324 kW) and 2300 Nm of torque between 1000 and 1300 rpm.

     The 6x4 configuration prime movers use the fully automated Scania Opticruise which makes them easy to drive and reduces driver fatigue. The vehicles are fitted with ABS and traction control and are compatible with trailer electronic braking systems, enhancing safety and control.

    The all-steel cabs are impact-tested to ensure they exceed European and Swedish safety standards in order to be able to offer the best possible occupant protection.




    1968 Daihatsu becomes museum eye catcher

    Australia'n vehicle and equipment hire company has enshrined its long-term relationship with the Hino/Toyota family by restoring one of its vintage vehicles.

    A 1968 Daihatsu D200 truck (picturedis the biggest piece in Kennards Hire's museum collection of retired hire equipment, which also includes pressure cleaners, ground aerators and chainsaws - most of which is still in working condition.

    The D200, a distant relative of Kennards' presentt Hino hire trucks, was added to the collection in 2005.

    It was bought up to its present operational condition with a mild body and interior restoration, a mechanical check-over and the addition of Kennards' original corporate logos - as fitted to its hire trucks in the 1970s.

    Daihatsu introduced its truck range to Australia in 1965 - two years before both Daihatsu and Hino became part of Toyota Motor Corporation in 1967.

    The Daihatsu D200 was produced with a diesel engine (2270cc) and a load capacity of 2000kg.
    Kennards executive director Angus Kennard said the truck represented Kennards' first foray into the hire truck market.

    "Kennards started with a mixed fleet of 50 Daihatsu trucks - tippers, long wheelbase cab chassis and short wheel base models," Mr Kennard said.

    "It got us into the truck business in a big way."

    Kennards' use of Toyota family products has continued to this day, with around 500 Hinos on its present  hire truck fleet which is made up of tippers, vans and tilt trays.

    "We've had a long-term relationship with Hino and Toyota over the years," Mr Kennard said.

    While the original Daihatsu trucks on Kennards' fleet had their shortcomings, including cramped cabins with poor ergonomics, Mr Kennard said the company's present  Hino trucks are worlds apart.

    "With Hino, we feel that we are buying the best truck available.

    "They're ergonomic, safe, reliable, easy for all our customers to drive, and they have good resale value."

    Other Toyota Family products currently available for hire from Kennards include Toyota HiLux utes, skid-steer loaders and forklifts.

    Kennards' Daihatsu fleet was made up of the remaining stock from the original Australian distributor Gossin Industries, which handed distribution of the brand to Daihatsu in 1975.

    Daihatsu Australia's operations were integrated with Toyota Motor Corporation Australia in 2000 and the brand was wound-up in Australia in 2005.




     Streamline is back with a facelift

     The Scania Streamline is back and it is packed with intelligent, optimised technology to make a significant dent in operator running costs, improve uptime and provide greater potential profitability for customers.

    The new Streamline G-series and R-series cabs boast aerodynamically improved bodywork that help to reduce fuel consumption.
    Inside there are tasteful updates to the trim and Scania redesigned driver seats made by Recaro.

    Scania is also announcing the adoption of low drag gearboxes with friction optimised internals, a lighter and stronger single-drive rear axle and a revised and an enhanced Scania Opticruise automated gearchange system with three modes designed to make the most of the low rev, high torque engines.

     A new dual battery set up to enhance starting reliability is also to be introduced.

    In Europe Scania is presenting the Streamline cabs with a second generation of Euro 6 engines, including new 450hp and 490hp

    six-cylinder options, which will be available later in Australia.

    The new 520hp and 580hp V8 Euro 6 engines will also be available locally in the medium term. These engines adopti the new generation architecture that debuted in the 73 hp Euro 5 engine two years ago.

     Streamline models will initially arrive in Australia with the existing range of Euro 5 engines with the possibility for customers to specify Euro 6 emission standard engines should they desire them.

    Scania Streamline was first introduced on the 3 Series models in 1991 and was highly successful in Australia.

    “The new Scania Streamline is the latest evolution of the Scania cab that has been continually improving since the debut of the R-series in 2004 and the update in Europe in 2009 that won International Truck of the Year,” said Roger McCarthy, managing director of Scania Australia.

    “With the new Streamline models in G-series and R-series we are presenting meaningful aerodynamic enhancements to the cab as well as meaningful mechanical and technical upgrades that help to reduce running costs for our customers, boosting their profitability.

    “The adoption of the friction-reduced low drag gearbox, revised and more intelligent Scania Opticruise gearchanging software, new rear axle, freshened and improved interior appointments and comfortable driver and passenger seats that include optional ventilation, provide both operators and drivers with a higher degree of comfort owning and running a Scania.

    “The changes are directly aimed at helping our customers generate more profit for their businesses,” he said.

    “We have listened to our customers and thought hard about these changes. For example, while we have been encouraging drivers to switch off rather than idle and waste fuel we know they like to keep anciliaries such as air conditioners running in hot weather. So we have doubled the battery count to ensure they can always restart their truck.

    “The raft of changes we are presenting  represent a significant improvement for our G-series and R-series models visually while all our trucks, including the distribution oriented P-series, are able to benefit from the mechanical improvements.
    “In addition to the changes to the improved hardware we continue to espouse the benefits of the Scania Total Transport Solution concept which puts emphasis on promoting ongoing driver and vehicle efficiency improvements through the Peak Efficiency Programme and follow-up coaching; adhering to regular maintenance schedules to promote maximum uptime; as well as employing fleet management systems to identify and remove costly deviations in day-to-day operations.”

    The Scania Streamline range will be available to order by Australian customers from July.



    Big range of MAN trucks displayed and tested

    MAN put more than 150 trucks on show to be seen and test-driven at the MAN Trucknology Days 2013 in Munich.

     The focus of the product show was the efficient new MAN vehicles drawn from many sectors and a special exhibition of vehicles for municipal services.

    The picture below shows some of the trucks that were on show.

    MAN has been putting on this comprehensive product show at least once a year since 2008.

    This year it drew around 3500 visitors and customers from 15 European countries and South Korea to the MAN Truck Forum and the nearby test track in Munich. Last year there were about 2400 visitors.

     Under the motto "High efficiency. Big details" visitors experienced consistently efficient transport solutions from MAN – among them also vehicles from the new TG family with Euro VI engines. There were several MAN TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX vehicles in eco-friendly Euro VI versions.

     This year's show presented around 150 vehicles drawn from five areas: long-haul transport, distribution transport, construction, heavy-duty transport and municipal services. Visitors handled construction vehicles, heavy-duty road trains with gross weights of more than a hundred tonnes and long-haul trucks on the test track..

    Longer test drives were offered on the motorways and secondary roads near the MAN plant under the supervision of MAN ProfiDrive instructors. The Trucknology® Days were rounded off with lectures by specialists, presentations and an attractive program of activities.

    These days always focus on one of the sectors represented. This year the spotlight was on the great variety of products to be found among vehicles for municipal services. Whether it's sweepers, road and winter service vehicles, refuse-collection or fluid-waste disposal vehicles, the colour orange did not fail to catch the eye of  visitors.

     Besides the MAN TGL, TGM and TGS vehicles there were several products from VW Nutzfahrzeuge on show as highly-capable vehicles for municipal operations such as winter service or refuse collection. Hybrids were a particular attraction of the special exhibition.

    One of them was the MAN Metropolis, the electrically-propelled research vehicle with serial hybrid drive and a completely electrically-powered refuse-collection body presented at the IAA 2012 while another was a vehicle with a hydrostatic regenerative brake system (HRB).

    The event signalled the start of the demo truck fleet "MAN Trucknology® Roadshow 2013". Nearly 70 vehicles from the TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX series have gone on tour around Europe. A new fleet is put together every year.

    A quatter of the vehicles in year's fleet has a Euro VI engine under their cabs. As complete vehicles with bodies or sem-trailers they present a cross-section of the variety in the distribution and long-haul transport, construction, heavy-duty transport and municipal sectors.

    The list of bodies and semi-trailers is an impressive one: semitrailer tractors, heavy-duty semitrailer tractors, box bodies and curtainsiders, loggers, set-down and roll-off skip loaders, truck mixers, beverage bodies, loading-crane tippers, three-way and rear tippers as well as construction-material trains with loading cranes.

    Winter-service and refuse-collection vehicles and a swap-body vehicle for fire brigades represent the municipal segment. The fleet is painted largely in striking crimson and is drawn on by MAN's sales organisations throughout Europe to stage events and demonstrations.

     MAN salespersons arrange for their customers to test these vehicles for a few days.

    A shuttle bus service connected the MAN Truck Forum and the nearby test track. At both locations there were many trucks to be viewed and to be experienced. Experts from both MAN and the body builders provided specialist information on the products.

     Besides the drive around the test circuit, an off-road stretch could also be selected. In order to demonstrate the articulations and drive concepts of construction vehicles short sections of gravel surface were prepared.

     The innovative MAN HydroDrive® system stood out on this type of terrain. But far more than just trucks were on show at the MAN Trucknology® Days: MAN Services and many of MAN's partners also presented their products. Experts gave specialist lectures on subjects such as Euro VI, aerodynamics on commercial vehicles and temperature-controlled transport in the Truck Forum.

    More than 50 suppliers and companies manufacturing bodies and equipment were on hand for technical discussions.

    As a result of the wide variety of tasks in the waste-disposal sector, road and conduit cleaning, winter services and municipal road-building, vehicle concepts have to meet widely differing requirements. MAN displayed tailor-made vehicle-body combinations based on its TGL, TGM and TGS series. These are reliable and efficient tools for municipal and private operators. Complementing the range of products on show at the lighter weights were the VW Caddy, VW Amarok and VW Crafter, all from VW Nutzfahrzeuge

    The  MAN Metropolis: it could be viewed and demonstrated at the MAN Trucknology® Days 2013. This research vehicle with a refuse-collection body is a progressive concept: a heavy-duty hybrid truck that shows how transport tasks can be handled in cities quietlq without emissions.

     It operates purely electrically in the inner city with power to its rear axle being delivered by its 203-kW electric motor via automatic transmission. Energy is supplied by a modular lithium-ion battery installed below the driver's cab.

     The auxiliary units, such as power steering, compressor, hydraulic pump and air-conditioning system are all electrically powered. The drive for lifting the refuse containers and compressing the waste in the 22 cubic metre compactor body from Faun is electro-hydraulic.

     This significantly reduces the noise of operation. The MAN Metropolis is way within the usual noise-restriction limits applying in inner cities.

    For the first time a quiet and efficient V6 diesel engine from Volkswagen serves as a range extender and generates electricity on board when required. The great advantage of a quiet hybrid is that operators will in future be able to provide supply and disposal services in the mornings and evenings when traffic volumes are reduced without disturbing residents or impeding other municipal traffic


    MAN trucks transport Audi equipment to race tracks

    Seven MAN TGX trucks based on new Euro 6 emission standard will transport Audi Sport equipment to DTM and WEC motor races.

    The  TGX 18.480 semi-trailer vehicles  offer a new design and are  being launched on to the market by MAN. They already meet the Euro 6 emission standard, which will be binding for all newly-licensed trucks from January 1, 2014.

    The trucks will transport Audi Sport equipment to DTM races and the WEC (World Endurance Championship) sports-car series almost pollution-free.

    Oliver Straube, responsible for international partnerships at Audi Sport and the Audi team´s Spanish DRM driver, Miguel Molina,  took delivery of the trucks from Heinz-Jürgen Löw, director marketing sales and ser-vices at MAN Truck & Bus in Munich.

    The vehicles are fitted with a comfortable and spacious XXL driver´s cab and powered by a D26 common rail engine offering Euro 6 standard and 480hp.

     MAN´s TGX models also include a full-scale safety package with LED daytime running lights, Xenon headlights and electronic assistance systems, namely ACC for adaptive cruise control and the LGS lane guard system.

    "I am delighted that Audi´s top sportsmen have opted for our MAN trucks. In terms of environmental friendliness and efficiency, Audi Sport will now certainly secure first place in the paddock," said Heinz-Jürgen Löw at the official vehicle handover in Munich. "I wish the Audi team every success in the coming racing season."

    "For many years now we have  relied on MAN as a strong and trustworthy partner at our side," said Dieter Gass, head of DTM at Audi Sport. "The trucks have more or less the same level of HP as our Audi RS 5 DTM – maybe they aren´t as fast, but they do bring our valuable freight safely and reliably to the race circuits in Germany and all over the world. It´s good that we can depend on them."


      Keeping track of a business as it works

      Operating two quarries, two concrete plants and a fleet of 40 agitators, tippers and general vehicles represents a challenging task, but Geelong based Local-Mix Concrete has found  the MTData solution is  in making operations more efficient.  

      Using the purpose-built MTData concrete solution, this family owned and operated business has access to detailed reporting and live vehicle data enabling it to provide accurate details to staff and customers for efficient operation. 
      Agitator auto statusing enables  Local-Mix fleet managers to view current states at the plant and with  loading, mixing, on the way to site, at site, unloading and returning to plant. 
      Stuart Richardson, from Local-Mix  Concrete, said the MTData solution had become integral to  day-to-day operations and offered great advances in being able to move and direct trucks between jobs and bases efficiently. 
      “It would be difficult to operate without the MTData system as it helps us make decisions quickly in real-time. It’s limited the need for back-and-forth communication as we can plan delivery and loading times of trucks much more efficiently” he said. 
      The live data is also beneficial to customers.

      Stuart said: “Our customers have welcomed getting correct information on when their deliveries will be on site, rather than just giving them an estimate and having to call the driver to find out where they are”. 

      In addition, Local-Mix can extract reports on barrel rotation speed and direction, distance and time to and from sites, waiting time at a site and much more. 
      Information on MTData’s concrete solution can be obtained by emailing






    Hino sales soar around the world

    Booming international interest has propelled Hino Motors Ltd to record-breaking highs in Japanese first-quarter sales results.

    Record sales in Central and South America, Europe and Africa contributed to an all-time high in export sales for Hino, up 3.8 percent from the same time last year.

    The sales charge was supported by record first-quarter results in Asia as well as improved sales results in Oceania and the Middle East.

    The picture on the left shows part of a large fleet of Hinos run by ETS Vegation Services.

    Hino Australia president and chief operating officer Steve Lotter said the recent results indicated the growing popularity of Hino globally.

    "It's pleasing to see the Hino product make real inroads in international markets," he said.

    "These sales results show what Australians have known for years - Hino trucks are high quality, tough enough to tackle any situation and imbued with Hino reliability.

    "I think in the Central and South American market watching the Hino 500 Series Dakar Rally truck conquering the tough route time and again instils confidence in Hino's engineering prowess."

    Hino produces the 300, 500 and 700 Series trucks and in the US t offers the  600 Series and a range of bus products.

    It also manufactures the popular Toyota Prado and FJ Cruiser SUVs with more than 46,000 of the Toyota-branded vehicles sold over the past three months.

     Toyota Motor Group is aiming to produce more than 10.1 million vehicles by the end of their financial year.

    Should Toyota, Lexus and Hino workers achieve their target, they can claim the record as the first automaker in history to produce more than 10 million vehicles in a single year.

    The Toyota Motor Group produced 5.05 million vehicles globally and sold 4.91 million of them in the six months to June this year, retaining its place as the world's market-leading automotive




    All geared up for the collection of refuse


     Well-established West Australian rural refuse management company Avon Waste has praised the quality and reliability of the 17 Allison automatics in its fleet of 19 trucks.

    Director Ashley Fisher says  the company's Allison-equipped trucks are ideal, providing easy use, dependability and efficiency.

    "Collecting rubbish bins is stop-start work and,  really, automatic transmissions are the only choice for our operation. And Allison is the best automatic. Our work is unrelenting. A manual truck simply would not perform in this environment,and I doubt anything but an Allison would be reliable enough to cope," he said.

    The majority of Avon's business comes from kerbside bin pickups using 14 specialist side-loader trucks - mostly Iveco/International Acco compactors

    Mr Fisher said Allison transmissions are in their element in a suburban environment, coping with up to 1200 stops per day.

    "The gear ratios of the Allison are spot-on for our work. They handle the change in load as the truck is filled and provide easy starts and smooth gear changes," he said.

    He said that Avon recently added a Volvo FE side-loader equipped with a 300 horsepower engine and mated to an Allison 3000R fully-automatic transmission. "We chose this spec because it is more powerful than the other trucks we have been using and Allison is the best transmission for the task."

    Allison transmissions not only meet Avon's needs on its average daily 250 kilometre runs, but are also efficient during highway driving on Avon's longer 700 kilometre routes.

    "Our drivers have up to two hours of driving before collection begins and another two hours returning to the depot," Mr Fisher said.

     "Allison is tremendous for highway driving because it easily accelerates to and maintains cruising speeds, but doesn't allow the engine to rev too high, so fuel consumption is kept to a minimum."

    Reliability and long service intervals are significant factors in Avon's longstanding loyalty to Allison transmissions. "We need to pick up bins on the day we specify, and we have never been let down by Allison," <r Fisher said.

    "We've had no problems with Allison automatics in the eight years we've been using them. We know we can trust them. In fact, the quality is getting even better, with longer services intervals and higher efficiency. We had manual trucks previously, but it became obvious that automatics are the way of the future."


    First Scania 8x8 delivered  in Australia

    Scania Australia has just delivered the very first P 440 SCR 8x8 truck built by the factory. It is equipped with a Bronto 50-metre Skylift with a new three-section 15-metre expandable fly boom.

    A second similar, vehicle arrives within weeks to bolster the 11-strong fleet at fast-growing Summit Tower Hire. in Brisbane.

    The new arrival was presented at Summit’s open day at Albion Park in Brisbane, where the bright yellow-painted Bronto S50XDT-J Skylift was displayed, complete with the Bumble Bee logo of the Australian Diabetes Council, promoting awareness of the disease.

    The new 50-metre Skylift was joined at the open day by a 70-metre unit already working for the company, also mounted on an 8x8 Scania P-series.

    Many of Summit Tower Hire’s existing Bronto Skylifts are painted in the colours of charities the company supports, including Beyond Blue, which fights depression in men, and women’s breast cancer.

    A third Scania P 440 SCR 8x8 arrives in September with an orange and black ‘Tiger’ stripe design. The vehicle is insulated for work in high voltage environments, where ‘tiger tail’ striped warning tape is commonly deployed on power lines. The insulation capacity of this Bronto boom will have been tested to resist a million volts during sign-off in Sweden.

    “By painting our Skylifts in the colours of charities we provide exposure and awareness of their work, both during transit and on worksites,” said Nigel Soden, a director of Summit Tower Hire.

    “It is good for us to put something back into our community. Diabetes is a disease known only too well at Summit. Each and every employee knows someone who is affected by diabetes,” he said, before handing over a cheque for $2000 to ADC’s head of government and business partnerships, Janice McLay

    The picture on the left shows the presentation.

    “Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in Australia, with one person diagnosed every five  minutes. This means 290 people per day are told they have the disease,” Ms McLay said.

    “There are 1.1 million sufferers in Australia, and this is expected to increase to 3.6 million by the end of 2017. The Australia Diabetes Council is incredibly grateful for the support the team at Summit Tower Hire has given us in the fight against diabetes.”

    The ADC Bumble Bee design focuses attention on the annual ‘Buzz Day’, which this year takes place on 20 September, though diabetes awareness activities are expected to run through the month.

    Shane Griffin, Scania Australia national specialist sales manager, worked closely with Peter Wellspring, safety, training and technical manager at Summit Tower Hire, to optimise the specification of the new trucks.

    They began with the specification of the original delivery of four P360 CB8x8HHZ models, which evolved into the specification of the more powerful P 440 SCR versions.

    The new trucks are equipped with Scania Opticruise, Scania Retarder, 30-tonne rear axles, hub-reduction differentials, heavy-duty anti-roll bars and Scania’s all-steel cab.

     The cab also features a metal front bumper, tough enough to handle off-road knocks and scrapes, while additional driving lights are installed into the sun visor. An extra, flexible, bottom step adds ease of entry and exit from the elevated cabin. The vehicle’s total weight is 33 tonnes.

    One of the Scania advantages for customers specifying a Bronto Skylift is that the standard P-series CP16 cab is low enough to allow the stowed Skylift to comply with height restrictions. This is unusual in an all-wheel-drive vehicle with an elevated chassis.

    “The Scania 8x8 is very versatile. For exampl,  we have had it working on mines repairing draglines. The truck can just drive straight in, down the pit to the machine, fix the draglines and drive out, which saves the mining company the time it takes to bring in a special crane. With its 8x8 drive, the truck can traverse very rugged terrain,” Nigel Soden said.

     Summit’s national sales manager, Chris Josey, said  Scania nia was the right choice for a number of reasons.

    The all-steel cab protected the occupants, the ride was comfortable  and Scania continued to develop its products to reduce fuel consumption and emissions and thus its impact on the environment.

    “Scania also supports its clients with a high level of after sales service,” he said.

    The new vehicle will be deployed to Western Australia immediately after its commissioning in Brisbane to work on power line maintenance for the next two months.

    Summit typically directs its 50-metre Skylifts to work on telecom towers, wind farm assembly and maintenance, as well as replacing the globes in light towers at sporting stadia, such as Albion Park.

    The new Bronto 50-metre Skylift’s three-section, 15-metre extendable fly boom delivers additional access and versatility for operators needing to reach restricted locations. It has an effective working height of 46 metres and an outreach of 36 metres. The boom can be controlled from the work cage or remotely from anywhere around the vehicle, enhancing safety.

    This new version is seven tonnes lighter than the previous model, which means the truck can access a wider range of locations, as well as reduce fuel consumption on the way to remote work sites.


    Road care is their business


    There is no road too bumpy for repair specialists Ausroad Systems Pty Ltd.

    Ausroad was established as a family business in 1989 in the field of providing economical road maintenance solutions to local government, contractors and private companies that maintain sealed roads, and it knows a thing or two about keeping roads in good shape.

    The company has more than 30 employees working at its Archerfield office in Brisbane, Queensland, where it manufactures, distributes and hires road maintenance equipment to customers throughout Australia and in Indonesia.

    The market leading company is committed to developing new technologies that are the most efficient and most advanced in road maintenance machines worldwide.

    The Ausroad hire fleet includes six Isuzu FVZ 1400 trucks with custom ladder frame bodies to accommodate the road maintenance equipment.

    One of the trucks is pictured on the left. The most recent unit joined the fleet in September.2012.

    The bodies take up to three months to build from start to finish in Ausroad’s body-building workshop.

    In addition the trucks are fitted with Ausroad’s Jetmaster road maintenance machines.  These include an aggregate spreader, spray bar and Ausroad multi-purpose full width paving and edging attachments, to handle jetpatching, major strip patching, road re-sealing, wheel rutting repairs and edge break repairs.

    The company hires out the FVZ 1400 units to local councils and businesses. This allows customers to ‘catch up’ on road maintenance projects while at the same time evaluating the machine for possible purchase.

    Managing Director, Toni Dunlop, said the Isuzus were a great addition to the Ausroad fleet which comprised 11 vehicles.

    “The reliability is very impressive and the trucks can handle anything that gets thrown at them,” he said.

    “The trucks operate throughout Australia, from Port Hedland to Bega, and in all types of conditions from 45 degrees plus temperature to below zero.

    “We chose Isuzu because the current models have the right power, chassis length and fit-out for our Jetmaster road maintenance machines.”

    Powered by a SiTEC Series III 295 221 kW engine producing 981 Nm of torque at 1,450 RPM, it’s no surprise the FVZ 1400 is the right truck for the job.

    Toni said the truck’s auto gearbox provides a great advantage.
    “The best part of the FVZ 1400 is the Allison automatic transmission, easy to use for a large cross section of drivers,” he said.

    “The trucks are very straight forward to operate, comfortable to spend all day in and have a very good operator acceptance.

    “We look forward in continuing our business with Isuzu.”

    Narrow streets are no obstacle to this truck

    Sydney’s bustling traffic and high incidence of narrow inner city streets make it almost mandatory for plumbers to have a work vehicle compact enough to provide easy manoeuvrability while also being powerful enough to carry all their equipment and fittings.

    To fulfil this requirement, Pink Fish Plumbing, a en turning heads around the city with its new brightly painted Isuzu NLR 200 Short (pictured left)  featuring a custom body.

    The owner-operated business was established by husband and wife team Brett and Kelly Parsons who recently relocated to Sydney after two years spent pipe fitting, plumbing and operating machinery within the Western Australian mining industry.

    Now that they have returned home Brett and Kelly are devoting all of their energy to Pink Fish Plumbing which provides its residential customers with a complete range of plumbing services, including unblocking drains and sewers, installing taps and toilets and gas fitting.

     Pink Fish Plumbing also provides a 24-hour emergency plumbing service.

    “Customers are able to book me for regular plumbing jobs and I am available for emergency work, such as fixing a burst pipe, at any time of the day or night,” Brett said.

    “We believe it’s important to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations by providing a reliable service at a good rate.”

    Based in Sydney’s inner west, Pink Fish Plumbing is able to service the entire metropolitan area, as well as the surrounding suburbs, travelling to jobs in its Isuzu NLR 200 Short.

    Brett said many plumbers used Isuzu’s NPR 450 model. However, he requires a more compact option to manoeuvre through Sydney’s tight streets.

    “The areas I work in require a small vehicle as the streets are very narrow, such as Balmain and Paddington,” Brett said.

    “However I need to carry a lot of equipment on my truck so it was essential it could handle this. A utility would have been too small to bear the load and carry all of the gear I require. It’s important I have all of my tools and equipment with me at jobs so that I can work quickly and efficiently.”

    Included in this equipment is a high pressure water jetting system that has been installed on the NLR by Sewerquip.  Brett said the system was very heavy, consisting of a water tank, motor, pump, fuel and an extra battery.

    “I needed the right vehicle – big and powerful enough to carry my equipment, but small enough to drive on the narrow streets. The NLR doesn’t struggle at all with the heavy load on the back,” he said.

    “The truck’s automated manual transmission (AMT) allows me to drive in automatic most of the time, but also flick across to manual if required. This makes the NLR easy to drive in all conditions, including stop-start traffic and highways.

    “The cab is comfortable to travel in and the stereo is a nice addition with all its connections and features.

    “Isuzus are renowned for being the best trucks on the road which is why I chose to purchase this truck for our business.”

    After taking delivery of the NLR 200 Brett and Kelly wanted to ensure it would stand out on the road.

    “The truck’s aluminium body was fabricated by Pacific Body Works and features a central locking system and lit compartments making night time work easier,” Brett said.

    “The body has a great storage system and its locks are strong, so it is resistant to thieves.

    “To give the truck its eye-catching look Motorgraphics then applied the signage and artwork to the body. It has certainly generated a lot of attention.”

    As artistic individuals, Brett and Kelly sought a business name that would stand out from competitors.

    “We wanted to break away from all of the unimaginative plumbing business names and logos and use something that stays in people’s minds. That’s why we chose Pink Fish Plumbing, as it’s quite bizarre, grabs attention and portrays that our business is different from others,” Brett said.



    This transport company is a friend to remote areas

    As Australia’s only one-stop shop remote area specialist, KJM Contractors is the transport and logistics supplier of choice for the mining, exploration and geothermal industries.

    KJM Contractors provides a wide range of services to remote mine sites across Australia. Its services include regular air charter flights, transport runs, heavy haulage, engineering and fully serviced camp hire for remote areas. This includes rubbish removal, crude oil, water and effluent cartage.

    The company offers Australia-wide hot shot services - complete red-hot urgent deliveries of required materials to mine sites and drilling rigs.

    KJM Contractors’ booming business has come a long way since its humble beginnings. In 1992 the company only consisted of director Kim John McNamara working as a sub-contractor with just one truck.

    In 2002 when Mr McNamara was becoming dissatisfied with working as a sole sub-contractor he was awarded his first contract to a mine site, the Challenger gold mine, for its open-cut and underground mining operations. His company grew in leaps and bounds from then on.

    It was in that year that KJM Contractors obtained its first Isuzu truck, an FRR 500 Long, which is still in daily use and is still running well at 768,305 kilometres.

    KJM Contractors now employs 470 staff and operates out of a head office in Adelaide and has offices in Brisbane, Roma and the Cooper Basin.

    This allows KJM Contractors to service customers at mine sites across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia.

    To keep up with the ever increasing workload the company uses a fleet of Isuzu trucks consisting of one FRR 500 Long based McDonald Johnson Compactor, two FVZ with Ahrns Tilt Trays – which are set up with gates – and three FVZ 1400 Long flat tops with side gates.

    The Isuzu trucks assist with a variety of different services, including local metropolitan pick-ups and deliveries, hot shot services and trips to mine sites. The tilt trays are used to recover vehicles from various mine sites and the FRR 500 compactor is used to pick up rubbish from camps.

    KJM contractors operations manager Kim Wittwer has been with the company since the early days and says its specialised service is complemented by its friendly staff to help stand out from the competitors.

    “Our staff know their jobs, understand our clients’ needs and expectations and deliver on time every time,” Mr Wittwer said.

    Mr Wittwer said the company’s Isuzu trucks are all in use every day, travelling abput 60,000 kilometres each year, and split their driving time equally on highways and off-road. They handle the rugged outback conditions with ease. To combat the tough conditions KJM Contractors has enhanced its Isuzu trucks with additional protective features.

    “The trucks have been fitted with heavy duty trays and additional rubber mud flaps to protect them against the stones thrown up in the off-road work. The trucks handle those conditions with very few problems,” Mr Wittwer said.

    “We have found the best feature of the Isuzu trucks to be their reliability. When choosing new trucks for our fleet now  we purchase based on what we know works.

    “We would add more Isuzu trucks to our fleet without a doubt.”





    Andrew leads the way with his hard-working Isuzu
    Owner-driver Andrew Kaluzyn  is leading the way with Isuzu’s new FY Series as one of the first operators in Australia to spec an FYJ 2000 for the demanding concrete agitator application.

    And Andrew knows a thing or two about concrete and the trucks that carry it, having started his concrete transport business, Andkal, back in 1999.

    He has been sub-contracting to HY-TEC ever since, moving concrete from the company’s Auburn plant to various construction sites around inner and greater Sydney.

    Andrew's FY Series truck is pictured on the left.

    Their relationship is a long one. HY-TEC was established in 1998 only a year before Andrew’s company and now has more than 40 plants and quarries around Australia that supply a range of concrete and construction aggregates such as sand, gravel, crushed stone and slag.

    Andrew grew up with trucks and has been driving them for more than 23 years. Before he was in the concrete game he drove general freight and distribution trucks for various companies

    He knew what to look for when buying a new truck.

    “My previous truck was from an Italian manufacturer and I used it for 14 years,” Andrew said.

    “I needed something new that was stronger and could handle the weight of a fully loaded 7.4 m3 concrete mixer bowl.

    “I took my time in choosing the truck and it worked out well with the release of Isuzu’s new FY Series.”

     Andrew said the process of getting his new acquisition on the road was very smooth.

    “I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and easy it was to get the truck ready for work - it only took local body builders, Thaiamex, and drivetrain specialists, KCDR Drivetrain, a week to get the concrete mixer bowl fitted.

    Andrew is confident that the FYJ 2000 is the right truck for the job.

    “I honestly couldn’t find anything better than what Isuzu offers,” Andrew said.

    “I’ve only had the truck for a short while and I’m already more than impressed with the performance.

    “The price was right and the truck’s features are exactly what I require – I didn’t need to buy any extras, everything is already included.”

    “The cruise control is also fantastic for those long highway drives and the engine has more than enough power.

    “It drives better up hills than my previous truck even though it’s carrying five tonnes more,” he said.

    The FY Series is powered by the six cylinder SiTEC Series III 350 engine, rated at 257 kW @ 2,000 RPM and 1,422 Nm @ 1,200 – 1,500 RPM.

    Andrew’s new truck has been a big topic of conversation at construction sites.

    “The other sub-contractors that I work closely with are also considering upgrading to an FYJ 2000,” Andrew said.

    “Isuzu’s new twin-teer models have definitely caught everyone’s attention.”

    Ice cream + Isuzu = business success




    Maacadamia nuts are most commonly grown in areas such as south eastern Queensland.

    This is where Anthony and Teena Mammino produce their highly sought after gourmet ice cream on their farm just south of Bundaber.Locally-grown macadamia nuts are a key ingredient.

    Their business, Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream, is a favourite stopping point for people passing by their farm, but Anthony and Teena cater for a much wider market via retailers and at events throughout Queensland from their Isuzu NLR 200 ice cream van.

    While Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream has become well known throughout the region it started from humble beginnings when the future of the large family owned sugar cane farm was being threatened by low sugar cane prices.

    Some macadamia trees were growing on the farm in areas unsuitable for sugar cane and the family began to sell the macadamia nuts as a small side business.

    Twenty years ago Teena began experimenting with an old family ice cream recipe by including the farm-grown macadamia nuts in the ingredients.

    Anthony said the ice cream became very popular amongst locals and they started a home business.

    “We converted our garage into a manufacturing area. After six months we started catering at small events in Childers,” he said.

    “We invested in a small freezer trailer which we carted all across the state on the back of a Toyota dual cab ute. Then we started attending bigger and more distant events, hiring freezers on site and travelling overnight.”

    With this growth  Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream required a larger vehicle to transport and deliver product, and to sell from at events. In Maybought  bought an Isuzu NLR 200 Short AMT to fill this requirement. The truck holds twice the amount of products in its eutectic refrigerated body as its predecessors.

    “The body was imported from Italy and can hold approximately 6000 units of our 150ml tubs. It has lockable compartments for easy storage,” Anthony said.

    The truck is pictured on the left.

    Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream supplies cafes, restaurants and local supermarkets with its products. Bundaberg Rum also works with the business to create a special rum-based ice cream.

    Anthony said that when he was in the market for a truck he looked at several options before choosing Isuzu.

    “With six ladies on staff we needed flexibility in a vehicle without a trailer, so that it would be easy for them to set up at events,” Anthony said.

    “The NLR 200 is a perfect fit for our business. It’s proving to be a reliable workhorse.

    “It’s great that we don’t require a special truck license to drive the NLR, and its automatic transmission and good visibility makes driving easy. I have driven the truck through road works and found it has good stability.

    “On the long drives the truck is very comfortable, offering a lot of space in the cab, cruise control and all of the creature comforts. The headlights are also very good at night.

    “We also chose this truck due to its serviceability and cost of parts.”

    Anthony said the NLR 200 handled its load with ease.

    “We needed a truck that could carry the body that we required. You wouldn’t even know the load is on the back. Its weight isn’t an issue,” Anthony said.

    Anthony has noticed an increase in sales. since the business Began using using the Isuzu truck..

    “The truck is eye catching, so people notice it. It’s a very good looking truck,” Anthony said.

    Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream chose to add an Isuzu bullbar, tinted windows and a tow bar to the NLR 200 as optional extras. The company has also invested in an extended warranty for even greater peace of mind







    Isuzu to open large parts warehouse in Brisbane

    Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) has invested in a new 15,000 square metre warehouse facility in Brisbane to better serve the parts requirements of Isuzu customers in northern Australia.

    The new facility will provide these customers with faster and more efficient parts availability and will also service the South Pacific region, including the rapidly expanding Papua New Guinea market.

    IAL will maintain its existing 12,000 squar metre Melbourne warehouse to service the southern states.

    IAL director – IT, engine & parts operations, Peter Rutkis, said the new infrastructure was required to meet the needs of the company’s rapidly-expanding parts operations.

    “Isuzu has been Australian truck market sales leader for 24 consecutive years and as such there are a tremendous number of our trucks on the roads,” Mr Rutkis said.

    “The sales concentration of these vehicles has also shifted in recent years with increasing numbers being sold in Queensland; given this it made sound business sense to develop a site in Brisbane to accommodate these customers as well as offering our customers in the South Pacific  a vastly improved service.

    “Trucks aside, adding to our expanded warehouse requirements are increasing sales of our industrial and marine engine ranges.."




    Getting your nose in front as an owner-operator in the highly competitive freight business is no mean feat. Andrew Ware, principal of Lismore (New South Walea) based, Andrew Ware Carrier, has managed this by arming his business with two competitive advantages. 

    “While I provide general freight services to commercial customers,I specialise in freighting supplies to work sites, such as construction sites for new houses,” Andrew said.

    He has gone a step farther by recognising that with paving and tiling generally being a major feature of new houses, transporting and delivering these items can be a delicate task, given they generally are extremely heavy to transport and they are easily damaged. Andrew has this process perfected with his Isuzu FXY 1500 and truck-mounted fork lift.

    “I have a fork lift mounted to my truck which allows me to quickly and easily deliver ceramic tiles and pavers without any issues. This is an advantage as many other freight businesses in my area do not have fork lifts,” he said.

    To transport both high mass and volume deliveries, the Isuzu FXY 1500 has been set up with a curtain sider body and tows a flat top two axle dog trailer. The fork lift is held in place by a cradle, which allows it to be quickly and safely removed from the truck when ready for use on site.

    The truck is decorated with the Andrew Ware Carrier logo and vinyl stripes.

    “It looks very smart. I have also added a spoiler kit to the top of the truck to save fuel,” Andrew said.

    The FXY is constantly in use. With his freight services able to be booked for next-day turnaround, Andrew is always on the go.

    “A typical day usually includes a lot of stop-start driving. On average we travel 500 kilometres in a day with the occasional longer trip,” he said.

    Andrew has been using Isuzu trucks for a number of years. An Isuzu FVR 950 HD and then a Giga CXY 455 preceded the FXY 1500.

    “The FXY has lower fuel consumption than the Giga and it can handle similar loads. I also like the new cab and its features, such as satellite navigation. It’s comfortable to drive around in,” Andrew said.




    Fleet gets the news delivered on time

    For more than 200 years Australians have been relying on newspapers for the latest news. But over this time it hasn’t just been the publishers working hard to keep their product in circulation – newspaper distributors are also working through the wee hours of the night delivering the day’s news in a timely manner.

    For Warrnambool company Allens Freight this couldn’t ring truer. The company has been delivering newspapers since it was established in 1985 when owner, Leigh Allen bought  purchased one single paper run from his uncle.

    Since then Allens Freight has grown significantly, now employing around 55 staff. It has freight terminals based not only in Warrnambool, but also in Portland, Hamilton and Melbourne.

    One thing has not changed since it began operations in 1985.; Allens Freight continues to operate paper runs from Melbourne to Portland seven nights a week. During the 10-hour night shift about 10,000 individual newspapers are delivered.

     Allens Freight services do not end at delivering newspapers. The company also provides a range of logistics services, including warehousing and distribution, line haul and refrigerated transport.

    Through its large variety of services the company not only assists clients in the west of Victoria and southeast of South Australia, but also a number of international clients using air freight.

    Allens Freight runs a fleet of 20 Isuzu trucks, ranging from the smaller NKR 200 Flat Low to the Giga EXY model. One pf the trucks in the fleet is pictured on the left.

    Operations manager Richard Allen said that apart from fitting bodies the company had not been required to make any modifications to its Isuzu trucks.

    “Our fleet operates in a range of conditions due to the large variety of jobs that they are used for. However all of our Isuzu trucks handle their roles with flying colours. They offer us enough power in each of their applications,” Mr Allen said.

    “We continue to choose Isuzu trucks for our fleet because past experience has shown us what works. We have been loyal Isuzu customers since 1985 when Leigh Allen purchased the original truck – an Isuzu FSR – from his uncle.”

    Mr Allen said that choosing new trucks for the Allens Freight fleet was an easy task thanks to support from Isuzu Dealer, OG Roberts in Mount Gambier.

    “We follow a selection criteria when purchasing new trucks for our fleet. However Gary Fewins from OG Roberts knows our fleet and needs very wel and assists us in choosing the right truck for the job,” Mr Allen said.

    “The best thing about the Isuzu trucks is their reliability. We still have some Isuzus dating back to 1996 that have now been retired into local applications.

    “Our most recent purchase, the Isuzu FRR 500, has proven to be brilliant. We purchased it to accommodate our increasing work load.

    “We will continue to add more Isuzu trucks to our fleet in the future. We currently have an Isuzu Giga 455 on order. We believe if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That’s why we continue to invest in Isuzu products.”


    Joe's love of these trucks stands the test of time

    Joe Schubert loves Isuzu trucks – his use of Isuzus over almost three decades is testament to this with the relationship standing the test of time.

    The New South Wales removalist fell into the work at the ripe age of 15, often helping out in his father’s furniture removal business by accompanying him on jobs after hours and on weekends.

    Eventually he began two of his own removalist operations and now employs 10 staff located at a depot in Matraville, in Sydney’s south.

    Joe’s two companies, Always Moving and Bow Tie Removals, rely on six Isuzu trucks to provide a boutique removalist service for the Sydney metropolitan area.

     Joe says it’s all about the experience and customer service a company provides that leads to success.

    “Furniture removal is in my blood, I can’t even fathom doing anything else,” Joe said.

    “I take pride in my trucks, I keep them clean and tidy and I’m confident they can handle any type of job that gets thrown at them.”

    Joe’s  fleet comprises an FRR 600, NKR 200, NLR 200, NPR 200 and two NNR 200s.

    In the past he has had an Isuzu SBR 422 and SCR 420 which he only sold a couple of years ago. Both trucks did not disappoint during their run and Joe praises Isuzu’s reliability in both old and new models.

    “I have been using Isuzu trucks since 1985 when I bought my first Isuzu SBR 422. It was so resilient that I never had to change the brakes even though it clocked over 200,000 kilometres,” Joe said.

    “I try and acquire a combination of new and second-hand Isuzus as I know I can trust them no matter how old the truck is.”

    Joe’s fleet is fitted with custom-built furniture van bodies which are specially designed to access difficult areas including low clearances, tight narrow laneways and sharp tight turns in small streets.

    The bodies feature ramps and side doors for easy access as well as timber floors and carpet walls to protect the furniture.

    For loading heavier furniture the NNR 200 and NLR 200 trucks are installed with a large full width walk-up tailgate.

    Joe said he liked Isuzus so much he won’t consider buying any other truck brand.

    “Isuzu trucks have exactly what we need for our business as they can stand the wear and tear of transporting different types of furniture over a long period of time,” Joe said.

    Both companies include services such as furniture protection, dismantling and assembly of furniture, insurance, furniture placement and packing materials.

    For extra security,Joe uses a modular furniture moving and storage system where all customer goods are stored directly in the company’s warehouse facility and are never opened until the customer receives the goods at their new location.

    The company prides itself in employing the latest technology to service customers in the most efficient way.

    “As we control everything that comes into our facility customers can safely know there are no corrosive chemicals, rodent attracting foodstuffs or prohibited items being stored next to their belongings.”

    All vehicles are also equipped with satellite tracking so that the company knows where the truck and the customer’s belongings are 24-hours a day.

    Joe has five drivers who work across both of his companies and happily drive the Isuzu trucks.“I’ve been told the trucks are a joy to drive. The cabins are very popular and the drivers love the comfort that Isuzu offers,” he said.

    “The fully integrated air conditioning and heater/demister with four-speed fan has been ideal to combat all types of weather, all year round,” he said

    Joe said that when purchasing a truck service and support played a large role.

    “We have a long history with Isuzu and I look forward to continuing and strengthening that relationship,” Joe said.

    “If my father had the option of buying an Isuzu truck for his business in the 60s, he would have definitely jumped on board.”



    A-Doubles which thrive on work.

    Leading Riverina transport contractor Deniliquin Freighters is operating two purpose-built Kenworth T909 A-Double road trains which haul 60 tonnes of export rice from SunRice's newly reopened Coleambally mill in southern NSW.

    The innovative A-Double two-trailer configuration, which is 36.5 m - 10 m longer than a regular B-Double -  is a first for the state.

    The company was granted a special permit by the NSW Government's Roads and Maritime Services.

    This enables the trucks to carry two 20-foot (6.1 m) TEU shipping containers of up to 30 tonne gross weights on specific routes from the mill to rail terminals in the region.

    The permit allows the Kenworths to carry containers which are, for the first time, filled to capacity. That is around a 13 percent increase or 3.5 tonnes of milled rice per load more than trucks were permitted previously.

    The new road limit load approvals, which were arranged following talks with NSW Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay, who played an important role for SunRice in ensuring maximum efficiency in the movement of rice for export, particularly from the recently reopened Coleambally mill.

    SunRice's Coleambally and Deniliquin mills had been closed almost five years earlier due to severe droughts which decimated Australian rice crops. Today SunRice has had its second consecutive year of full rice production, with a harvest of more than 963,000 tonnes.

    That's a dramatic turn-around compared to its low of just 19,000 tonnes in 2008. To meet the increased capacity it reopened the Deniliquin mill in early 2011, followed by the mill in Coleambally in November, 2012.

    Deniliquin Freighters has been contracting to SunRice since the

     In addition to managing a large team of contractors the company maintains its own fleet of 10 Kenworth prime movers which distribute SunRice finished rice to wholesalers and retailers throughout mainland Australia. It also handles haulage of milled rice between the three mills as well as the export containers carted from Coleambally.

    Deniliquin Freighters' managing director, Russell Tait, said he worked with SunRice to find a more efficient transport solution for the Coleambally mill since it was the only one not located near a rail terminal.

    "The closest rail terminal to Coleambally is in Tocumwal - that's a 256km round trip which our trucks need to make several times a day," he said. "We spent 15 months working with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to try to find a cost-effective transport solution. The special RMS' permit achieved that. It enabled us to implement a new transport configuration that increased payload capacity to 60 tonnes at CML (concessional mass limits) weights.

    "This was important to ensure efficiency at the reopened mill and it's become a win-win for everyone. The A-Double road train substantially lowers the overall cost of transport and provides SunRice with significant productivity gains. It also benefits the local community and the state with less trucks on the road."

    Deniliquin Freighters bought its Kenworth T909s from award-winning dealer, Graham Thomson Motors in Shepparton. The T909 is a versatile model which suits almost any application where the front axle weight is critical.

    Kenworth custom built the prime movers to the exacting requirements of the Coleambally mill operation. This included making provision on the chassis for the installation of a dual-wheel, lift-up Hendrickson pusher axle in front of the drive axle. When employed the pusher axle enables the vehicles to carry a heavier payload that is spread more evenly across the axle groups.

    Rated to a GCM of 106 tonnes, each truck is powered by a Cummins ISX EGR engine, generating 600 hp and 2050 lb/ft of torque. The truck features an 18-speed Eaton UltraShift Plus FO-22E318B-MXP automated transmission with hill start assist to prevent rolling backwards on an incline. It also includes Meritor MFS73 front axles (7.3 tonne capacity) and Meritor RT46-160GP rear axles (21 tonne capacity) and rides on Kenworth's Airglide 460 eight-bag rear suspension.

     The model has also been fitted with Kenworth's Aero 50-inch integrated sleeper, front under-run protection system (FUPS) bumpers as well as the Kenworth electronic brake safety system (EBSS) level 1, including ABS, automatic traction control (ATC) and drag torque control (DTC).

    The T909s pull two low-profile, drop-deck skel trailers by Vawdrey, which are linked by a tri-axle dolly. The 36.5 metre Kenworth A-Double road trains operate two shifts, five days a week, from 3am until midnight, and one shift on Saturday, from 3 am until 1 pm.

    Each truck makes five round trips in a full day. Four deliveries are made to the Tocumwal rail terminal, which is a 256 km round trip, and one is made to the Deniliquin terminal, a 330km round trip. The trucks also make three trips on Saturdays.

    Every week the Kenworths haul in total 112 shipping containers with a combined payload of close to 3000 tonnes of milled rice. The containerised rice is sent by rail to the port of Melbourne, where it is exported to various countries throughout the Pacific.

    Russell looked at a number of Kenworth models before deciding on the T909. He said he chose it based on several factors, including its longer wheelbase, which allowed for the pusher axle, and provided better steering for the lengthy rig.

    He said: "The A-Double road train is a major step forward for NSW transport, particularly regional agribusiness. But the 13-axle configuration, the long operating hours and the often hot Riverina conditions would tax most trucks. That's why I didn't seriously consider any other brand - only Kenworth.

    "We have used a variety of American and European models since the 1970s, but for the past 11 years I have only purchased Kenworths. It just makes sense. They are engineered in Australia for Australia's toughest environments. And they are custom built in the factory to our specifications.

    "If we used any other brand, it would have been much more difficult and time consuming with no guarantee it would be the best vehicle for the job. With Kenworth, we get exactly what we need without any compromise," he explained.

    Russell says the T909 has proved to be the ideal model for Coleambally job.

    "I needed a strong, powerful truck to handle the work but, because we are carting heavy containers with a set weight I needed a light prime mover to ensure we stayed within the permit limits. The T909 has a surprisingly light tare weight and it's economical to run. They're real workhorses and yet they're so comfortable to drive. We work them long and hard and they haven't missed a beat.

    "The beauty about the T909, in fact all Kenworths, is their flexibility. If the Riverina went back into drought, we could remove the pusher axle and turn the T909s back into bogey drives and they would join our other Kenworths doing linehaul work. We run a variety of models which are configured as single trailer, B-Double and road trains. It all depends on the needs of SunRice and our other customers. Our Kenworths are versatil, and that allows us to react quickly to changes in the market," he explained.










    Mercedes-Benz gives early peeps at the  2013 Arocs

    Mercedes-Benz is previewing the 2012 Arocs dump truck ahead of its official debut nextt April at the Bauma Trade Fair in Munich, Germany..

    It will be offered with a choice of 16 Euro-VI compliant engines with outputs varying from  238hp (175kW) to 625hp (460kW).

    The truck (one is pictured on the left) will have  the Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated  transmission fitted as standard..

    Many drive configurations will be available, ranging from the 4x2  two-axle models  with RWD to the 8x8/4 four-axle with AWD and  two steering front axles.

    Other examples include the four-axle versions  with one front and three rear axles, a  load-optimised  concrete mixer chassis with single-tyred drive tandem or a wide range of air-spring models.

    The 2013 Acros will  be offered with a choice of seven cabs available in 14 different versions.

    These include  2.3m cabs  in L, M or S versions along with 2.5m models that have a level cab floor..



    British order placed for Euro-6 Actros trucks

    KMS Mallinson Transport will be the first British operator to run Euro-6 versions of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros.

    The Barnsley-based operator has placed an order for two of them (one is pictured on the left) along with a further eight Euro-5s.

    “We are a forward-thinking company,” said managing director Stephen Mallinson, who is looking forward to comparing the fuel economy between the two trucks.  “Euro-6 is on its way and this will be a good chance for us to get some experience of running them,” he said..

    ”The 10 newcomers, all 2545s with BigSpace cabs, are being supplied by preferred dealer Northside Truck & Van.  They are additions to the 75-strong fleet.

     Tewkesbury-based Arthur Spriggs & Sons also announced an order for 10 new Euro-5s.

    Direector of operations Chris Spriggs said: “I have a lot of respect for Mercedes-Benz  I believe they are the only truck manufacturer not to cheapen the product. And you can’t fault the reliability, back-up or


    M&M Greene Haulage will be the first operator in Wales to take delivery of a new shape Euro-5 Mercedes-Benz Actros, having placed an order for a top-spec 2551 GigaSpace.

     Mike Greene, who runs the four-truck-strong Crosshands-based operation with brother Mark, said“ The truck looks fantastic. And they took us over to Germany last autumn, so I know it drives well.”


    Big Isuzu fleet keeps hire equipment moving

    Each year the Coates Hire truck fleet travels over 12 million kilometres in Australia – the same distance as circumnavigating the world 300 times.

    With over 200 national and international branches, Coates Hire’s perfect solution for all kinds of equipment hire needs includes a fleet of more thanr 250 Isuzu trucks.

    As Australia’s largest equipment hire company with motr than 125 years’ experience in the industry and a  staff of 2,500, Coates Hire services customers in a wide range of activities including engineering, building construction and maintenance, mining and resources, manufacturing, government and event staging.

    National transport manager Phillip Parsons said the success of the transport hire component of the business, which is run by 250 employees, could be attributed to the hard-working Isuzu trucks.

    “We have a whole suite of Isuzus ranging from older NKR, NPS and NPS through to FVY and FVZ models,” he said.

    “We have truck configurations such as flatbeds, tilt trays and tippers that can be either hired out to clients or used by us to transport hire equipment to customers.”

    The flatbed option is ideal for general freight and pallet transport applications. The smaller models, such as the NPS 250, can be driven on a standard car licence.

    The tippers have an all-steel body with drop sides, perfect for moving and unloading soil and aggregates. They also have a removable tailgate, which means loads can be easily manoeuvred into position.

    Phillip said the trucks were used in a wide range of applications when hired out to customers.

    “You can see our trucks everywhere including metro, regional and remote areas of Australia.”

    Whether customers need a vehicle for a couple of hours, days, weeks or longer, Coates Hire is happy to accommodate them.

    Apart from hiring out trucks and equipment, Coates Hire also offers delivery of its full range of hire equipment including generators, access, traffic management, earth moving and materials handling.

    The most recent truck bought was an NPR 300 which is used for branch deliveries.

    Based on its successful run with its Isuzu fleet, the company took an order of 47 Isuzu trucks, varying in model, at the end of last year and plans to add 27 more in the coming months.

    When choosing a new truck Coates Hire assesses the task it will be used for and then selects the appropriate model.

    Apart from the brand’s reliability, the Isuzu service program is also an important deciding factor when purchasing new Isuzu trucks.

    “The range of service and maintenance agreements that Isuzu offers is ideal for the size of our fleet,” Phillip said.

    “As well as offering dedicated technicians and equipment, Isuzu also provides us with nation-wide support through its servicing dealerships – something that is imperative to keep our large business going.”

    Coates Hire was established in 1885 as a small engineering company based in Melbourne and has grown to be the fifth largest hire equipment company globally.

    The company has operations in four geographic business units around Australia and sees over one million deliveries made every year.

    Its overseas operations include Coates Offshore in Britain, hich provides specialised equipment to offshore oil and gas operations snd Coates Hire Indonesia  supports the mining and resources sector.




    Australia's first JAC light-duty truck goes to work

    A Sunshine Coast furniture removalist has become the first operator in Australia to take delivery of a JAC light duty truck,

    In its first week with Woombye-based Furniture Removals and Transport it covered more than 3000 kilometres..

    Bill Watt. a 30- year veteran of the furniture removals industry, bought Australia's first JAC from Sunshine Coast-based dealer Ray Grace Truck Sales at Forest Glen. He said the the truck's Cummins engine was a major factor in his decision to JAC a try.

    He is pictured on the left with the truck.

    "Price was obviously a consideration but the main factor was the Cummins engine and the strong warranty," Bill said.

    "Obviously the price was very attractive given that the JAC was $20,000 less than the quote I received for an equivalent truck from the Japanese brand we have been using up until now, but the peace of mind that comes from a Cummins engine and strong warranty was far more important in my eyes," said Bill.

    Immediately after taking delivery of the new JAC J65 from Ray Grace Trucks sales manager Gunther Kettniss, the Furniture Removals and Transport JAC was pressed into service for a 3000km round trip to Claremont and Blackall in Central Queensland.

    "The JAC did not miss a beat and, in fact. it performed as well if not better when fully laden with furniture than it was unladen on the way up," Bill added.

    "It really performed well, sitting on 100km/h all day and sat on the road beautifully," he said.

    "It even went over the top of the Gateway Bridge in Brisbane in top gear at 80km/h with a full load on boar. That was very impressive and I am sure it will get even better as we put more kilometres on it," said Bill.

    "We've already nicknamed it JAC the Giant Killer!" Bill said.

    The Furniture Removals and Transport Sunshine Coast JAC will not normally be used for long runs such as its maiden voyage with Bill and his team assigning the light-duty J65 to local delivery work around the Sunshine Coast and its hinterland.

    "Generally we will confine it to the local runs up to Hervey Bay in the north and down to the Gold Coast in the south, but it's good to know she will handle a longer run with ease if we need to."

    The company operates a fleet of four trucks - three Japanese medium-duty units and the new JAC J65.

    The 6.5-tonne JAC J65 is powered by a 3.8-litre Cummins ISF engine and a six-speed JAC transmission with a 6.5-tonne GVM.

    The J65 delivers maximum power of 141hp at 2600rpm and 450Nm of torque at 1300, giving performance comparable and at times exceeding that of its Japanese rivals.

    The Cummins ISF 3.8-litre engine delivers tremendous fuel economy along with a low, flat torque curve making the JAC light-duty models extremely flexible and easy to drive, particularly in city traffic.

    Cummins' efficiency allows it to employ a smaller cubic capacity and excellent torque across the rev range, giving greatly reduced fuel consumption.

    All JAC light-duty models are equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emission control ..

    As well as running cooler and delivering better fuel economy, there are less restrictions as well as wear and tear on the engine with SCR compared to EGR.
    SCR also negates the time consuming and frustrating need to stop the truck and clean the particulate filter when it reaches a certain contamination level.

    The JAC J65 and J75 models are the only light-duty trucks on the Australian market to boast full air brakes enhancing safety, durability and performance. Meanwhile, the J65 is close to class-leading performance in terms of front axle capacity and equal top in class for rear-axle capacity while offering close to the best dimensions in its class for body length.

    Standard features on all JAC light-duty models include ABS anti-lock braking, EBD, power windows, air-conditioning, an  AM-FM-CD-MP3 audio system, remote central locking, door pockets, cup holders and entry assist handles.

    The JAC truck range comes with a 2+3 warranty..


    2012 was a year of growth for Daimler Trucks

    Daimler Trucks saw tremendous growth throughout 2012, especially in the markets of Asia and North America.

    Trucks NAFTA sold 129,000 trucks during the period January to November. 2012, resulting in an increase of 21 percent over the same period in the previous year.

    Asian sales were even more noteworthy with sales up by more than one third.

    Fuso sales in Japan rose by 35% to about 32,000 units though sales in Brazilian markets were down .The economic slowdown and the introduction of new Euro V emission norms from the beginning of the year led to a dip in sales.

    The commercial vehicle sector is instantly affected by economic fluctuations. While this may have an impact on commercial vehicle sales Daimler Trucks is able to withstand these cyclical fluctuations, as can be seen from the  2012 results. Despite difficult times Daimler Trucks saw increased sales throughout the past year.

    Unit sales of the division's six brands -  Mercedes Benz, Fuso, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses and Bharat Benz - totalled 424,000 units during the period January to November, 2012, as against 371,000 units in the same period of 2011. This resulted in a 14 percent increase in sales.

    In India Daimler Trucks is represented through BharatBenz.Daimler with a total of €700 million invested at its new truck plant in Chennai.

    Operations at this plant began in April, 2012, with a present manufacturing capacity of 36,000 units per year. Capacity is scheduled to be expanded to 70,000 units in due course.

    The commercial vehicle sector is significantly affected by cyclical fluctuations. However, its medium and long-term outlook is very promising. Daimler Trucks has prepared itself for fluctuating business cycles and as a result was able to demonstrate in 2012 that solid results can be achieved in the commercial vehicle sector even when times are difficult


    "We can be satisfied with the development in 2012," said Andreas Renschler, the member of the Daimler board of management with responsibility for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses.

     "We achieved a substantial sales increase despite volatile markets. This shows that our global business model 'Trucks for the World' is bearing fruit. Our increasing activity in very promising markets such as Russia, India, and China has put us in a good position to benefit better than ever before from the continually rising demand for commercial vehicles around the world."

     Mr Renschler has been given a five-year contract extension, as a result of which he will remain in his present position until September 30, 2018.

    The Brazilian market proved to be especially challenging in 2012, as an economic slowdown and the introduction of the new Euro V emission standard there at the beginning of the year led to a downturn.

     The truck division was unable to buck this trend, which is why the unit's sales in Brazil fell 31 percent to just under 28,000 vehicles. The debt crisis in Europe also put a damper on sales. However, thanks to the model offensive led by the new Actros Daimler Trucks was able to offset that negative development.

    As a result, sales of Mercedes-Benz trucks in Europe rose slightly from January through November, increasing by three percent compared with the same period of the previous year to nearly 76,000 units. Mercedes-Benz also performed well in Turkey, where sales rose by two percent to approximately 14,900 units through the first 11 months of the year.

    The positive developments in Europe and Turkey enabled the division to nearly offset the market contraction in Brazil, but they could not prevent an overall six-percent decline in sales to 132,500 units for Trucks EU/LA from January through November (Jan.-Nov. 2011: 141,200)

    Mercedes-Benz continued its truck product offensive in 2012. The new heavy-duty Actros proved in comparative tests that even the Euro VI variant consumes significantly less fuel than its predecessor.

    Later, the new Antos truck for heavy-duty distribution transportation was presented to the public. The spring of 2013 will see the launch of the new Arocs truck for the construction sector.

    "The Actros, Antos, and Arocs are the tangible results of our heavy-duty truck platform, which is helping Daimler Trucks move forward with its module strategy," says Mr Renschler. "The goal of this strategy is to achieve as high a rate of shared components as possible worldwide and thus generate synergies and economies of scale."

    Daimler Trucks isn't just the benchmark when it comes to conventional drive systems. This fact was impressively demonstrated, for example, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show, where the division presented the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid to the European public. The new model's fuel consumption is up to 23 percent lower than that of a comparable conventional Canter. Moreover, given the relatively moderate additional cost for the hybrid technology, the Canter Eco Hybrid can pay for itself in just three to four years, assuming normal annual mileage and operating conditions.
    Daimler Trucks also made major advances with its activities in emerging markets in 2012. The division expanded the partnership it launched in Russia in 2008 with that country's market leader for heavy-duty trucks, Kamaz. The two Russian joint ventures,  Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok (MBTV) and Fuso Kamaz Trucks Rus (FKTR), are gaining momentum. I

    Daimler Trucks will set up and expand a component network in Russia. Last June Daimler and Kamaz also signed a licensing agreement for the supply of Mercedes-Benz Axor cabs and the gradual localisation of the related production activities. These cabs will be used in a new Kamaz truck generation that will be launched on the Russian market next year.


    This Billy Cart doesn't need pushing


    Haulage and excavation specialist Enzo Morabito sees its new Isuzu FRR 500 factory tipper as ideal for the timely transport of small to medium material and equipment loads.

    Affectionately known as Billy Cart – a name emblazoned on the truck’s front panel – the new addition (pictured left) provides the get up and go power that Enzo’s excavation company, Boss Haulage, needs.

    Established in 1998, the ACT-based Boss Haulage is a multi-faceted operation built around a team of professional specialists in haulage, earthmoving, road maintenance, equipment hire and materials supply.

     Enzo said  the tipper’s SiTEC Series III 205 engine, rated at 151 kW @ 2600 RPM and with 637 Nm @ 1600 RPM, provided that extra ‘oomph’ to transport heavy loads of various materials and equipment up to 6000 kg.

    This is Enzo’s first Isuzu and from all accounts it won’t be the last.

     Enzo, said the truck drove seoce like a car despite its size.

    “The easy control provided by the truck’s steering (power assisted recirculating ball) makes the drive quite pleasurable,” he said.

    “The ride is smooth and comfortable (double acting hydraulic shock absorbers on the front axle).”

    The truck is painted in the Boss Haulage company colour – an audacious red with orange and white pin striping – which makes it an impressive looking vehicle.  Complementing the cab is a dark grey tipping body also with pinstripe highlights.

    Capping off the visual bonanza are chrome rims, tinted windows and a checker plate toolbox which all help to turn heads around town and advertise the Boss Haulage brand along the way.

    While Boss Haulage has six other non-Isuzu trucks in its fleet ranging from medium and heavy duty vehicles, the Isuzu is a welcome addition due to the truck’s nimbleness and easy-handling; it is used in all sorts of conditions, both on and off road, with the majority of the time delivering various materials to construction sites.

     Enzo’s tipper trucks provide the flexibility needed for doing asphalt works and delivering landscape and quarry products.

    In addition to haulage, the company also specialises in earthworks, excavator and equipment hire, road maintenance and asphalt works.




    Two top makers celebrate milestones with show displays


    Two of Australia’s premier truck brands are celebrating significant milestones.

    This year Mack Trucks and Western Star are preparing to give fans memorable displays at the Brisbane Truck Show held from May 16 to 19 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC).

    “Mack trucks will be very focussed on the celebration of 50 years of local production of Australia’s premier truck brand,” said Mack brand manager Clare Simmons. 

    “We will be looking back at the history and all the things that make up the special DNA of the Mack brand in Australia and why the bulldog has become a beloved icon to so many in the industry.”

    She said Mack would not only be reflecting on the past but would “also look forward to new technologies and innovations within the product and the services offered to customers.”

    She said: “There will also be a special product display and, of course, the ever popular Mack merchandise and fashion parades.” .

     Western Star general manager marketing Don Hanson said:. "Western Star has been in Australia for 30 years and is finitely celebrating the achievements.: “2013 is a historic year for Western Star as we celebrate our 30 year anniversary of doing business in Australia.

    “Western Star Trucks Australia and the dealer group are proud of the milestone and we look forward to the year ahead and the release of our new products and the roll-out of the communications program.”.

    Western Star is tight lipped at the moment about what it has in store but history says Western Star will bring in a truck that will excite the crowd.

    During the  last Brisbane truck Show the RM Williams' Western Star took centre stage on the Western Star stand and was a people magnet.

     This year's show will have a few new exhibitors, including one of the toughest side tippers - the AZMEB trailer.

    “AZMEB Bulk Transfer Systems is excited to be exhibiting for the first time at Brisbane Truck Show 2013,” said Ash Vague, marketing services manager.

    “The side tipper king will be displaying their Door Side Tipper model, designed to tip anything from blast rock to concentrate.”

     The full list of exhibitors is now on the Brisbane Truck Show website and a spokesman said the show's progress could be viewed on Facebook with weekly prizes being offered..



    Starting on a hill is now so easy


    The provision of aids for trucks starting on  inclines has improved in leaps and bounds.

    An example is today's Scania trucks which  have a hill-hold feature integrated in the braking system.

    Trucks which started on an incline 100 years ago could use a  metal rod controlled by a steel wire to facilitate the takeoff, preventing the truck from rolling backwards.

    Today's hill-hold  was introduced to Scania in 2009 in vehicles  equipped with  the electronic braking system  (EBS) in conjunction with the launch of s new version of Scania's Opticruise.

    The Scania Museum takes a look at the past with a vehicle from the early 1900s (pictured left) fitted with a hill-support device - a metal construction pin-jointed to the chassis  at one end while the other end is shaped to grip the road surface, preventing the truck from moving backwards

    The hill-support device was managed from the driver's seat via a steel  wire. The driver did not have to use the  brake pedal and starting on inclines was made easier.

    .As soon as the vehicle reached enough speed the device could be raised to the up position parallel to the chassis frame.

    This solution was used on many vehicles, but over time engine power increased and the need for this device was reduced.

    Drivers used a combination of the parking brake and the brake, clutch and accelerator pedals to start the truck on inclines.

    Scania took its big step forward in this area in 2009

    Now the interaction between the automated  gear changing system  Opticruise and the hill-hold feature, which engages on a stationary truck when the brake pedal is pressed, has made starting an an incline easy.

    Aided by an inclination sensor, the gearbox automatically selects the optimal starting gear, resulting in minimised wear and tear on thee clutch and gearbox.




     Automatic DAF trucks keep area clear of waste

    The Aurich district on Germany's North Sea coast took over waste collection for its 200,000 inhabitants in mid-2011 and since then the municipality has invested in 11 new DAF trucks with Allison fully-automatic transmissions and hired 16 new drivers to handle refuse collection

    The Aurich district is a popular North Sea destination covering almost 1290 sq km in the north western-most part of Germany.

    By carrying out its own waste collections the district of Aurich was able to reduce garbage fees by about 9.5 percent in 2011 and an additional 2.6 percent more in 2012, for a total decrease of close to 12 per cent for the 100,000 homes in the popular seaside cities of Norddeich, Neßmersiel and Greetsiel, as well as the East Frisian Island of Norderney.

    For this refuse collection effort Aurich hired 19 people - 16 of them drivers - and invested about 2.1 million euro in 11 new DAF vehicles with Allison 3000 Series fully-automatic transmissions.

    The fleet's technical director, Carsten Appelhoff, had two important criteria during the tender: a really robust transmission and proximity to the workshop.

    ""Every truck empties an average of 800 refuse bins daily. Therefore, we need robust vehicle drivetrains, capable of enduring 1000 stops per day, even with a trailer. Additionally, quick reachability and a good cost-benefit ratio for routine maintenance are crucial so vehicle downtime and costs are as minimal as possible," he said.

    With DAF truck sales and service dealer Rudolf Bohlje Kraftfahrzeuge from Hesel, Appelhoff found the perfect partner. The dealer offered him vehicles which met the tender's demands exactly and the workshop is only 15 km away from his depot.

    Ten DAF CF 75s with 228 kW (310 PS) and side-loader bodywork from HS Fahrzeugbau now service the mainland in one-man operation.

    Seven trucks feature a loader with a permanent mounted container and three are equipped with "CWS," a container loading system. Each vehicle has covered about 48,000km with 1700 operating hours on average, the numbers varying slightly depending on operating area.

    For Norderney, a DAF LF 55 with 165 kW (220 PS) and rear-loader bodywork was bought since a smaller vehicle was needed for the island's narrow alleyways. The waste is loaded in bulk containers and shipped on a container ship to Norddeich on the mainland and alater transported to the treatment plant of MKW GmbH & Co. KG.

    We are very satisfied with the vehicles,and there have been no objections or huge repairs to date," said Mr Appelhoff.

    "Our drivers especially like the trucks with fully-automatic transmissions because they don't have to worry about the clutch and can have both hands on the wheel. That's an enormous relief..," .

    Vehicles equipped with Allison fully-automatic transmissions are ideally suited for refuse collection because they ensure an efficient operation cycle and reduced maintenance cost. Allison's Continuous Power Technology features a patented torque converter and uninterrupted shifts for superior vehicle productivity.

    The torque converter offers not only excellent vehicle startability, but also eliminates costly starting clutch repair and provides drivetrain protection against torque shock and vibrations. As clutch replacements are not necessary fully-automatic transmissions save operators money while reducing vehicle maintenance downtime.



    Trailer sale helps ATA work

    ou now have the chance to bid on a state-of-the-art curtainsider trailer with unique promotional artwork, thanks to the 2013 ATA trailer tender.

    The trailer was donated to the ATA by CIMC Vehicle Australia, Marshall Lethlean Industries and a host of OEM suppliers. CIMC and Marshall Lethlean also donated trailers to the ATA in 2011 and 2012.

    All the sale proceeds will go to support the ATA’s work.

    The curtain artwork features a crossword game with places familiar to every trucking operator and driver, such as Clybucca, Goondiwindi, Marulan and Port Hedland.

    It repeats the industry’s reminder to motorists to share the road safely and reminds them that trailers like this bring us the goods we use every day.

    The trailer donation continues CIMC’s strong support for the ATA and the trucking industry.

    “CIMC Vehicle Australia fully embraced the commitment to support the Australian Truckling Association a few years ago and 2013 has demonstrated the pledge continues,” said the managing Director of CIMC Vehicle Australia and Marshall Lethlean Industries, Hector Ojea.

    The OEM suppliers who donated equipment or support for the trailer are: Jost Australia, Alcoa Wheel Products, Fuwa K Hitch, Double Coin Truck Tyres, Polyweld, Reliable Signs & Refinishing, Ten-24 Tyre Emergency Service, Tenacitex Load Restraint Curtains, WABCO, Watson & Chalin, VivadSider, Razor International, LED Autolamps, Prime Mover magazine, Trailer magazine and CIMC/PSI.

    Bids for the trailer close on May 19, 2013.

    Overview of the trailer tender

    Trailer specifications
    Tender process details



    HiLux makes mark in Dakar Rally


    Toyota HiLux has scored  a podium finish and class victory in the world's toughest motor sport event, the Dakar Rally.

    The specially prepared HiLux 4x4 (pictured left)  of South African driver Giniel de Villiers and German Dirk von Zitzewitz finished second overall behind the outright winning Mini of Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret.

    The HiLux is a non-production model powered by a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, delivering more power and torque than the 4.7-litre engine they used last year in claiming third place in the Dakar rally.

    This year is the fourth time in five outings the Dakar has been held in South America that de Villiers and von Zitzewitz have finished in the top four.

    HiLux performed strongly across the board, with five finishes in the top 20 overall, including 11th place to Australian Geoffrey Olholm and his British co-driver Jonathan Aston.

    As a result Toyota HiLux took the top four places in its class for petrol 4x4 improved cross-country vehicles.

    This year's Dakar was run  over 8500km through the deserts of Peru, Argentina and Chile. This included two passes through the Andes Mountains at a competition altitude of more than 4000 metres.

    De Villiers said the HiLux performed faultlessly throughout the event.

    "Our reliability enabled us to not only beat the Dakar, but also made the decisive difference," he said.

    "Toyota's three-year program got off to a first-class start. We can now move on and maybe do even better next year."

    .A Hino took out the Dakar challenge for trucks with an engine capacity under 10 litres.

    Father and son  Hino factory team drivers Yoshimasa and  Teruhito Sugawara took part in the event in separate trucks..



    Isuzu tops Australian truck sales again

    Isuzu Trucks has extended its reign atop the Australian truck market sales charts, achieving its 24th consecutive year of total market leadership following strong 2012 sales results.

    According to official T-mark industry reports, Isuzu finished the year with a total of 7190 truck sales, surpassing last year's sales of 6617 units.

    This result provided the brand with 23.4 percent market share, almost 10 percent clear of its closest rival, which trailed with 13.7 percent for a total of 4216 units.

    As well as taking out overall sales honours, Isuzu continued to dominate the light market with 37.3

     percent share for a total of 3367 units while extending its medium market leadership with a 42.9 percent share and 2883 units.

    In the heavy market Isuzu finished  fifth with 8.3 percent share, a standing that is expected to improve this year following the recent introduction of its  heavy duty FY Series 8x4 range.

    Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) director and chief operating officer Phil Taylor said Isuzu trucks remained a popular choice for new and existing truck buyers across the country.

    “We’d like to thank our loyal truck customers for their continued support in helping us achieve these excellent sales results,” Mr Taylor said.

    “The customer is at the forefront of everything we do and we focus on providing them with a truck line-up and associated support services that will closely meet their requirements, whether they are a small retail customer right through to a large corporate fleet.” 

    Mr Taylor said he expected truck sales to further improve in the next 12 months in line with the economy.

    “The total truck market should again experience modest improvements in 2013,” he said.

    “The heavy duty market was strong in 2012 and will likely continue in that manner this year – with our new heavy duty FY Series 8x4 range we are confident of taking advantage of this in 2013


    These trucks are peak performers in their mine duties

    A copper and gold mine at Cobar in New South Wales runs seven Isuzu trucks; four of which are used underground transport men, equipment and explosives to service its 24-hour-a-day operation.

    Located about 700 kilometres northwest of Sydney, Cobar is a famous old mining town.

    Found just a short eight kilometre drive south from the town centre, Peak Gold Mines employs 340 staff on site and has a seven=-year mine life, up to 2018.

    To keep its around-the-clock schedule, Peak Gold Mines relies on a range of reliable equipment, including modern development jumbo boom drills, load-haul-dump loaders, and 55 trucks and utility support vehicles.

    Mobile maintenance planner,Ben Trudget said the Isuzus easily coped with the rock road bases and 1:6 gradient in the decline mine.

    One of the Isuzus which works underground is pictured on the left.

    Mr Trudgett said two of the company’s Isuzu trucks were registered, with the remaining five unregistered.

    “Our Isuzu NLS 200 crew cab is used underground by the mobile maintenance team. It also transports the team to other workshops,” he said.

    “We also have four FTS 750 Isuzu trucks which are used as stores trucks. One of these is a registered truck and is used for town store runs. The other three are unregistered and are mainly used underground.

    “Our fleet also includes two FTS 800 4x4s – one is a fuel truck and the other an explosives truck.”

    Mr Trudgett said both the FTS 800 4x4 fuel truck and explosives truck required some extra body work to fit the mine’s application.

    “The fuel truck has a double skin road transport fuel body, which is capable of carrying 7000 litres. This body was purpose built for safety and practicality,” he said.

    “The explosives truck has a reinforced headboard for additional safety of operators.

    “All of the other Isuzu trucks are as built and simply have tray bodies.”

    The Peak Gold Mines operate constantly and the trucks are used on a daily basis.

    “The registered stores truck does two runs into town Monday to Friday. The other registered truck is utilised 24/7 to transport logistics in the underground workings,” Mr Trudgett said.

    “The explosives truck is also used every day by the charge-up crews.”

     Mr Trudgett said not everybody could take the trucks underground.

    “Any operator who is ‘ticketed’ to operate the trucks can drive them. We have our own in-house trainers who train and accredit each operator who is competent to operate the machines in the mine,” he said.

    “Apart from the registered stores truck, all other Isuzu trucks go into the mine. The conditions are harsh, the roads are rock base with a 1:6 decline. However the Isuzu trucks have no issues with the conditions – they do everything that we ask of them, and sometimes more.”

    Mr Trudgett said he believed the most favourable features of the Isuzu trucks were their reliability and operator comfort.

    “The Isuzus offer more than enough power. They have no trouble driving up steep declines at about 20km/h when they are loaded,” he said.

    “We chose to purchase Isuzu trucks because they offer a fleet of standard service trucks that meet our specification and the product’s reliability is fantastic. We also can’t go past the back-up parts and service from the Isuzu dalership, Tracserv in Dubbo – we have had very good experiences with them.”

    Peak Gold Mines replaces trucks on an as-needs basis, based on their condition, age and life hours.

    “We select the best truck that suits the application required. We purchased one of our underground stores trucks in 2000 and the other two in 2008; we purchased our above-ground stores truck in 2005. The explosives truck, fuel truck and NLS 200 crew cab were all added to our fleet in 2011,” Mr Trudgett said.

    “We would definitely consider purchasing more Isuzu trucks when we require replacement vehicles. We have a good relationship with Tracserv and the trucks’ reliability and performance in the mine are unsurpassed.”

    Two mining fields are run from the Peak Gold Mines site, one hosting a processing plant and administration buildings.

    Peak Gold Mines is operated by Peak Gold Mines Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of a Canadian company, New Gold Incorporated. It brgsn production in 1992.



    A visit to wild animals thanks to IVECO


    When the Werribee Open Range Zoo in he Australian state of Victoria called for designs and concepts for unique safari buses to transport visitors around the grounds, IVECO designed an Australian-made range of buses to meet the zoo’s requirement for strength and security which still allowed visitors clear views of the wild animals.

    The Werribee Open Range Zoo provides a wildlife experience like no other. With rhinos, giraffes, hippos and antelopes freely roaming the grounds it could easily be mistaken for an African safari rather than a suburban zoo. Attracting more than 350,000 people each year, visitors marvel at the magnificent wildlife enjoying their natural surrounds in the open range landscape.

    Located on the Werribee River, the open range zoo is situated on approximately 560 acres. With such vast distances to be covered, visitors take a guided safari tour to discover the open savannah. Vvisitor numbers increase each year and Werribee Zoo officials decided to invest in new-look transportation that was capable of meeting the increased demand.

    “The zoo put out a tender in  looking for designs and concepts to run something different that still meets the functional requirements of the zoo,” said Cameron Millen, sales manager at IVECO Bus & Coach. The manufacturer worked with Rambler to design a prototype to meet the requirements.

    Based on the IVECO Delta Graduate bus chassis and customised to look like a safari truck, the design was selected by the Werribee Zoo. Four buses were built in Dandenong and each has the capacity to tow three trailers and transport about 160 people around the grounds.

    The vehicles were designed and built in Australia with the bodywork and trailers built by Rambler. The design features glassless windows in order to provide a close experience with the animals. bars to ensure that the buses were capable of towing the trailers.

    The rear tyres also had to be changed to an aggressive tread pattern to provide more traction for travel on the dirt roads of the zoo grounds. For safety, the speed of the trucks is limited to 30 km/h around the zoo but they have been built with a lockable switch to allow maintenance staff to drive it up to retarder 100 km/h for service requirements.



    Scania retarder adds safety to braking ability

    The Scania retarder has been  holding heavy loads back for 20 years, using a dedicated piece of mechanical equipment attached to the rear of the gear box.

    It reduces braking system wear and tear and boosts safety by keeping the service brake cold for full emergency performance when a driver needs it most.

    The way to slow down  a moving standard truck - in addition to applying the  wheel brakes - is to shift down and use the engine brake.

    Scania trucks also have the retarder which, together with downshifting, can be  considered a  third  auxiliary braking system.

    Tomas Selling, a control system development engineer at Scania, said: "Scania retarder is capable of dealing with 90 percent all braking on long -haul work so it substantially increases the service life of the wheel brakes."

    He said the saved costs of downtime, materials and work for changing the linings and brake pads on a prime mover and semi-trailer meant that a Scania retarder might  pay for itself within a few years - and that was  before the additional safety features of keeping  the safety brakes cold was considered.

     The retarder was launched in 1993. Together with Scania Opticruise (automated gear changing) i the retarder was s able to automatically choose the gear that needed to be engaged in line with the cooling and braking performance required.

    Both shared the same control lever on the steering column.

    Mr  Selling said:: "The Scania retarder distributes the braking power in a vehicle to as many different systems as possible, keeping the brake pads and livings as cool as possible."

    He said that in a Scania truck the driver could use the retarder either in fully automatic mode (activated by the brake pedal) or in a manual mode (activated by the lever on the steering column.

    In automatic mode the brake pedal activated the retarder, automatically alleviating the disc brakes.


    However, there was a surprising additional benefit to the retarder.

     "Because a safer downhill speed can be maintained trucks fitted with Scania retarder can achieve a higher average speed on undulating roads compared with trucks only equipped with exhaust brakes."

    Ian Bulter, Scania product and application support, new trucks, said: "In Australia we have demonstrated frequently  the value of the Scania retarder.

    "For instance, a highly competent driver heading  into Adelaide should be able to run down the Mount Lofty Road quite safely using only the Scania retarder, leaving  the service brakes untouched and ready for emergency    activation.

    "The same could be said for the run down the Toowoomba Ranges and many of the other  steep descents found on Australia's main highways."




    Mining trucks that are full of action 


    A major West Australian-based mine engineering company has endorsed Allison automatic transmissions as the best driveline configuration for its Hino mine service trucks destined for mines across Australia.

    Action Mining Services operates a large engineering and service facility at Hazelmere near Perth, where it builds a variety of mine service modules and water carts based on the 26-ton, 280hp Hino 500 6x4 chassis.

    One of the mine vehicles is pictured on the left.

    The company's business development manager, Barry Cook, said the Hino fitted with an Allison automatic was perfect for working the demanding mine sites across outback Australia

    He said: "Action had historically purchased Hinos, but we felt it was time to widen our view and make sure we were specifying the best truck package for the job,..

    "As it turned out, the spec for the Hino 500 series with an Allison automatic was the truck that was best suited to the task. It carries two tons more than its nearest competitor and in a water truck that's an extra 2000 litresers (528 gal) we can get on the ground where it's needed before a refill."

    The company has taken delivery of 140 new Hinos equipped with Allison 3500R automatic transmissions. Action then adapts these vehicles to site-specific requirements and fits each with either water tank modules or mine-site service modules before they are bought by mining companies, rental groups or site-specific servicing contractors.

    "The Allison automatic offers some significant advantages in a mine environment that makes it the ideal choice for the vehicles we are selling. The trucks are often loaded to maximum GVM, particularly in water tank mode, and the Allison automatic delivers better starting torque and climbing ability with the often quite steep grades out of the mine pits, thanks to the torque multiplication that is delivered by the Allison torque converter," Mr Cook said.

    The water tank and service modules are designed and manufactured by Action at its Hazelmere facility and the Hino models the company prefers are fitted with Allison 3500R fully automatic transmissions as a standard factory specification.

    Once Action takes delivery, a number of Hinos are then sent to Allison distributor Heavy Automatics to be re-gearehe maker's free extended powertrain warranty during the sale.

    d with a 3500R Series transmission with retarder, which better equips those trucks for operation in particularly steep entries to large open-cut mines.

    "The Allison hydraulic retarder is often specified because it increases safety when the truck is descending down into the pits while also reducing brake wear and increasing service intervals., said Mr Cook.

    "Automatics also prevent any driveline abuse, eliminating clutch and gearbox wear,ensuring the vehicle and the rest of the running gear has a longer service life," he added.

    Along with the Allison hydraulic retarder, the Action Hinos also have a power take-off (PTO) provision, which draws energy from the truck's running engine in order to power attachments and accessories in a variety of applications.


    Hinothon brings range of sale deals

    All Hino light, medium and heavy duty trucks are now available with substantial  factory bonuses  as part of the Hinothon end of financial year sale.

    Hino 300 Series light duty models and  selected 500 Series medium duty trucks also come with Hino's free extended powertrain warranty during the salr.

     The company's divisional manager product strategy, marketing and dealer development, Alex Stewart, said now was the perfect time to buy a new Hino or upgrade from an existing truck.

    "From the class-leading 300 Series, the proven quality of the 500 Series - now with  Proshifrt 6 automated manual transmissions on some models - to the comfort and reliability of the heavy duty 700 Series Hino has a truck for just about every application," he said.

    "If that's  not enough of an incentive the addition of a free extended powertrain warranty on all 300 and many 500 Series trucks makes the deal even better.."

    Hino's extended powertrain warranty operates after the standard warranty expires and is fully transferable to a new owner, adding to the truck's resale value.

    All Hinos now come with a free roadside assist service designed to get drivers back on the road as soon as possible should there e a breakdown, flat tyre or the truck simply runs out of fuel.

    Mr Stewart said: "The peace of mind of roadside assistance just makes the Hinothon end of financiail year the ideal time to get into a new Hino."

    The Hinothon end of year sale finishes at the end of June.










    LDV cargo van range available in Australia

    The launch of the LDV V80 cargo van range signals the first entry into the Australian market for China's largest automotive manufacturer and promises to be a game changer in the hotly contested van market.

    One of the vans is pictured on the left.

    Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation or SAIC is not only the largest automotive company in China, but also the most accomplished and experienced with long standing joint ventures with two of the world's largest automotive companies, GM and VW.

    SAIC is actively engaged in manufacturing, sales, R&D and investment in passenger cars, commercial vehicles and components registering annual sales of more than four million vehicles generating more than $A51 billion in 2011.

     Neil Bamford, chief executive  officer of WMC, the Australian distributor of LDV, said SAIC brought vast resources and expertise to the market delivering high levels of build quality, specifications, standard features and comfort.

    “No manufacturer in China has as much expertise and ability as SAIC and with the LDV's established European design and engineering we have a package that will go toe to toe with any of the established European, Japanese or Korean vans on the Australian market.

    SAIC bought the British commercial vehicle operation and intellectual rights to the van from the company in 2009 and has invested in further R&D and engineering to ensure it meets the latest European standards.

    WMC will initially launch a three model range of LDV V80 cargo vans followed by a number of passenger vans and cab chassis models later in 2013.

    The initial line-up will include a single short wheelbase variant as well as long wheel base cargo vans with the choice of either a mid roof height or a high roof version. The range will feature load capacity of between nine and 12 cubic metres and a payload of up to 1.8 tonnes.

    The LDV vehicles will also come with a high level of standard features which are not available or are options on other brands.

    These standard features include rear barn doors; 16-inch alloy wheels, dual sliding side and wide opening 180 degree rear barn doors.

    LDV vans meet European crash and safety standards and the VM Motori diesel meets the latest emission standards. The LDV van suspension and handling has also been tuned by MIRA, one of the leading automotive design and engineering consultants in Europe.


     Young at heart go touring with comfort and a cuppa

    A specialist Australian coach tour operator has switched to Higer's versatile 8.5 metre Ryder midi-bus, having determined it was the perfect fit for its luxury coach tours aimed specifically at the seniors market.

    Young at Heart Tours has a fleet of four Higer 8.5 Ryders all of which are specially configured to make touring easier for its customers whose average age is around 80.

    One of the Higers is pictured on the left.

    Young at Heart Tours general manager Craig Heath said the Higer 8.5 metres were  a perfect fit for the company and had enabled it to replace smaller mini buses with a more luxurious and efficient bus that was more comfortable and attractive for its customers.

    "We operate a premium service and the Higer Ryders enabled us to replace a fleet of mini buses that were about the right size passenger wise but had to tow luggage trailers and had less interior space," said Mr Heath.

    "The Ryder is slightly larger but gives us the luxury of being able to take some seats out to provide more room for the passengers while its under-floor load through luggage bins mean we no longer have to tow luggage trailers," he said.

    "The Higer was the right size and specification with Cummins engines and Allison transmission providing added confidence..

    Mr Heath said that while price was an issue it wasn't the major factor in choosing Higer .

    "Obviously we look for value in any vehicle purchase we make and while the Higers were very attractive price-wise it was the entire package that made them a compelling business case for us," he said.

    "Having more interior space than the mini buses has allowed us to remove some seats, install a small kitchenette for coffee and tea making and provided a storage area for walkers and other gear our passengers might require on tour."

    Young at Heart has configured three of its Higer Ryders with just 20 seats, removing a row of seats on one side of the aisle as well as installing the kitchenette to maximise comfort for its elderly passengers.

    "The Higers have attracted very positive comment from our customers who love the extra room, the smooth ride and the fact that they can have a cup of tea on board when we stop during the day at various places on our tours," said

    Young at Heart has also forged a strong relationship with Melbourne dealer Prestige Higer in Dandenong, where the company's four Higers are based when they are not touring..

    "Prestige look after them, service them and store them outside our normal touring period and in between tours," said Mr Heath.

    "The system we run sees three of the Higers virtually in a constant tour around the country with our passengers flying in and out of regional centres to tour a certain part of the country.

     "The other Higer has been based on Kangaroo Island off South Australia at times, handling tours of the island for our passengers who fly in with our other company, Australian Air Holidays, but is currently back at our base in Melbourne.

    "The Higers can leave Melbourne and be away touring around the country for four months at a time so we have to be confident of their reliability and dependability which they have been save for a few teething problems early on, although these were quickly sorted.

    "When the Higers first came on fleet we had a couple of issues with steering and air conditioning but Prestige and Higer distributor WMC made sure they were quickly sorted and they caused us no real inconvenience.".

    Young at Heart's oldest Higer joined the fleet in 2009 while the remaining three came on line in 2010 and Craig Heath says the company would be happy to buy more Higers in the future as and when the need arose..


    The answer to keeping polar airports open

     Isavia, the company that handles the operation and development of Iceland's airports, has taken delivery of 11 Scania G440 4x4 trucks equipped with the Allison 4000 Series fully automatic transmission.

    These vehicles feature a 7m wide Schmidt snow plough attachment and a sweeping machine, which is towed behind a trailer attached to each truck.

    The sweeping machine, also 7m wide, consists of a sweeping roll powered by a separate engine.

    During the winter a line of these trucks can be found ploughing and sweeping the landing strip while in summer the vehicles are used for sweeping other airfield premises

    The ['icture on the left shows some of these vehicles in operation.t.

    Seven of the 11 units operate at Keflavik International Airport; the rest are based at other Icelandic airports managed by Isavia.  The vehicles are equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions.

    Keflavik International Airport was run by the US Navy until 2006 when it was handed over to the Icelandic government and public company, Isavia Ltd, for operations.

    "When we took over the responsibility for the airport we also inherited a large fleet of vehicles; most were equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions," said  Hjörtur Hannesson, service manager at Isavia Keflavik.

    "The oldest is a 1957 Oshkosh snow plough with underbody scraper, equipped with an Allison TG-602 which is still in operation after 55 years of service..

    "We have learned to appreciate fully automatic transmissions, so when we order new vehicles we obviously equip them with Allison fully automatic transmissions. These 11 new Scania vehicles have been delivered over a three-year period and the order is now complete," said Mr. Hannesson.

    The vehicles are part of Isavia's airport maintenance activity and the company's most important demand is high reliability and quality.

    "We take good care of our vehicles and maintain them to a level beyond the manufacturer's recommendation.

    "It has proven to be a profitable strategy. I'm very pleased with the quality and reliability of Allison's products. Furthermore, they are appreciated by the drivers for the good driving comfort they bring and the fact that the drivers do not have to think about gear changes and a clutch pedal," said Mr.Hannesson.

    Allison's direct dealer in Iceland, Velar EHF Ltd, has a long and close history of co-operation with the Scania dealer, Klettur, which has delivered the multi-purpose snow vehicles to Isavia.

    "Refuse trucks, fire-fighting and municipal vehicles in this country are often equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions and they have a very good reputation," said Ragnar Karlsson, managing director at Velar.

    "Allison transmissions are recognized for low maintenance costs and offer very reliable operation in all weather and terrain."


    Volvo innovation makes steering safer, more comfortable

    Just a couple of months after the launch of the new FH series in Europe Volvo Trucks is presenting  another world-class technical innovation.

    Volvo Dynamic Steering combines conventional hydraulic power steering with an electronically regulated electric motor fitted to the steering gear. The result is precise steering that gives the truck driver a safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable working environment.

    "This patented technology benefits the truck driver in all operating conditions. On the highway the dynamic steering system offers unbeatable directional stability. At low speeds even a heavily loaded truck is so easy to steer that you can do so with one finger," said Volvo Trucks president  Claes Nilsson.,.

    An electronically controlled electric motor attached to the steering shaft is the big new technological innovation in Volvo Dynamic Steering. The electric motor, which works together with the truck's hydraulic power steering, has a maximum of 25 Nm of torque and is regulated thousands of times per second by the electronic control unit.

    "The task of the electric motor is to deliver perfect steering feel for every single moment of operation. For instance, the system's sensors note that the driver wants to drive straight ahead and automatically ensures that no interference from the road surface is allowed to filter up through the steering wheel," said Gustav Neander, project manager for Volvo Dynamic Steering.

    "At low speeds the electric motor's assistance makes the truck exceptionally easy to steer. Even a heavily loaded construction truck operating off-road on a rough surface can be steered without the slightest effort. Truck drivers who've tested the system during the development process have all been highly impressed."

    The system's benefits can be summarised in four points:

    • At low speeds the electric motor takes over the work from the driver's muscles. Instead, the driver can relax and steer without having to strain his or her shoulders and arms. Another benefit is that Volvo Dynamic Steering centres automatically also when reversing.


    • Irregularities in the road surface, such as cracks and holes, are dampened by the system. This means that the steering feels more stable since the driver does not have to compensate with constant minor adjustments of the steering wheel.


    • On the highway this precise control leads to increased directional stability, which in turn gives the driver a more relaxed driving experience with full control at all speeds. The dynamic steering system eliminates virtually all those small steering wheel movements that are unavoidable on today's roads.


    • A steeply cambered road surface or a side wind is quickly detected by the self-learning system, which automatically compensates so the driver can steer straight ahead without having to tug the steering wheel to counteract any sideways movement. A significant improvement of road safety and driver comfort.

    Volvo Dynamic Steering addresses the most frequent occupational injuries suffered by heavy goods vehicle drivers. Official figures from the Swedish Work Environment Authority reveal that truck drivers are over represented in occupational injury statistics.

    "Almost four out of 10 truck drivers complain every week of pain in the back, neck, shoulders or arms. Our improved steering system offers a more relaxed driving experience that should counteract this kind of problem in the working environment," relates Gustav Neander.

    "Volvo Dynamic Steering elevates the steering of heavy vehicles to an entirely new dimension. The technology makes the driver's working conditions more relaxed and controlled."

    Gary Bone, vice-president of Volvo Trucks for Australia sales, said while the date for release was not locked in  truck drivers in Australia and New Zealand could look forward to experiencing this world-class technology in 2014. 

    "Volvo Dynamic Steering innovation is another reminder that Volvo develops trucks with the driver in mind because attracting and keeping the most professional drivers is the key to profitability," said Mr Bone.. 

    "This innovation will support the driver to reduce fatigue, drive safely and increase productivity, but it will have to be experienced to be fully appreciated.  We look forward to giving our customers an opportunity to experience Volvo Dynamic Steering next year."




    Western Star trucks get roll stability system

     Western Star Trucks  Inc. has announced that Meritor’s WABCO roll stability control system (RSC) is now available on Western Star 4700, 4800 and 4900 truck models equipped with Meritor’s anti-lock braking system (ABS).

    Ideal for on-highway and vocational applications, RSC helps drivers in maintaining vehicle control by monitoring road conditions and automatically intervening when a rollover risk is detected.

    When the RSC system senses an impending slide or roll-over it slows truck speed by reducing engine torque and engaging the engine retarder while automatically applying drive axle and trailer brakes. Once the risk has passed the RSC system resumes normal vehicle operation, allowing the driver to regain control of the truck.

    In addition to reducing vehicle rollover, Meritor’s RSC system provides ease of maintenance with fewer components due to its integration with Western Star’s existing ABS architecture.

    “With Meritor’s RSC system we’re providing our customers with the best combination of performance and safety to reduce accidents and keep operating risks to a minimum,” said Mike Puncochar, product strategy manager, Western Star.

     “In an arena of increasing job challenges our safety options are designed to help our customers focus less on those risks and more on improving their daily operations.”

    A Western Star spokesman said Meritor’s RSC system was offered as part of its ongoing commitment to making commercial vehicles safer for drivers, passengers and others on the road.


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    Outback solar power used to keep diesel trucks rolling

    The remote West Australian communities of Tom Price and Paraburdoo have access to a new supply of diesel thanks to an innovative engineering initiative by Caltex Australia.
    The recently commissioned Caltex Tom Price Diesel Stop (pictured left)  is unique in that it is not connected to the electricity grid and is principally solar-powered, providing unmanned 24-hour diesel availability to these remote areas.

    The Tom Price Diesel Stop features a 110-kilolitre diesel storage tank, self-serve solar-powered bowsers, card payment facilities and AdBlue supply for late-model heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

    Caltex Energy WA regional manager Brad Brown said the lack of an electricity grid was a significant challenge to overcome in establishing a diesel stop in the area.

    "Caltex engineers rose to the challenge of designing a refuelling option which didn't rely on the electricity grid.

    "The unique design and engineering approach, along with an investment in solar power technology, has provided a reliable alternative for local residents and businesses in this important mining community," Mr Brown said.

    The solar photovoltaic system employed on site utilises a bank of batteries that store enough power to run lighting and the pumping infrastructure 24 hours a day. An on-site generator unit provides back-up support for the solar-powered system.

    The site is regularly replenished via Caltex Australia's road tanker fleet, sourcing product from Caltex's recently refurbished Port Hedland fuel terminal.

    Caltex Australia commissioned two new diesel storage tanks (totalling 40 megalitres) and new road tanker loading facilities at Port Hedland in January, 2012, providing northwest Western Australia with much-needed additional supply capability for the resource-intensive region's diesel market.





    Top fuel saver Chris praises his new Volvo FH 540

    Chris Sanders, managing director of Sanders Bulk Transport, recently took out the number one position in the drivers' fuel challenge sponsored by Volvo

    ,Chris defeated more than 30 other drivers in the heats held over two days in Adelaide and then went on to win the final at Anglesea in Melbourne.

     After seeing what he could achieve in a Volvo equipped with I-Shift, Chris went out and bought one for himself.

    He has expanded his fleet with a Volvo FH 540 (picturd left)

    Chris said: "I was brought up on trucks. My Dad started buying Volvos back in the 1960s and I still love driving, but I spend a lot of time these days directing trucking operations.

    "When you're doing that from the cab you need to be able to devote part of your brain to driving and part to business.

    "With the I-Shift in the FH I can do that quite comfortably and know that the truck is making the gear changes that I would and is still making them at the end of a long day."

    "We're out on a range of different jobs, whether it's hauling B-Doubles around the west coast at harvest time, doing short silo runs, unloading fertiliser ships or bringing grain in from Victoria. With the FH you can put the truck in 'A' and no matter what you're doing or how experienced the driver is it's easy."

    Since taking over the business from his father 25 years ago Chris has steadily built it up with the Volvo FH 540hp joining an FH 460hp, two Mack Tridents and a Freightliner in the fleet.

    Now, with five trucks hauling stock feed, fertiliser and bulk products across South Australia and Victoria, fuel economy is clearly an important factor in Chris's business operations.

    Chris said: "I'm not about wasting fuel or brakes. To me, driving well is all about attitude. You have your trip time in mind and you try to let the truck build up some power

    "Just because you have 18 gears doesn't mean you need to use them all. The Volvo with the I-Shift transmission goes 1st, 4th, 7th, 9th, 11th and ends up in top gear at 1050 revs without lagging, which is exactly what I'd expect a good driver to do.

    "At the heats for the drivers' fuel challenge some of the drivers were burning 60 litres to go 100 kilometres. Volvo's driver trainer, Per Hansen, pulled off 39 litres so I set out to beat him and I managed to get it down to 36.

    "The drivers' fuel challenge has also given Chris an opportunity to change his drivers' attitudes.  ri

     "I'd been getting arguments from some of them about the best ways to drive economically. Some of the blokes even asked why I was going in the competition instead of them - well, the arguments have stopped now.

    "I've also managed to get one of my drivers to make an eight percent improvement in his fuel consumption, just by changing his technique a bit."

    Chris says that besides the fuel economy the FH 540 is a very comfortable truck to drive.

    "It's a smooth ride, that's for sure: I put my coffee cup down on the engine cover and went 20km before I remembered it and it was still sitting there, hadn't even moved. I had the beagle in the truck the other day and I swear he was watching me drive and thinking,  'I could do that.'

    Some of the other drivers originally had reservations about the I-Shift. 

    Chris said: '"One very experienced bloke I have wasn't too sure about the automatic after his first day in it, so I asked him, 'Are you sure you're not second-guessing it?' I told him to just drive it like you'd drive an automatic car and let the gearbox do the thinking. Sure enough, next day he came back raving about it.

    "There's more to it than gear changes, though, You also get the engine brake cutting in much sooner, the moment you take your foot off the pedal in fact. This certainly saves your brake pads although until you get used to it you can find yourself pulling up 50 yards shorter than you expected."

    Chris will soon be heading back to Anglesea to compete in the Asia-Pacific drivers' fuel challenge.

     Is he looking forward to it?

    "I can't wait," said Chris, "I loved every minute of the competition and it's a great opportunity to demonstrate how, if you have a good attitude and you understand your truck, you can travel a lot farther for a lot less."




    French operator becomes first FH owner  

    The first new Volvo FH has gone into service with its new owner in France..

    The proud owner, Jean-Pierre Ducournau (pictured left), received the keys at the Volvo Truck Centre in the French town of Roissy-en-France, just outside Paris, accompanied by loud applause and happy smiles all round..

    "We're delighted and proud to be the first haulage firm that gets to drive the new truck," said Jean-Pierre Ducournau, who together with his sons runs Transports Ducournau.

    "The new Volvo FH is as attractive inside as it is on the outside. I was really surprised by its comfort and the impressive visibility from behind the wheel," he said..

    He has been waiting for his new truck since September when he secured the winning bid of 150 000 euro via a Volvo Trucks charity auction on eBay.

    "It's a really great truck, but then I wasn't expecting anything other than top quality," said Mr  Ducournau.

    Above all he is impressed with the new Volvo FH's road-holding.

    "It's undoubtedly the very best available in a heavy commercial vehicle. Even though this is a truck, it has the same comfort as a limousine," he said..

    And he knows what he is talking about. Almost all the trucks in the Transports Ducournau fleet are Volvos and over the years he has operated many different Volvo trucks, from an F89 bought in 1974 to today's modern FH. His  fleet has more than 300 vehicles.

    The new Volvo FH (pictured right) is something of a revolution for heavy vehicles and is the result of many years of hard work

    "I'm both happy and touched. This is the truck that the entire industry has been waiting for so eagerly - it represents the future for the truck industry," said Jean-Noël Thénault, president of Volvo Trucks in France.

    In March Mr Ducournau will travel to South Africa to hand over the money from the charity auction  which brought him ownership of the truck to Star for Life. The organisation runs an educational programme whose aim is to stop the spread of HIV among young people.


    Hino offers discounts on 2012-plated models


    Hino is offering  big savings in Australia on  all new 2012-plated trucks through the first quarter of 2013..

    The 2012 clearance  deals are being offered on  all light, medium  and heavy-duty Hino trucks.

    This includes the 300 Series light duty truck,  the medium-duty 500 Series and the heavy-duty 700 Series models..

    Hino Australia divisional manager product strategy  marketing  and dealer development, Alex Stewart, said the 2012 'max clearance" was the best opportunity for customers to get a great deal on a new Hino at last year's prices.

    He said: "This is the best chance to enjoy the industry and class-leading features that are built into Hino's 300 Series light-duty trucks.

    "It's such  a flexible package. There's a total of 45 variants of the 400 Series; it can do so many things for so many people."

    He said creature comforts such as a suspended driver's seat and a state of the art multimedia unit were combined with technologies such as vehicle stability control, dual  front SRS airbags, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes and ABS and front under-run protection.

    "The  2012 'max clearance'  is also a great chance to upgrade your medium-duty truck to enjoy the latest in automated transmission," said Mr Stewart.

    "Hino's PoShift 6 automated  manual transmissions, available on FC and and FD variants of the the Hino 500 Series, combine favourable fuel economy and the durability of a manual transmission with the ease of operation of an automatic.

    "The ProShift 6 is a much more relaxing drive in heavy traffic than a manual transmission and it still delivers fantastic fuel  economy."

    All retail buyers of any Hino 300 Series and 500 Series 2012-plated truck (excluding GT models) will receive a free five-year extended manufacturer's powertrain warranty.

    This is transferable to a new owner.



    Road Assist comes as part of the deal


    Hino is offering Road Assist on all  300, 500 and 700 Series trucks at no extra cost.

    This is included in the maker's 'Total Protection' range of products, and services and is available on all 2013-plated models.

    The roadside service is designed to get drivers back on the road as soon as possible should there be a breakdown, flat tyre or simply no fuel in the tank.

    Hino Australia president and chief operating officer Steve Lotter (pictured left) said the inclusion of roadside assistance was all about positioning Hino as the best value brand of truck to own as well as being the best to drive.

    He said: At Hino we're always looking at ways to make truck ownership more affordable for our customers and we believe the peace of mind that roadside assistance provides will be warmly received by new truck buyers.

    And while Hino trucks are renowned for their  reliability and durability batteries and tyres can go flat and keys can go missing.

    We understand that our customers have businesses  to run and they can't afford any downtime which is

    "It's always best to be prepared for whatever may happen and Hino Roadside Assist takes the hassle out of arranging emergency repairs.

    In addition to mechanical services, Hino  Roadside Assist also provides towing and recovery,  a message relay service to inform others of the driver's situation

    and a language interpreting service for non-English speaking drivers.

    The Hino Total Protection suite of products also includes maintenance agreements, extended warranty, a three-year unlimited kilometre parts and accessories warranty  and Hino genuine oils and lubricants.




    Maintenance that suits the operator's needs

    Hino Australia has announced the introduction of a comprehensive maintenance agreement program, newly developed to provide truck owners with the correct level of mechanical servicing for specific operational needs and budgets.

    The Hino maintenance agreement program provides customers with the choice of four distinct mechanical service regimes.

    Maintenance agreements form part of Hino's wider 'Total Protection' suite of products and services - linking after-sales initiatives offered by Hino Australia, including the company's recently announced Roadside Assist program.

    Hino Australia divisional manager product support and business development Greg Bleasel said Hino maintenance agreements were another way that Hino was making truck ownership more economical for business owners and managers.

    "Hino Australia recognises that a one-size-fits-all approach isn't the best way to deal with truck maintenance and has developed the four-level program to satisfy all types of vehicle usage," he said.

    "Not all trucks are used in the same way or under the same conditions. A truck covering large distances in the outback in extreme heat and dust will likely need different maintenance schedules than a short-haul metro delivery truck.

    "Hino maintenance agreements cater for these different customers by providing a level of service that suits their needs and budget."

    Level one provides standard scheduled servicing (as per the manufacturer's recommendation) with all work performed by Hino factory-trained technicians using Hino genuine parts.

    The second level of maintenance adds the replacement of consumables (such as belts, hoses, globes and wiper blades) to those items included with the log book service.

    Level three servicing additionally offers the replacement of brake and clutch parts as well as selected fuel system, suspension and driveline parts.

    Level four provides the most extensive servicing and covers all items available in levels one to three adding comprehensive repair of major mechanical components, including the engine and transmission.

    A fixed monthly cost is charged for all four levels of service, meaning that owners can avoid unexpected repair costs and maintain tight control of maintenance budgets.




    Colourful MAN truck spreads Christmas joy

    A MAN truck, lavishly decorated in keeping with the season, toured southern Germany from the beginning of December until Christmas Eve.

    The Christmas truck (pictured left) visited kindergartens, children's hospitals, SOS children's villages and other social institutions and stopped at some Christmas markets.

    Santa Claus had chocolates in the shape of trucks and cuddly toys as gifts for the children.

    Wishes from MAN for a merry Christmas were emblazoned in various different languages on the semi-trailer, which showed MAN's newly designed trademark lion guarding a winter landscape illuminated by the Northern Lights.

    The prime mover was a night fire red metallic MAN TGX 18.540 4x4H with HydroDrive® and XXL cab.

     Trainees from the MAN Truck & Bus plant in Munich mounted long chains of lights of around 200 metres in length on the vehicle and framed the radiator grille with a wreath consisting of several hundred LEDs.

    With 540 hp and equipped with MAN HydroDrive®, the innovative engageable hydrostatic front-axle drive, the Christmas truck reached its destinations safely and punctually, bringing pleasure to the children during Advent


    Kenworth delivers 250,000th T800 truck

     Kenworth Truck Company celebrated the production and delivery of its historic 250,000th Kenworth T800 truck in a special ceremony at the Kenworth assembly plant in Renton, Washington, USA..
    The landmark Kenworth T800 was received by Trican Well Service Ltd., one of North America's largest providers of oil and gas pumping services.

    Its headquarters are in Calgary, Canada, and it has operations in Canada, the United States, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia and North Africa.

    The historic 250,000th Kenworth T800 was received by Trican Well Service Ltd.

    Pictured at the handover are (from left)  Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president; Trican's Don Luft, president and chief operating officer; Ben Mikulski, corporate manager of equipment standards and R&M services; and Daryl Simon, Kenworth - Renton plant manager.

    "The Kenworth T800 is a versatile, hard-working truck that customers can count upon in a diversity of demanding vocational and on-highway applications," said Gary Moore.

    . "Kenworth celebrated the T800's 25th anniversary last year and now we celebrate another significant milestone - the 250,000th T800. We thank Trican for being a strong T800 supporter and a loyal Kenworth customer."

    The 250,000th  T800 is pictured below.


    Trican's Don Luft and  Ben Mikulski were presented with the keys to the new Kenworth T800 by Gary Moore.

     Trican bought the new T800 from GreatWest Kenworth in Calgary and expects to use the vehicle to transport a massive coil unit in excess of 200,000 lbs. in the oilfields of North America. The T800 has become Trican's truck of choice for its versatility, reliability and high manoeuvrability.
    "The Kenworth T800 has been a very high-performing, productive truck for Trican since we began purchasing T800s about 15 years ago," Mr Luft said.

     "It's a special moment to receive the 250,000th T800. We certainly appreciate the efforts of Kenworth and its employees to provide us with excellent trucks that get the job done in our tough, demanding applications in the oilfields."

    Thd picture on the right shows Kenworth Renton employees who gathered to celebrate the 250,000th T800.

     Trican's tridem, wide-hood T800 is powered with a Cummins ISX15 500hp engine rated at 1,850 lb-ft of torque at 1200 rpm and driven by an 18-speed manual transmission.

    The T800 features the Diamond cab interior with Kenworth NavPlus®, and the Kenworth 38-inch AeroCab® sleeper.

     Other specifications of interest include Kenworth's large, 1780 square-inch cooling module, Kenworth AG690 rear suspension, Dana Spicer D2000 20,000-lb. standard track front axle, 20,000-lb. Watson and Chalin steerable pusher axle, factory-installed transmission power takeoff (PTO) and auxiliary split-shaft PTO and front and rear Bendix air disc brakes.



    PACCAR inducted into Manufacturing Hall of Fame

    PACCAR Australia has joined an elite group of world-class local manufacturers inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

    The award recognises the Melbourne company’s 41 years of service in manufacturing the Kenworth range of trucks. It also acknowledges the manufacturer’s ongoing implementation of leading edge and emerging technologies which have enabled Kenworth to retain its long-standing position as the number one selling heavy-duty truck brand in Australia.

    PACCAR was one of just eight companies inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame this year. It joins a variety of other successful Victorian manufacturers, ranging from Ford, Toyota, Kraft and Visy to Bluescope Steel, GlaxoSmithKline and Masterfoods.

    The announcement was made at a Melbourne awards ceremony, hosted by the Victorian Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade, Richard Dalla-Riva, MLC. More than 840 people attended the evening, representing industry associations, heads of government and leading manufacturers.

    Gary Hartley, PACCAR operations manager, is pictured on the left receiving the Manufacturing Hall of Fame plaque from Mr Dalla-Riva.

    PACCAR Australia’s managing Director, Joe Rizzo, said he was delighted to see the company inducted into the hall of fame.

    “It is a great honour to be acknowledged for our continuing dedication to manufacturing and the Australian road transport industry," he said.

    "Since establishing our manufacturing operation in 1971 more than 45,000 locally-made Kenworths have rolled off the production line. This is a significant achievement, especially considering that we are involved in a highly competitive and crowded market with the world’s best brands from Europe, North America and Asia..

     “Quality is the driving force behind this company. We’re in it for the long haul. We are continually reinvesting in our manufacturing operations, refining our techniques and introducing new technologies so we continue to produce world-class vehicles that can handle the world’s toughest trucking applications and operating conditions,” Mr Rizzo said.

    PACCAR Australia’s manufacturing plant in the Melbourne suburb of Bayswater carries truck design, engineering and manufacturing, making uniquely Australian products for domestic and export markets including New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

    The facility has grown dramatically over the years to satisfy the increasing demand for Kenworths. Today the factory is almost triple its original size. A number of other facilities have been added, including the PACCAR parts warehouse, the largest truck parts and accessory distribution centre in the southern hemisphere.

    PACCAR Australia employs more than 800 staff in Victoria; many of whom are directly or indirectly involved in the manufacturing operations. It also supports local employment of several thousand people by sourcing parts and materials from Australian suppliers.


    New K200 interior improves safety, comfort

    Kenworth’s best-selling model, the K200 cab-over, has undergone a major interior update. The new, ergonomically-designed cabin features a host of innovations which greatly improve driver comfort, safety and productivity.

    The enhanced interior, which went into full production in July, boasts Kenworth’s first Smart Wheel, a steering wheel with finger-tip controls for crucial functions and more roomy and functional driver and sleeper environments.

    The interior (pictured left) attracted widespread industry interest and praise when it was publicly unveiled, both in a K200 and a cutaway cab display, at the 2012 International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show in Melbourne in March.

    Kenworth’s director sales and marketing, Andrew Hadjikakou, said he was delighted with the response from not only customers and drivers but also the industry media.

    “Everybody was impressed with the driver-friendly innovations. And they liked the sleek, intuitive design with all important features within easy reach,” Andrew said. “People also appreciated the overall spaciousness and comfort and Kenworth’s quality build and fittings.”

     The new interior  provides the driver with the highest levels of comfort and safety which improve productivity, especially on long hauls.

    “The K200 is a perfect example of our philosophy of continuous improvement through evolutionary design. The new interior is fully appointed and extremely comfortable to operate and live in when on the road,” Andrew said.

    "The interior is the result of a collaborative effort which draws on its more than four decades of manufacturing experience as well as the day to day experience of  our many customers.

    “We actively consult with our customers on every model we build. As a long-standing Australian manufacturer we are in a unique position to application engineer trucks for specific industry needs. Our customers give us real-world insights into how they operate our trucks. We take on board many of their ideas and have translated them into the general ergonomic layout of the new cab,” Andrew said.

    One of the stand-out features of the K200 is the curved and redesigned dash and overhead console, both of which provide better access to vital functions for ease of use and improved safety.

    “Most drivers are used to looking at eye level and below – not above their head,” Andrew said.

     “So we have relocated items  from the overhead console, placing the most commonly-used equipment, such as the CB and radio, within reach in the main dash.

    This provides convenient access to all instruments and information displays. And, most importantly, it enables the drivers to keep their eyes on the road.”

    In addition, by rearranging the console layout, Kenworth has added two extra storage compartments above the driver and another on the passenger side.

    When the K200 was released,it introduced many interior innovations. The boldest was the virtually flat floor and dramatically increased space and height, so much so a six-foot-tall driver can stand upright in the Aerodyne version.

    Kenworth has now taken advantage of that extra space by redesigning the lower section of the dash. This provides the driver with even greater comfort and access to more cab conveniences. These include repositioning the cup holders and adding handy storage for holding personal items, such as a mobile phone, wallet and keys. There is also a separate slot for commonly-used documents, such as a work diary or manifest, all within arm’s length.

    “One of our design objectives was to provide operators with as many practical storage options as possible,” Andrew said.

     “Where drivers store their gear is very subjective. So we offer a mix of closed lockers, open pockets and compartments with shelving. This makes our storage areas multi-purpose to suit individual needs.”

    Another of the K200’s major highlights is the fully-functional Smart Wheel. It incorporates buttons on the steering column for conveniently controlling the truck’s engine brake, cruise control and high-beam headlights. The Smart Wheel makes driving more comfortable with controls literally at the fingertips.

    Kenworth has also added an interior privacy curtain which wraps around the entire windscreen and both door windows. Made from heavy-duty vinyl, the curtain blocks all natural light and prying eyes, providing complete privacy for changing or sleeping. It also enhances the truck’s living space by visually separating it from the outside world. This makes it comfortable for relaxing, watching TV or attending to paperwork.

    Kenworth has made other important improvements that are normally out of sight. Electronic service components and electrical circuitry, such as fuses and circuit breakers, have been consolidated into two areas behind the dash. All key componentry can now be accessed simply by unscrewing a panel on the dash, enabling easy repairs and maintenance.

    Introduced in April 2011, the K200 has quickly established itself as the cab-over of choice for a variety of challenging applications,  including interstate line haul, up to 26-metre B-double and B-triple combinations.

    The model is available with a variety of Cummins engines, rated up to 600 hp; Eaton UltraShift or manual transmissions and can be fitted with Kenworth’s suite of Electronic Brake Safety System (EBSS). In addition, customers can choose from a range of wheelbases, front and rear axles, Kenworth 8 bag air rear suspension and integrated sleepers


    Freightliner demonstrates new natural gas model

    Freightliner Trucks announced at the American Trucking Associations’ Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking that it is offering a customer demonstrator program for its  new Freightliner Cascadia® 113 natural gas day cab.

    Five customer demonstrator trucks will be available in the United States and Canada to provide customers direct experience with Freightliner’s newest alternative fuel product.

    Equipped with the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine, the Allison 4000HS transmission, and 115 diesel gallon equivalent compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks, the Cascadia 113 natural gas vehicle is ideal for regional haul and less-than-truckload applications.

    The 12-litre ISX12 G natural gas engine is based on the Cummins ISX12 diesel heavy duty engine platform and will operate on either CNG or liquefied natural gas (LNG). It features ratings of 400hp and 1,450 lb-ft torque, optional engine brake and manual and automatic transmission capability.

    “Natural gas products can result in significant fuel cost savings, making it a smart choice for increasing profitability while benefiting the environment,” said TJ Reed, director, product strategy for Freightliner Trucks.

    “By providing our customers with the opportunity to test drive a Cascadia 113 natural gas they’ll experience first-hand the performance and efficiency of an alternative fuel solution.”

    The truck is just one of Freightliner Trucks’ natural gas-powered vehicles, which also include the Freightliner Business Class® M2 112 and the 114SD.

    Parent company Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) leads the medium and heavy commercial vehicle market in the production of natural gas powered conventional vehicles with a combined sales figure of more than 4600 natural gas vehicles across its brands. Of those Freightliner Trucks has sold more than 1800 trucks and tractors since 2008.

    DTNA’s commitment to green technologies is part of parent company Daimler AG’s global “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative.

     Launched in 2007, the initiative is focused on reducing criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption through the utilization of clean, efficient drive systems and alternative fuels.

    Full production on the Cascadia 113 natural gas will begin in the third quarter of  2013. To learn more about this demonstrator program, go to


     Maker provides a truck engine choice

    The Freightliner magazine says that “one size fits all” may be a good thing when it comes to T-shirts and hats, but it’s not good when you’re talking about engines.

    And especially not when the engine is destined for your medium- or severe-duty vocational truck, says the magazine.

    Freightliner Trucks offers vocational customers a choice of Detroit and Cummins engines.

     With horsepower ratings from 200 to 600 and torque ratings up to 2050 lb-ft, the engine options from the two providers offer the needed power for any vocational application, says the magazine.

    “The company prides itself on offering a variety of engines to suit customers’ needs,” said T.J. Reed, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks.

     “Whether a customer is looking for a diesel engine offering, a natural gas engine offering, or an alternative transmission technology such as a hybrid, Freightliner Trucks has a solution.”


    Isuzu FV range ideal for Australia

    Isuzu is adding to its product line-up with the new FY Series 8x4 range which offers nine model variants, specifically developed for Australia.

    The range provides an excellent platform for  customers to specify an Isuzu for vocational applications, such as agitators, concrete pumping, front end refuse, hooklift bin collection and water tanker applications just to name a few.

    Available in three wheelbases, the FY Series comprises the FYJ 2000, FYH 2000 and FYX 2500 (10x4), and features load-sharing between the two Meritor steer axles allowing a front axle group capacity of 13,200 kg and a GVM ranging between 30,000 and 35,000 depending on the model.


    Some of the trucks in the range are pictured on the left.

    As well as being load-sharing, a further benefit of the front steel spring suspension is the adoption of a unique, damped mechanical load sharing mechanism between the two front axles.

    This feature contributes to the trucks’ already good road manners while also ensuring excellent steering performance at all times.

    In the rear there is a choice of either the versatile Isuzu 6-rod steel suspension or Hendrickson HAS461 air suspension, depending on what's required for the application.

    In the case of the 10x4 FYX model the additional Hendrickson D22 'tag' axle rides on a liftable HLM2 trailing arm air suspension which automatically lowers and lifts depending on the load condition of the vehicle.

    The industry standard American componentry continues with Meritor rear axles and cross difflocks as standard across the range.  This feature is an optional extra for most other competitors in this market.

    There are three transmissions on offer.  Those requiring low crawler ratios can opt for the proven Eaton RTLO 11908LL 10-speed constant mesh gearbox.

    For distribution applications there is the easy-to-use ZF 9S1310T0 nine-speed synchromesh gearbox.

    And the Allison HD 4430 6-speed heavy duty full automatic is now available  for the first time  in an Isuzu.

    This rugged transmission is specifically designed for tough vocational applications where many FY models will find homes.

    Powering the range is the robust SiTEC Series III 350 engine as used in Isuzu FX models.

    This 9.8 litre, six-cylinder Euro V engine produces 257 kW @ 2,000 RPM and 1422 Nm at a low 1200 – 1500 rpm, placing its performance comfortably ahead of many competitors both in terms of power and torque in the 350 horsepower bracket.

    A further benefit of the engine is its use of DOC diesel oxy catalyst exhaust treatment. Tthis provides a bodybuilder-friendly set-up  not to mention some tare weight advantages. 

    The FY Series' clean back of cab and compact exterior dimensions also allow for easy installation of complex bodies.

    Drivers are well catered for in the new models; the F Series cab is already widely regarded as one of the best in terms of ease of access, low noise, excellent visibility and comfort,and this is added to in the FY.

    Safety features include an anti-lock braking system (ABS), ECE-R29-compliant cab, ECE-R93-compliant front underrun protection Device (FUPD), driver SRS airbag and Isri 6860 air suspension driver's seat with seatbelt pretensioner.

    If a driver requirea break  the range includes an ADR 42-04 compliant sleeper with mattress.

    The FY range also benefits from the inclusion of a new DAB+ radio/CD/DVD digital audio visual entertainment unit with 6.2" LCD touch screen.
    Thist features DAB+ digital radio, fully integrated Bluetooth capability with voice recognition and it has 4GB internal storage for music files. USB / SD card and auxiliary input connection provisions are also present.

    Available at extra cost is Isuzu satellite navigation (includes three years of free updates), up to four reversing cameras – one with audio, reversing sensors, wireless tyre pressure monitoring system and cables for full iPod / iPhone / iPad integration and connection to other external audio visual devices.

     IAL product planning and engineering support managerColin White. said: "IAL could have introduced an 8x4 range several years ago – Isuzu has produced this configuration for some time and these trucks have been successful in other markets," Mr White said.

    "For maximum impact in the Australian market. however, we wanted a specification that included load-sharing front axles and this component was developed specifically for Australia.

    "IAL worked closely with Isuzu Motors (Japan) engineers for a number of years and the end result is a range that we are very excited about.

    "Extensive testing of these models at Isuzu Motors' WACOM proving ground has seen them perform faultlessly and this was also the case during our own Australian testing and development."

    Model range summary table:






    Air suspension


    FYJ 2000 PTO

    5770 mm Medium

    Eaton 10-speed

    FYJ 2000 AUTO

    5770 mm Medium

    Allison HD 4430

    FYJ 2000 LONG

    6010 mm Long

    ZF 9S1310TO

    FYJ 2000 X-LONG

    6700 mm X-Long

    ZF 9S1310TO

    Steel suspension


    FYH 2000 PTO

    5770 mm Medium

    Eaton 10-speed

    FYH 2000 PTO LONG

    6010 mm Long

    Eaton 10-speed

    FYH 2000 AUTO

    5770 mm Medium

    Allison HD 4430

    FYH 2000 LONG AUTO

    6010 mm Long

    Allison HD 4430

    10X4 Tag Axle


    FYX 2500 AUTO

    6425 MM Long

    Allison HD 4430





    Nothing staged about the ability of these Hinos

    The latest additions to  the truck fleet of Staging Rentals Staging Rentals' truck fleet are two new Hinos - a 500 Series Pantech with side-curtains for the bigger jobs and  00 Series light-duty truck for smaller loads

    Staging Rentals and Construction Services is a unique business providing stages, drapes and construction to the event and entertainment industry.

    It has grown from a small Sydney-based outfit to also having operations in Brisbane and Melbourne and the majority of its truck fleet is made up of various Hino models including Dutros, a Ranger, 300 and 500 Series.

    The company was born out of hard work when founder and director Meri Took began providing staging services to the Sydney pub circuit after learning the ropes as a roadie for legendary Aussie rock band Cold Chisel.

    Staging Rentals' truck fleet is a far cry from Meri's original 'one man and a trailer' approach. But the hard work element is still very much there.

    "The business wouldn't survive without a dependable truck fleet to move equipment to and from product launches," said managing director David Comer.

    "The fleet are moving our people and equipment to our client's corporate events, exhibitions, television productions, theatres and fashion shows. We average 10 jobs a day. Just recently we've had the NRL grand final, Fashion Week, the Motor Show, you name it."

    Over its 22 years of existence the company has put a lot of work into making performers on stages, and models on catwalks, appear in their best light by providing the staging equipment - something most audiences would not think twice about.


    The latest  Hinos acquired by the busines join three Hino Dutros, an older 300 Series model and a Hino Ranger equipped with a crane. While the older Hinos have covered long distances they're still out there doing their job reliably and they have inspired Staging Rentals to continue its association with the brand.

    "We're running a round the clock business here and our trucks are used to being loaded to full capacity the whole time," said sales and operations manager Michael Stokes.

    "And the Hinos just do their job. Even though they get used and abused we've never had an issue with them. Their endurance is just great," he said.

    "The creature comforts have improved so much. The new ISRI driver's seat just makes driving so much more comfortable. The boys love the entertainment system too, but they shouldn't have any time for watching DVDs."d
    The Hino 500's ease of driving is appreciated by driver and staging assembler Vojta Parak.

    "It's really just like driving a very big car. The gears shift easily and it's just so smooth," he said..

    "Our older Hinos are still good to drive and they're strong and reliable, but I love driving the new ones."

    It's true that Staging Rentals' truck fleet has helped the business come a long way..

    Hard work is a constant at Staging Rentals. And so are the interesting experiences that can be had when working in the event and entertainment industry.

    "The guys get to see some very interesting things out on the road," said Voita..


    Promotion puts spotlight on Hino clutch kits

    Hino Australia is running a promotion enabling customers to save an average of 15 percent on clutch kits and 22 percent on flywheels.

    The promotion applies to clutch parts (some are pictured left) for Hino models from 2000 onwards, including the 300, 500 and 700 Series, Ranger and Ranger Pro, Dutro and Hino buses.

    Hino Australia assistant manager parts and accessories Kirk Harrison said: "A  good non-genuine clutch may lack the built-in shock absorption of a Hino genuine clutch, transferring shudder back to the cabin while accelerating wear on other drivetrain components..

     "Or it may just wear out quickly, creating additional downtime and more frequent overhaul expenses.

    "A bad example  will be even worse. We've seen non-genuine clutch facings completely disintegrate after a bit of heat build-up.

    "Thjs usually destroys the flywheel and often the bell housing too.

    "It makes  for a very expensive repair - it's definitely the mors costly option in the long run."

    A Hino spokesman said the maker's Hino genuine clutch components were specifically designed to function in harmony with each other for optimum performance.

    They were manufactured using Hino's stringent processes, including furnace tempering and extensive heat treating, to produce the strongest parts possible.


    Freight company orders 52 new Hinos

    Favourable whole-of-life running costs and modern cabin design have led to a significant fleet order for Hino Australia from one of Australia's foremost freight and logistics organisations.

    StarTrack has contracted Hino Australia to supply 52 new trucks for deployment within its fleet nationally, consisting of 34 Hino 300 Series and 18 Hino 500 Series models (in both long and short-wheelbase variants).

    The picture on the left shows StarTrack director of operations Richard  Conron accepting the keys o a 300 Series truck from Paul Crawford, joint managing director of  the CMU Group (CMI Melbourne) and  Hino Australia chief executive officer Ken Seking.

    A thorough new vehicle tender process conducted by StarTrack reviewed fuel efficiency, driveability and whole-of-life costs and included extensive trials of the Hino 300 and 500 Series truck variants.

    Hino Australia president and chief operating officer Steve Lotter said that whole-of-life vehicle costs were an increasingly important factor for new truck buyers in Australia.

    "StarTrack's tender process is very extensive and thorough, so to be selected at the end of it says a lot about the strength of Hino trucks in the market," he said.

    "With a projected fleet lifespan of five years or more, we feel Hino's renowned durability and reliability will be particularly beneficial to the efficiency of StarTrack's operation.

    "At Hino we know that our trucks present favourably to drivers, but it's the cost of ownership that must be minimised to prevent businesses looking elsewhere," he said.

    StarTrack director of operations Richard Conron said the well-designed cabins of Hino trucks were a contributing factor in their choice of 300 and 500 Series models.

    "Feedback from our field trials indicated that the Hino cabin designs are more modern than those of their competitors," he said.

    "The inclusion of the integrated multimedia screen, plus the excellent all-round visibility from the driver's seat, are advantages over other trucks on the market."

    StarTrack's 300 Series Hinos will be used in StaTrack's 'Run' truck fleet, which consists of pantech-walled trucks used predominantly for loose carton freight.

    The 500 Series Hinos will join the 'Bulk' truck fleet, which is made up of  pantech and curtain-walled trucks used mostly for palletised freight.

    The new Hinos join a fleet of more than 3000 StarTrack pick-up and delivery vehicles nationwide.




    Trucks that  measure up to a tough task
    When specialist mining services provider Wiring Harnesses Australia needed to upgrade its service vehicle fleet it looked no further than Isuzu’s

     four-wheel-drive NPS 300s.

    The company needed something that was a bit tougher and could carry a higher payload than our existing vehicles, said Wiring Harnesses Australia (WHA) owner Aaron Bradshaw.

    “The company was also looking for something that had a four-wheel-drive system and was able to operate in rough terrain, especially around the mine sites,”  he said.

    The NPS 300 4x4s, with their GVM of 6000 kg (now standard with 6500 kg GVM), were ideal, said.Aaron.

    Mt Isa-based WHA supplies wiring harnesses and auto electrical repairs to the local mining industry and the rest of north-west Queensland.

    The benefit of using WHA’s braided wiring harnesses is to keep wires safe from the effects of vibration, abrasion and moisture which are all present in the harsh conditions of mining.

    Taking between 30 minutes and two weeks to make, the harnesses can hold up to 200 wires that are up to 20 metres in length.

    The company also offers an in-house design workshop that makes custom wiring harnesses for new and existing wiring systems for mining clients.

    Aaron said the company was meeting the high demand that was stemming from the mining industry and the two new Isuzu trucks matched the company’s promise of quality and rellaility.

    The trucks are fitted to mine specifications which include service bodies that have a galvanised and painted tray as well as four large alloy toolboxes. The bodies also feature a light-weight – but strong – roll-over protective structure (ROPS).

    The NPS 300 4x4s are fitted with electric start diesel air compressors for air tools, cleaning equipment, general auto electrical parts and air conditioners. The

     trucks also have a 100-litre water tank for cleaning and an electric water pump for washing down air conditioning units and components.

    The feedback on the trucks has been positive.

    “Our team really enjoys driving the trucks on a daily basis,” Aaron said.

    “The comfort of the contoured adjustable driver’s bucket seat has been a big talking point amongst the drivers.

    “We are very happy with the vehicles so far and plan to purchase some more Isuzu trucks.”

    All wiring solutions are specially designed for each project the company undertakes so customers receive wiring harnesses to their exact needs. All projects

     are tested at the WHA workshop before being released, maintaining high industry standards.

    Using only the best quality products, the company’s wiring systems are cold and abrasion resistant, chemical tolerant and flame retardant. The wire is made from bare copper and tin copper for high corrosive conditions.

    The high performance PVC wire braid can be exposed to 138 degrees Celsius heat for extended periods of time. The basic properties are compounded

     additives for cold flexibility, fire resistance and resistance to engine fluids. 

    As a part of its service the company also offers wire printing, printed labels and trace colours which l allow for easy identification of cables.

    With experience and the ability to manage and execute projects in a timely manner, WHA is now one of the leaders in the field of wiring solutions.



    Automatics way of future, says fleet manager

    Redi Milk, which operates a fleet of medium-duty distribution trucks of various brands, has changed its vehicle purchasing policy as a result of the success of of of adding a new UD MK11 automatic.

    The Redi Milk fleet had consisted mostly of manual and AMT equipped trucks.until the UD, equipped with an Allison transmission, joined it.

     Redi Milk's fleet manager, Nigel Anson, said dependence on automatic trucks was inevitable for food transport and distribution industries due to

     constant stop-start duty cycles and increasing traffic congestion.

    "We purchased the UD MK11 automatic because it seemed the perfect truck for our operations since drivers are stopping and starting all the time, delivering to numerous retail outlets," Nigel said.

     "Automatics are the way of the future and, really, the only choice was to move with the times or get stuck in the past.

    "The Allison automatic eliminates clutch wear, reduces the need for gearbox overhauls and drastically reduces maintenance costs and brake wear,"he said..

    "It also contributes to better safety by lowering levels of driver fatigue. An automatic transmission allows drivers to concentrate on negotiating traffic or manoeuvring the truck and not having to worry about clutch control and gear selection.

     "Put simply, it allows the driver to focus on controlling the truck."

    Nigel said drivers loved it because it was so easy to operate and manoeuvre, particularly in frequent stop-start conditions and increasingly busy

     Melbourne roads.

    "Our drivers visit up to 50 customers per day and are behind the wheel for six to eight hours per shift, which equates to more than 1000 gear changes

     a day. Of course, in an automatic all of those shifts are managed by the transmission," he said.

     "The automatic is more nimble, has better acceleration in city traffic and is more efficient and easier to use than manual trucks."

    "When you take into account all the factors including the fatigue reduction, lower maintenance and better efficiencies automatics are ideal for our

     needs and all new trucks we buy in the future will be automatics." .

    The 250 horsepower UD MK 11 Redi Milk purchased has now covered around 15,000km and in that time has completely convinced Nigel of its


    UD offers its range of MK and PK medium duty trucks with Allison 2500 Series fully automatic transmissions as a factory-fitted option in Australia,

     which over the past five years has proved popular across a range of vocations and industries.


    Iveco displays latest models in China

    Marking its official entry under its own brand on the Chinese market, Iveco presented three of its latest European models to Chinese audiences at the Guangzhou Motor Show held at  the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou (China’s third largest city).

    The exhibition is specifically directed towards the commercial vehicle sector and was open to both press and public visitors.

    The models on public view were the New Trakker 8x4, the ultra-versatile Eurocargo 4x4 chassis and the new Stralis Hi-Way, which recently won the “Truck of the Year 2013” title, recognized as the heavy vehicle that has made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency.
    The New Trakker (pictured left) is Iveco’s signature heavy truck, dedicated to on/off-road missions and ideal for any climate type or driving conditions.

     Of the three models on display, the medium-range Eurocargo 4x4 is especially catered to the Chinese market, equipped with custom-designed features to meet the demands of a Chinese clientele.

     A European market leader in the 6-18 T commercial vehicle class, the Eurocargo is built to tackle the most difficult of terrains, proving optimal for assignments involving road and construction sites, winter road maintenance and civil and emergency services.

    This event was the first held by Iveco Commercial Vehicle Sales Co. Ltd. (Iveco China). Iveco China is charged with introducing the brand’s high-end products to regional customers as well as co-ordinating overseas export for products that are manufactured via Iveco’s joint-ventures in China with Nanjing Iveco (Naveco) and SAIC-IVECO Hongyan.

    The Iveco China press conference held at the motor show focused on both its role in China’s imported truck market and that of its global strategy.. This presentation also addressed the establishment of Iveco’s sales and service network, whose institution is predicted to span across China’s Tier-1 cities in  two to three years.


    Higer coaches prove worth with Sydney fleet

    One of Sydney's longest standing and best known coach and bus operators, Hopkinson, has included a number of Higer coaches in its fleet on the basis of pricing, support and their manoeuvrability.

    Hopkinsons has added seven Higers to its fleet over the past two years, replacing some of its older buses with new 12.3m Higer RoadBosses as well as two new 28 seat Munro midi buses.

     Michelle Hopkinson, managing director at Hopkinsons, said Higer had matched the company's needs from the very first dealings and every step of the way

    "Higer has been terrific right from when my late father Graham and our workshop manager Geoff Cooper began dealing with them," said Michelle..

    "In negotiations on price and trade-ins Higer produced a very attractive deal along with assurances of excellent pre-delivery and after sale service which they have certainly delivered on..

    "We have been very impressed with Higer's service and communications from our first negotiations, through the ordering and purchasing and on to the pre- delivery and after-sales service.

    The Higers (pictured left) have become an all-round favourite with our drivers because of their manoeuvrability and compact two-axle design," she said.

    "Our sales team have found them to be very popular with our customers and that brings return business while the reliability means they are always ready for service and we don't have any problems fulfilling bookings," she said.

    "From a management point of view the Higers are proving to be less expensive to buy and run which benefits our bottom line.

    "Our operations and sales team agree that the specifications of the Higers are perfect for our operations because they are two-axle vehicles which are easy to drive and manoeuvre around the city and suburbs.

    "We've seen a reduction in the number of accidents compared with our three-axle coaches that we were using for a lot of our work and the Higers are perfect for day tours, rail replacement and city transfers.

    "Overall we are very satisfied with Higer because they have provided our customers with coaches that better suit their travel requirements," Michelle said.

    Higer buses are manufactured in China utilising world's best technology and components, including Cummins engines, Allison and ZF transmissions, Meritor axles and European designed chassis. All Higer models also receive an electrophoretic coating to enhance the corrosion resistance following a $30 million upgrade to the factory and the addition of an electrophoresis plant.

    The company's product line-up starts at six metre buses and ranges up to full 18pmetre vehicles catering to a variety of applications and specific requirements rom high-end touri

    Higer was awarded the Asia BAAV Bus Expo Bus Coach Builder of the Year for 2007, 2008 and 2009. It also won the equipment award and the safest brand of choice award in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.


    Natural gas and automatic gears pay off

     Saddle Creek Transportation, with headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, with operations throughout Florida, Georgia, Texas and California, is one of many US commercial truck fleets experiencing the benefits that Allison automatic-equipped compressed natural gas (CNG) prime movers bring to operations.

    "Last year we took a look at ways we could really make a significant difference both to our cost structure and to provide additional value to our customers," said  Saddle Creek Transportation president Mike DelBove...

    "We looked at a lot of things that could incrementally improve our company and then we found something that could make a big difference...natural gas technology for our trucks."

    The fleet consists of about 400 trucks, including sever  It has been so pleased with these CNG trucks that it has bought more units that are scheduled for delivery yet this year.

    One of igt trucks is pictured on the left.

    "Savings is a big part of it. We're looking at very high diesel fuel prices again and we're able to procure our natural gas for just a little bit more than half that cost," said Mr DelBovo.

     "It's a great savings and helps pay for the investment of the trucks. The rest of the story is really one of sustainability and providing that sustainability edge to our customers.

    "We're a regional hauler and that means we do some shorter haul moves. Delivering to cities, we have a lot of stop-and-go traffic and we're backing into tight places all the time," said Mr DelBovo.

    Saddle Creek wanted these trucks to be lighter weight and have a tight turning radius for better manoeuvrability. And, according to Mr DelBovo, "one of the best parts about them from a driver perspective is the Allison six-speed automatic transmission."

    John Erwin, Saddle Creek's director of transportation, said: : "This was a big change for us, going to the automatic transmission. A lot of our drivers had never driven the automatic so it was a big unknown for them."

    An Allison automatic pictured on the right is similar to that used in the Saddle Creek fleet,

    Mr DelBovo said:  "Every driver has loved the trucks. We've had not only no complaints, the drivers want to drive those trucks over the diesels with manual transmissions."

    Saddle Creek driver Edward Hadley said:  "I felt like I was cheating because I didn't have to change any gears. You just push a button and you're ready to roll."

    Allison's load based shift scheduling (LBSS) has also been very beneficial for Saddle Creek.

    Mr Hadley saidL  "Our tractors and trailers pull from 36 tonnes (80,000 lbs.) at times. Sometimes we're empty. So we have a variety of weights that we pull every day. With the load-based shifting itt adjusts to optimize as we change every day. It helps on the fuel economy.

    "The truck is perfect. You don't have to worry about shifting gears or anything like that. I pull away from a lot of diesels just on takeoff alone. So the complaint against CNG trucks not having the power or torque is incorrect."



    Toyota workhorse tows space shuttle

    A Toyota workhorse ute has towed the retired Endeavour space shuttle in California.

    The Tundra half-ton pickup truck without any special modifications successfully towed the 68-tonne space shuttle Endeavour across a bridge spanning the busiest motorway in the United States.

    The tow over the 405 Freeway was one of the trickiest parts of the shuttle's 19.2-km route along city streets from Los Angeles airport to its new home at the California Science Centre..

    The Tundra (pictured left with shuttle) assisted in the transport of the Endeavour as it journeyed over the Manchester Boulevard Bridge - an area that required a different tow mechanism than other portions of the route for weight distribution purposes.

    Toyota did extensive testing and worked with the Sarens Group, a heavy lifting and engineering transport company, to develop a dolly for the delicate manoeuvre of Endeavour over the bridge.

    The model selected was a stock 2012 Tundra CrewMax 4x4 with Toyota's 5.7-litre iForce V8, producing 381 horsepower (284kW).

    The Tundra used to tow the Endeavour was built in Texas and had no modifications or special equipment added.

    It was driven by long-time Toyota professional driver Matt McBride. Riding along was Garrett Reisman, one of the NASA astronauts aboard the shuttle when it travelled to the International Space Station in 2008.

    "I'm honoured to be part of the space shuttle Endeavour's final mission to the California Science Centre,"  Garrett said....

    "I appreciate Toyota's support in helping bring this space icon home to the Southern California community."

    The tow was a result of a 20-year partnership between Toyota and the California Science Centre to raise awareness of the space program and continue public education through exhibits and events.

    The shuttle, its exterior weathered by millions of kilometres in space and two dozen re-entries, will be the highlight of a new exhibit at the CSC - its final destination.

    The Tundra used for the tow will also go on display at the CSC as part of an interactive exhibit on the physics of leverage.

    The vice-president of community affairs and philanthropy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Michael Rouse, said Toyota was honoured to lend a hand for this historic event.




    The truck that won a car award

    For the first time in the history of Japanese passenger car awards the “Car of the Year Special Award 2013” has been awarded to a truck manufacturer.

    The winner is the Japanese Daimler Commercial Vehicles subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC).

    The non-profit organisation singled out the innovative, fully-automated dual-clutch transmission DUONIC® paired with a highly efficient hybrid drive at the “Automotive Researchers´ and Journalists´ Conference” (RJC) held in Japan.

    This technology, which is unique in the commercial vehicles industry, completes the light-duty truck Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid (pictured left)  which has also been produced for the European market in Tramagal, Portugal, since September of this year.

    The RJC organisation founded in 1990 comprises automotive experts and journalists from the automobile industry in Japan. The annual “Car of the Year Award” is one of the most prominent automobile awards in Japan.

    Dr. Albert Kirchmann, MFTBC president and chief executive officer, said:  “We are honoured to have received this prestigious award. It is a huge milestone achieved at Fuso in Japan and a great honour for the Daimler Trucks Group.

     “The award is proof of Fuso’s leadership role in green innovation.”

    A particularly persuasive argument for winning the title “Car of the Year Special Award 2013” is the DUONIC® dual-clutch transmission with a built-in hybrid drive in the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid.

    This drive technology, combined with a powerful lithium-ion battery, reaps top scores for fuel economy and low emissions. Thus, the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid uses up to 23 percent less fuel than a comparable conventional Fuso Canter.

    The power transmission of the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid is one of the excellent technical features of the light-duty truck.  During driving the next gear is already pre-set, thus ensuring a seamless gear change without any flux.

    The mail comes by Scania in three countries

    PostNord has chosen Scania as the supplier of all the heavy trucks in a large procurement of vehicles for distribution of letters and packages in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

    Scania will deliver 136 trucks, including 122 for PostNord’s operations in Sweden before the end of 2012.

    “The deal is an acknowledgment of our strength. It confirms that Scania has trucks for both local and long haul transport services that meet PostNord’s requirements for quality and for high performance when it comes to fuel consumption and environmental impact,” said Peter Eriksson, senior Key account manager at Scania international fleet sales.

    Slightly more than half of the order is for Scania’s P-series trucks for local and regional distribution, featuring a nine-litre 230hp engine and the automated gear-changing system Scania Opticruise.


    MAN testing benefits of a long truck

    MAN is participating in  long-truck field trials being conducted all over Germany.

    Since the beginning of October a 25.25-metre long MAN road train has been shuttling between the MAN Logistics Centers Dachau and Salzgitter, transporting spare parts for trucks and buses.

     MAN is deploying a long truck (pictured left) on this nearly 600-kilometre stretch in order to study the traffic, commercial and environmental impact of longer vehicle combinations in the transport of goods by road.

    The loading volume offered by the long truck is about 40 percent more than that of a conventional road train and this is being done without increasing the permitted gross weight of 40 tonnes.

    Because two long trucks can transport as much as three conventional road trains fuel can be saved and CO2 emission reduced. Moreover, the long truck also reduces the amount of traffic and helps to take some of the strain off the road infrastructure thanks to a more favourable distribution of the vehicle's weight over a greater number of axles.

    MAN's long truck comprises a three-axle truck chassis with a swap body, a dolly (i.e. a trailer with a fifth-wheel coupling) and a conventional semi-trailer

     The 440-hp MAN TGX is equipped with all the safety systems now available: in addition to ABS and electronic stability program (ESP), adaptive cruise control, the LaneGuard and continuous damping control systems (CDC) are all on board.

    This long truck provided by MAN is being operated by hauliers Große-Vehne, headquartered in Marsberg (North Rhine-Westphalia). The driver was specially trained for the job beforehand by instructors from MAN ProfiDrive.



    Award rewards service quality

    More than 600 workshops participated in the MAN ServiceQualityAward 2012 competition.

    The results were:


    • First place: PSC Rijeka, Čavle, Croatia
    • Second place: MAN Service outlet Dillenburg, Germany
    • Third place: Petschl Werkstätten Betriebs GmbH, Perg, Austria


    The picture on the left shows the awards being presented.

    MAN established the "ServiceQualityAward" in 2010 with the aim of consistently improving the level of employee training and service quality in order to be able to offer its customers the best-possible service.

     With more than  600 candidates from six sales regions this year saw record participation. The 18 finalists included teams from Germany, Russia, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, France, Belgium, Ukraine, Spain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    "We want to offer our customers fast, competent service  worldwide. After all, service makes

    a major contribution to the overall consideration of the TCO, and this is what is central for our customers," said Lars Essmann, senior vice president after sales at MAN Truck & Bus. Since 2010 more 5000 service employees have taken part in this competition.

    The teams who did best in the four rounds of theory and practice that started in March this year were invited to the finals in Hanover and in the framework of the IAA Commercial Vehicles the final round took place at the MAN service outlet in Hanover-Langenhagen.

    Six tests had to be mastered. They included theoretical examinations on purchase warranties, servicing, genuine parts and workshop processes, as well as practical tasks that had to be carried out on trucks and buses. The three top-placed teams can now look forward to a trip to Oman.


    Innovative electric  truck gains award

    The innovative MAN Metropolis research vehicle has received the eCarTec Award 2012.

     In the course of the 4th International Fair for Electric- and Hybrid-Mobility in Munich Bavaria's State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, Katja Hassel, presented the Bavarian State Award for Electric Mobility to Bernd Maierhofer, director of research and development at MAN Truck & Bus AG.

    The picture on the left shows Mr Maierhefer  (left) with Heiko Benteler, chief executive officer with Benteler Engineering Services BV.

    MAN's  Metropolis is an innovative truck capable of dealing with heavy-duty transport tasks in cities, extremely quietly and without emissions.

     Using power from regenerative sources supplied by a normal socket, the MAN Metropolis drives and works without emitting any CO2.

     Its energy storage, a lithiumion battery in modular construction, is located beneath the cab, guaranteeing maximum space for the body, optimal weight distribution and the highest safety levels.

    A quiet and efficient diesel engine from the Volkswagen Group generates onboard power as needed and functions as a range extender for the heavy-duty truck. At the end of this year will  the MAN Metropolis will begin a two-year field test as a refuse collection vehicle.

    A panel of judges selected the winners of the eCarTec Award 2012 from a field of more than 70 contenders in a total of eight categories. The MAN Metropolis was honoured in the category "electric vehicles: commercial vehicles".


    Engineer receives European safety award


    Engineer Eberhard Hipp , 63, who is responsible for the central research division at MAN Truck & Bus AG, has been honoured with the European Safety Award for Commercial Vehicles at the eighth International DEKRA Symposium on the Safety of Commercial Vehicles.

    "Eberhard Hipp receives this award in recognition of his excellent engineering work in the development of commercial vehicles which has contributed to a significant improvement in their active and passive safety on the road," said Prof. Dr. h.c. Egon-Christian von Glasner, president of the European Association for Accident Research and Accident Analysis. in his congratulatory speech.

    Under the direction of Eberhard Hipp (pictured left) activities in the areas of driving dynamics, simulation, driver assistance and, in particular, the active safety of heavy trucks and buses in order to prevent accidents have been intensively promoted.

    This year sees the 22nd presentation of the award by the European Association for Accident Research and Accident Analysis (EVU), the German Road Safety Council (DVR) and DEKRA for outstanding technical innovation or to mark the lifetime achievements of persons who have distinguished them-selves in the furtherance of commercial vehicle safety.

    Clemens Klinke, member of the board of management of DEKRA SE and chairman of the board of managing directors of DEKRA  Automobil GmbH , said:  "This year the European Safety Award Commercial Vehicles once more goes to a proven expert who, with his outstanding development activities in the field of commercial vehicles technology, has been heavily involved in the generally very positive development of accident statistics concerning commercial vehicles."

    Christian Kellner, managing director of the DVR, said:  "Together with its members, the DVR campaigns vehemently to reduce the number of accidents and lessen their consequences even further. Eberhard Hipp has made an important contribution to this aim."

    After completing his studies in transport engineering SbsdhardHipp initially worked as a scientific assistant at Stuttgart University before joining the then MAN Nutz-fahrzeuge AG in 1978. He spent many years researching issues concerning traffic and system technology.

     Since 2001 he has headed the central re-search division at MAN Truck & Bus AG, with the focus on alternative drives and fuels, vehicle concepts, driving dynamics, simulation, driver assistance, active safety and prototype development.



    Top technology makes broadcasts mobile

    Specialist engineering and coach building company Spectra has chosen a MAN TGS 26.440 6x2 rigid chassis on which to produce its latest hand-built, multi-million pound outside broadcast unit for the Swiss national TV broadcaster RTS.

    The ingenious use of hydraulics enables  the unique bodywork to expand to almost double its ‘in transit’ size to become a full-service outside broadcast facility, complete with studio and editing suite. Spectra designed and fitted all the power systems, air-conditioning and consoles.

    This left-hand drive vehicle was built in Westbury in Wiltshire, England, but Spectra took delivery of it through a Swiss-based MAN truck centre. Spectra’s contract to fit out the bodywork came from a leading electronics company which supplied and installed the electronic equipment.

    “It’s been a true partnership with MAN,” said Spectra’s general manager, Stephen Allberry,

    “With such a complicated project cooperation is the key and MAN has been right on board with us. We would certainly recommend the MAN TGS chassis, too. The uncluttered chassis arrangement, no AdBlue tank and low unladen weight gave us the flexibility to build an exacting specification,” he said.

    Established in 1987, Spectra provides vehicle building, refurbishment, repairs and bespoke fabrications for a wide range of end users.



    Special Iveco  takes Vittorio to Games

    Vittorio Podestà, paralympic athlete and hand-cycling champion, travelled to London for the Paralympics in an Iveco Daily fitted out
    by Nuova Camper Marostica of Carrè (Vicenza) as a special camper.

    Vittoria (pictured left with the vehicle) personally oversaw the project.

    The vehicle was delivered  to Vittorio at the Fiat industrial village and accompanied him on his Paralympic venture.

    The camper consists of a fibreglass monocoque body mounted on an Iveco Daily C35 3.0 TD 170 Hp, with an Agile semi-automatic transmissiion. a

    A special lift has been installed on the vehicle, enabling access to people confined to a wheelchair.

    The lift stows away under the frame without taking up space in the cabin.

    The camper is completely customised with regard to the positioning of the openings and the internal arrangement of furniture and technical
    equipment. This allows maximum benefit from the space in the fibreglass cabin, making for optimal living conditions for the paralympic

    There are four beds – two in the rear above the boot where Vittoria has stored his cycling gear and two in the loft above the

    The vehicle is furnished with hand-operated accelerator and brake controls to ensure that Vittoria can drive himself, aided by the functionality and
    simplicity of the Agile semi-automatic transmission. The camper is capable of generating its own electricity thanks to a 180-amp alternator, a 120-watt
    photovoltaic panel and a methanol fuel cell generator.

    Iveco is an active player in the business of “recreational vehicles” and has recently set up a central department dedicated to campers, which, among
    others, helped to create the project for Pettoria..

    The company has strong affinity with international sports, starting from the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980, going through Torino 2006 Winter
    Olympic Games and many other sponsorships and collaborations.

    Vittorio is competing for the Barilla Blue Team ( He is a champion in hand cycling, which employs
    a special type of three-wheeled bicycle powered by the arms.

    He has experienced great success in this discipline. He has won numerous Italian titles and was world champion in 2007. He won a silver
    medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing and at the 2009 and 2011 world championships and last season was placed first in his category in the
    International Cycling Union rankings.


    Fleet turns to natural gas vehicles

    Iveco has delivered 34 natural gas vehicles (NGV), to Sydeme, the public company in charge of the management of domestic waste in Moselle-Est (France).

    Six of these vehicles are Fiat Professional vans (four Fiorino and two Doblò) and 28 Iveco vehicles.

    The fleet has been shown during the “Journee Filiere BioMethane”, a day totally dedicated to biomethane production and valorization in Forbach, France, near  the German border.

    The Iveco fleet is made up of three Daily, multi-purpose, light utility vehicles ranging from 3.4 to 7.0 t and 25 Stralis models, the Iveco flagship product of the heavy range, from 19 to 44 tons.

    This unique fleet is supported by a GNVERT latest-generation, high-speed public filling station, providing both CNG and biomethane fuel. Fully powered by biomethane, this fleet enables 100 percentcarbon-free driving, emitting very low noise, particles and NOx. Not using Diesel, the reduction in fuel costs could reach 40 percent.

    The Metavalor plant of Sydeme is designed to transform the domestic waste brought by the Iveco NGV fleet into electricity, hot water, renewable fuel and compost suitable for organic agriculture.

    Clément Chandon, product director at Iveco France, said: “By selecting Iveco, the European leader in NGV vehicles, Sydeme has chosen to diversify from diesel with a technology which is the cleanest, the most multi-purpose and the most profitable”.

    This technology is available for all tonnages up to 44 tons and ensures, with its silent operation, an optimal working environment and minimal inconvenience for local people. The advantageous cost of CNG enables rapid return on investment and the low carbon conten, enables a reduction of CO2 emissions of approximately 10 percent..

    Thanks to the biomethane produced by Sydeme, the ‘greenhouse effect’ output of the vehicles becomes neutral.

    No other technology now in existence or within the development stages is able to offer a comparable output: the transportation of a useful load of up to 29 tons for 300 to 700 km without increasing the greenhouse effect or compromising the air quality while reducing noise-related disturbances.

    The Cursor 8 NGV engine of the STRALIS trucks is made in France. It is produced in the FPT Industrial (Fiat Powertrain Technologies) factory located in Bourbon-Lancy (Saône-et-Loire).



    Fire trucks readied to protect winter games site

    PSA-T and PSA Chelnok double-headed fire trucks equipped with a unique reversing system have been chosen to provide fire safety in Russia's Sochi Winter Olympics site. The vehicles were jointly developed by IVECO and Vargashi with the support of Allison Transmission.

    A Trakker 4x4 chassis fitted with an Allison 4000 Series fully automatic transmission is matched with the special fire-fighting body supplied by the Vargashi Factory to create the first double cabin fire engines designed and built in Russia.

    The second cabin allows the new fire trucks to move through a tunnel without having to turn around, which has shown to be an invaluable asset in emergency rescue work. The PSA Chelnok vehicle was presented at the 2012 Integrated Safety and Security exhibition,where it attracted great interest from visitors and exhibitors.

    The PSA Chelnok fire engine i(pictured left) s a rescue shuttle intended to provide first response aid and to gather and evacuate victims in emergency situations in tunnels.

     Thanks to its unique qualities, this vehicle has aroused a lot of interest not only from rescue services but also from Sochi construction companies who are planning to use PSA Chelnoks in bridge construction.

    The PSA-T fire trucks deliver fire-fighting, rescue equipment, and suppression tools to the scene of an incident. These vehicles can carry 4000 litres of water and 2500 litres of foaming agent.

    Ventilation equipment protects the crew of five people from harsh smoke. The PSA-T fire engine presented at the 2011 Integrated Safety and Security exhibition has already undergone testing in Sochi where many tunnels are being built as part of new road construction in the run-up to the 2014 Winter Olympics.

    One of the main advantages of these new IVECO vehicles is the Allison fully automatic transmission. Thanks to the torque converter and uninterrupted full power shifts these fire trucks provide improved manoeuvrability and faster acceleration in comparison with manual transmission equipped vehicles. This means crew, fire-fighting and rescue equipment will be delivered to the scene faster.

    The Allison automatic transmission makes the driver's job significantly easier in the very intense and stressful conditions of rescue work. The driver can concentrate solely on handling the vehicle,without having to worry about changing gears. The Allison electronic controls automatically select the ideal gear for each situation.

    IVECO is now offering the Allison 4000 Series transmission installed in the PSA-T vehicle and as an option on all ranges based on the Trakker platform - heavy duty dump trucks, tractor trucks, short log trucks, timber trucks and long timber carriers, pipe trucks, container ships, tankers for transportation of petroleum products, and fire fighting vehicles - with different wheel arrangements.

     Thanks to advanced electronic controls Allison fully automatic transmissions adapt to vehicle load and terrain, always selecting the optimum shift points to ensure best utilization of fuel to deliver the required performance.

    Allison Transmission is the exclusive supplier of fully-automatic transmissions for the PSA-T and PSA Chelnok fire engines.




    New Volvo FH draws crowds at Hanover show

    The new Volvo FH series has been the centre of attention at the IAA International Motor Show in Hanover with many visitors eager to see the new trucks that Volvo says will set new standards in the long-haul truck industry.

    "What you see here is the latest generation FH. And we are not talking about a facelift, this is a brand new truck," said Claes Nilsson, president Volvo Trucks. We have invested almost 1.3 billion euros in the new Volvo FH. It is an outstanding long-haul truck with technology way ahead of its competitors."

    The new Volvo FH (pictured left) series was officially unveiled at a spectacular launch event on September 5. However, the IAA was the first opportunity for many people to see the new range up close. Ten new trucks were on display at the Volvo Trucks stand and there were presentations on some of the model's world-first innovations for improved fuel efficiency, handling, uptime and driver environment.

    "All in all, our new Volvo FH is much more than a world-class truck. It is a complete, competitive business solution," said Mr Nilsson. "It contains news that gives our customers added value compared to today's offer - and it will further strengthen our leading position and help us gain new market shares, particularly here in Germany."

    Strong emphasis was placed on the new Volvo FH's reduced fuel consumption and environmental impact with a Euro 6 engine and the new I-Torque driveline being highlighted.

    "I-Torque delivers high torque from low revs and contains an I-Shift transmission with dual-clutch technology, resulting in excellent driveability, quiet operation and great fuel efficiency," said Ricard Fritz, senior vice president Volvo Trucks.

    I-See, a new software package for the I-Shift transmission, memorises road data and automatically optimises gear shifting and speed to the topography. Working together the I-Torque driveline, I-See and other hardware updates cut fuel consumption by up to 10 percent.

    See a film straight from the Volvo stand at IAA  

    The Euro 6 engine will be available from spring 2013, and the I-torque driveline will be introduced in autumn 2013 for the European market.

    The all-new Volvo FH will be delivered to European customers in spring 2013. The very first truck will be auctioned on Ebay and all the money will go to charity.


    Bulldog looks back 50 years in Australia

    Mack Trucks is gearing up to celebrate its 50th year of producing trucks in Australia.

    Mack Trucks Australia will produce a special 50-year commemorative book late this year as it looks to the birthday celebrations in 2013

    The book will showcase shots of Mack trucks working in all types of applications and in locations across Australia.

    A Mack spokesman said: "Keep an ear to the ground for purchase location and see how this iconic brand has helped develop the Australian landscape over the past 50 years."

    He said Mack was planning a  special display at the Brisbane Truck Show on May 16 to 19, 2013,  next year at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.


    Mack Trucks Australia Pty Ltd was founded in  1963 and its national headquarters and assembly operatgions were  established  in the outer Brisbane suyburb of Archerfield in three wartime  aircraft hangars.

    In 1964 the first Australian-built cab-over Mack truck, an F607, entered service with Trek Transport.

    The picture on the right shows an  early Australian-built  Mack hauling a large road train.

    In 1965'  the second full year of production in Australia. 270 models were built and delivered from the Archerfield production facility

    An early Australian Mack is pictured on the right hauling a large road train.



    100 more Macks join the US Army

     Mack Trucks has nnounced that Mack Defence will supply West-Mark, a leading manufacturer of liquid transportation equipment, with 100 MACK® Granite® models to fulfil a delivery order under a contract with the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Warren, Michigan..

    West-Mark is producing water and fuel tanker trucks that the Army will use to support Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries’ security forces during their rebuilding efforts.

      The Mack Granite trucks built for this order (one is the tured on the left) will support the Iraqi Ministry of Defence. The order will be fulfilled by January, 2013, and is worth about $14.5 million, including spare parts.

    “The Mack Granite is an ideal truck for this type of application because of its unmatched durability and reliability,” said Tom Kelly, president of Mack Defence.

     “We look forward to continuing to work with West-Mark to fulfil the contract for the U.S. Army.”

    Deliveries will continue through the contract period of three years with a two-year option.

    Dedicated to quality, reliability, and total customer satisfaction, Mack Trucks, Inc. has provided its customers with innovative transportation solutions for more than a century.

     Today, Mack is one of North America’s largest producers of heavy-duty trucks and the trucks are sold and serviced through an extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries. 

    Christmas tree to make a VIP journey


     Mack Trucks has unveiled the custom-decorated MACK® Pinnacle™ model, which will be driven by former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell as he hauls the 2012 Capitol Christmas tree from Colorado to Washington, D.C.

    The theme of the design is “From One National Treasure to Another,” pointing to Mack’s 112-year legacy. The truck features Mack the Bulldog hauling a massive tree through the snow, with large mountains in the background.(see picture on the left)

     “The Capitol Christmas tree is a great tradition in the United States, and Mack is proud to once again participate in the project,” said John Walsh, Mack vice-president of marketing.

    “The design for this year’s Pinnacle model captures Mack’s legendary durability and reliability in a unique and fun way. ” 

    Sen. Campbell, who represented Colorado from 1993-2005, also helped transport the Capitol Christmas Tree in 2000.

    “It is a privilege to drive the tree for the U.S. Capitol from Colorado this year,” said Sen. Campbell.

    “It’s just as exciting, though, to get behind the wheel of a Mack truck again. I know I can count on a great ride and a uniquely American holiday experience.”

    CAPTION: The picture on the right shows Sen. Campbell (centre) with John Walsh, Mack vice-president of marketing, and Santa Claus (Wayne Stehle of Mack Defense) in front of the custom-decorated MACK® Pinnacle™ model that will haul the Christmas tree. 


    Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit coalition for outdoor recreation, is co-ordinating the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour with the White River National Forest.

    The Capitol Christmas Tree tour officially begins on November  3 in Meeker, Colo., where the tree will be harvested from the 2.3 million-acre White River national forest, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains


    . Following a celebration in Meeker, the tree will be wrapped and embark on its route to the nation’s capital, stopping at numerous cities and towns throughout Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

    The SmartWay-certified Pinnacle Axle Back model sleeper is equipped with a trailer, donated by Hale Trailer Brake and Wheel of Allentown, Pa. The trailer will be fitted with a custom-built cradle to support the tree’s branches.

    The tree will find its holiday home on the Capitol lawn shortly after Thanksgiving when it will be decorated with ornaments made by Colorado young people and lit with 10,000 low-energy LED lights in a ceremony led by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH).

    Mack  provided a truck for the Capitol Christmas Tree Project in 2011 when the tree travelled cross country from Stanislaus National Forest in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Since 1964, U.S. national forests rotate the responsibility of providing a tree for the Capitol.


    Mack Trucks offers advanced collision avoidance technology

    Mack Trucks in the United States has expanded its safety offer for on-highway customers with the addition of a collision mitigation technology which can help avoid rear-end collisions,  improving highway safety for all drivers.

    Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ – a collision mitigation technology - is now an option on all MACK® Pinnacle™ highway models. in ther US.

     The Wingman Advanced system provides adaptive cruise control with braking that actively intervenes to help drivers maintain a safe following distance by reducing the throttle; engaging the engine retarder; or, if necessary, applying the foundation brakes to help avoid collisions or at least lessen the severity.

    The system uses a radar sensor (pictured left) mounted to the front of the vehicle which provides audible warnings and active interventions to help reduce the potential for a rear-end collision.

     The system is always available above approximately 10mph, even if cruise control is not set, and provides following distance and stationary object alerts.

    The driver, of course, still maintains control of the vehicle and can add additional braking or steering inputs to help avoid or minimize the collision situation.

    “Safety is a top priority for Mack,” said Jerry Warmkessel, Mack highway product marketing manager.

    “Mack already offers one of the most advanced safety systems in the industry with Mack Road Stability Advantage (RSA), which is standard on all Mack Pinnacle models. The addition of Wingman Advanced provides another option for fleets and drivers to help improve safety on the road.  This is an example of how Mack integrates technology to assist the driver.”


    Pink Mack has a health message

    Mack Trucks is doing its part to raise awareness of the importance of breast cancer research  by displaying a pink MACK® Granite® Medium heavy duty dump truck in front of Mack Trucks corporate headquarters in Greensboro in the United Dtates.

     The truck has been displayed as part of a month of breast cancer awareness activities for employees, including a Think Pink Awareness Fair and a Pink 5K Celebration.

     The Granite, owned by Virginia Paving Company, a division of The Lane Construction Corporation, participates in local parades and events in support of breast cancer awareness.

    Virginia Paving Company regularly paints some of its trucks to support charitable causes as a part of the “Dump Trucks for Charities” program. 




    Bulldog peers down on New York


    .The picture on the left shows the Mack Bulldog on the CBS building in New York City’s Times Square

    Mack is running three different 10-second videos  on the 26-by-20-foot super screen.

     Each video is shown every hour and all feature Mack the Bulldog.

     The video messages include “Nothing Keeps you Going Like a Best Friend;” “Happy Holidays and Safe Travels from Your Friends at Mack;” and “Born in Brooklyn – 112 Years and Still Going Strong (That’s 784 Dog Years).”

    About 1.5 million people will view the super screen each day.


    Mack tour displays integrated powertrain  package


    Mack Trucks has launched a North American tour featuring the MACK® Super Econodyne powertrain package.

     Super Econodyne-equipped MACK® Pinnacle™ models are travelling between Mack dealers throughout the US and Canada giving customers an opportunity to experience the fuel economy and performance benefits of the recently introduced integrated powertrain package.

    Two of the touring trucks are pictured on the left.

    Super Econodyne the MACK MP8-445SE engine, MACK mDRIVE™ automated manual transmission and MACK C125 axles exemplify the benefits of a MACK Pedigree™ Powertrain.

    Mack says that with Super Econodyne customers realize up to a 3.5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to other similarly spec’d vehicles– with equivalent or better power and performance. 

    “This tour is a dynamic way for customers to experience first hand the benefits of a Mack integrated powertrain solution,” said John Walsh, Mack Trucks vice-president of marketing.

     “Like all Mack Pedigree powertrains – Mack engine, Mack transmission, Mack axles – Super Econodyne capitalizes on the seamless communication that comes with the front-to-back use of proprietary components. The result is a powerful, performance-driven ride that enhances customer profitability as well as driver satisfaction.”

    Available in all Mack Pinnacles, Super Econodyne is engineered to “down speed” more than 200 rpm at a highway speed of 65mph, cruising at 1160 rpm vs. 1380rpm. This reduces fuel consumption by two percent compared with previous engine models with a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions. An additional 1.5 percent improvement in fuel economy is delivered through the Mack C125 drive axles.

    Critical to the fuel economy delivered by Super Econodyne is the Mack mDRIVE automated manual transmission. The 12-speed automated manual transmission has no clutch pedal and the gearshift is operated by an intelligent shift pad module and managed by sophisticated electronics.

    Changes in grade, speed, acceleration, throttle position, torque demand and combined vehicle weight are constantly monitored by the mDRIVE which also features two-speed reverse functionality to better control both road speed and engine speed.

    Mack Pinnacles are built with driver safety, productivity and comfort in mind.  The Advantage™ lightweight chassis and axle positioning improve driver efficiency by maximizing manoeuvrability and turning radius.  Mack Road Stability Advantage by Bendix® also improves the driver experience, consistently reducing rollover and mitigating loss of control by selectively applying vehicle brakes.

     A wrap-around dash and ergonomic cab design put all interior controls  within easy reach. The Pinnacle models on tour feature the Mack Grand Touring interior package and optimise driver comfort.  

     “The Super Econodyne powertrain package is the ultimate Mack highway experience,” Mr Walsh said.

      “For more than a century Mack has built durable, safe, reliable trucks. Super Econodyne builds on this legacy and takes performance to new levels with intelligent vehicle and powertrain integration helping our customers be more efficient and successful.”  


    Mack donates hurricane cleanup cheque

    Mack Trucks has presented a $25,000 cheque to New York City Commissioner of Sanitation John J. Doherty to support relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy.

     The donation will go to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to community and economic improvement, and will be used to meet immediate needs for food, water and supplies as well as long-term relief and restoration projects.

    “New York City has long been an important refuse and heavy-duty truck customer for Mack Trucks,” said Kevin Flaherty, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales and Marketing. “We value our relationship with New York and we want to assist them as they deal with enormous demand for public services in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.”

     The picture on the left shows (from left)  Kevin Flaherty,  John J. Doherty,  director of government and municipal sales for Mack Trucks Dan Wickline  and New York City deputy commissioner for support services Rocco DiRico.

    Mack’s relationship with New York City stretches back more than 100 years to 1900 when the Mack brothers incorporated the company and began manufacturing their first heavy-duty vehicle, a 20-passenger touring bus aptly named the “Manhattan,” in a Brooklyn factory.

    New York City was a customer of Mack Trucks as early as 1911 and the New York Departments of Sanitation and Transportation together have more than 6000 MACK® vehicles now in service.

    “On behalf of Mayor Bloomberg, I would like to thank Mack Trucks for their very generous donation to New York City’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts,” Mr Doherty said.

     “Our city was hit hard by the super storm and its incredible surge. Entire communities were devastated. Lives were lost. And many New Yorkers face years of rebuilding. But our DSNY workers were out city-wide, many of them in Mack trucks, helping families recover and hauling more than 338,000 tons of storm debris to date. We really appreciate Mack’s continued support.”

    As one of the most damaging storms ever to hit the north=eastern U.S., Hurricane Sandy caused public and private losses of about $15 billion that will not be covered by private insurance, according to reports from New York City.

     “New York is very important to our company and vital to the economic health of the entire nation,” Mr Flaherty said.

     “For more than100 years our trucks have been helping to build our country and its Mack’s privilege to continue that tradition and support one of America’s greatest cities as they put the damage created by Sandy behind them.”



    Fuso launches  Canter Eco Hybrid model

    Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, launched its new Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty truck for the European markets at the 64th  IAA  in Hanover, Germany.

    Also showcased at the show were six variants of Fuso's diesel-powered Canter light-duty truck.

    Fuso is exhibited eight Canter vehicles, incorporating am eco-friendly powertrain; light, highly efficient three-litre “4P10” diesel engine with low fuel consumption and the DUONIC® dual-clutch transmission in combination with a hybrid motor, the first r fusion of such technologies..

    “The all-new Canter Eco Hybrid (pictured left) launched  for the European markets is the latest innovation of our Daimler Trucks Global Hybrid Centre located in Kawasaki, Japan, and is the proof of our commitment to lead the industry in game-changing innovation,” said Dr. Albert Kirchmann, MFTBC president  chief executive officer and head of Daimler Trucks Asia.

     “Since 2006 the Canter Eco Hybrid has earned a reputation as the world’s most fuel-efficient hybrid light-duty truck. We are convinced that the second generation will bring a whole new dimension to the overall transport industry. Under ‘Leader in Green Innovation,’ one of the five main pillars of our growth strategy FUSO 2015, we strive to become an even greener company.”

     Kai-Uwe Seidenfuss, MFTBC senior vice president of sales & aftersales Fuso, said: “Fuso now offers a product that provides a breakeven for the hybridization already within a few years for a typical user in Europe. Combined with an excellent warranty package, the Canter Eco Hybrid achieves excellent marketability. We are convinced that the hybrid versions will become a major part of both the product portfolio and sales activities for Fuso and for the industry.”
    The hybrid truck was created according to a distinctive and holistic development process under its concept of achieving highest performance in environment, economy, and safety, and contains various “firsts” for Fuso and for the commercial truck industry.
     Gustav Tuschen, MFTBC senior vice president of product engineering said the Canter Eco Hybrid was the first hybrid truck in Europe to pay off economically and incorporated a world’s first technology, a combination of DUONIC® dual-clutch transmission with a built-in hybrid motor.

    “This technological innovation brings world champion fuel efficiency and clean emissions. Compared with its already fuel-efficient diesel-powered Canter light-duty truck, the hybrid version for the European markets consumes up to 23 percent less fuel. Under Leader in Green Innovation we continue our offensive in advanced propulsion systems like hybrid and electric. Fuso is clearly ahead in these fields and we keep our commitment to extend our leadership, which overall will benefit our customers in terms of lower total cost of ownership.”

    Main characteristics of the Canter Eco Hybrid for Europe are:
    •  World’s first to incorporate a dual-clutch transmission, DUONIC®, in combination with built-in hybrid motor
    •  World champion fuel efficiency: The new Canter Eco Hybrid uses up to 23 percent less fuel than a comparable conventional Canter diesel model
    •  Five-year guarantee to all the main battery components, which can even be optionally extended to 10 years.
    •  Industry-leading clean emissions: The environment will benefit from a reduction in CO2 emissions of several tons and significantly lower noise levels
    •  Compact, high performance laminate-type lithium (Li)-ion battery contributing to overall vehicle performance and lower fuel consumption
    Fuso officials say DUONIC® Dual-Clutch Transmission with hybrid technology offers:
    •   Built-in hybrid motor
    •  Smooth and seamless gear change without shock or torque interruption
    •  Newly introduced high-output, high-revolution motor, generating optimum torque and recuperation forces at every gear/speed
    •  High power motor with a maximum output of 40kW (200 Nm)
    •  Technology supporting the overall truck to achieve even more CO2reduction and fuel efficiency


    Kumho tyres keep Sydney fleet rolling

    One of Sydney's iconic transport operators, Lovatt Transport, has adopted the Kumho KR truck tyre range across its fleet.

    Lovatt Transport uses Kumho KRT03 trailer tyres on most of its fleet of 40 trailers and the KRD03 drive tyres and KRS03 steer tyres on most of its 25 trucks.

    The company's logistics manager, Mark Lovatt (pictured left)  said the Kumho KR range offered excellent performance for a competitive price and since making the change three years ago, it had not looked back.

    "We're really happy with the performance of the Kumhos," said Mark Lovatt.

    "We were recommended Kumho by Advantage Tyres at Ingleburn and we were instantly attracted by the price.

    "Since then we have been impressed with the kilometres we're getting out of the KRT03, KRD03 and KRS03 so we keep replacing our tyres with the Kumho KR range and we've never had an issue with any of them.

    "None of our drivers have had negative comments about the Kumhos and they are pretty quick to say something it there is a problem."

    Lovatt Transport has been servicing the Sydney metropolitan, Newcastle and Canberra areas for more than 20 years, specialising in container transport from its depot at Botany Bay.

    The fleet's 25 trucks are a familiar sight on New South Wales roads painted in a vivid green and black colour scheme, always immaculately presented and ranging from eight-tonne table tops to full B-Double container rigs.

    "The only vehicles and trailers that aren't using Kumho tyres are the ones that are new to our fleet which are on original tyres, but as soon as they are ready for replacement we  fit Kumho," said Mr Lovatt.

    "The performance is equal to that of more expensive European brands but the price is much lower and adds considerably to Kumho's advantage .

    "In the three years we've been fitting them to our fleet we've never had a problem with Kumho tyres and plan to continue fitting Kumho to our trucks and trailers."



    Company finds its UDs 'durable, resilient'

    An Australian transport company is full of praise for more than 100 UD trucks in its fleet.

    "They are durable and they are resilient to the work we do on a daily basis, 'durable, resilient' said Arthur Tzaneros, managing director of Australian  Container Freight Services (ACFS)., the largest privately owned container-port transport operator in Australia.

     ""Our general fleet normally works 24 hours a day and a minimum five days a week... if the wheels aren't turning they're not making money," he said..

    The company has only been in existence since 2005, but Arthur and his brother Terry have overseen growth of between 20 to 40 percent every year since then .The company has bases in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and demand is expected to see this expand further in coming years.

    ACFS has its headquarters at Port Botany and leads other portside businesses with the innovative use of its trucks and efficiencies that have made the operation attractive to large and medium sized clients.

    The ACFS UD trucks (two are pictured on the left) do not register many kilometres during a year, but relative to a highway-based vehicle the stop-start nature of metropolitan city driving coupled with a 24-hour working day, place tremendous demands on the equipment. Since 1991 the Tzaneros brothers have found that UD trucks are up to the job.

    "They are durable and they are resilient to the work that we do on a daily basis," Arthur Tzaneros said.

     "There's no doubt that we have stuck with UD as a supplier due to the build quality of the trucks. The latest UD Quon version has improved driver comfort as well. There has never been a problem with reliability; the product just keeps getting better and better."

    A fully functioning workshop at the company's base ensures that the fleet keeps moving by providing all general maintenance with ACFS planning to keep its vehicles in service for around eight years.

    "The company model is to buy brand new trucks and the reason for that is that we don't want to be doing major repairs. The first UD we bought as ACFS was in 2006. They are starting to get on to the back end of their life cycle now and we still haven't spent much money on them," said Arthur Tzaneros.

    One area where ACFS is continuing to lead the field is in the specifications of their trucks. The brothers say a conscious effort has been made in recent years to specify the vehicles with aerodynamic kits, light-weight wheels and light-weight trailers, which are adaptable to different tasks. Weight savings gained throughout the truck can then be passed on to customers, who can then load additional stock into their containers.

    "We are starting to spec our trucks and trailers now to the finer detail," Arthur said.

     "It is a conscious effort. While we are only trying to pick up potentially half a ton hat half a ton could be the difference between a customer making money on a container or not. If they gain half a ton on a container, across thousands and thousands of boxes, we're improving their logistics."

    From an operational standpoint having container yards and large warehousing facilities next to the ports gives ACFS a distinct advantage as all freight is channelled through their facilities prior to distribution. The company has divided its transport arm into three sections- wharf, delivery and empty container trucks.

    On the short pick-up and drop-off runs between the ACFS base and the wharves a super-B trailer configuration is utilised. Under special legislation that only allows this arrangement in defined port areas prime movers can haul up to four 20ft equivalent container units (TEU) at a time.

    This sees the total span of the vehicle and trailers measure in at a lengthy 30 metres. By completing the work that would otherwise be carried out by two trucks it is claimed that congestion around the ports is eased by 12 percent.

     The third facet sees empty containers transported between the company's nearby holding yard and the wharf in super-B or B-double specification behind a single-drive prime mover. ACFS has seen the use of the 4x2 configuration trucks as a major competitive advantage with financial savings made by utilising the smaller prime movers on the light weight deliveries.

    "Basically under a single-drive prime mover we have lower registration costs and a more fuel-efficient truck as all the truck is doing is pulling empties. So we're able to pull 4 TEU behind a single-drive prime mover. Why do it any other way? I'm actually surprised others haven't followed our lead," Arthur said..

    Further efficiencies have been created on these empty container runs by utilising retractable trailers which allow for different combinations of 20ft and 40 ft to be carried at once.




    "Our UD is bullet proof," says fleet chief

    A South Australian civil construction company, P.D. Excavations, is full of praise for its new UD GW 400 Long Wheel Base model fitted with a flatbed tray.

     The  managing director of the eight-vehicle Regency Park fleet, Peter Dickmann said the vehicle continued to run strongly after a year of service with its bulky vacuum excavation equipment on board.

    He said: "We've found the truck (pictured left) to be excellent. Like most Japanese trucks it is bullet proof, it's very reliable and it's got a good warranty. What more could you ask for?"

    "The drivers love it; it's very comfortable and has all of the luxuries you would expect. It would be an eight or a nine out of 10.

     "One of the things that originally impressed me was a discussion I had with someone in the truck sales industry.

    "He told me about a meeting of truck engineers in Japan from opposing manufacturers, with one side accusing the other of having over-engineered vehicles. That (over engineered) brand was UD Trucks."

    A Ditch Witch FX60 1200 gallon (4543 litre) vacuum excavator is mated to the truck, putting the fully loaded rig close to its legal on-road weight limit.

    The unit is powered by a 3.3-litre Cummins engine which produces 45kw of power at 2200 rpm, providing the vacuum system with an impressive blower displacement of 25.5M3/min. The system can be operated kerb side, with all functions capable of being managed by a single user.

    Non-destructive in nature, the vacuum excavation service has many versatile uses, including safely locating underground services such as telecommunications, gas and water lines, cleaning stormwater drains, culverts and pits, post hole digging as well as material and debris removal from confined spaces.

    P.D. Excavations underground service is complimented by ground penetrating radar and GPS systems, which assist in locating different service types,  their depths and diameters.

    In a bid to make the GW 400 more versatile a tilt tray now is being built for the truck and is expected to come online by Christmas.

    This move will enable the complete vacuum unit to be swapped off when not in use and allow the truck to transport rollers and other plant equipment between work sites.

    To date the combination is a regular on the city roads of Adelaide, but inquiries have been fielded from as far away as the Riverland, near the Victorian/New South Wales border.

    Even with the local UD Trucks dealership (South Central Trucks) located in the next suburb, most servicing requirements are carried out in P.D. Excavations' own on-site workshop.



    China-made dump trucks prove worth in gold mine

    The China National Heavy Duty Truck Group (CNHTC) Jinan Special Vehicle Company has delivered 20 new HOVA60 automatic mining dump trucks to the Zijinshan Gold and Copper Mine in Fujian Province in China.

    Equipped with Allison 4500ORS_R automatic transmissions these vehicles are operating with China's largest producer of gold, the Zijin Mining Corporation.

    Zijinshan mine is filled with steeply graded tracts and other challenging terrain, which make it difficult for ordinary dump trucks to operate, especially under heavy loads. Recognizing these as common obstacles within a demanding application, CNHTC and Allison Transmission joinrf to develop the HOVA60 mining dump truck with the specific goals of improving safety, productivity, operability and efficiency while reducing overall operation costs.

    Zijinshan mine personnel spent more than three years investigating and another year in testing before buying the HOVA60 automatic dump trucks (some are pictured on the left)..

    "Normally trucks move every 10 seconds during loading and the clutch is easily worn-out with a manual gearbox," saod Rao Shihuang, equipment manager at the mine..

    "The Allison fully automatic transmission helps to avoid such problems by using a torque converter. With its unique integrated output retarder, the Allison transmission optimizes braking functions to ensure a smooth and safe ride down slopes, reducing brake heating and abrasion. While increasing safety it also keeps down the maintenance costs."

    Vincent Yang, senior sales manager of China truck and specialty vehicles for Allison Transmission, emphasized that the Allison transmission converter multiplies engine torque.

    He said that together with the planetary gears and advanced electronic control system it guaranteed uninterrupted power transfer during shifting,meeting customers' critical demands for a manoeuvrable, safe and reliable vehicle, even while heavily loaded on steep slopes.

    Allison has provided CNHTC with transmissions of outstanding reliability and functionality for years and has participated in CNHTC's overall product research, development, promotion and sales processes.

    The co-operative relationship, which includes market exploration tactics, has been mutually beneficial. Allison fully automatic transmissions have been adopted in mining dump trucks,  terminal tractors and airport snow removal vehicles manufactured by CNHTC.

    The fully automatic HOVA60 mining dump truck, one of the most significant achievements of Allison and CNHTC's joint initiatives to date, has  become a prized tool at many mines. A significant volume of units were sold last year and market demand has grown.

    Chen Hu, general Manager of CNHTC Jinan Special Vehicle Company, said: "Looking back over the past seven or eight years, we have enjoyed a very sincere, symbiotic relationship. For instance, the successful promotion of HOVA60 mining dump trucks is simply the result of joint efforts made by Allison and our sales team."



    DAF model is Fleet Truck of the Year .... again

    The DAF CF85 has been awarded 'Fleet Truck of the Year' for a record-breaking 11th time. in the Motor Transport Awards.

    These are Britain's premier transport industry awards, organised by the trade magazine Motor Transport.

    "The CF85 offers excellent cost of ownership, fuel economy and driver acceptance. DAF offers the best all round package for the fleet operator, with top customer service and market-leading after sales service" were the conclusions of operators after comparing all the leading truck manufacturers.

    The performance of the DAF CF (pictured left) in the Motor Transport Awards is unmatched - 11 wins of the coveted Fleet Truck of the Year title since 1994.

    Ray Ashworth, managing director of DAF Trucks UK, received the trophy in front of 1500 leading representatives from the transport industry at a presentation dinner in London.

     "This is a great accolade for the CF85 and for everybody in our sales and service dealer network", said Mr Ashworth. "This recognition is so valuable because it is awarded by the users themselves, being demanding fleet operators.

    "To go on winning this award during some of the most challenging years the UK transport industry has ever experienced underlines the key principles of our truck range - maximum reliability, highest driver comfort, together with the outstanding in-service support provided by our nationwide network of dedicated dealers", said Mr Ashworth.

    "Obviously, it also comes down to highest efficiency. The CF has always been regarded as one of the most fuel efficient trucks on the market and with the latest ATe (Advanced Transport Efficiency) technologies, again significant savings can be realized, important in times when fuel prices have risen to record levels."

    The award winning CF85 is available in Australia in various rigid and prime mover configurations. Adapted to cope with the extreme conditions of the Australian environment, the CF85's smooth 12.9 litre PACCAR MX Euro 5 engine is fitted with an advanced cooling package rated to a minimum 45° Celsius ambient temperature capability.


    Hino sales show jump in Australia

    Strong customer demand for light and medium-duty truck models has seen Hino Australia report year-on-year sales growth of more than 20 perccnt

    according to the latest official T-Mark figures compiled by peak industry body the Truck Industry Council of Australia.

    In the nine months to the end of September, 2012, 3089 new Hino trucks were delivered to Australian customers, representing  a growth of 20.2 percent compared with the same period in 2011.

    This compares to industry growth of 9.6 percent, with 1075 new Hinos delivered in the third quarter (July to September).

    Strong sales across all segments have contributed to Hino growing its year-to-date share of the total truck market to 15.8 percent, up from 14.4 per cent last year.

    Hino Australia divisional manager product strategy, marketing and dealer development Alex Stewart (pictured left) said strong customer demand and the launch of new model variants had buoyed Hino's sales during the winter months.

    "Market demand for light and medium-duty vehicles was robust during this period

    with a more positive economic outlook contributing to overall truck sales in Australia," he said.

    "Sales of our medium and light-duty models continue to set the pace for the market with deliveries of our 300 Series models growing 16.4 percent year-to-date for total sales figures of 1327 and market share above 20 percent.

    "The recent introduction of our ProShift automated manual transmission (AMT) in 500 Series variants (one is pictured on the right)

    has helped drive year-to-date sales of our medium-duty truck up 21.8 percent compared with last year with 1360 deliveries to the end of September.

    "Importantly, our market share in both the medium and heavy truck segments continues to remain strong at 27.4 percent and five percent respectively," he said.

    Year-to-date sales of heavy-duty models have grown a healthy 28.4 percent (402 deliveries year to date).

    Mr Stewart said Hino was looking forward to strong sales through to the end of 2012 with the company well placed to meet the demands of customers nationwide.

    "At the moment we are seeing practically every truck that arrives heading straight to a customer with feedback telling us that quality and safety are still top of mind for those buying new trucks.

    "Our lowest ever Hino finance deal, offering 3.9 percent finance on our range of new Hino factory-fitted tipper and tray models, will also run through to the end of the year enhancing sales in the ultra competitive light and medium duty segments," he said.


    Hino expands Australian training centre

    Hino Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to developing the skills of the technical and service staff within its dealer network by expanding and renovating its national training centre at its head office in Caringbah in southern Sydney.

    A significant investment has been made by Hino to update the training centre and provide more space and the latest in training and IT equipment for Hino technical and service staff.

    The official reopening of the updated facility coincided with the finals of the fourth Hino national skills contest in the refurbished facility.

    Senior Hino executives from Japan and senior members of the Australian management team who attended the reopening includied Hino Australia chairman and chief executive officer Ken Sekine and president and chief operating officer Steve Lotter, along with divisional managers, Hino dealer principals, service managers and the 16 skills contest participants from the dealer network.

    Hino Australia divisional manager, product support and business development Greg Bleasel said Hino Australia was committed to ensuring the technical and service staff within the dealer network were well trained and had access to the best resources available to hone their skills.

    Pictured left (left to right) at the reopening are Hino Australia's Greg Bleasel, Steve  Lotter and Ken Sekine with senior Hino representatives from Japan.

    "The high level of skills and knowledge flow down to benefit our customers in the form of timely and efficient service and support," Mr Bleasel said.

    "The refurbishment and expansion of the national training facility only confirms our commitment to improving the customer experience while helping to retain those customers in the future.

    "We want our people to be the best of the best and we believe that providing first-rate training and assessment is vital to the future success of Hino in Australia."

    National Training Centre manager Sergio Bonvini said the emphasis Hino Australia placed on service quality was driven in part by customer expectation.

    "Our dealer parts and service staff are on the front line and in many ways are the 'face' of the business," Mr Bonvini said.

    "We want to have the best staff and give them the best training.

    "We want them to feel good about working for Hino and reward them for their efforts."

    The 16 finalists in the 2012 national skills contest were drawn from dealerships around the country

    The picture on the left shows a finalist carrying out a range of practical exercises.

    Each competitor took part in practical exercises and on-screen tests to determine the eventual winners in the parts and service categories.

    The national parts winner was Matthew Preston of Scifleet Hino in Brisbane while the Service division was taken out by John Elliot from Prestige Hino in Melbourne.

    The contest was followed by a dinner attended by senior Hino staff from Japan and Australian senior management.

    Skills contest finalists are drawn from service technicians and parts interpreters from the Hino dealer network around the country who respond to a series of questionnaires distributed throughout the year. Those with the highest scores are invited to attend the final in Sydney.

    Last year Hino Australia won the prestigious global 'double victory' award by being named the 2011 parts department of the Year and service department of the year by Hino Motors Limited Japan.



    The answer to steep hills, muddy tracks

    A New Zealand logging company is using a Scania G44 8x8 truck equipped with an Allison automatic transmission to perform a unique role, transporting logs from the forest floor to a ridge top loading site in a rain-sodden New Zealand forest with some of the harshest and most difficult logging conditions imaginable.

    In a muddy forest 150km north of Auckland on steep hillsides that resemble a scene from the popular movie trilogy the Lord of the Rings, the automatic Scania has proved the best and safest way to move logs from the harvesting area to the transport access point on hills so slippery they are difficult to negotiate on foot.

    Traversing forestry tracks with a gradient of up to 40 percent, the Allison-equipped Scania (pictured left) as enabled New Zealand forestry contractor Douglas Logging to efficiently move felled timber from areas of the forest that normal logging trucks can't reach to a point that on-highway timber jinkers can readily access.

    The truck's owner and logging contractor, Peter Douglas, believes that the Scania's Allison transmission is a key factor in allowing the truck to climb the steep muddy tracks fully laden and with relative ease.

     "It goes places where no normal log truck would ever dare venture, enabling us to quickly move the logs out of the inaccessible parts of the forest to a skid site where we can load them on to a normal truck to take them into town," said Mr Douglas.

    Mr Douglas said the Allison's ease of operation in such tricky and challenging conditions was a big factor in choosing an automatic over an automated manual or a full manual transmission.

     "It's just so much easier to drive and while we don't tend to swap drivers very often we know that if we put a less experienced driver into the truck it will be easy for him to master," said Mr Douglas.

    "It's pretty simple and quite an easy transmission to drive compared with a manual, which we have proven with an MAN truck we have used in similar circumstances.

    ""You also haven't got the added problem of worn clutches which is another factor to consider with heavy loads, steep grades and muddy slippery conditions."

    Despite high rainfall throughout the New Zealand winter, which makes conditions so tough with traction and grip in the Puoto Forest, the Allison-equipped Scania has never been stuck and always gets its load to the skid site without fuss or bother.

    The Allison automatic also makes it easy to manoeuvre in often tight and precipitous turning areas. The Scania's regular driver, Karl Thompson, says that the Allison's smooth delivery of drive makes his work easier and a lot safer.

    At the bottom loading area in the forest Karl has to turn the Scania towards the brink of what is a very long drop over the edge of the ridge to the valley below. This means the front of the truck's cab hangs over the edge of a very big drop despite being a long way down the hill. He then has to back the truck a number of times in a multi-point turn to position it for the loaders.

    "It certainly calls for a good deal of trust in the Allison transmission because any snatching or jerks in the take-up when I am close to the edge could spell disaster and wouldn't be nice," said Karl Thompson.

    "The Allison doesn't jump or lurch and is all very predictable and safe," he said.

    To make sure the Scania climbs the hill without drama with its 20-tonne load of logs on board Karl locks the Allison HD4500P auto into first by turning a collar on the steering column control paddle and then usung the paddle to choose the highest gear he wants the Allison to shift up to.

    The Douglas Logging Scania has been in use for the past five years doing its constant daily shuttles of around 300 to 500 metres, ferrying logs up before returning for another load making between 15 to 18 trips, moving around 450 tonnes of the 28-year-old pine trees each day.

    "The whole point of the Scania is to improve efficiency in the operations - particularly in seriously-hilly areas like this forest on the Pouto Peninsula," said Peter Douglas.

    "If you used a log forwarder on the lead road at Pouto it would be really slow and it would badly damage the road.The Scania is relatively fast, efficient and doesn't damage the road.

    The Scania's hub reduction front drive axles are each rated at nine tonnes and the rear axles and hub-reduction feature a 5.14:1 ratio with a combined 32-tonne rating. The driveline package sees a 440-horsepower Scania DC13 Euro 5 EGR engine mated to the heavy-duty specification HD4500P Allison six-speed automatic transmission.

    While the Douglas Scania has only clocked up 3700 kilometres in its five years in the forest the truck's display shows 834 hours, which gives an average speed of less than 4.5km/h.

    "With diff-locks selected and the Allison locked into first gear the rest is easy. You start in first and stay in first and just keep it at around 1700rpm. You don't need a lot of power on this kind of work -  it's only going slow because that is the only way to do it," said Karl Thompson.

    Douglas Logging has now bought another identical Allison-equipped 8x8 Scania truck.


    Scania gets climate change disclosure praise

    Scania has been commended by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for its approach to climate change disclosure.

    It is the second time that Scania has featured in CDP's carbon disclosure leadership index.

    This index, a key component of CDP's annual Nordic 260 Report, highlights the constituent companies within the Nordic stock exchanges which  have displayed the most  professional approach to corporate governance in respect of climate change disclosure practices.

    Companies are scored on their climate change disclosure and high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change related issues affecting the company

    The index, compiled by FirstCarbon Solutions on behalf of CDP, provides an evaluation tool for  institutional investors.

    In 2012 it  has comprised 26 constituents of the Nordic 260 Index based on analysis of the responses to CDP's 2012 questionaire which has focused on greenhouse gas emissions, emissions reduction targets and risks and opportunities associated with climate change.

    Scania's president and  chief executive officer Martin Lundstedt. said: "Reducing carbon dioxide emissions from transport is a critical issue and addressing the impact of our products in use is where we can make the greatest contribution in cutting emissions.

     "Scania works hard to support the sustainability efforts of its customers. Clearly, sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand. A great example of this is Ecolution by Scania which strikes the best possible balance between reduced carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy."

    Ecolution by Scania, launched in 2010,  is a product offering that enablers Scania's customers to dramatically  reduce costs and carbon dioxide emissions while enhancing road safety.

    Ecolution components include carbon dioxide and bio-optimised vehicle specifications, driver training, feedback through Scania fleet management on real-time environmental and fuel performance and a maintenance agreement.

    Carbon Disclosure Project chief executive officer Paul Simpson said: "Extreme weather events are causing significant financial damage to markets.

    "Investors therefore expect corporations to think more about climate resilience. There are still leaders and laggards, but the economic driver for action  is growing, as is the number of investors requesting emissions data.

    "Governments seeking to build strong economies should take note."

     DFP represents 655 institutional investors with  $78 trillion in assets under management.


    Cats® go outback in reality TV series

    For the first time on television Outback Truckers jumps into the cab with some men and women behind the wheel of monster road trains that travel the extraordinary distances necessary across Australia’s vast landscape.

    Cat Trucks was approached last year by Prospero Productions, a West Australian film production company,  and discussed the concept of delivering a reality view highlighting the importance of the trucking industry and life on the road for drivers and operators alike.

    “When initially approached we liked the concept, and with the support of our dealers,Cat Trucks agreed to support Prospero Productions to help this project come to fruition,” said Cat Trucks managing director Bill Fulton.

    “The program is raw reality

    "It shows these professional truck drivers in their genuine work environment operating in challenging conditions to deliver the goods for  said their customers. There is no glitz, no glamour, just the real challenges faced day in and day out with truck drivers all over Australia.” Mr Fulton.

    Beating fires, storms, floods and tough road conditions, these professional truck drivers battle through physical and mental challenges and traverse some of the toughest terrain around Australia.

    Everything Australia needs to thrive and survive is delivered in some way or form by a truck. If trucks stop, the nation stops.

    Outback Truckers first of five episodes premiers on 7Mate,on Thursday October 18, at 9.30pm, followed by episode two airing the fnext day, on Friday Octoer 19, at 7.30pm.


    New Isuzu CNG trucks help Hobart's clean image

    Hobart City Council is aiding Tasmania's image as a natural and pristine state with the recent addition of five new Isuzu NPR 300 CNG (compressed natural gas) – powered trucks to its fleet in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Two of the trucks feature standard tipper trays and another two have versatile three-way tipper tray bodies.

    All four are used as service vehicles for council maintenance tasks in and around suburban streets, gardens and parks.

     At first glance the fifth vehicle looks like any other van-bodied Isuzu. However, the body is designed to securely transport bins for document destruction of sensitive paper waste from council and local businesses.

    Hobart City Council’s general manager, Nick Heath, said the council’s latest fleet acquisitions (three of the trucks are pictured on the left) were well suited for urban use and ideal for return-to-base operations.

    “We have only had the NPR 300 CNGs for a short period of time; however, they have already proved to be exactly what the Hobart City Council needs. They have replaced equivalent-sized diesel trucks from several other Japanese brands,” he said.

    The key feature of the new trucks is that they use CNG fuel that burns cleaner and more efficiently than diesel and contributes far less air pollution. CNG-powered vehicles show reductions of around 50 percent of nitrogen dioxide (NOx), 98 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and virtually zero PM (particulate matter) when compared to similarly sized conventional diesel trucks.

    CNG engines also help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 25 percent compared to diesels. In total it’s expected that the council’s greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by about 15 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

    From a fleet maintenance perspective, CNG fuel provides lower running costs due to more stable natural gas pricing and the ability to enter into a long-term contract with a local supplier. The council estimates it can save around $5000 a yearbased on today’s diesel and CNG prices.Mr Heath says

    Mr Heath says the NPR 300 CNG model is full of great features, especially an automated manual transmission (AMT) and double acting hydraulic shock absorbers in the front and rear which keep the ride smooth and supple through narrow residential streets.

    “Not only does it offer an excellent balance of power and refinement but also provides environmental performance," he said

    " There is another feature we like, an idle stop fuel saving system which turns the engine off at idle once the transmission selector has been placed in neutral and the park brake engaged. Once the driver reselects drive, the engine automatically restarts. The idle stop-fuel saving system can be engaged and disengaged via a dash-mounted button if required,” he said.

    Refuelling of the CNG trucks is conveniently handled at a public refuelling depot with bowsers that tap directly into the natural gas pipe network. And the filling process is just as fast as refuelling a conventional truck.

    During the CNG refuelling process no emissions are produced; this differs to diesel and petrol vehicles where the fuels come into contact with the environment accounting for around 50 percent of the total hydrocarbon emissions.

    As a participant of the Cities for Climate Protection Program, Mr Heath  says the council actively seeks possible alternative fuels for usage within its vehicle fleet'


    A truck that can grapple with challenging tasks
    Owen Scott worked in the British  construction and landscaping industry for 12 years and  learned that ‘grapple lorries’ were the way of the future. He found they were perfect for removing rubbish and delivering soil and other products.

    Owen returned to his home state o Queensland and could not not  believe  so few companies made use of grapple trucks in Australia.

    In September 2010 Owen started up his own company, Grab Trucks. He bought an Isuzu FXZ 1500 (pictured left) and fitted a grab crane and tipper body to the rear to service commercial and domestic customers in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

    “All councils, utility companies, main roads and skip waste and recycle companies in the United Kingdom use and own many of these grapple trucks,” Owen said.

    “I couldn’t believe that they aren’t more widely used here – instead we use a bobcat and tipper. With a grapple truck we just pull up near the waste, grab it into the truck and then we’re gone. It’s a one truck and one man job.

    “In terms of occupational health and safety the grapple trucks are ideal as the operator has a complete view of the area that they are working on, including the back of the truck.”

    Grab trucks can collect soil, sand, rubble, concrete, mulch and green waste including large logs and trees. The truck can also grab general household waste – even cars aren’t too much for the Isuzu FXZ.

    “We also supply rubbish cages in 4m3, 7m3 and 10m3 for building sites and home renovators. Unlike skip bins, we allow the customer to keep the cages for as long as they like without rental costs,” Owen said.

    “And we do deliveries as well – we can grab material, such as mulch, soil or boulders and position it straight into the area where it’s needed. We can reach over walls or fences or we can drop material straight into a wheelbarrow instead of tipping a large load on to the road or driveway. We can also load up other tippers if required.”

    Hooks fastened to Owen’s FXZ 1500 allow for deliveries of bulk skip bags. He cane take up to 15 in one load.

    “Our domestic clients include households that need rubbish removal. Our commercial clients often include tree loppers who need trees – especially palm trees – removed and builders who require their sites cleaned. I also deliver mulch, soil and other garden products to landscapers and take away their spoil and waste,” Owen said.

    It’s not just commercial and domestic customers that Grab Trucks services. During the Queensland floods in 2011 Owen used his Isuzu truck to lend a hand or should that be a mechanical arm?

    “The Army just gave me a street to clear and I was able to do it without blocking traffic for other emergency services or having to direct other machinery to load up my truck.”

    With a 345 horsepower engine, the Isuzu FXZ 1500 eases its way through most driving conditions.

    “The FXZ is very simple to operate. I drive the truck into a lot of construction, landfill and quarry sites with no problem at all," Owen said.

    Owen said the truck’s best feature was its comfort, especially the ISRI 6860 air suspension driver’s seat with extra pneumatic lumbar support and automatic weight adjustment.

    “When purchasing the truck I looked for serviceability, comfort and reliability. After looking around and explaining what I was after, Isuzu seemed to have the best understanding of how to set it up. I also wanted a truck that was reliable and I knew Isuzu had a good name," he said.

    Owen ensured he bought an Isuzu with the latest in technology and that it met stringent emission standards.

    “When tendering for government jobs it helps if you have a truck that meets all the latest environmental standards,” Owen said.




    Ice, steep roads are all part of the job

    Icy weather conditions, remote mountain locations and steep gradients are all in a day’s work for Snowy Hydro’s fleet of Isuzu trucks. 

    The leading renewable energy company has been operating on the roof of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, in the Snowy Mountains, since 1948.

    Company officials say they have chosen Isuzu because of the brand’s reliability and suitability for work in rugged and challenging environments.

    Logistical supervisor Shane Blake said Snowy Hydro ran a fleet of 10 Isuzu trucks (one is pictured on the left) to assist in its day-to-day operations.

    “The Isuzu product is great. We opt to purchase Isuzu trucks because they are reliable and have a fantastic resale value. They also offer a range of trucks that suit our direct requirements,” Mr Blake said.

    Snowy Htdro, a leading provider of peak, renewable energy to the national electricity market,  owns and operates a 3800-megawatt integrated water and hydro-electric power project through its Snowy Mountains scheme as well as other projects in Laverton and Gippsland,in Victoria.

    Supplying electricity to Sydney and Melbourne as well as local councils, the company operates 16 major dams and seven hydro power stations interconnected by 145 kilometres of tunnels and two gas-fired generators.

    An Isuzu Giga EXY 455 and FSD 850 Long traverse the Snowy Mountains transporting plant equipment and power station spare parts. The company also runs three FTS 750 4x4 tippers, one FTS 750 4x4 tray truck, two FTS 800 4x4 tippers and one FTS 800 4x4 tray, which are all used above the snow line.

    Covering between 10,000 to 30,000 kilometres each year, the trucks are pushed to their limits on the harsh roads of the mountains,where rapid changes in weather are common.

    “We purchased the Giga EXY 455 this year and had it fitted with a drop-deck semi-trailer,” Mr Blake said.

    “We have had great reports from the truck’s drivers – it’s extremely easy to operate and it offers more than sufficient power to negotiate the mountain terrain.

    “The Giga’s power, along with its comfort and reliability, are its best features. Its power and reliability are particularly what led us to purchase the truck and we weren’t required to make any modifications to it.”

    With a gross combination mass (GCM) of 50 tonnes, the Giga EXY 455 is ideal for carrying weighty machinery and equipment.

    To assist in transporting machinery the FSD 850 Long has been fitted with an eight-metre steel tray. The cabin, which ofers comfort on the long trips,  features an Isri 6860 suspension driver’s seat which automatically adjusts for drivers weighing up to 150 kilograms.

    “The FSD 850 operates very well on the highways and hills. Its 235 horsepower engine on a six-speed gearbox is fantastic,” Mr Blake said.

    “Two years ago when we were in the market for a new truck we chose the FSD 850 because it fitted our size requirements for a single-axle, eight-metre tray body.”

    Built over a 25-year period, from 1949 to 1974, the Snowy Mountains scheme diverts water for irrigation west to the Murray and Murrambidgee river systems and produces clean, renewable hydro electricity.



    Used oil helped to clean up its image
    A fleet of Isuzu trucks is at the forefront of an environmental effort that sees potentially harmful used automotive and industrial oil, recycled and reused.

    Waste management specialists Triple R uses five customised Isuzu vehicles to collect some of the 500 million litres of used oil that accumulates in Australia each year. 

     Triple R managing director Martin Coope said there was a misconception about used oil.

    “Not many people know that oil doesn’t wear out; it just gets dirty. Used oil can be cleaned, re-refined and used again and again,” he said.

    An Australian family-owned company, Triple R employs 55 staff across its two treatment plants and head office located at Hoppers Crossing, Victoria.

    Models such as the Isuzu FXY 1500 – Triple R’s most recent truck purchase – are perfect for carrying large quantities of used oil from customers to Triple R’s oil cleaning facilities.

    When buying g trucks Triple R has rigorous selection criteria, says Martin Coope..

    “We look at the wheel base, the chassis width to see if it will suit tanker work, the comfort, the price, the quality as well as the warranty available,” he said.

    “So far our Isuzu trucks have ticked all those boxes and more.”

    The FXY 1500 truck (pictured left) has a curtain sider body that was built by Alltruck body builders.

    The 14-tonne curtain sider has a 326HP engine that makes collection more efficient for larger loads transported in palecons and 205-litre drums.

    The other four Isuzu trucks that Triple R owns are a: 1984 JCR, a 1995 FVR 900 and two 2009 FVY 1400s.

    All four have tanker bodies and are used for used sump oil collection.

    Triple R collects, treats and recycles many types of used oil, such as automotive sump oil, PCB free transformer oil, hydraulic oil, automatic transmission fluid, gear oil, refrigeration oil, quench oil, bunker oil, blanker wash as well as blended lubricants.

    The trucks are mainly used locally with the occasional interstate trip depending on the availability of the vehicles. They are also expected to cope with  all weather conditions.

    “The Isuzu models are a favourite amongst the drivers as the SiTEC engines are very quiet compared to competitor brands,” he said.

    “The cruise control and an ADR 42-compliant sleeper are also popular features, making longer drives just that little bit more comfortable.”

    Unfortunately, not all used oil is treated properly in Australia. If used oil isn’t correctly disposed of,it ends up in landfill when put into containers in household garbage bins.

    Triple R takes pride in its customer service and in addition to collecting used oil from workshops it offers a range of services to assist with the disposal of solid, oil contaminated and prescribed waste.

    To store waste neatly and securely Triple R also supplies a range of suitable containers as well as a service to exchange full containers for empty ones either on request or on a regular pick-up schedule.

    Most Australian states have imposed bans on the disposal of oil filters, oily rags and oily absorbents through commercial waste bins into landfill. Triple R has not only partnered with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and promoted its regulations, but also ensures the best possible treatment of these wastes.

    Triple R representatives say they are  pleased with the Isuzu trucks’ performance and will welcome more trucks in the near future.





    Truck spreads 'keep kids safe' message

    A mobile child safety awareness unit is the latest project undertaken by the Daniel Morcombe Charity Foundation.

    Bruce and Denise Morcombe set up the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in 2005, two years after the abduction and murder of their son.

    The foundation has developed a mobile platform to enhance its twin aims of educating children on how to stay safe and supporting young victims of crime..

    As a lasting legacy to Daniel and in order to spread the message of child safety the charity plans to take the truck to schools, fetes and community forums as well as major events with the help of volunteers.

    The truck, an Isuzu NQR 450 Premium (pictured left) which travels interstate, has been fitted out so that it can be used for numerous purposes with the main focus being child safety awareness.

     Daniel’s father, Bruce Morcombe, said that when the charity was looking for a truck flexibility was the key element in the selection process as the truck needed to play a number of roles.

    “We required a truck that is versatile and can be used as a command centre, meeting point, stage and  retail outlet as well as provide an education and first aid facility,” Bruce said.

    “Other requirements were that it had adequate highway power and an automated transmission along with a range of creature comforts.

     “We are not truckies doing huge kilometres per week. Therefore, comfort and easy driving were on the top of our list; along with a proven and established brand,” he said.

    The NQR 450’s body is a pantec design spanning six metres and is specially made to comfortably accommodate all sorts of visitors, including government ministers.

    The concept and design was produced in-house and the body was built collectively by Caboolture Truck Bodies, Prestige Caravan and RV Works.

     Bruce said  the end result was a lot more than he envisaged.

    “Inside it looks a motor home, fully equipped with a kitchen, sink and even a toilet,” he said.

    “The truck is a great addition to the charity. Not only does it help us to educate children, but also provides a place for the volunteers to have a quick cuppa between visiting schools.”

    Bruce said the charity had had an overwhelming amount of help from the community to help spread the message of ‘keeping kids safe’.

    “The charity was not only founded to keep Daniel’s innocence alive, but to help other families from ever experiencing the nightmare of losing their child,” Bruce said.

    The charity is very active in implementing harm protection initiatives as well as educating children about personal safety. As a part of the program children are provided with the skills to avoid putting themselves in unsafe and vulnerable situations.

    Denise and Bruce Morcombe  regularly visit and make presentations in person to tens of thousands of school children each year as Queensland child safety ambassadors as well as reaching thousands more on a national basis while visiting community groups, participating in and speaking at a range of events.

    The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has also developed a national day of action that focuses on child personal safety.  Called ‘Day for Daniel’, the day encompasses walks, morning teas, school activities as well as business and community events. In 2011 it attracted more than 1,000,000 people Australia wide and even saw Federal Parliamentarians acknowledge Daniel by wearing something red on the day.

    To raise funds for the cause the foundation also has a large online merchandising store which supplies everything from branded T-shirts to wristbands and even stubbie holders. You can visit the online store at



    Another Isuzu joins plant operator's fleet


    When heavy plant operator Tenkate needed a new service truck for its growing fleet of earthmoving equipment it had no hesitation in acquiring an Isuzu..

    “We’ve had several Isuzus in our service fleet over the years and so it was a simple decision to go for another one,” said workshop manager Trevor Wolff.

    Tenkate opted for an Isuzu FVY 1400 long service unit. (pictured left).

     The truck was fitted with roll over protection (ROP’s) by QMW and then Bard Engineering fitted a customised tray, tool boxes and an engine-driven screw compressor to operate air and oil pumps.

    The Isuzu was also given what is known as ‘full mine spec’, which means that it has comprehensive safety features, including tROP’s, seat belt and hand brake alarms.

    Tenkate, established in 1976 and employing about 200, specialises in the hire of heavy earthmoving equipment to the mining, civil construction and quarrying industries.

    Based in Caloundra, Queensland, the company operates the largest fleet of six-wheel-drive articulated deump trucks in Australia as well as providing a one stop shop for all earthmoving equipment needs.

    Tenkate’s inventory includes dozers, dump trucks, excavators, loaders, graders, screeners, soil compacters, water tankers and heavy haulage.

    “We do a lot of mining and civil work and we now have about 180 pieces of plant and equipment,” Trevor said.

    ""The  company has grown over the years as has the size of the equipment we operate. About 10 years ago we purchased an Isuzu FRR 500 as a service truck. At the time we had around 50 pieces of plant and the old girl has done really well for us,” he said.

    “But now we have almost four times that many pieces of plant and some of the equipment we have is much larger. So we needed a larger service vehicle to look after our newer, more modern and vastly changed fleet.

    “We needed to be able to deliver to the sites where our equipment is working – larger volumes of oil and obviously larger and heavier parts.

    “The Isuzu FVY 1400 was an obvious choice. It fitted the bill perfectly and it’s a brand we trust,” Trevor said.

    “We still run a couple of older Isuzu trucks doing a variety of jobs and they have been very good vehicles for us,” he said.

    The truck services the Tenkate fleet of heavy equipment all over Queensland and New South Wales, travelling hundreds of kilometres between jobs, sometimes on rugged terrain.

    Tenkate carries out select bulk earthwork projects for the quarry and extractive industries. The company can load, haul, spread or compact any quantity of earth.

    The company’s landscape supplies division, located in its home town of Caloundra, provides a comprehensive service to the building and landscaping industries, including an extensive range of sand and gravel, top soils, mulch, rock, stone, pavers and gardening supplies.

    Tenkate heavy haulage, another division of the Tenkate Group of companies, has an extensive fleet of  low loaders not only moving their own heavy equipment to and from work sites, but also available for external hire  providing greater flexibility in meeting the requirements of customers.


    Hard-working trucks keep the trains on track

    A company involved in constructing and maintaining Australia's railway superstructure is getting a helping hand from four Isuzu trucks in its fleet.

    Rhomberg Rail Australia – a stand-alone unit of the international rail track construction and maintenance specialist Rhomberg –  offers a complete service package when it comes to rail infrastructure, from design and technical advice to the on-site work such as track construction and maintenance.

    It is also responsible for rail infrastructure construction, including rail bridges level crossings and associated works.

    Operating from a head office in Regents Park and a Hunter Valley office in Thornton, NSW, Rhomberg Rail Australia employs more than 100 staff and is a service provider throughout Australia, with its main clients including ARTC, RailCorp, Transfield, Pacific National and QR National.

    Manager rail structure Dennis Bebber said the company employed four Isuzu trucks in its construction and structures departments.

    The picture on the left shows two of the trucks at work.

    Rhomberg Rail Australia bought its first Isuzu trucks in 2008, selecting two NPS 300 Crew models to assist in construction work around Sydney.

    These four-wheel-drive NPS 300 trucks have  proved ideal for rail construction work with their ability to get into otherwise hard to access off-road areas.

    Mr Bebber said the company chose crew cabs so that the trucks could also be used to transport construction personnel.
    The company bought another two Isuzu trucks in 2010 – an Isuzu NQR 450 Crew and Giga CXY 455 Premium – which are used in the structures unit.

    The Isuzu NQR 450 Crew transports the company’s smaller equipment and construction team to work sites. It is fitted with an equipment storage compartment and a two-tonne crane to cater for its equipment and materials delivery tasks.

    The Giga CXY 455 Premium has been fitted with a Fassi F1FOA rear-mounted crane with a capacity of over seven tonnes at two metres and a reach of 17 metres. To accommodate this the truck’s chassis and wheelbase have been lengthened and a tag-along trailer completes the setup.

     “We use the Giga for bridge construction, timber bridge repairs and track work. It’s also used as a float for our machines and a containerised meal room and office,” Mr Bebber said.

    “Both the Giga CXY 455 and NQR 450 have been perfect for the type of work we do and handle the rough conditions encountered working in the rail industry. We selected the Giga in particular as it had the best capacity available to cater for a rear-mounted crane.

    “The trucks are required to work all over New South Wales and lower Queensland. Our depot is in Thornton and work locations vary from Beaudesart in Queensland to Wee Waa and Tootool in north-western and south-western New South Wales.

    “The Isuzus can be driven on anything from sealed highways to dirt access roads along rail lines. We have had to take the trucks through major floods around Wee Waa and southwest New South Wales and through temperatures in the high 40s out west in summer.”

    Mr Bebber said similarly to the Isuzu NPS models, the NQR 450 and Giga CXY 455 Isuzus are also used to transport crews to locations around the country.

    “We have just returned from a job in Port Augusta, to which we drove the Giga CXY 455 to do two weeks' work. It took us two days to transport our material and men each way,” Mr Bebber said.

     Mr Bebber said buying Isuzu trucks was a good choice for Rhomberg Rail Australia.

    “We have found them easy to drive and they present a good company image. Since we purchased the trucks we haven’t had any major maintenance issues.”



    New Volvo engine cuts nitrogen oxide emissions

    Volvo Trucks is now presenting an engine tailored for the tough Euro 6 environmental standards in Europe. Nitrogen oxide emissions have dropped by 77 percent and
    particulate emissions have been halved.

     First off the mark is Volvo’s D13 460 hpengine, which today powers more than one-third of all Volvo trucks.

    The Volvo FH (pictured left) gets a new 460 hp Euro 6 engine optimised for fast, fuel-efficient Volvo Trucks.

    Customer demand for Euro 6 trucks is still at a modest level. Since February, 2012, it has been possible to certify vehicles according to the new regulations, but there will be another
    two years before the requirements become compulsory for all new trucks.

    The tough emission standards involve advanced engine solutions, including many new components, which in turn mean higher cost for customers. However, this increased cost can be
    partially offset by various financial inducements and incentive packages, above all in regional traffic and long-haul operations in Europe.

    "It is currently difficult to determine how much demand there will be. By offering our most popular engine in Euro 6 configuration we meet the needs of a large proportion of
    our customers. The rest of the Euro 6 engine range will be launched well before the requirements become obligatory on January 1, 2014," said Mats Franzén., manage of engine strategy and planning at Volvo Trucks.

    The Volvo D13 for Euro 6 is based on Volvo's tried and tested Euro 5 engine. Just like this unit, the new engine is an in-line six-cylinder engine with unit injectors and catalytic
    exhaust treatment (SCR).

     In order to meet the new emission requirements, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) is also used, as well as a diesel particulate filter (DPF) - systems that
    Volvo Trucks has already been using for several years in the US and Japan. Compared with Euro 5, nitrogen oxide emissions have been cut by 77 percent and particulate
    emissions have been halved.

    The SCR system, which converts the nitrogen oxide in the exhaust gases into harmless •••••• nitrogen and water vapour is integrated with the particulate filter in a compact unit that
    takes up the minimum possible space.

     The particulate filter, which captures and incinerates the microscopic particles found in the exhaust gases, is automatically regenerated during operation. EGR is used primarily to raise the exhaust gas temperature when the engine is not sufficiently hot to heat up the exhaust gases, which must reach at least 250° C for the SCR system to operate optimally.

    Unlike conventional EGR systems that cool down the recirculated exhaust gases in order to lower engine temperature and thus reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, the Euro 6 engine's EGR system is virtually inactive during highway cruising, so it does not impact fuel consumption during such operations.

    "We have developed a reliable solution that not only meets the emission requirements but also gives customers added benefits in the form of good fuel economy and trouble-free
    ownership," says Mats Franzén.

    Gary Bone, vice-president Australia sales, says the new Volvo engine for Euro 6 will undergo extensive local testing before plans are made for a release in the Australian

    "Our 40 years of experience with Australian-based engineering and manufacturing means that we know it's critical to provide locally-tested and validated technical solutions that
    will meet, and exceed, our customers' expectations," he said.

    "We have unique market conditions, and we know the importance of local testing to meet our unique operating conditions."

     Iveco STRALIS Hi-Way voted Truck of the Year 2013


    The new STRALIS Hi-Way, the Iveco heavy-duty truck of Iveco, has won the International Truck of the Year award 2013, the annual trophy of the 25 leading commercial vehicle magazines in Europe, for the truck that, according to the jury, “has made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency from several different perspectives including: fuel economy; safety; driveability; comfort and a low-environmental ‘footprint’”.

    The award was presented at the gala evening of the 64th edition of the Hanover International Motor Show, the largest commercial and industrial vehicle show in Europe.

    "We are proud of this award. The new STRALIS sets a benchmark in efficiency, quality and value for the customer. The vehicle is a true showcase of our revamped company strategy of being close to our customers, delivering excellent products”, said Alfredo Altavilla, Iveco chief executive officer, as he received the award.


    The main featurs of the new STRALIS Hi=Wat are he significant reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) and the proprietary catalytic reduction system HI-eSCR, developed by FPT Industrial.

    Combining the quality of the product with a range of integrated services, including programmed assistance, fleet management and driver training for economical driving, the new STRALIS can achieve a reduction in TCO of up to four percent on an international mission with a tractor STRALIS Hi-Way over an average distance of 130,000 kilometers a year for four years.

    The new STRALIS is equipped with Cursor FPT Industrial engines, ensuring low fuel consumption and excellent performance. The unique High Efficiency SCR (HI-eSCR) catalytic reduction system, designed, patented and produced by FPT Industrial, makes the new STRALIS the only heavy vehicle on the market to meet Euro VI emission limits without the use of EGR.

     The FPT Industrial High Efficiency SCR system reduces nitrogen oxide levels by over 95 percent.  The after-treatment technology of FPT Industrial for Euro VI vehicles is unique and exclusive since it meets the strict limits for nitrogen oxide emissions, without increasing fuel consumption.

    The STRALIS Hi-Way comes, in addition, with a thoroughly redesigned cabin. The improved ergonomics and comfort are the product of close cooperation with dealers and customers. The external restyling of the cab has focused on improving vehicle aerodynamics and therefore fuel efficiency and features a new central grille and redesigned “air deflectors” and a new bumper dam design, among others.

    The vehicle incorporates new advanced and integrated telematics services, improved customer services instruments and the most advanced road safety features, such as EBS with the brake assistant function, lane departure warning system, ESP, adaptive cruise control, daytime running lights, the new driver attention support function and the advanced emergency braking system.

    To improve driver performance the new STRALIS adds to the already broad range an offer with the unique "driving style evaluation" function, an instrument that allows the driver to improve driving behaviour in real time. Additionally, if connected to the IVECONNECT FLEET system, this program allows the fleet manager to remotely assess the performance of each individual driver.

    The new STRALIS is produced in the Iveco plant in Madrid, Spain, in accordance with the highest standards in manufacturing quality.







    Staying in touch the GPS wayay

    Shoobridge Transport has been an important part of the fruit and vegetable industry for more than four decades, offering regular freight services to Australian city markets, supermarkets, fast food outlets and grocery stores.

    The family-fun business has a dedicated driver base, operations personnel, administration and a team of more than 50 professionals.

    Shoebridge's refrigerated rigid trucks (one is pictured on the left) and semi-trailers have been fitted with MTData’s in-vehicle solution complete with GPS vehicle tracking, driver messaging, in-vehicle phones, maintenance system and more.

    The company's compliance manager, Geoff McLennan said: "The use of MTData solution enables the operations team to pinpoint each vehicle at any given time, providing customers with accurate details as to their whereabouts.

     This has minimised the need to call the drivers to find out exactly where they are, as well as allowing the operations team to guide drivers if they are unsure of a destination.’

    Through the use of way points at regular customer locations Shoobridge can view the arrival and departure time of each truck and determine if the vehicle was delayed at the pickup or delivery point, resulting in a more on-time service for customers. "

    MTData’s GPS Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management Solution. can be contacted by email or called at 1300 683 282 today.




    MAN puts its new models on show

    MAN presented a number of things innovative and new in trucks, buses and coaches, engines and services at this year's IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover

    Vehicles on show included the new  TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX models. With a striking restyled front the new trucks of the TG family with their sophisticated MAN Euro VI technology hit the road producing practically no emissions and scoring with low fuel consumption, excellent dynamics, enhanced driving comfort and minimum cost of ownership.

    MAN's new Euro VI vehicles, the TGS and TGX, provide an efficient mix of demand-controlled exhaust gas recirculation and exhaust after-treatment with SCRTective Catalytic Reduction Technology).

    The central Euro VI components engine-wise are common-rail injection, cooled and controlled exhaust gas recirculation, two-stage turbocharging and exhaust after-treatment through an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system with integrated oxidation catalytic converter plus CRT (continuously regenerating trap) filter. Electronic sensors permanently monitor absorption capacity of the particulate filter to control regeneration.

    What MAN engineers aimed for in development ready for Euro VI was a further reduction of fuel consumption for the same performance, space-optimized packaging of the exhaust purification components, maintaining the familiar payload advantages of MAN commercial vehicles together with maximum reliability and ease of servicing.

    The result is impressive. The best-of-class figures for fuel consumption of the MAN TG trucks in Euro V/EEV, determined by independent trade magazines, are even bettered by their Euro VI follow-ups with a substantial drop in AdBlue® consumption. The weight of the Euro VI system brings attractive payload benefits.

    The successful MAN TGX EfficientLine remains a veritable champion fuel-saver in Euro VI. MAN was the first producer to market a truck of this kind, designed front to end for efficiency and imitated many times since.

     The fuel saving of as much as three litres compared to a standard semi-trailer tractor is maintained for Euro VI. Now onboard the TGX EfficientLine is a standard outfit with MAN TeleMatics®. The hardware comes ready installed..

    A lot of interest was  shown in the new MAN TGL (pictured left) and TGM with fully restyled cab interior. Brushed aluminium trims, surfaces of grained plastic and satin chromed door handles all contribute to the premium appearance of the TG family.

    The new instrument panel embodies functionality and ease of operation, uncluttered and with clear lines. Heating/climate control comes with new operating elements and display. Rocker switches are also newly designed, the symbols finely illuminated for speedy, safe and sure recognition in the dark.

    A variety of compartments offer ample stowage space. In the centre console below the ventilation slots two rubber surfaced trays, generously sized,  securely hold items of frequent use. Optionally, stowage space can be enlarged by drawers.

     The glasses compartment with pen-holder beneath the radio has a locking flap. As a further option the door module can be fitted with trays under the arm-rests. Innovative, automatic air-conditioning makes sure drivers keep their cool when the going gets hot. Ventilation with optimized air flow and reduced outlet noise creates more effective climate control overall. Distribution of the air is also improved, with no annoyance caused by draughts.

    Lion to the fore – MAN trucks and buses with new product logo

    Accompanying the launch of the new TG series at IAA 2012, MAN Truck & Bus is at the same time modernizing the visual identity of its brand. Fans of the MAN brand will immediately recognize the remodelling of the product logo – after all. the word/image presentation with the three letters MAN surmounting a lion has been established for years now.

    The MAN product logo was continuously restyled in the past to accentuate social trends, innovations in technology or corporate developments. By redesigning its logo MAN aims to reflect the dynamism of global developments and new international challenges for commercial vehicle producers, lending a pronounced visual identity to efficiency, customer service and enthusiasm for the product – the values the brand stands for.

    The focus is the lion, the world-famous sign of tradition and a symbol of the strength of MAN Truck & Bus, given a significantly modified revaluation. The image is removed from the frame to take up a new, prominent position above the wording. Toget

    It is integrated as a noble embossment in the upper chrome trim of the radiator grille. The corporate and brand name MAN also benefits from the new styling of the logo and the departure from the traditional word/image bond. Slightly enlarged and placed in the middle of the radiator grille, the letters MAN are more visible.

    The new product logo is due to front all MAN trucks and buses.

    Best practise – the new MAN Lion's Coach EfficientLine

    MAN is continuing the successful concept of the TGX EfficientLine in the excursion coach and  IAA 2012 introduced the MAN Lion's Coach EfficientLine. The coach offers passengers exclusive comfort and maximum safety, but is even more economical on costly fuel. MAN says a perfect combination of efficient technology, driver training and selected services is the recipe for the success of the MAN Lion's Coach EfficientLine.

    The coach comes fitted with the most efficient drive train configuration: 440 hp D2676 engine, MAN TipMatic®, coach and eco-hypoid driven axle. Also contributing to fuel saving is standard equipment that includes tyre pressure monitoring and tyres with low rolling resistance on aluminium rims

    . The price of the vehicle includes instruction by MAN ProfiDrive® to teach drivers how to work their coach and save fuel. To cut cost of ownership there is also an extended warranty on the drive train, which comes to standard for the Lion's Coach EfficientLine.

    A crowd drawer at  IAA came from NEOPLAN: the Jetliner (pictured left) is a new premium bus that can serve as both a city bus and an excursion coach. It combines genuine excursion coach comfort with a large luggage compartment, presents excellent driving characteristics and offers high-grade material options for the interior.

    That makes the Jetliner a true NEOPLAN. floor height of 1070 millimetres, a basis for its use in a double role. It offers every flexibility in the choice of seating, up to 8 m³ of space for luggage plus an entrance height highly suitable for operation as a city bus. For interior styling there is a large selection of high-grade materials for seats and trim. An extensive safety package is standard to ensure driving safety round the clock.

    The name "Jetliner" has an almost 40-year tradition at NEOPLAN. This newly presented generation embodies the idea of the compact multi-purpose bus with the Sharp Cut design familiar from NEOPLAN top-of-the-range models.

    The Jetliner combines this with compact exterior dimensions, 3.40 metre vehicle height and a turning circle of 21 metres in the 12-metre variant

    Old quarters of towns and cities with narrow streets and low gateways are hardly likely to inconvenience the Jetliner. This exceptional combination puts the Jetliner in a special class, offering the vehicle operator a very large measure of flexibility for the excursion and municipal transport segments.

    The hybrid Metropolis research vehicle was an unusual truck presented by MAN at IAA 2012. It can handle heavy transport duties in the city without emissions and especially low noise.

     Powered by regenerative current from the socket the Metropolis can work trips producing no carbon footprint at all. The means of energy storage, a modular lithium-ion battery, is mounted below the cab to guarantee maximum space for the body, optimum weight distribution and maximum safety. ficient and low-noise passenger vehicle diesel engine from Volkswagen produces onboard power to demand and supports the ranging of the


    Truck combinations put through paces

    The Australian Trucking Association and Simon National Carriers Transport  ran a heavy vehicle demonstration day at the Mt Cotton  road transport demonstration in Queensland..

    The demonstration showed how modular units can be used to make up some of Australia’s largest truck combinations, including an ABB quad, AB-triple, B-triple and Type 2 road  train (pictured).

    These truck combinations are unique to Australia with no other country possessing similar vehicles on public roads.

     ATA national policy manager David Coonan said the day showcased the best of the Australian trucking industry’s innovative spirit.

    Combinations on show included a BAB Quad – a four-trailer combination.

    International safety expert Don Osterberg, from Schneider National, US, was at the demonstration day.

    Schneider National is a major US transport enterprise hauling about 1.4 billion loaded kilometres each year – about a twelfth of Australia’s total.

    Under Mr Osterberg's guidance Schneider has taken an innovative approach to safety, productivity and employee attraction and retention.

    As a result of these initiatives -

    • fatal crashes have been reduced by 59 percent
    • fatigue-related accidents are down by 27 percent
    • preventable accidents have been reduced by 12 percent
    • potentially severe crashes have been cut by 50 petcent
    • there has been $24 million in productivity cost savings

    Mr Osterberg attended the Australian Trucking Convention in Sydney.



    New truck tyre shows its fuel benefits

    A new heavy vehicle tyre about to be launched in Australia has proved its fuel economy benefits during a rigorous independent test in Germany.

    Hankook's consumption-optimised e-cube has shown it can reduce heavy vehicle fuel consumption by five percent, matching the performance of a premium competitor in the low rolling resistance (LRR) truck tyre segment.

    In a comparison test conducted by independent testing agency DEKRA in Germany to determine the influence of different tyre sets on truck fuel consumption, e-cube was matched against a conventional Hankook truck tyre and a low rolling resistance (LRR) tyre from another leading tyre manufacturer.


    Pictured are trucks testing the Hankock e-cube low rolling resistance (LRR) tyres at the automobile testjng centre in Klettwitz, Germany.

    The three sets of tyres were each driven for 6000 kilometres over nine days, using the oval track at the DEKRA Automobile Test Centre in Klettwitz, Germany.

    The average fuel consumption of the test vehicle - a Scania G420 4x2 prime mover towing a fully-loaded Schmitz Cargobull semi-trailer - was 29.4 litres/100km when fitted with the Hankook e-cube set.

    "As a result of the fuel consumption measurements at constant speed with three identical vehicle combinations, each with an alternate set of tyres, it was ascertained that Hankook's e-cube models allow for fuel savings of up to five percent," stated DEKRA testers in their concluding report.

    "Thus, under the conditions tested, the e-cube model is to be equated with the premium competitor in average fuel consumption for the testing period."

    The Hankook e-cube tyres used were AL10 (all position long haul) on the steering axle and DL10 (drive axle long haul) on the drive axle, all in size 385/80R22, and TL10 were used (trailer long haul) on the trailer in size 385/65R22.5.

    The picture below shows one of these tyres with tyres with optimised 5-rib tread design with lateral mini-kerfs and four straight grooves with waved sidewall:

    The maker says this provides very good straight-line stability, excellent grip and steering precision in the wet and increased water drainage capability

    Standard Hankook truck tyres used for the comparison tyres were the AL02, DL02 and TH02.

    Hankook e-cube tyres achieve their efficiency through the use of low-dampening compounds in their tread, which significantly reduces visco-elastic power loss - a major cause of efficiency loss through tyres.

    In addition, Hankook's IMS (Innovative Mixing System) allows for a much more consistent distribution of soot particles and rubber molecules within the tyre compound.

    In combination with extended mixing periods at reduced temperatures IMS results in a significant increase in the connection rate between the soot and rubber molecules.

    The result is that e-cube tyres generate less heat, further improving tyre efficiency and lowering fuel consumption.

    Hankook president and chief executive officer Hankook Tire Europe, Jin-Wook Choi, says the e-cube test result is an outcome of the company's long-term focus on R&D.

    "We continuously invest in further development of our quality products to make sure Hankook clients profit from the very latest in optimal tyre solutions. We are happy to see this confirmed from an independent and renowned testing authority such as DEKRA."

    The e-cube series' tread designs are customised to fit their respective axle positions. Hankook's patented design technology - stiffness control  contour theory (SCCT) - provides more stability and less movement by ensuring balanced pressure distribution within the tyres.

    This means that, compared to its predecessor, e-cube enjoys considerably increased carcass durability and excellent re-treadability.

    Hankook e-cube heavy vehicle tyres will be launched in Australia in November.


    The mail comes by Charlie's Isuzu

    Veteran truck operator Charlie Aspland has been driving mail runs in country Victoria for 33 years – rain, hail or shine – and has never missed a delivery.

    The 76-year-old puts his unblemished record down to the Isuzu trucks he has always employed.

    “I bought my first Isuzu in 1980, an SBR, and I’ve never looked back. I’ve done it all in Isuzus since then – they are just the best truck ever made,” Charlie said.

    He is pictured on the left with his latest Isuzu mail truck., an FRR 600 long.

    Owner-driver Charlie drove the Ballarat-Kaniva run for 22 years and has serviced the Ballarat-Birchip, in central and western Victoria, run for the past 11.

    “In all that time I have never had a breakdown and never missed a day,” he said.

    “I put that down to the Isuzu trucks I have always had – eight of them over the years. They are just a magic truck and I’ve driven almost all makes of truck over nearly 60-years on the road,” Charlie said.

    Charlie said of the FRR 600 long he now drives:  “It’s a great truck, the best yet. I’ve done just over 120,000 kilometres in it in 12 months and not had a skerrick of trouble.

    “It’s very comfortable, very good on fuel and has all the power I need to eat up the routes I travel. It’s even got cruise control – so I just sit back and she just goes.”

    In his time on the road Charlie has seen some dramatic changes.

    “The vehicles we use now are much better – safer and more powerful. And the roads are safer too,” he said.

    “When I started out I was hauling 20 tonnes with 120hp. Now, with the same size body, I have 235hp to draw on. It makes life much easier and it is comforting to have the reliability factor in the Isuzus.

    “And when I started the mail runs it was all post bags or sacks and now we use trollies.” 

    Ballarat-based Charlie drove interstate freight trucks and tippers before switching to the Australia Post mail run.

    “In the early days I’d leave Ballarat at 10.30pm and I’d be 22 hours in the truck to Sydney. Nowadays they do it in nine hours. That’s how much things have changed.”

    In his present role Charlie leaves Ballarat at 1.15am and arrives in Birchip, in Victoria’s northwest, at 6.30am  having made 10 delivery and pickup stops. He sleeps for four hours and then returns home to Ballarat via another 10 stops. He makes the run five times a week.

    Despite the tough regimen and surviving cancer he has no immediate plans to retire.

    “I’ll probably go till I’m 80 and then the young bloke will take over,” he said.

    “It’s a good job for a young bloke and good money. He’ll take over driving the Isuzu and delivering mail to a big chunk of western Victoria.” .


    Hino sponsors heart lung program

    Hino Australia has announced its role as the foundation sponsor of a major fund-raising initiative for St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, aimed at increasing community awareness of its internationally renowned heart and lung program.

    Hino Australia has donated a 700 Series SS prime mover to transport a 33-seater 'Big Red Bike' - the southern hemisphere's largest - as it visits communities towns throughout NSW to raise funds for St Vincent's Hospital and encourage  health awareness and involvement in the project.

    Hino Australia launched its sponsorship of the project at its head office in Caringbah in southern Sydney, where the bike was unveiled and keys to the truck were handed over to a representative from St Vincent's.

    Guests attended the launch included local Federal member Scott Morrison, local State member Mark Speakman and Sutherland Shire Mayor Carol Provan, along with members of the St Vincent's heart lung team.

    The picture on the left shows Hino Australia chairman chief executive Ken Sekine presenting the truck's keys to St Vincent's Professor Michael Feneley.

    Hino Australia president and chief operating officer Steve Lotter said Hino was delighted to be able to assist the worthwhile cause in such a practical way.

    "St Vincent's Hospital's Heart and Lung program plays a critical role in saving and improving people's lives.

    "As a foundation sponsor of the initiative we're proud to provide the means of transporting the bike around NSW to raise awareness of the work done by the Heart Lung team.

    "On a global basis Hino has a strong sense of corporate responsibility, and our partnership with St Vincent's underlines our willingness to be involved in such a worthwhile community-based project."

    Professor l Feneley, director of cardiology and of the heart lung [Program at St Vincent's Hospital, accepted the keys to the truck on behalf of the institution.

    "This is a terrific initiative on the part of Hino," he said.

    "St Vincent's has long been an international leader in our heart lung endeavours and it is wonderful to have the support of Hino and other leaders in the transport industry for such an important health initiative."

    The picture on the right shows the first official riders of the Big Red Bike.

    They  include Professor  Feneley, Federal member for Cook  Scott Morrison, State memer for  Cronulla Mark Speakman and Sutherhland Shire Mayor Carol Provan.

     lSt Vincent's Hospital will officially launch the Big Red Bike project in October.

    Hino Australia timed the launch of its involvement to coincide with the Australian Trucking Association's (ATA's) Truck Week.

    Senior executives from other sponsors, including BP and Border Express, were also in attendance.

    The Big Red Bike will begin its official tour of NSW in 2013.


    Representatives of Simon National Carriers

    “I’d like to extend my thanks to all those who were involved with the day, especially Simon National Carriers and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. Their support was essential in making the day the success that it was,” David said




    Representatives of Simon National Carriers

    “I’d like to extend my thanks to all those who were involved with the day, especially Simon National Carriers and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. Their support was essential in making the day the success that it was,” David said.


    Mr Osterberg attended the Australian Trucking Convention in Sydney.

    Representatives of Simon National Carriers

    “I’d like to extend my thanks to all those who were involved with the day, especially Simon National Carriers and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. Their support was essential in making the day the success that it was,” David said.

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    Hino scores another Dakar win

    Hino has again asserted its dominance of the global rally circuit by notching up another win at the 2012 Dakar Rally in South America.

    Hino Team Sugawara recorded victory in the under-10 litre truck class for a top 10 overall placing.

    The completion of this year's race marked the 21st consecutive occasion that a Hino truck has entered and finished Dakar - a record for any single manufacturer competing in the race.

    Entry number 508, the Hino 500 Series driven by Teruhito Sugawara and Seiichi Suzuki, secured first place in the under-10 litre class and ninth overall in the truck division.

    A particularly strong performance in stage 13 - the last of the fully-blown special stages run from Nazca to Pisco, Peru - was integral in achieving the results.

    Mr Sugawara said he wished there were more special stages like stage 13 as the sandy conditions suited the 500 Series.

    "We did well and pulled through without getting stuck - the truck performed brilliantly," he said.

    Entry number 521, piloted by Sugawara's father (and Dakar legend) Yoshimasa Sugawara and co-driver Hiroyuki Sugiura, secured third position in the under-10 litre class and 24th overall in the truck classification.

    This year marks the 12th time Hino has won the under-10 litre class.

    The 2012 event also marks Teruhito Sugawara's second successive top-10 classification result after finishing ninth in 2011.

    Before its transformation into racing specification the winning 500 Series was built as an Australian testing platform for new medium-truck technologies.

    Hino divisional manager product strategy, marketing and dealer development, Alex Stewart, said the results of this year's rally were another example of Hino quality, durability and reliability.

    "Hino's dominance of the off-road rally circuit highlights the significant product testing engineers conduct to ensure all Hino trucks perform to the highest standard, even in the toughest conditions," he said.

    "We congratulate Team Hino Sugawara on their win and look forward to seeing continued success with both 500 Series race trucks.

    A Toyota Hiluz (pictured left) took out third place in the rally

    .The Motorsport Hilux was prepared by the  Imperial Toyota team and piloted by South African Giniel De Villiers  and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz..

    HiLux vehicles also finished in sixth and 11th places.

    Toyota Australia  executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said the result confirmed the reputation of Toyota and Hilux for rugged, dependable vehicles that thrived in the toughest conditions


    Hino adds extras to its models

    Hino has come up with attractive additions as standard equipment on some of its models.

    It is fitting front under-run protection across its entire range of 500 and 700 Series on-highway trucks.

    And it is offering free satellite navigation and a reversing camera for  new 300 Series trucks bought before April 30.

    The front under-run protection (pictured left) is designed  to protect other motorists  by preventing their vehicles from becoming trapped and crushed under the front of the truck in a frontal collision.

    This technology is incorporated in the truck's standard bumper bar.

    It is being included on all  500 Series and 700 Series on-highway trucks from late 2011 production and is also being fitted to wide cabin versions of new 300 Series light duty trucks.

     Hino Australia product planning manager  Daniel  Petrovski said: "In the event of a severe frontal collision     the Hino FUP is intended to prevent the opposing vehicle - in many cases a smaller passenger car - from being run over by the truck.


    "FUP assists the deployment of SRS airbags in the opposing vehicle in the event of a front-on or front-side collision and also works to protect the truck's steering components, thereby assisting the driver to maintain control of the vehicle and bring it to a controlled stop."

    The Hino-Navteq truck specific satellite navigation and sound-enabled infrared night vision reversing camera (including plug-in options for Hino's multi-media units) are being offered on new 300 Series trucks as part of a special promotion until April 30. The unit is pictured on the left.

     Hino Australia divisional manager product strategy, marketing and dealer development, Alex Stewart, said: "Adding our truck-specific sat-nav assists the driver in planning a route that minimises the truck's impact on other road users.

    "The night vision and sound-enabled reversing camera provides a level of rearward visibility  not normally experienced by truck drivers.

    The Hino-Navteq navigation system can be tailored to suit each individual truck or load with  the ability to input critical data such as the truck's height, weight and dangerous goods classification.

    The system then calculates a route that avoids low bridges, weight-restricted  roads and dangerous goods restricted areas.

    It also can direct the driver in one of 17 different languages.

    The reversing camera is displayed on the multimedia unit's 6.1-inch high-definition  LCD display and there is an option to add up to two additional cameras if required.


    Hino awards go to top dealers

    Hino Motor Sales Australia has named Brisbane-based Sci-Fleet Hino metropolitan dealer of the year and Bendigo Truck Centre regional dealer of the year for 2011.

    The metropolitan award was accepted by Sci-Fleet Dealer Principal Craig Andersson, and presented by President and Chief Operating Officer of Hino Australia Steve Lotter at the official gala awards dinner in Sydney on Friday, April 20 2012.

    Steve Elliott, Dealer Principal of Bendigo Truck Centre, accepted the regional award.

    Pictured at the presentation  (from left to right):are:  Hiroo Kayanoki, managing officer Hino Motors Ltd, Steve Lotter, president and chief operating officer Hino Motor Sales Australia, Steve Elliott, dealer principal Bendigo Truck Centre, Craig Andersson, dealer principal Sci-Fleet Hino Brisbane and Ken Sekine, chairman and chief executive officer Hino Motor Sales Australia.

    Steve Lotter said the 2011 awards were particularly important considering the number of challenges faced throughout the year.

    "These awards recognise the dedication of the Hino dealer network, especially in the wake of a number of significant natural disasters in 2011 - both at home and in Japan," Mr Lotter said.

    "Our dealers were all impacted by stock shortages following the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami, but their strong resolve and commitment to customers saw sales recover strongly.

    "Craig and the team at Sci-Fleet are to be congratulated on their achievements - especially given the dealership was severely damaged in the January, 2011, Brisbane floods.

    "It was also pleasing to see Steve Elliott and his team at Bendigo win the regional dealer of the year award - their dealership continues to go from strength to strength and we congratulate them on their success.

    "We at Hino Australia would like to congratulate all of the top achievers from 2011 and look forward to their ongoing support throughout 2012,". .

    Both Mr Andersson and Mr Elliott recognised the hard work and dedication of their staff in winning their awards.

    The annual Hino dealer of the year awards recognise a number of qualitative and quantitative contributions Australian dealers and their staff make to the success of the Hino franchise each year.

    These include sales, service and spare-parts delivery performance and achieving a number of customer-service oriented criteria set by Hino Australia.
    sales Excellence, Parts Excellence and Service Excellence. A number of individual sales achievements were also recognised.

    Six individual dealerships received long service awards, ranging from 10 years up to 30 years' association with the Hino brand.

    Mr Lotter said the Hino dealer network was well primed for 2012 and set to substantially grow sales across all truck and bus segments throughout the year.

    "We've seen sales volumes grow a healthy 7.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012 with interest in our 300 Series range of light duty models particularly strong," he said.

    "Our dealers' commitment to customer service and delivering on one of Hino's core values of exceeding expectations makes the company the success it is today."



    REGIONAL DEALER OF THE YEAR: Bendigo Truck Centre

    NUMBER ONE SALES VOLUME: WA Hino Sales and Service


    SALES EXCELLENCE (METRO): GOLD - Sci-Fleet Hino, SILVER - WA Hino Sales and Service, BRONZE - Adtrans Hino (Sydney)

    SALES EXCELLENCE (REGIONAL): GOLD - FRM Hino (Tasmania), SILVER - Primemovers (Townsville), BRONZE - Carlisle Hino (Mackay)

    PARTS EXCELLENCE (METRO): GOLD - CMI Hino Adelaide, SILVER - Sci- Fleet Hino, BRONZE - CMI Hino Melbourne

    PARTS EXCELLENCE (REGIONAL): GOLD - Bendigo Truck Centre, SILVER - Vanderfield Toowoomba, BRONZE - Ian Weigh Motors (Rockhampton)

    SERVICE EXCELLENCE (METRO): GOLD - City Hino (Sydney), SILVER - CMI Hino Adelaide, BRONZE - Prestige Hino (Melbourne)

    SERVICE EXCELLENCE (REGIONAL): GOLD - Vanderfield Toowoomba, SILVER - Bendigo Truck Centre, BRONZE - Wagga Trucks


    Two global awards go to Hino Australian departments

    Hino Motor Sales Australia has scored an exclusive global double award, having been named the 2011 Parts Department of the Year and 2011 Service Department of the Year by Hino Motors Limited Japan.

    Judged by senior Japanese management within the company, the awards are presented in recognition of worldwide distributor performance for the Japanese financial year ending March, 2012.

    As a result the Australian division has also received the prestigious "Double Victory" award in recognition of outstanding performance achievement in key parts

    and service divisions

    Hino Australia divisional manager, product dupport and business development  Greg Bleasel said the awards recognised the important role the Australian operation played within Hino globally.

     He is pictured on the left inside the Hino Australia parts distribution centre in Sydney.

    "These awards reaffirm the positive work ethic and attitudes displayed by all members of the Hino Australia family, positioning the local operation as a model for the rest of the world," he said.

    "The Australian parts and service operation has been a key focus for Hino with a number of significant upgrades made to our facilities and processes over the last five years.

    "We're honoured to receive these awards following on from our first placing at the inaugural Hino Kaizen rally held in February this year, which was presented in recognition of Hino Australia's outstanding dedication in after sales and Kaizen (Japanese for 'continuous improvement') achievement.

    "The investments we are making to better service our customers locally are fully supported by Hino Motors, meaning Hino owners can rely on parts and service being available where and when they need it," he said.

    The recent awards cap a significant long-term upgrade project at Hino's national parts distribution centre in southern Sydney, which commenced in 2006.

    These facilities operate to world's best practice and have been significantly expanded to cater for the growing Australian Hino customer base.

    The Hino network in Australia caters for all truck sales, customer parts and service needs with  45 dealer sites, plus 10 service and parts outlets nationally.




    Hino Australia has completed the delivery of  56 new Hino 4x4 medium-duty trucks to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of a long-standing relationship between the two organisations.

    All-terrain 500 Series GT 4x4  trucks that are part of the sale have been chosen by Defence to fill a number of critical logistical roles around Australia, and have been configured in both GT 1322 standard cab and GT 1322 crew-cab specification.

    The Australian Defence Force has received more than 520 Hino trucks since 1995 and these have been deployed to varying multi-task roles with the 500th vehicle presented to ADF personnel in late June.

    Hino's GT 4x4 variants have been favoured by the Department of Defence because of their outstanding combination of reliability, durability and versatility, says Hino Australia national government sales manager Tom Ayrton.

    The Hino GT is a versatile truck with exceptional off-road ability, civilised on-road handling and tremendous load-carrying ability, making it the perfect vehicle for this very important non-combat application," he said.

    "As Hino's flagship 4x4 truck, the GT features a heavy-duty low-range four-wheel drive transfer case and can be driven in 2WD-mode on-road to maximise economy.

    "Its performance and durability is well proven as the GT is the base vehicle for Hino's record-breaking Dakar Rally race truck, which is the only vehicle in Dakar history to have completed 21 consecutive race starts and finishes," Mr Ayrton said.

    The purpose-specification trucks are equipped with a heavy-duty steel tray and tarp, tailgate loader, heavy-duty leaf spring suspension and all-terrain protection equipment such as Hino's alloy bullbar.

    The Defence trucks are also fitted with 11R 22.5 wheel and tyre combinations which will be the standard specification on all Hino 4x4 GT 500 Series odels from July 2012 production.

    Hino has worked with fleet specialist financier LeasePlan as part of the Defence supply contract.
    Mr Ayrton said Hino was able to meet an obligation to have the vehicles enter service by June 30 thanks to the efficiency of the maker's production system and a network of local supply partners.

    "The first chassis did not arrive in Australia until late March and the last arrived in early June," he said.

    The picture on the right shows Mike Smith, Hino corporate business manager, presenting the ke4ys of GT 4x4 Crew Cab to Bob Den Hartog, director commercial and general service  vehicles for the Australian Defence Force

    "To get all 56 trucks completed with bodies and modifications and then delivered into service within three months is an outstanding achievement.

    "It required a substantial team effort from Hino's Australian staff and Dealer network and key suppliers All Truck Bodies and VSE Engineering to get them ready in time," Mr Ayrton added.

    Hino has worked with fleet specialist financier LeasePlan as part of the Defence supply contract.



    Safety technology earns maker award

    The Hino 300 Series light-duty truck range has been awarded the PowerTorque Magazine Technology and Innovation Award for 2012.

    The award, presented in recognition of the company's decision to introduce advanced new safety technology to the trucking industry, was presented at a  ceremony held by the publication's parent, Motoring Matters Magazine Group, in Melbourne.

    .Hino Australia divisional manager product strategy, marketing and dealer development, Alex Stewart, is pictured on the left receiving the award from Chbris Mullett (on the right) of Motoring Matters.o.

    The judges attributed the win to a number of advanced technological features fitted to the new Hino 300 Series, including life-saving vvehicle stability control (VSC) as standard fitment across the entire range.

    Judges applauded Hino's decision to launch them new model 300 Series light-duty truck (including hybrid models) with passenger-car levels of safety equipment.

    "In addition to stability control Hino 300 Series technologies include dual front SRS airbags, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, ABS anti-lock braking systems, an integrated FUPS (front under-run protection system) on all wide cab models and a DAB+ digital-radio multimedia unit than can be optioned with up to three rear view cameras and safety-focused truck-specific satellite navigation

    Mr Stewart said Hino Australia was honoured to receive the award in recognition of the company's ongoing push to bring about  improvements to the safety of new trucks sold in Australia.

    "The addition of vehicle stability control  as standard equipment across the new

    "An increasing number of rental and fleet buyers are selecting light-duty trucks in place of utility vehicles, meaning a broader selection of drivers are now behind the wheels of trucks, and our aim with the new 300 Series was to provide customers with what we believe to be the safest light-duty truck on the market.

    The  Hino 300 Series range was subjected to record levels of Australian design and engineering input. Vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control, ABS braking and front SRS airbags systems were all optimised for specific Australian conditions prior to the model's launch in September last year.






    Actros judged Truck of the Year 2012

    Judges at the  international specialist trade fair Trailer 2011 in Kortrijk, Belgium, have awarded  the new Mercedes-Benz Actros the title of “Truck Of The Year 2012”.

    Industry journalists, coming from 24 European countries and specialised in commercial vehicles, voted the flagship from the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle fleet the best truck of the year for the fourth time.

    This prize rewards technological advancement, the fundamental criteria in the selection process carried out by the Truck Of The Year Jury.

     The Mercedes-Benz Atego was honoured with the title of  “Truck Of The Year 2011”. at last year's IAA International Motor Show in Hanover.

    Gianenrico Griffini, the president of the jury, said of the latest  Actros victory:  “With their new flagship,Mercedes-Benz have combined evolutionary elements with revolutionary new developments that raise the bar for efficiency, safety and comfort in a heavy-duty vehicle.”
    According to the rules of the jury, the title is awarded yearly to the truck that has made the greatest contribution towards innovations for road transportation in the fields of economy, emissions, safety, driveability and comfort.

    Polling a total of 161 points, the  Actros (pictured left) won the contest far ahead of the runner-up, with 67 points, while the third-placed contestant followed with 50 points.

     With this exceptionally high score the experts acknowledged the pioneering technology featured by the Actros.

    Hubertus Troska, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, received the award at the Mercedes-Benz Symposium in Kortijk, Belgium.

    He said: “We are proud that the Truck Of The Year jury has confirmed our efforts with this honour.

    "Over 10 years of dedicated effort and a lot of passion, heart and soul on the part of the entire team went into the making of the new Actros. The Actros is set to be our most important truck for the coming years and this was a great motivation for us at Mercedes-Benz to create a milestone in this sector.”

    The new Actros is economically efficient, comfortable, safe and environmentally-compatible. Its new design enhances its attractiveness. With more than  700,000 units sold since its launch in 1996, the Actros is the most successful heavy-duty truck in the world.
    The new Actros was redeveloped from scratch. This made it possible to further improve on the successful truck model. On the one hand the vehicle benefits operators’ bottom line by cutting fuel consumption and reduces the strain on drivers by boosting handling and ride comfort and on the other hand it already meets the stringent Euro VI emissions limits.

     Compared to the previous well-proven Actros the new model consumes six  to seven  percent less in its Euro V version and three to four percent less in the Euro VI variant.

    The generously-dimensioned cab of the new  Actros sets standards in terms of spaciousness and ergonomics, quality of materials and equipment.

    .Its ergonomically-designed living-space corner and the entirely new bed concept fascinate drivers, as does the overall cab volume, which has been increased even further over previous models.

    The new Actros is the result of more  than 22 million road test kilometres and investments in development and production technology amounting to more than two billion euros.
    A Daimler spokesman said that with this result the company fulfils its commitment to combine, in the new Actros, compliance with further improved environmental compatibility and enhanced economic performance



    Freightliner Coronada has plenty of muscle

    Australia’s vocational truck market has a hard-working newcomer.

    The Freightliner Coronado SD (for Severe Duty) in rigid and prime mover configurations.

    “The Coronado SD is one seriously tough unit,” said Carlo Beltrame, senior executive of Daimler Trucks.

    “We’ve built it from the tyres up to thrive in the toughest kind of vocational roles – quarry work, forestry haul, building sites – with heavy loads on rough surfaces all day, every day.

    “And it looks so good. With a classic square grille and hood, it’s a truck that screams muscle.”

    When you get paid by the tonne tare is everything. That’s why the Freightliner Coronado SD can be specified to weigh from just 7857 kgs. More weight in the back means more money in the bank.

    The Coronado SD can be rated up to 140,000 kgs GCM heavy haul work.

    Big loads need big power and the Severe Duty has plenty – reliable power plants which deliver up to 600 hp and 2050 lbs-ft of torque. There are two engine choices with eight power variations:

    Engines available for the newcomer are the Detroit Diesel DD15 – with 500, 530 and 560 hp options.- and the Cummins ISX  with 485, 500, 525, 550 and two 600 hp options.

    Both engines are can be upgraded without changing the engine hardware and both are fully ADR80/03 compliant.

    Of course, engines need to breathe clean air which can be scarce on a dusty work site, so Freightliner has given the Coronado Severe Duty a massive three-step intake and filter system to ensure plenty of clean intake air.

    To make sure it can handle the heaviest loads the Coronado SD comes with a range of three Meritor rear axles with a static loaded rating of up to 23,580 kgs. And to ensure it can handle the roughest roads the axles have driver controlled differential locks as standard.

    Off-road capability is further enhanced with traction control, roll stability control and dual levelling valves with the optional air bag rear suspension.

    The Coronado SD also comes with “pillow-block” front cab mounts to dampen shock and vibration – reducing wear on the truck and driver and to allow for maximum air flow beneath the cabin.

    Operators have a choice of transmission - the Eaton manual or Eaton AutoShift with SmartShift™ paddles mounted on the steeing column to make driving easier.

    It’s easy to collect a bang or bump on a work site and that is why the Coronado SD’s classic square bonnet is made from a single panel of sturdy fibreglass. It will brush off little knocks and can be easily repaired after bigger ones.

    The Coronado SD is more than muscle – it blends high performance with high comfort.

    The cabin comes in five variations, from a Day Cab through to the luxurious 58-inch Raised Roof Sleeper. Made of lightweight aluminium, the cabins are generously filled with noise abatement material to make sleep a reality virtually anywhere.

    Built to exceed Europe’s stringent crash-worthiness standards, the cabins also boast a flat floor and plenty of head room to make it easy to move about inside.

     The Coronado SD’s ergonomically-designed dash makes sure everything important is within easy reach. EzyRider II high-back seats give comfort and it is fitted with a powerful air-conditioning system.

    “If you want a seriously tough truck to help you do some seriously hard work then the new Freightliner Coronado SD has to be right on top of your shopping list,” Mr Beltrame said..


    Newcomer labelled "an exciting development"

    The Freightliner Coronado  is available in Australia in early 2011..

    “This truck really is an exciting development  because it meets all the criteria.” said Carlo Beltrame, senior executive of Daimler Trucks.

    “With that huge square grille it’s got a classic ‘Big Rig’ look, but underneath the styling it’s all state-of-the-art and designed to deliver reliability, performance and safety.”

    The Freightliner Coronado (pictured left) is built around a core of proven Freightliner technology,  but with the Coronado the total package has been taken to the next level.

    “We’ve built it tough enough to go off-road to make sure it can do anything on-road,” Mr Beltrame said..

    “If you’ve got some serious freight this is the truck for you.”

    Power will be no problem with the Coronado available with up to 600hp. There is a choice of two heavy-duty six-cylinder engines with eight power options.

    The Detroit Diesel DD15 has 500 hp, 530 hp and 560hp options and the Cummins ISX comes with 485 hp, 500 hp, 525 hp, 550 hp and 600 hp options.

    Both engines can be upgraded without changing the engine hardware and both are fully ADR80/03 compliant.

    In a standard 6x4 configuration the Coronado has a GVM of 24,000 kgs and can be rated for 106,000 kgs GCM for general highway use.

    While keeping the power up Freightliner engineers have taken great care to keep the weight down with the Coronado’s tare starting from just 7857 kgs which means bigger payloads and potentially bigger profits every trip.

    Depending on application requirements the transmission can be an Eaton manual or Eaton AutoShift with SmartShift™ paddles mounted on the steering column..

    The giant grille fronts a redesigned air system which keeps the engine strong and cool.

     Coronado’s bonnet is made from a single panel of fibreglass. It can take a lot of abuse and be easily repaired if it’s pushed too hard and its built-in opening mechanism provides a generous 90 degree tilt, making it simple to access the engine.

    The lightweight aluminium cabin exceeds the stringent European crash-worthiness standard and comes in five variations – from a Day Cab through to the luxurious 58-inch raised roof sleeper. It has privacy curtains and noise abatement material, EzyRider II high-back seats, a chrome and leather steering wheel and an ergonomically designed dash that puts everything within easy reach .

    There is a flat floor throughout the cab and sleeper area making moving about  easier  and there is plenty of headroom .comfort.

    But while the Coronado makes the driver’s life easy the truck itself is built for a life of hard work.

    Its Meritor rear axle has a static load rating of 20,870 kgs and the rear suspension  comes in a choice of Freightliner Airliner™ or Hendrickson PRIMAXX™ airbag systems.

    For the front axle the Coronado comes with a choice of 6.35 or 6.5 tonne Meritor packages.

    “It’s simply a fantastic truck which can cover so many applications – from line-haul and road train to local or intrastate deliveries – in a cost effective, reliable manner,” Mr Beltrame said.


    Higer newcomer impresses bus operators

    One of Gippsland's  leading charter bus operators has switched to Higer buses after almost 21 years with European makes and has found that the new bus uses less fuel and is more efficient than the older ones on the fleet.

    Gippsland Coach Tours, based in the ridge-top village of Mirboo North, operates a fleet of six coaches and the company principals, Rex and Anita Gourlay, say they will be looking at more Higers in the future given the success of the first one.

    "When I first visited Prestige Higer I was actually looking at the Higer 7m Munro as a replacement for another mini-coach on our fleet. but while I was there I also took the 12.2 metre RoadBoss for a drive and was instantly impressed," said Rex.

    'I was having trouble with one of my European coaches at the time and thought it might be more beneficial to buy the bigger Higer now and worry about the mini-coach later.

    "I have to say the price was one of the major factors in attracting me to the Higer along with the fact that it uses American running gear with a Cummins engine and Allison transmission..

    "I was also impressed by the standard of finish and quality as well as the level of service offered at the dealer, the fact that I could drive the bus when I went down to Prestige Higer in Dandenong went a long way to selling me on the Higer," said Rex.

    With more than 21 years at the helm of Gippsland Coach Tours and another 14 years before that working for another coach operator Rex and Anita Gourlay have seen plenty of changes in the coach business over the years and have a wealth of experience to draw on.

    "I have always been a fan of Cummins engines from the days when I was in the truck business before I got into buses so that factor filled me with a lot of confidence,  particularly after having some problems with the European bus," said Rex.

    Since adding the Higer RoadBoss (pictured left) to the fleet in September, 2011, Gippsland Coach Tours has used it mainly on charter operations and as a replacement vehicle on contracted school bus runs,  but Rex can't use it as a fulltime replacement on the school contract just yet.

    "We haven't had time to add the Higer to the Department of Transport contract just yet, but we will and with its Euro 5 emissions I don't envisage any problem with that," said Rex.

    'Fact is it has been too busy doing all our charter work, particularly catering to school charter work between the Latrobe Valley and Melbourne transporting students to excursions, field trips and sporting events."

    Rex said the company's drivers had been particularly impressed with the Higer RoadBoss saying it was easy to drive and was more steady on the road as well as handling better than the European brand bus it was bought to replace.

    'We've also had no complaints from the passengers who all reckon it is very comfortable, particularly with the Allison automatic transmission," said Rex.

    "The Allison has surprised me not only with the performance but also with the fact that the Higer is more economical than the manual buses on fleet and I have to say the retarder on the Allison is excellent.

    "Performance wise the package is a lot better , the Cummins has more oomph than the Europeans and when combined with the automatic it is smooth and seamless in its delivery," he said.

    "Look it is still early days, the Higer has only been on fleet less than a year and has about 15,000 kilometres on the clock, but the overall package has been very good and the back-p is excellent.

    "We've only had a couple of minor glitches which you'd expect from any new coach, but Higer have provided fantastic back-up

    and they are straight on to any minor problem and it is fixed before you know it."


    Mack to expand natural gas range

     Mack Trucks has announced in the United States that it is expanding its natural gas-powered offerings and has taken a key step forward in its hybrid vehicle development process. 

    Mack plans to offer natural gas-powered versions of the MACK® Pinnacle™ and MACK® Granite® models in 2013. Both models will utilize the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine. Customer testing is scheduled to begin this year. 

    The addition of the 12-litre natural gas-powered models expands Mack’s present natural gas solutions to on-highway and construction applications. Mack already offers natural gas-powered MACK® TerraPro™ Low Entry and MACK® TerraPro® Cabover refuse models.

    Like their Mack TerraPro natural gas counterparts (one is pictured on the left) , the Mack natural gas-powered Pinnacle and Granite models will feature maintenance-free after treatment and require only a three-way catalyst to meet EPA 2010 and CARB emissions standards, setting a new benchmark for lower alternative fuel vehicle lifecycle costs and improving customers’ return on investment.

    Mack’s natural gas-powered trucks are available with compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) fuel systems.

    “Mack has a long history in alternative driveline technologies and in particular natural gas,” said Kevin Flaherty, president, Mack Trucks North American sales and marketing.

     “We’ve offered natural gas since it became clear that it was a viable energy solution in the refuse segment. Now customers within the regional haul, LTL and construction segments will have the benefits of natural gas combined with the power and performance they expect from Mack.”

    Mack also is investigating other alternative driveline technologies, including high pressure direct injection, which uses a combination of natural gas and a small amount of diesel in the combustion process, and DME (dimethyl ether), which can be produced from natural gas.

    In addition, the company continues to move forward on development of diesel-electric hybrid TerraPro models, recently delivering additional Low Entry test units to the New York City Department of Sanitation for evaluation.

    “For more than 35 years we’ve counted on Mack for trucks that can withstand the tremendous rigours of our operations,” said Rocco DiRico, deputy commissioner, department of sanitation, support services, New York City. 

     “We look forward to putting these new vehicles with the latest version of Mack’s diesel-electric hybrid technology to the test. We fully expect that they’ll deliver on the Mack promise of durability, reliability and superior performance as we continue to deliver on our own promise of a clean city with clean air.”  

    The Mack diesel-electric hybrid technology provides up to a 30 percent fuel economy improvement in stop-and-go applications such as refuse with a corresponding greenhouse gas emissions benefit.

    “We listen to what our customers want and develop the technologies best suited for their needs,” Mr Flaherty said.

     “Mack’s alternative driveline technologies represent an ongoing evolution built upon our proven experience.”


    Mack displays new models at Waste Expo 2012

    Mack Trucks showcased three natural gas-powered MACK® TerraPro™  refuse vehicle models – two cabover and one lLow entry – during Waste Expo 2012 in  Las Vegas.

    The natural gas-powered TerraPro model, equipped with a Cummins Westport ISL-G natural gas engine (pictured left), offers an alternative fuel engine technology that combines the advantages of natural gas.

    “Natural gas is readily available in the U.S. and is a viable solution for the refuse segment,” said Curtis Dorwart, Mack vocational products marketing manager.

     “As the dominant supplier of heavy-duty refuse trucks, our customers have turned to Mack for solutions and we have responded with natural gas-powered versions of our TerraPro Cabover and TerraPro Low Entry models built to withstand the rigorous needs of their applications.” 

    The TerraPro natural gas models meet EPA 2010 and CARB emissions levels and set a new benchmark for lower alternative fuel vehicle lifecycle costs and lower maintenance costs, improving customers’ return on investment.

    Mack also  displayed a tandem-steer version of its TerraPro Cabover at the expo.

    Designed and engineered to maximize weight distribution, the tandem-steering option allows both front axles to steer and enhances payload and productivity for customers in refuse and recycling applications.

    The TerraPro Cabover with tandem steering is equipped with a low-weight chassis and Simard suspension which was adapted to optimize payload capacity. The tandem-steer TerraPro Cabover was displayed in a front loader configuration and was powered by a MACK MP7 325 horsepower Maxidyne diesel engine.

    “The load-equalizing tandem-steer TerraPro model enables greater payload to maximize revenue for our customers,” Mr Dorwart said. “The twin steer feature coupled with a low-weight chassis allows certain Canadian applications an extra edge in productivity.”

    Mack’s expo booth  featured five TerraPro models

    These were - .

    • MACK® TerraPro™ Cabover 
    Engine:  Mack MP7 325 hp Maxidyne
    Body:  Whittke 40-yard Starlite front loader
    With Simard tandem-tandem steering

    • MACK® TerraPro™ Low Entry 
    Engine:  MACK MP7 325 hp Maxidyne
    Body:  Heil Environmental 28- yard Half/Pack Freedom front loader
    With the Curotto Can

    • MACK® TerraPro™ Low Entry
    Engine:  Cummins Westport ISL-G 320 hp natural gas
    Body:  McNeilus 32-yard Pacific Series front loader
    With the Curotto Can and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel system by McNeilus

    • MACK® TerraPro™ Cabover 
    Engine:  Cummins Westport ISL-G 320 hp natural gas
    Body:  EZ Pack 40-yard Hercules front loader
    With Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel system factory by Agility Fuel Systems

    • MACK® TerraPro™ Cabover 
    Engine: Cummins Westport ISL-G 320 hp natural gas
    Body:  Wayne 44-yard Titan front loader
    With Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel system by Agility Fuel Systems


    Companies team up to bring natural gas boost

    Accessing the many benefits of natural gas as a transport fuel is now easier in the wake of a partnership between Kleenheat Gas’ EVOL LNG and engine technology company American Power Group Inc.

    The two have teamed up to bring the patented V5000HD natural gas – diesel dual fuel technology to the Australian market, offering operators of medium and heavy-duty vehicles a simple yet efficient conversion that can provide reduced emissions levels (up to 12 percent CO2) and running cost savings without loss of power.

    This after-market conversion is available from EVOL LNG and can either be set up as a diesel – LNG (liquefied natural gas) or diesel – CNG (compressed natural gas) conversion.

    The V5000HD system burns diesel and natural gas simultaneously, typically at an average 40-50 percent diesel fuel substitution rate. Peak substitution can be much higher.

    After the conversion the vehicle can either operate on the two fuels simultaneously or shift seamlessly to run on 100 percent diesel should the vehicle be away from the refuelling network. 

    Simplicity is one of the key features, providing a reliable and low cost system.  All conversion hardware is mounted externally of the engine and does not interfere with the engine integrity or design. The technology has been developed to maintain OEM specifications of all engine parameters including coolant, oil, exhaust gas and intake air temperatures.

    Kleenheat Gas general manager Graham Smith said the V5000HD system had undergone extensive testing and product improvement needed for Australian conditions prior to its commercial release.

    “This technology is US EPA-approved and is available in the United States,” Mr Smith said.

    “Our own testing and customer trials in Australia have been extremely successful giving us confidence in the suitability of the conversion for Australian conditions.

    “Operators and fleet owners can also rest assured in the knowledge that they are dealing with an experienced, professional and reputable company in Kleenheat Gas, a division of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers.”

    The V5000HD system is suitable for fitment onto a wide range of diesel commercial vehicle engines. However, prior to converting  EVOL LNG will review the suitability of the dual fuel system to a customer’s specific application.

    The conversion can be performed in a matter of days by EVOL LNG certified installer, leading to minimal downtime. Initially, certified installers will be located in Perth and Melbourne.

    EVOL LNG also offers LNG training, advice, service, trouble shooting and repairs if required.

    A further benefit of the V5000HD is that it can be transferred to another vehicle should the original truck’s life cycle be complete.





    Engine tailored for Euro 6 standards 

    Volvo Trucks has tailored an engine for the tough Euro 6 environmental standards in Europe.

    Nitrogen oxide emissions have dropped by 77 percent and particulate emissions have been halved. First off the mark is Volvo’s D13 460 hp engine, which  powers more than one-third of all Volvo trucks.

    "The Volvo FH gets a new 460hp Euro 6 engine optimised for fast, fuel-efficient transportation on good roads. The first trucks with the new engine will be delivered in Europe in spring 2013," said Mats Franzén, manager of engine wtrategy and planning at Volvo Trucks.

    Customer demand for Euro 6 trucks is still at a modest level. Since February 2012, it is possible to certify vehicles according to the new regulations, but it will be another two years before the requirements become compulsory for all new trucks.

     The tough emission standards involve advanced engine solutions, including many new components, which in turn means higher costs for customers. However, this increased cost can be partially offset by various financial inducements and incentive packages, above all in regional traffic and long-haul operations in Europe.

    "It is currently difficult to determine how much demand there will be. By offering our most popular engine in Euro 6 configurati, we meet the needs of a large proportion of our customers. The rest of the Euro 6 engine range will be launched well before the requirements become obligatory on January 1, 2014," rsaides Mr Franzén.

    The Volvo D13 for Euro 6 is based on Volvo's tried and tested Euro 5 engine. Just like this unit, the new engine is an in-line six-cylinder engine with unit injectors and catalytic exhaust treatment (SCR).

    To meet the new emission requirements exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) is also used, as well as a diesel particulate filter (DPF) - systems that Volvo Trucks has already been using for several years in the US and Japan. Compared with Euro 5, nitrogen oxide emissions have been cut by 77 percent and particulate missions have been halved.

    The SCR system, which converts the nitrogen oxide in the exhaust gases into harmless nitrogen and water vapour, is integrated with the particulate filter in a compact unit that takes up the minimum possible space.

    The particulate filter, which captures and incinerates the microscopic particles found in the exhaust gases, is automatically regenerated during operation. EGR is used primarily to raise the exhaust gas temperature when the engine is not sufficiently hot to heat up the exhaust gases, which must reach at least 250° C for the SCR system to operate optimally.

    Unlike conventional EGR systems that cool down the recirculated exhaust gases in order to lower engine temperature and thus reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, the Euro 6 engine's EGR system is virtually inactive during highway cruising, so it does not impact fuel consumption during such operations.

    "We have developed a reliable solution that not only meets the emission requirements but also gives customers added benefits in the form of good fuel economy and trouble-free ownership," says Mr Franzén.

    Gary Bone, vice-president Australia sales, says the new Volvo engine for Euro 6 will undergo extensive local testing before plans are made for a release in the Australian market. 

    "Our 40 years of experience with Australian-based engineering and manufacturing means that we know it's critical to provide locally-tested and validated technical solutions that will meet, and exceed, our customers' expectations," he said.

    "We have unique market conditions, and we know the importance of local testing to meet our unique operating conditions."

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    Facts, Volvo D13 460 for Euro 6

    • In-line six-cylinder 13-litre engine producing 460 hp.
    • Max power output at 1400 to 1900 r/min: 338 kW.
    • Max torque at 1000 to 1400 r/min: 2300 Nm.
    • Automated transmission, Volvo I-Shift.
    • Engine brake VEB+ at 2300 rpm: 375 kW.
    • Available for the Volvo FH, 4x2/6x2, tractor and rigid, including vehicles for transport of dangerous goods (ADR).
    • Available for trucks with right-hand drive as well as left-hand drive

     Facts, Euro 6

    • One-fifth the nitrogen oxide emissions of a Euro 5 engine.
    • Half the particulate emissions of a Euro 5 engine.
    • It will be compulsory to meet emissions legislation down to an ambient temperature of at least -7° C.
    • Emissions legislation encompasses nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulates (mass), particulates (quantity), ammonia (NH3), carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons (HC).

     Western Star 4700 has a lot to offer

    Western Star has produced a new Class 8 vocational truck, the 4700, which has been on display at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis in the United States.

    The 4700, (pictured left), combined with the 4800 and 6900 models, provides customers with a full range of premium truck options to suit any need.

    It is available in set-forward and set-back configuration and features a 110-inch BBC - the shortest BBC in its class - and is the ideal solution to meet the needs of the dump, mixer, crane roll-off, sewer vac amd plough applications.

    Western Star general manager Mike Jackson said: "The Western Star 4700  broadens our product line-up to meet the growing needs of value-minded vocational customers who will demand the attributes found in a traditional Western Star truck.

    "Hand-built with unmatched attention to detail, the 4700 features the same durability, ruggedness and reliability our customers expect from Western Star,

    The 4700 is available with a broad range of power train options, including the Detroit Diesel 13 engine and the Cummins ISC and ISL engines.

    The DD13 features a six-cylinder, in-line configuration, 350 to 450hp and 1250 to  1650 lb/ft of torque.

    Combined with Daimler's Bluetooth selective catalytic reduction  emissions technology and amplified common rail systgem, the  DD13 can save vocational customers  up to five percent in fuel economy.applicagtions that include the  light plough and  mixer market.

    Vocational customers who not require 13-litre power will find  the Cummins ISC and ISl are ideal for applications that include the light plough and mixer market.

    Also utilising SCR technology, the ISC features 260 and  350hnp and 1000lb/ft of torque and  the ISL features 345 to 380hp and 1100 to 1300 lb/ft of torque.

    A broad range of transmissions is available, including the latest Eaton Ultrashift PLUS transmission and the Allison 3000 and 4000 series transmissions.

    Mr Jackson said: "Both Detroit Diesel and Cummins engines  are perfectly suited to meet the specific performance and efficiency needs of the vocational market.

    "Together with the Allison and Eaton  transmission options, we're providing a premium power train package that will deliver every time."

    The 4700 is equipped with a galvanised  steel cab specially designed to withstand the  rigours of vocational applications.

    The cab is precision welded, then dipped and protected with a  proprietary 17-stage e-coat process for long-lasting corrosion resistance and superior paint finish.

    Its newly-designed sloped hood offers outstanding site lines for optimal visibility and the short BBC, combined with a 55-degree wheel cut, provides better manoeuvrability on tight job sites.

    Mr Jackson said: "We understand the unique needs of the vocational job sites so we designed the truck to shine in tight urban spaces or busy construction sites. Drivers will feel at ease operating the 4700."


    Western Stars get new-look interiors

    Western Star  has announced in the United States that it has upgraded  the interior of all its models, including the recently introduced 4700.

    The enhanced inteiors feature  customisable compartments and shelving and brighter

    colour options.

    The new  interiors have been on display at the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show

    "Western Star customers expect premium quality and luxurious options and our new interior will  exceed their expectations," said John Tomlinson, product manager, Western Star,

    "Based  on feedback and customer input, we've  retained the traditional elements that our customers demand while providing more flexibility, comfort and storage options  to suit a variety of needs."

    Western Star's  new interior includes:

    .- A new door design  giving it roomy door panels for log books and maps.

    - Maximised storage space with improved flexibility has been achieved with larger cabinets and moveable sleeper shelving/ This design allows customers to tailor their trucks' interior cabinets to meet their needs.

    - Colour choice such as smoky mountain grey, Pacific forest green, maple leaf red and prairie buckskin brighten up the sleeper. Easy-to-clean vinyl roof panels also have been included in all interior option levels.

     - An electronic interface prep package with factory-installed mounting and power connections enables customers to choose their own applications such as navigation systems and Bluetooth enabled cell phones..

     Mr Tomlinson said: "With today's ever=changing electronic technology Western Star provides customers with a perfectly placed interface to adapt quickly without restricting switch functionality in the dash panel.


    Animals in need get a mobile helper

    Animals in need now have a new helper on the road: - the RSPCA mobile animal care vehicle (MAC).

     MAC is a custom-built Isuzu FSD 850 model truck equipped to treat injured animals and provide veterinary assistance on the go, especially during natural disasters.

    The RSPCA is a community-based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. The Victorian branch encompasses 120 employees across 10 shelters with an additional 2,000 volunteers.

    The idea of MAC was born during the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. It was estimated that around one million animals perished in the disaster.

    Helen Cocks, Executive Manager of Animal Services, RSPCA Victoria, said the Black Saturday fire identified the need for mobile veterinary assistance.

    “When you are fighting against nature and trying to save animals’ lives, you need a vehicle that is functional and reliable,” she said.

    “The Isuzu FSD 850 (pictured left) fits all the requirements we need to support a host of animal welfare services. It is a multi-purpose vehicle with a body that has flexibility in mind, and a model that is dependable and can be used in a variety of situations as well as be on call 24/7,” Helen said.

    The services that MAC provides includes: surgical and emergency support for disasters, acting as a mobile de-sexing, micro-chipping and vaccination unit; acting as the mobile headquarters for communicating and coordinating animal welfare emergency services for the RSPCA. In addition, MAC is utilised by the RSPCA’s Education and Events teams at community events.

    The MAC Isuzu also provides support for RSPCA inspectors who investigate complaints of cruelty and neglect, attend to sick and injured stray animals or those that have been abandoned as well as provide guidance and education to animal owners where necessary.

    The eye-catching blue truck body was designed by Rambler Concept Vehicles in Campbellfield, Victoria and took 12 months to be built.

    For versatility and practicality purposes, the van body is packed with veterinary equipment as well as a generator to keep the fully functional mobile clinic operating in times of disaster. It also includes holding cages to transport animals.

    Helen believes that MAC will provide valuable support across all areas of service that the RSPCA provides.

    “Not only will MAC help prepare us for future emergencies, it also significantly enhances the RSPCA’s reach to promote a host of welfare initiatives,” Helen said.

    “It will also ensure that the RSPCA is ready and equipped to deal with disaster situations at a moment’s notice.”

    Helen said the FSD 850 has been well received by its drivers and the community as a whole.

    “The ride has been described as faultless and incredibly comfortable,” Helen said.

    “Everyone is so excited about the prospect of MAC helping us to spread positive animal welfare messages far and wide and it will also provide another prominent presence in the community for the RSPCA.”

    The RSPCA is a hands-on organisation that runs animal shelters and clinics, trains inspectors and provides community education and fundraising.

    “MAC has been a great success so far. We are very happy with the choice of truck model and will definitely consider choosing another Isuzu to aid our cause in the future,” Helen said.







    New range of Cat trucks launched


    A worldwide launch of new range of Cat trucks attracted a lot of attention from the industry at Uluru in central Australia.

    The new products, the Cat CT610 and Cat CT630, have been developed by NC2, a joint venture between Caterpillar and Navistar. The trucks are being assembled in Tullamarine, Victoria, and will be sold through a newly formed Australian network of selected Cat dealers.

    The CT610 is powered by the 470-hp C13 engine and is targeted to 19-metre applications and has a capacity of up to 57 tonnes,while the CT630 is powered by the 550hp C15 engine, suitable for B-double and road train applications. The CT630 is available in both 72-tonne and 90-tonne options.

    "These ground-breaking new on-highway Cat trucks demonstrate the unique value proposition that NC2 is delivering to the global truck marketplace,"  NC2, president Al Saltiel said.

    "We are proud to be bringing these new trucks to Australia, leveraging the potent combination of Navistar's truck manufacturing expertise and Caterpillar's powerful global network."

    Together, Navistar and Caterpillar had moved this project from concept to reality in little more than one year, he said/

    The 50/50 joint venture was developing, manufacturing and distributing commercial trucks with an initial focus on markets which included Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey.

    NC2's product line featured both conventional and cab-over truck designs and was being sold under both the CAT and International (Navistar) brands.

     "Customers will benefit from the unparalleled depth and scope of support provided by Navistar and Caterpillar's global dealers," Mr Saltiel said..

     Caterpillar Group president Doug Oberhelman, chairman of the board, said: "Formation of the  joint venture represents a long-term strategic decision.

    "Despite the  current challenges facing the global economy both Caterpillar and Navistar are dedicating  the right people and investing significant  resources to ensure NC's long-term success  in the global on-highway truck market. "

    Australian Trucking Association  chairman David Simon and chief executive Stuart St Clair attended the Uluru launch.

    Mr St Clair said: “The Cat range will offer Australian trucking operators more choice when it comes to what trucks they operate

    The right pedigree for carrying vehicles

    Kevin Rodda drove a commercial vehicle for nearly 20 years. and although he is now an equipment manager overseeing a large truck fleet he still has a special feel for the needs of a driver handling the transport of cars and trucks.

    That is one reason Kevin’s company, Toll Automotive Vehicle Distribution, recently bought seven Cat® CT610 prime movers, using the Cat® C13 engine, for its auto transport business'

    The company,  part of the Toll carrier group, regularly transports vehicles between Melbourne and Brisbane, Adelaide and Brisbane and Brisbane and Townsville among other major Australian routes.

    One of the trucks, loaded with its cargo, is pictured on the left.

    Toll Automotive’s fleet, which includes more than 200 vehicles, includes car and truck carriers. Typically, each truck used in Toll’s seven-day-a-week shuttle operation handles up to a 50-tonne load and travels 270,000km a year.

    “I always favoured the Cat® engines Kenworth used in their older models,” Kevin said

     “We’ve been using Cat engines in our fleet since 2003 and always found them to be durable and a good engine for the application.”

    So when Kevin found out that Cat Trucks were now offering its own on-road vehicles that used Cat engines and were of suitable dimensions for auto transport he naturally became interested.

    Kevin said: “The special needs of auto transport dictate a powerful engine in a compact package. To carry autos overhead requires a limited vehicle height and a relatively short wheel base capable of accommodating a long trailer.”

    He said  the CT610 filled the bill on both counts.

    “The C13 engine is well suited to this application and the vehicle’s dimensions suited our specific requirement, both on height and on bumper to back of cab,” Kevin said.

    Specs for the Cat C13 engine include up to 470hp and up to 1750 lb-ft of torque. The engine is recognized as reliable and more than capable for the auto carrying application.

    The vehicle’s compact size is perfect for the customised car carrying frame that Toll adds to each vehicle. The frame was designed by Toll and J.  Smith & Co. and was customised through extensive collaboration with Cat Trucks’ own engineers.

    “Our engineers worked closely with Toll and with Smith to make sure the vehicle would address the dimensional requirements of this application,” said Jeff Tyzack, general manager, sales and  marketing, Cat Trucks Australia.

     “We believe our staff’s involvement was critical to making sure that the truck is engineered correctly for the job.”

    Jeff said the unified team successfully addressed such issues as the carrying frame’s alignment with the vehicle’s frame rails and swing clearance for vehicles positioned just behind the cab.

    The extensive collaboration with Cat Trucks has resulted in a product which Kevin says suits the needs of Toll Automotive’s drivers.

     “The cab is comfortable and has a good ride, the vehicle is easily operated and handles well and our drivers have been impressed with the good visibility that’s available from the driver’s seat,” Kevin said..

    He referred to the importance of an extensive dealer network to a company like Toll, which operates throughout Australia.

    Kevin said:  “We purchased the vehicles from William Adams, which is based in Melbourne, just as we are. Regular service has also been provided by Hastings Deering, which is based in Queensland and also has an extensive presence in the Northern Territory.”


    Cats are top dogs with the Halls

    est Australian road transport company owners  Ashley and Minnie Hall bought their first Cat truck, a Cat® CT610 extended cab, when it was launched on the Australian market last December.

    Five months later they are taking delivery of its larger sibling, the Cat® CT630 prime mover.

     Ashley (pictured left) and Minnie Hall bought their first Cat Truck, a Cat® CT610 extended cab, when it was launched on the Australian market last December. Just five months later they are taking delivery of its larger sibling, the Cat® CT630 prime mover.

    Clackline Haulage is based in Clackline, Western Australia.

     The family-run business started 20 years ago while Ashley was a driver making the east to west runs. He saw a need in the market for making trailer runs between Northam and Perth and today the firm owns seven prime movers, with the Cat® CT610 and more recently the CT630 being the latest additions to their operations.

    Loyal Cat and WesTrac customers since 2003, Ashley and Mini have had 12 Cat Truck engines for their trucks over the years, ranging from the early mechanical engines to the latest electronic technology. And they also have a close working relationship with their local Cat truck dealer, WesTrac.

    “I’ve always liked the Cat engine,” says Ashley. “I get all my trucks serviced by WesTrac, not just my new Cat ones, and I’ve always been very happy with their customer focus and more importantly their truck servicing.”

    When the first Cat on-highway trucks became available late in 2010, Ashley and Minnie were eager to be one of the first to own one. They have been using their Cat® CT610 for dog runs between Perth and Northam,and plan to use the Cat® CT630 for longer runs from Perth to Northam, Kalgoorlie, the WA border and South Australia.

    Both trucks have been well received by the firm’s drivers.

    “The Cat® CT610 is the most comfortable ride I’ve had,” said Barry Braithway, one of the drivers for Clackline Haulage. “When it’s in the high range gears it really steps out. I cruise past other trucks on the road and when I talk to the drivers later they don’t believe me when I say it’s only a 470 horsepower under the hood.”

    Fuel economy, quiet running engine and comfort are just a few of the reasons that customers are impressed with the performance of the latest Cat family members. Combine that with WesTrac’s 24-hour service options and extensive branch network and customers like Ashley and Minnie are certainly sitting up and taking notice of the new trucks.

    Also enjoying her first ride on the passenger’s seat in the new Cat® CT630 is Candy, Ashley’s three-year-old mini fox terrier, who never leaves Ashley’s side! Ashley and Candy are a familiar sight to other truckies on the West Australian roads, and now they’ll be travelling in their newest Cat.

    The Cat® CT630 is powered by the 550-hp Cat® C15 engine. With a BBC measurement of 3.10 metres, it is suitable for B-double on-highway road train applications and is available in both 72-tonne and 90-tonne options. A lightweight truck, the Cat® CT630 starts at 7873 kg, combining power with fuel efficiency and aerodynamics.

    Its sibling, the Cat® CT610, is powered by the 470-hp Cat® C13 engine. With a bumper to back-of-cab (BBC) measurement of 2.72 metres, it is targeted to 19-metre applications and has a capacity of up to 57 tonnes. Its tare weight starts at a very light 7587 kg, making it ideal for weight-critical applications.


    Cat owners get a second engine choice

    After an extensive development effort in Australia, NC2 has developed an ADR 80-03 15L engine solution for Cat Trucks Australia and will continue to offer the same industry proven Cat C15 engine with no hardware changes.

    The present  Cat ACERT C15 engine that so many truck customers rely on will be re-launched into the Australian market with only the addition of a crankcase breather to meet ADR80-03 requirements.

    Its software has been recalibrated to reduce emissions while maintaining performance and fuel economy in the normal operating range.

    “The significant advantage for Cat Trucks is that this engine does not require the use of EGR or SCR technology,” said Bill Fulton, NC2 managing director, Australia.

     “We are excited to deliver a 15-litre ADR 80-03 solution for our future Cat Truck product range that builds on the popular and proven Cat C15 engine.

    " This environmentally sound solution enables us to continue to meet our Australian customers’ stringent requirements for power, fuel economy reliability and durability, while providing industry-leading support through the Cat dealer network.”

    The Cat C15 ADR80-03 engine (pictured right) will deliver up to 550 ho and 1850 Lb-ft of torque.

    “This is a major technical accomplishment which I have never seen done anywhere else in the world,” said Tom Baughman, NC2 -vice-president, product development.

     “It positions the Cat C15 engine for compliance with Australia’s most stringent emissions regulations while addressing Cat customers’ demonstrated needs for power, convenience and dependability.”

    The 95 percent-plus PM (particulate matter) reduction for the next phase of Cat Trucks is achieved using well-proven dual DPFs (diesel particulate filters) with passive regeneration technology.

    Ongoing in-country testing has demonstrated that passive regeneration is extremely effective at all loads and speeds, negating the need for a complex active regeneration system. The package will also include a Cat DPF monitoring system to continuously monitor back pressure and exhaust temperatures. 

    “We are excited to announce that we’ll be able to continue to provide the C15 engine, largely unchanged and optimized for ADR80-03, to our Australian customers exclusively in Cat Trucks,” said Mr Fulton.

     “We are fully committed to providing best value products and best in class Cat dealer support to our customers in Australia.”


    Newcomer takes lonely Nullabor in its stride

    Journeys across the harsh Nullarbor Plain are a daily routine for many of Kevin Small’s employees - and he knows all too well the challenges long-haul trucks can face on the bone-dry, treeless plain. 

    Kevin is the managing director of successful road freight company GKR Transport, which he launched as a one-truck operation at Welshpool, Western Australia, more than 26 years ago.

     Today he oversees a 45-truck fleet that frequently handles east-west general freight runs. He calculates that a truck breakdown can cost over $20,000 a week in lost revenue.

    “Given that there aren’t truck shops dotted along the Nullarbor I need to eliminate the risk of breakdown-induced downtime,” Kevin said.

    Given the distances they’re travelling – around 400,000 kilometres annually – GKR Transport normally replaces its trucks about every three years.

    Kevin  a long-standing supporter of Cat engines  said the release in 2010 of the Cat® CT630 – the first-ever Cat on-road truck, that  was first launched in Australia – was always going to be of interest to him.

    Following an initial once-over at the Perth Truck Show last July, GKR started its relationship with the new truck brand by buying two Cat CT630 90-tonne highway trucks for its east-west express freight movements.

    Equipped with a 50-inch sleeper bunk and powered by a 550hp Cat C15 engine, the two new trucks are now averaging more than  8000 km a week on the Perth-Melbourne and Perth-Sydney general freight runs.

    For the last three months one of those two CT630s has been driven almost exclusively by the husband-wife truck driving team of Mark and Clare Bolitho.  Their assessment so far: “It’s a phenomenal truck.”

    Mark, who’s been driving for 24 years, has the distinction of being the first driver in Australia to drive a big triple combination with a gross capacity of 82 tonnes. Mark and Clare have been driving together for 15 years and he considers her the best woman truck driver he’s ever seen.

    "“But, then, she learned from the best,” Mark said with a smile.

    When Kevin Small offered Mark and Clare (pictured on the left) the chance to drive a CT630,Mark wasn’t sure at first what to think.

     He knew about the power of Cat from his father, who operated an Ingersoll-Rand oil drilling rig that used a Cat engine. But the tipping point came from Clare, who had driven another test Cat truck and was very impressed.

    Mark said that as he and Clare started out to Adelaide, one of their fellow drivers was behind in another make of truck.

     “At first we were going up a hill together, with him just behind me. But we left him behind like he was standing still.”

    And this, Mark is quick to add, was at a point when the truck only had 694km on the clock.

    “Some engines don’t get the full potential of their power until they’ve been running for thousands and thousands of km and the pistons are bedded in,” Mark said.  “With this truck it was like someone had already done that job for us. And since then it’s just got better and better.”

    Early in their journey Mark and Clare encountered a road train. That truck was left in their dust as the driver  could not stay in top gear.

    Mark and Clare also appreciate the CT630’s fuel efficiency and rugged durability. They usually drive the CT630 from Perth to Melbourne and back, pulling a double trailer road train with an average weight of 75 to 80 tonnes. In the three months they’ve been driving the truck they’ve put 73,000 km on the vehicle and they have attained an average fuel efficiency ratio of 63 l/100 km.

    Mark said: "The power is unbelievable,. We can go up certain hills at 1,50 to 1400 rpm,at 100 km per hour and we don’t even need to come out of top gear.”

    Clare said: “It drives effortlessly. And it’s quiet, too.  I can answer the phone while Mark’s driving and people will actually ask us if we’re in the truck.

    ”The  CT630’s steering is also extremely responsive and easy for either a man or a woman to drive.:

    Once Mark was resting in the bunk when Clare pulled into a truck stop. When she got out,she heard some drivers remark with astonishment: “That’s a woman driving that road train!”

    Clare said:  “The way the truck handles makes our job so much easier,. It takes a lot less effort to handle the truck, going uphill or downhill. And headwinds and side winds don’t affect us at all, even when we’re going 100 km/h”

    The couple also appreciate many of the CT630’s features and workmanship

    . “There’s a diagonal brace that keeps the side mirror from vibrating,” Mark said. “You can see the full length of the truck, with no distortion,– which with a double trailer road train, is remarkable.”

    Mark and Clare also like the CT630’s distinctive aluminium bull bar, which they say is important to protect against kangaroos during some parts of their standard run. And they love the CT630’s powerful air conditioning system, a critical feature in Australia’s heat.

    The couple also enjoy all the attention they get when driving in the distinctive Cat vehicle.

     “On our first run  we were driving through a small town 100 km outside of Brisbane,” Mark said.. “A driver in a refrigerator truck called us on our CB and asked if ours was the same model he’d seen at the Perth Truck Show.” .

    Kevin Small is pleased with the response of Mark and Clare  to the CT630. He said  it was superior engine reliability, driveability and the reduced likelihood of breakdown that were the primary reason for his decision to favour the CT630 over other truck options.

    He said: “The CT630 is suitable for road-train applications. I also like the fact that the CT630 was expressly designed and optimised for Australian conditions.”


    Luxury sleeper model goes on show in Melbourne

    Caterpillar® in Australia is adding to its line-up of linehaul  on-highway trucks with its first luxury sleeper, the Cat® CT630LS, revealed at the Melbourne Truck Show.

    The CT630LS will begin in-market testing immediately with production planned for late 2012.

    “This luxury sleeper represents a new product line and an exciting new option for Cat truck customers, particularly those engaged in interstate transport,” said Jeff Tyzack, general manager of Sales & Marketing for Cat trucks in Australia and New Zealand.

    “Drivers can now drive across country in one stylish, luxury vehicle secure in the knowledge that they will be fully looked after and supported by the Cat dealer network.” Mr Tyzack said.

    The powerful Cat C15 engine in the CT630LS provides up to 550 horsepower and 1,850 lb/ft of torque and is offered in an ADR 80/03-compliant option, which uses dual horizontal DPFs to eliminate the need for EGR or SCR for emissions compliance.

    As a result fuel efficiency remains essentially the same as in the ADR 80/02 compliant option. The vehicle comes with a standard four-year, 800,000km driveline coverage.-inch sleeper cabin and BBC measurement of 168 inches  (4,267 mm), the CT630LS offers a spacious cabin, enabling the driver to access all areas standing up.

    There is a large mattress (2040mm x 900mm) for comfortable sleeping and resting. Split-system reverse cycle air conditioning units offer separate temperature controls for  the driver and sleeper areas

    Cab strength is compliant with ECE R-29 and a unitized strut type cab suspension provides improved stability and comfort. Maximum storage capacity is provided through both internal and external access. Side vent windows with fly screens are standard for the CT630LS model.

    Tthe CT630LS is a highly aerodynamic high-rise sleeper, 4,024 mm high with roof aero and 3,760 mm high without roof aero. Its integrated, aerodynamic cab design provides linehaul and road train customers with improved fuel efficiency. A robust chassis frame measures 260mm x 92mm x 9.5mm, with an insert over the tandem axle and an upper frame tie for the high-rise sleeper.

    The CT630LS has a fully integrated and factory engineered sleeper cabin. 

    The CT630LS comes equipped with the latest highly durable and functional technology. New features include:

    With fuel capacity of 1510 litres, an antilock braking system that includes a trailer ABS socket, and Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of 90,000 kg, the CT630LS is well equipped for cross-country driving.

    The CT630LS has benefited from extensive driver experience gained locally in Australia which has enabled Cat trucks to provide customers with a durable product that has been well proven.


    Cat set to make debut in New Zealand

    The first Cat® on-highway truck is coming to New Zealand this month.

    The Cat CT630,  launched earlier i Australia, is a conventional prime mover and is suitable for on-highway tractors and rigid truck and trailer applications.

    ."The entire team is excited to be involved with Cat on-highway trucks," he said...

    .“The Cat CT630, which uses the industry-proven Cat C15 engine, will be of great interest to customers who know its fantastic reputation for fuel efficiency, reliability and durability.

    " In addition the truck features offer supreme comfort, control and safety features, which are well suited to the needs of New Zealand drivers and fleets. and prospective customers who seek a reliable product that can be serviced throughout the North and South Islands”.

    “We have 18 outlets covering 95 percent of the New Zealand population base backed by convenient, 24-hour, 365-day service delivered via 240 qualified diesel technicians,” he said.

    Bill Fulton, managing director for Cat trucks in Australia and New Zealand, said that since the Australian launch there had been great interest from New Zealand.

    “The CT630 has received favourable reviews from Australian owner/drivers and fleet operators and has been engineered to cater for right hand drive markets like Australia and New Zealand.

    Mr Fulton cited the CT630’s leadership in aerodynamic design as a key feature.

    “This product has been tested extensively in wind tunnels and we are confident that it is the most aerodynamic tractor on the market. One important aerodynamic feature is the vehicle’s sloped hood, which increases visibility and decreases wind drag for improved fuel efficiency.”

    “The combination of the truck's light tare weight, coupled with the aerodynamic styling and the Cat C15 engine, delivers best-in-class  fuel economy for customers,” he said.

    An array of features in the Cat CT630  enhance the driver’s comfort and control and the vehicle’s safety and reliability. Key  features include:

    The Cat C15 engine, which has a long track record in New Zealand, is rated up to 550 hp at 1800 rpm and 1850 ft-lb at 1200 rpm. The Cat CT630 also comes with a Meritor RT-46-160 rear axle and a Hendrickson HAS-460 suspension.

     The Eaton Fuller RTLO20918B transmission with 18-speed overdrive will be offered as standard, with the option of Ultrashift Plus for those  who require the auto-shift version.

    Mr Smith said:: “The combination of Cat trucks, along with the engineering expertise of Navistar and Caterpillar combined with the local experience and network of Goughs will ensure that the Cat trucks are successful in the New Zealand market and will perform well for fleet owners right around the country.".

    The trucks will be officially launched in Auckland,  this month, followed by a nationwide 11-stop road show throughout the North and South Islands.

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    40 natural gas Freightliners added to fleet

     An American  road transport company , Saddle Creek Corp,. has added 40 Freightliner Business Class® M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) prime movers to its fleet,  doubling its number of Freightliner CNG models..

    The company, with headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, is a third-party logistics company providing integrated supply chain solutions nationwide. The additional Freightliner CNG models reinforce the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and fuel-efficient operations.

    “Saddle Creek was very pleased with the level of customer service demonstrated by both our dealership, Tampa Truck Centre, and by Freightliner,” said Mike DelBovo, president of Saddle Creek Transportation.

     “We have learned a lot from the first 40 trucks and are very excited about the next 40 as we continue to implement natural gas technology across our truckload operations in the southeast.”

    Each of Saddle Creek’s prime movers (one is pictured on the left) will be specially outfitted with a 140-gallon fuel system, allowing for an approximate range of 550 to 575 miles per day, depending on the application.

    The Freightliner M2 112 CNG is powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9-liter natural gas engine, one of the most economical and dependable engines on the road. Featuring a maintenance-free three-way catalyst, and no diesel particulate filter regeneration required, the ISL G also lowers overall cost of operations.

    “Saddle Creek has demonstrated that natural gas is an environmentally-friendly option that also reduces fuel costs,” said Robert Carrick, vocational sales manager – natural gas, for Freightliner Trucks. “We will continue to provide our customers with sustainable and innovative solutions.”

    Freightliner Trucks’ commitment to green technologies is part of parent company Daimler AG’s global Shaping Future Transportation initiative. Launched in 2007, the initiative focuses on reducing criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption.

    In February ,2012,, the EPA certified Daimler Truck North America’s complete portfolio of model year 2013 on-highway, vocational and medium-duty vehicles as fully compliant with the new GHG14 regulations. DTNA is the first and only North American commercial vehicle manufacturer to be certified as GHG14-compliant.

    For more information about Freightliner Trucks, go to



    New DAF spoiler is an improver

    DAF is introducing a new, lower-weight roof spoiler, featuring an improved adjustment range with a unique adjusting mechanism, which makes it easy for the driver to position the spoiler at an optimum height.

    The new roof spoiler fits in perfectly with the DAF ATe (Advanced Transport Efficiency) programme, which aims to further reduce fuel consumption and emissions while optimising truck efficiency.

    It will be available as an option on all XF105 Space Cab models.

     The main feature that sets this spoiler apart is its wider adjustment range, which means that it can also be used with low deck tractors. The new, adjustable roof spoiler is also 25 kilograms lighter, which increases the truck's load capacity.

    A feature of the new roof spoiler designed especially for the XF105 Space Cab is the option to fit the roof spoiler with a convenient adjusting mechanism which allows the driver to easily adjust the height of the spoiler while standing next to the truck using an adjusting spindle fitted to the rear wall of the cabin or on the inside of the fenders.

     This ensures that the spoiler can always be positioned at the right height which can lower fuel consumption by a few percent.

    DAF ATe

    The new roof spoiler fits in perfectly with DAF ATe, a complete range of solutions that further reduce fuel consumption and emissions while improving truck efficiency.

    This program also includes the innovations introduced on the 12.9 litre PACCAR MX engine, such as new pistons and a fully encapsulated exhaust manifold, which on its own is capable of reducing fuel consumption by three percent and the maximum speed ex-factory is limited to 85 instead of 89 km/h, making it possible to achieve a further two to three percent reduction in fuel consumption CO2 emissions.

     In order to raise the driver's awareness of the importance of low fuel consumption information on the current and achieved fuel consumption is provided on the central display on the dashboard as standard.


    Kumho tyre network relaunched

     Leading tyre manufacturer Kumho has relaunched its national network of specialist truck and commercial vehicle tyre dealers, Kumho Komplete.

    The Kumho Komplete network comprises 80 specialist dealers around Australia offering strong technical support, re-treading services and extensive commercial vehicle knowledge.

     Harvey Hawes, manager of truck and commercial tyres at Kumho Tyres Australia, said the Kumho Komplete dealer network offered commercial vehicle operators the convenience of a trusted network offering the entire Kumho commercial vehicle tyre range along with the expertise and knowledge to meet the demands of today's heavy vehicle operation.

    "It's important for commercial vehicle operators to be able to access a specialist truck tyre dealer who understands the needs of commercial operators no matter where that might be in Australia," said Harvey Hawes.

    "All of our Kumho Komplete dealers around Australia understand trucks and truck tyres and the importance of keeping trucks on the road and minimising downtime,"

    The Kumho Komplete network allows operators to have truck tyres fitted at any Kumho Komplete dealer and bill them to their company's Kumho account, making it easier for drivers to keep the rig rolling no matter where they are in Australia.

    "There is nothing more frustrating or costly to business than having a vehicle stranded with a tyre issue.

    "The program allows drivers to focus on maintaining their rigs and doing what they do best without having to worry about the costs of tyre maintenance while away from the depot.

    "A Melbourne- based driver can go to a Kumho Komplete dealer in Sydney, have work carried out and have the bill picked up by their employer because of a centralised Kumho Komplete account.

    "Kumho Komplete is structured around operators and is all about providing convenient, expert service for Kumho truck tyre customers around Australia." Harvey Hawes said.

    Since its inception in 1960 Kumho Tyres has been a model of steady growth amid dramatic changestof the business landscape. Driven by innovation in management and technical development Kumho has become one of the top 10 tyre companies in the world.

    Over the past half-century Kumho Tyres has built the foundation for a sustainable company, which has thrived through a full range of business environments.

    In Australia Kumho markets an extensive range of tyres for cars, 4WDs, light commercials, trucks and buses with a network centred around five state



    New Condor proves easy on the pocket

    A Queensland furniture delivery contractor is one of the first converts to the comfort of UD Trucks' new Condor medium duty range with early economy figures paying dividends.

    The new Condor (pictured left)  could not come quickly enough for f Ian and Sheree Jones..The couple were one of the first to order a new MK 11 250,and they have not been disappointed by their new acquisition.

    Ian has been working in the transport industry for the last 20 years and Sheree became involved eight years ago with the pair sampling a wide variety of trucks. Ian has found the UD to be the perfect truck for his harsh operating environment.

    Ian, who runs furniture delivery routes for Super Amart out of Toowoomba, said that economy of the new truck was just the tip of the iceberg with outstanding occupant comfort also one of the leading qualities of the truck.

    "It's a brilliant truck, I couldn't fault it," Ian said.

    "It's great to drive, one of the best trucks I've ever owned. It's impressive to the point I've been recommending the truck to the other drivers who also sub-contract to the company we work for.

    "The ride is fantastic, it's the equal of or better than the European trucks I've owned and it's very economical. We're getting close to 5km/L on diesel.

    Ian and Sheree work from base in Coominya in the Lockyer Valley,. Typical destinations in a week include Roma in the west and  Moree, New South Wales n the south  with other regular stops including Tenterfield, Inglewood and Texas.

    The longest of these routes is 490km one way and they present a unique set of challenges  to the truck.

    Thesed include regularly ravelling up the Great Dividing Range along the Warrego Highway near Toowoomba with the six-speed manual transmission coupled to the all-new ECO Fleet power plant managing the daunting road with ease.

    "Hauling furniture around, our cargo tends to be more volume than weight," Ian said.

    "I can have a truck at half load going up the Toowoomba Range in fifth gear, on the speed limit the whole way, no problems.

    "On the way back down, even at full load, I just use the exhaust brake and it sits nicely on the speed limit without an issue."

    One of the big attractions of the UD is the truck's outstanding reputation for reliability  with the isolation of many of Ian's destinations putting an emphasis on a dependable vehicle. Thus he renews his truck every three to five years.

    Another important factor impacting on Ian's working conditions is the varied quality of local roads with his 5500mm long wheelbase model handling the various bumps he comes across effortlessly.

    "The comfort of the truck is really improved by the suspension seat for the driver - it rides brilliantly," Ian said.

    "Another great feature is the new entertainment console. Out west we are in and out of radio reception, but I plug my iPhone in and away we go. It's very easy to set p and play music through the truck's stereo as well as use the phone hands free."

    Scania gains large joint order from two British companies

    Two  British trucking operators, Eddie Stobart and A. W. Jenkinson Forest Products  ave placed a joint order for  1000 Scania trucks.

    The deal is similar to an order placed by the operators with Scania in 2010. This was then Scania’s largest supply agreement in Britain.

    About 300 of the trucks in the latest order will go into service this year. The remaining trucks will be delivered by December, 2013.. Some of the trucks in the  Stobart fleet are pictured on the left.

    As with the previous order, the vehicles will be mainly Scania R-Series prime movers, but will also include a significant number of G-Series models.

     Stobart Group chief operating officer William Stobart said: “This agreement  reflects our ongoing satisfaction with Scania and the levels of support provided by the company’s dealer network.

     “Scania’s focus on ongoing development will allow Eddie Stobart to continue to provide sustainable distribution and the usual high levels of service to its customers.

     Scania (Great Britain) Limited managing director  Hans-Christer Holgersson said: “Over the past two years  the partnership between  Eddie Stobart , A.W. Jenkinson and Scania has continued to develop positively.

     Winning such a significant order not only demonstrates that our products meet the operational needs of these two high-profile customers day in, day out, but also  the capabilities of  service  organization when it comes to providing a comprehensive range of backup services on such a large  geographical scale.”

     Eddie Stobart, part of the Stobart Group,is one of the most recognized and strongest brands in Britain, best known for its iconic green trucks.

    Today Eddie Stobart has a road haulage fleet of 2280 vehicles and some of the best vehicle utilisation in the industry. helping to maximize efficiency and environmental benefits.

     A.W. Jenkinson Forest Products and  its  subsidiaries handle more than two million tones of green waste, roundwood,  chips, sawdust, bark  and other timber co-products each year, collected from industry sites,  sawmills and other wood processing industries throughout Britain.

     The company is the largest British supplier of woodchip and bark products.

     Scania is a major supplier to British industry of trucks, buses, coaches and engines for industrial and marine applications.


    Clean energy: Scania leads by example

    Scania is  taking a further step in its efforts to reduce the climate impact from its own operations.

    Ethanol trucksUsing renewable bioethanol as a fuel rather than fossil-based diesel will help reduce the climate impact of carbon dioxide emissions from Scania’s own goods transport services at its production facilities in Södertälje, Sweden, by about 70 percent.

    The eight ethanol trucks that are now being put into operation will contribute to a decrease in CO2 emissions equal to that of 12 normal homes heated by fossil-based electrical energy.

    “As a supplier of transport solutions, it is important for us to take the lead in developing sustainable alternative solutions and demonstrate how sustainability and efficiency are linked in practice,” said Anders Nielsen, Scania’s head of production and logistics.

    Scania now offers a series of climate- and energy-efficient products and services – Ecolution by Scania – that helps transport companies reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and maximise revenue from their truck and bus operations.

     Ecolution by Scania is a comprehensive solution including optimised vehicles, driver training and continuous monitoring of  vehicles and drivers. In distribution services switching to vehicles that run on biofuels will lead to a substantial reduction in climate impact.

    In Södertälje Scania primarily operates trucks to transport components and packaging material between its various production and assembly workshops.

    These internal freight traffic operations were recently taken over by the Scania Transport Laboratory, a wholly-owned subsidiary that tests and evaluates vehicle characteristics and performance in commercial haulage. Its task also includes developing and monitoring Scania’s drivers with regard to economical and safe driving.

    “By switching to ethanol Scania is demonstrating that sustainable solutions can be achieved – here and now – with technology that is already available today,” said Mr Nielsen.

    To help increase the availability of renewable fuels for commercial vehicles Scania will open a public filling station in Södertälje later this year with fuel dispensers for RME (rapeseed methyl ester), ED95 (ethanol) and biogas.


    New Scania lights are in sight

    In line with Scania's continuous development of its products, the time has now
    come for a review of the frontal lighting.

    Operators are getting  access to a wider range of options.

    Scania is adding H7 headlights (pictured left)  to the present H4 and Xenon options. The new units have clear glass lenses and the styling resembles that of the Xenon units

    New indicator light modules with integrated daytime running lights, sidelights andindicators are styled to blend in with the restyled headlamp units, all using LED technology with significantly longer service life than traditional bulbs. This also leaves space for both foglights and spotlights in the bumper.

    Spotting Scania trucks on the road now involves identifying the following views:
    New daytime running lights
    New H7 headlights
    Xenon headlights
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    H4 headlights
    Beam patterns

    Scania offers customers a choice of lighting setups with different characters:.
    Dipped beam
    Main beam

    H7 provides a wider beam than H4. Dipped beam remains on when main beam is used, providing a homogeneous main beam. H1 is used for the main beam.

    Xenon (pictured left) provides a long and wide beam suitable for most night driving conditions. H7 is used for the main beam. Xenon lights have a long service life.

    H4 provides long reach and a light pattern that is particularly comfortable for relaxed motorway driving.

    Volvo truck handbooks go digital


    Every Volvo truck has its own unique driver’s handbook with contents  individually tailored to match the vehicle’s specification. Now it

    is also possible to download it free via the Internet.

    "A digital driver's handbook in the office computer is a practical complement to the printed version stored in the truck. This way it is easy to quickly access information about the vehicle," said Stefan Börjesson, manager driver Information at Volvo Trucks.

    "It can be a good idea to have a digital driver's handbook for vehicle owner and dealer alike handbook. - for instance, when the vehicle changes owner.

     "And if the printed version gets lost there is always a backup available while a new printed handbook is ordered and delivered

    "If the owner wants the driver's handbook in printed or digital form in another language than that in the original version that is not a problem.

    "The downloadable driver's handbook is ordered free of charge via the Volvo Trucks website by filling in the chassis number, model designation, contact details and required language. After that we will send an e-mail with a link and it is from there that the driver's handbook is downloaded in PDF format. It's as simple as that," said Mr Börjesson.



    Volvo issues March delivery figures

    Volvo truck deliveries totalled 9954 in March, down by four percent compared with the same period in the previous year..

    In Europe deliveries totalled 3952 trucks in March, down 12 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2011.

     However, the Russian market continued to show a positive development and deliveries increased to 604 trucks in March compared with 390 trucks in March, 2011. Deliveries also increased in  Britain and in the Baltic states in March, compared with March ,2011.

    Uncertainty concerning economic and political development in southern Europe continued to have an impact on truck deliveries in certain markets to some extent.

    Deliveries in South America continued to be affected by planned production reductions in the wake of new emission requirements, which were introduced on January 1, 2012. In March deliveries declined by 13 percent to 1943 trucks compared with the same period last year. Looking at individual markets in South America, deliveries increased in Argentina, Peru and Uruguay in March.

    In North America March deliveries increased 48 percent to 2552 vehicles in comparison with the same period last year. The increase was primarily a result of continued replacement demand.

    Deliveries by market area: were:

    Delivered Units

    Volvo Trucks





    Volvo Trucks



                   2012    2011  

    3 952

    4 508


    9 990

    11 084


        Western Europe

    2 583

    3 183


    6 957

    8 223


        Eastern Europe

    1 369

    1 325


    3 033

    2 861


    North America

    2 552

    1 722


    6 498

    4 725


    South America

    1 943

    2 233


    4 465

    5 439




    1 527


    2 643

    3 162


    Other markets




    1 418



    Total Volvo Trucks

    9 954

    10 363


    25 014

    25 302


    Medium duty (7-16t)







    Heavy duty (>16t)

    9 814

    10 178


    24 596

    24 855


    Total Volvo Trucks

    9 954

    10 363


    25 014

    25 302




    Volvo's Mean Green truck sets speed records

    The Volvo hybrid truck, Mean Green, has established new world speed records on at Wendover Airfield in Utah, USA.

    The world records it achieved were: Flying kilometre -236.577 km/h (147.002 mph) and standing kilometre - 153.252 km/h (95.245 mph).

    "We are very pleased with Mean Green's performance, especially at such a high altitude," said Boije Ovebrink, Mean Green driver and owner.

    "We knew Wendover would present challenges because it's more than 4200 feet (1280 meters) above sea level."

    The speed record attempts were sanctioned by the United States Auto Club, an extension of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motoring's international governing body. The new world records are subject to FIA recognition.


    Mean Green (pictured left) eclipsed its previous records - 218.780 km/h (135.943 mph) in the flying kilometre and 152.253 km/h (94.605 mph) in the standing kilometre - established in June,2011, at Hultsfred Airport in Sweden.

     Mean Green's modified aerodynamic body design bears little resemblance to a freight-hauling tractor, but it is comprised almost entirely of production components from the Volvo vehicle family, including a Volvo VN cab and frame.

    It  features a highly tuned Volvo D16 engine and a modified version of Volvo's automated I-Shift gearbox, which interacts with the hybrid's electric motor.

     The combination of an electric motor and Volvo D16 diesel engine delivers 2,100 horsepower and nearly 6780 Nm (5,000 lb-ft.) torque - of which, 200 horsepower and 1200 Nm (885 lb-ft.) of torque come from the electric motor.



    Hybrid rear loader cleans up waste collection

    Hino Australia has teamed up with waste collection machinery expert MacDonald Johnston to develop a revolutionary new urban waste collection truck based around the Hino 300 Hybrid.

    The 'UrBin' (or universal rear loading binlifter) Hino hybrid rear loader (pictured left) has been specifically designed as a low-impact refuse collection vehicle for use in built-up urban areas, particularly parks and gardens where truck noise may be an issue.

    MacDonald Johnston, managing director David Waldron. said the industry-first UrBin Hino Hybrid rear loader was the ideal machine to satisfy the needs of inner-city councils and private contractors who are aiming to reduce their environmental footprint.

    "Many rear loaders operate day to day within park and garden areas where noise and CO2 pollution can be a major issue," he said.

    "Rear loaders operating in these environments spend much of the day stationary or moving very slowly, which is where the hybrid system becomes most beneficial."

    Hino Australia president Steve Lotter said the Hino 300 Series diesel-electric hybrid chassis was of real benefit to the Australian waste industry.

    "Combined with a significant reduction in nitrous oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide emissions, the UrBin Hino Hybrid rear loader lessens overall operating costs and ultimately the impact on the environment."

    Developed around Hino's 714 model 300 Series diesel-electric hybrid truck, the MacDonald Johnston UrBin body utilises a number of unique features.

    It can be configured to handle several types of common waste receptacles, covering conventional waste, green waste and recyclable goods.

    And it can also be built to suit the specific needs of customers depending on their requirements

    Mr Lotter said it was pleasing to see Australian industry working to develop sustainable solutions for the trucking industry.

    "Hino's pioneering hybrid technology has proven to be an effective and affordable solution to fuel economy and emission issues for several major Australian customers.

    "More than 162 Hino Hybrid trucks are now in service in Australia and an all-new model range is being launched to customers later this year.

    "By working with body builders like MacDonald Johnston we're able to tailor the needs of this truck to suit the customer, bringing real environmental benefit at a price customers can afford," he said.



    JAC unveils new range in Melbourne

    JAC Trucks has announced its initial Australian model line-up and is unveiling the new "J Range" of light-duty trucks at the Melbourne International Truck Trailer and Equipment Show.

    The market has been awaiting details of the new JAC Australian line-up and the three models will cover a wide range of applications and needs with a GVM from 4.5 tonnes to 7.5 tonnes.

    Models available in Australia  range begin with the 4.5 tonne J45, powered by a 2.8-litre Cummins ISF Euro 5 common rail turbo charged diesel engine mated initially to a ZF five-speed manual transmission.


    The range steps up to the 6.5- tonne J65 using a 3.8-litre Cummins ISF Euro 5 common rail turbo-charged diesel engine mated to a JAC six-speed manual while the 7.5 tonne J75 features the same Cummins engine and JAC transmission but with an added tonne of payload.

    These three models are the first of a range of trucks on the Australian market which will run from 4.5-tonne light-duty through a range of medium-duty to the lower end of the heavy-duty market, with the full range expected on sale by the end of 2013.

    WMC  managing director Jason Pecotic said the new light-duty range of JAC trucks had been specified to offer the best value proposition in the Australian light-duty truck market and would make the market sit up and take notice.

    "We believe that the combination of keen pricing, the assurance of an internationally proven driveline and a low cost of ownership across the life of the vehicle will make the JAC range an alternative to the established Japanese brands," said Mr Pecotic.

    The J45 model boasts maximum power of 110kW at 3200rpm with maximum torque of 360Nm at 1800rpm while the J65 and J75 models deliver maximum power of 115kW at 2600 rpm and 500Nm of torque at 1800rpm.

    The Cummins ISF in both 2.8 and 3.8-litre form delivers good fuel economy along with a low, flat torque curve making the JAC light-duty models  flexible and easy to drive, particularly in city traffic.Cummins' efficiency allows it to employ a smaller cubic capacity and its excellent torque across the rev range means  reduced fuel consumption.

    All JAC light-duty models are equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emission control. SCR is  efficient and clean., 

    The J45 model boasts a high payload capacity It has a compact wheelbase and a front overhang which enhances its manoeuvrability and ease of operation in busy city streets.

    The JAC J65 and J75 models have full air brakes, enhancing safety, durability and performance.

    Standard features on all three JAC light-duty models include ABS anti-lock braking, EBD, power windows, air-conditioning AM-FM-CD-MP3 audio system, remote central locking, door pockets, cup holders and entry assist handles.

    The JAC truck range will be launched with  a 2+3 warranty .


    Vans from China offer style and performance


    JAC's first multi-purpose commercial vans, the Sunray and Refine, have had their Australian debut at this year's Melbourne International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show as part of the company's rapidly expanding range of commercial vehicles.

    The two vans will be launched in Australia around the first quarter of 2013.

    The Sunray (pictured left) tops tJAC's family of vans offering European styling, the latest emission compliant engines, advanced transmissions and international componentry.

    Sunray's Euro-styling was developed by JAC's international R&D resources with JAC's Italian Design centre creating the exterior look and JAC's Japanese Design centre handling the interior design.

    Sunray is the first Euro-style van to be engineered and developed by JAC in China and it has already gained an EU EEC certificate.

    The Sunray uses JAC's four-cylinder common rail direct injection 2.7-litre inter-cooled and turbocharged diesel engine which delivers 88kW of power at 3600rpm and 280Nm of torque at 2200rpm. This is coupled to JAC's LCST 28 five-speed transmission while an automatic version will be available when it goes on sale in Australia.

    Sunray will also be offered with an optional Cummins ISF 2.8litre delivering power of 110kW at 3200rpm with maximum torque of 360Nm at 1800rpm.

    The Sunray has a wheelbase of 3570mm, a cubic capacity of 14 cubic metres and an agile 14-metre turning circle.

    It will also be available as a mini-bus/people mover with seating for up to 15 people in either standard or luxury versions, making it suitable for a wide variety of operations from airport transfer to personnel and school bus transport.

    Safety features in the Sunray will include an ABS+EBD braking system and SRS airbags.

    The smaller JAC Refine van (pictured left) also meets the latest emission standards with its two-litre twin overhead cam, electronically fuel injected, turbo charged petrol engine, mated to JAC's own six-speed manual transmission.

    An automatic transmission and a diesel engine are under development for the Refine and they are expected to be a part of the Australian lineup when it goes on sale here.

    The turbo petrol engine delivers maximum power of 120kW at 4000rpm and torque of 235Nm between 3500-4500rpm giving it a maximum speed of 165km/h.

    Refine will be available as either a cargo van with cubic capacity of up to nine cubic metres or as an 11-seat mini bus/people mover.

    Now well advanced with its move into western markets, JAC has undertaken extensive research and development and its use of international componentry ensures the ability to cope with tough conditions reliably.

    JAC is China's most export focussed commercial vehicle maker adopting a global outlook over the past decade with an international R&D network, integrating state-of-the-art design centres in Hefei in China along with Turin in Italy and Tokyo in Japan.



    Auckland Council takes delivery of a JAC truck

    Auckland Council in New Zealand has become the first customer to take delivery of a JAC truck in New Zealand with the  purchase of an  HFC1061K tipper.

    The picture on the left shows the  new truck being delivered by Auckland JAC dealer Intertruck's branch manager Hugh Green who handed the keys tver to Auckland Council's Daniel Sales (left).

    The JAC tipper will be paired with a 3.5-tonne excavator for use by the council at its Waikumete and Swanson cemeteries.

    Auckland Council's first JAC truck is fitted with a Custom Motorbodies five-tonne capacity all-steel tipper body which features under-body electric/hydraulic tipping, a flat deck, removable drop sides and a two-way hinged tailgate.

    The truck was supplied with ramps, tie-down points and chains to safely carry the 3.5 tonne excavator io the tipper body.

    The vehicle will be based at the Waikumete Cemetery and will operate between there and the council's other west Auckland cemetery l15km away in Swanson.

    Auckland Council's Daniel Sales said  the expert advice and recommendation of independent consultant Craig Silby of plus the professional presentation by WMC outlining the strength of JAC, its dealer network, service and parts support gave the council the confidence to consider JAC as a serious option.

    "Experienced Auckland Council staff thoroughly inspected the JAC trucks and were highly impressed with the overall quality and the use of components from major global suppliers," said Daniel Sales.

    "In particular the fact that the JAC uses Cummins engines as well as other quality components such as WABCO full air ABS brakes really impressed us," he said.

    "Above all we found that the package represented outstanding value for money and it was a combination of all those factors that led us to purchase the JAC."

    WMC Group's NZ general manager Dean Hoverd said the purchase by Auckland Council was a landmark for JAC in New Zealand and added to the brand's market credibility. The council's JAC truck is pictured on the right.C

    "Auckland Council clearly did its homework and realized JAC is a strong proposition in terms of value, specification, service and back-up and this decision has led a number of other government and semi government bodies as well as major private fleets  looking closely at JAC here in NZ," said Mr Hoverd.

    The strong New Zealand wide dealer network and the backup of WMC both in New Zealand and in Australia means that JAC buyers will never be far away from service and parts back-up.

     JAC's  New Zealand network already includes sales service and parts outlets in Auckland, Whangarei, Mt Maunganui and Taranaki on the North Island and Christchurch on the South Island.

    The JAC line-up  features a choice of two wide body light duty models, the 6.0/8.0 tonne HFC1061K featuring a 3.8 litre Cummins ISF common rail turbo diesel with a six-speed manual transmission and a payload of up to four tonnes, as well as the 4.5-tonne HFC1048K powered by a 2.8 litre Cummins ISF common rail turbo diesel with a five speed ZF manual transmission and a payload of two tonnes.

    Further light models will be introduced in coming months with a medium duty range set to be released in Australia and New Zealand over the next year.

    JAC has been the leading exporter of light duty trucks in China for the past 10 years, shipping its vehicles to more than 100 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East.

    JAC or Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd , was founded in 1964 and listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2001. It manufactures a full range of vehicles from light, medium and heavy-duty trucks to MPVs, SUVs, passenger cars and buses. The company also manufactures engineering machinery, engines, gearboxes and other key components.

    Its Australian and New Zealand distributor for JAC, WMC Group, has headquarterss in Sydney with a New Zealand office based in Auckland and has been the Australian distributor for Higer buses and coaches since 2006. It recently started distributing and selling Higer buses in New Zealand.

    JAC truck sales are expected to begin in Australia during the fourth quarter of 2011 with a new Euro 5 spec range of light duty trucks


    NZ dealer to sell and service JACs

    Leading New Zealand North Island truck dealer Wheelans Group has become the latest to commit to China's JAC trucks.

    The Wheelans Group is one of New Zealand's leading multi-franchise truck dealers offering a complete package for the truck industry.

    Truck & Trailer Hire Ltd, part of the Wheelans Group, will be responsible for JAC sales, parts and service in four North Island regions trading as JAC Waikato in Hamilton and JAC Central in Gisborne, Wellington and Palmerston North.

    A JAC is pictured on the left.

    Jason Pecotic, chief executive officer of JAC's New Zealand and Australian importer WMC Group, said Wheelans Group would  be instrumental in the growth of JAC in New Zealand.

    "Wheelans Group's commitment to JAC is a massive coup for JAC. They are a recognisd and highly regarded name in the New Zealand truck industry and will give JAC great coverage in key centres through the North Island," said Mr Pecotic.

    "Wheelans has a great reputation and JAC is looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship with the group.

    "JAC is undergoing significant expansion in New Zealand and Australia and Wheelans Group is a key plank in our expansion thanks to its reputation and loyal customer base in Wellington, Waikato and the Manawatu and East Coast regions."

    Wheelans Group is the vision of Phil Wheelans who has more than a quarter of a century's experience in the commercial transport field.

    The group sells and services four other major truck brands andowns MF King - an industrial truck body and trailer manufacturer - Truck and Trailer Hire, Josam Wheel Alignment and Phil Wheelans Trucks and Vans.

    "Phil Wheelans has created a hub for the North Island's commercial transport needs - from buying a truck to paint and custom trailers - and JAC is proud to be a part of the Wheelans Group," said Mr Pecotic.

    JAC or Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd was founded in 1964 and listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2001. It manufactures a full range of vehicles from light, medium and heavy-duty trucks to MPVs, SUVs, passenger cars and buses. The company also manufactures engineering machinery, engines, gearboxes and other key components.

    JAC has been the leading exporter of light-duty trucks in China for the past 10 years, shipping its vehicles to more than 100 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East.

    JAC importer WMC Group has its headquarters  in Sydney and its  New Zealand office is based in Auckland.. It has been the Australian distributor for Higer buses and coaches since 2006 and  recently started distributing and selling Higer buses in New Zealand.

    JAC  sales will begin in Australia early in 2012 with a new Euro 5 spec range of light-duty trucks.

    WMC has established a new headquarters and distribution centre at Milperra in Sydney's southwest to serve both its JAC and Higer operations and has been recruiting additional staff while building a strong dealer network to market its commercial vehicle range around Australia and New Zealand.


    Bulldog looks back on a big Australian year

    Mack Trucks has looked back in its magazine Bulldog News on what has been a big year for the maker in Australia.

    It recalls the early part of 2011 when its 'Built for Australia' cavalcade introduced people across Australia to its new range of vehicles and the Mack MP8 SCR engine with an automated mDrive transmission.

    "And what a response these awesome trucks received," the magazine says.

    "In May we continued our 'Built for Australia' message at the Brisbane Truck Show.

    "With over 35,000 visitors the show was certainly well received in its new home, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the Mack stand was, as always, a clear highlight.

    "The only question now is - what can we do in 2012 to top it?.

    "The big news kept coming in 2011 with the announcement in September that Mack Trucks would be opening the order book for the awesome Super-Liner and Titan models powered by the impressive 685hp MP10 engine

    "Keep your eyes open for these vehicles hitting our roads mid-2012 - you won't be able to miss them."


    Kenworth hauls huge potato across US

    A giant potato which took a team of designers and contractors a year to build is being hauled across the United States by a Kenworth T660 truck.

    The eye-catching spud cannot be eaten, but it is expected to foster a lot of looks and photographs - and that's exactly why the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) built the huge replica in honour of its 75th anniversary.

    It weighs six tons and is 28ft long.

    The T660 has been supplied by Kenworth Sales Company on a one-year rental contract,

    It will make its way across the United States with its unusual cargo to promote Idaho potatoes.

    iThe Great Big Idaho Potato Truck (pictured left), as it is known, will make stops