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Iveco X-Way Exemplifies the Segmentation in the European Tipper Market

The Iveco Stralis X-Way exemplifies the segmentation in the European tipper market. The new range from the Italian truck maker consists of three distinct models: ‘On Set-up’; ‘On+ Set-up’; and last-but-not-least ‘Off Set-up’. Of the trio, On and On+ are homologated for on-road operations while, as its name suggests, Off is the Italians’ off-road product. 

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In less than 18 months, Scania has completely replaced its truck line-up

Completely Replaced its Truck Line-up

In less than 18 months, Scania has completely replaced its truck line-up – from top-weight prime movers down to low-entry urban warriors, stopping off in between with an all-new construction range. Diesel News’ European Correspondent reckons the Swedish truck maker’s recent range renewal isn’t just about multiple new cabs atop a host of revised chassis.

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Bring Back the Clutch

On one of the new models from Scania, the Swedish truck maker has decided to bring back the clutch. Man cannot live on prime mover sales alone – even if they do represent a massive chunk of the new truck market up here. As part of it whole range change, Scania have filled in the remaining gaps in its New Generation line-up. Read more

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Range Renaissance 

Late last year, Scania completed its long-anticipated ‘New Generation’ range renaissance. Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, reckons there’s more to it than just a shedload of bright-new shiny trucks. Read more

More Moscow Motors

This week Diesel News brings you more Moscow Motors from the Comtrans truck show, held every other year in Moscow’s Crocus Expo Centre in Russia. According to our European Correspondent Brian Weatherley, it is truly is something out of the ordinary. With the economic opening up of Eastern Europe and Russia the world’s transport equipment producers have seen a massive sales opportunity. And for good reason too. The size of the market is enormous. With the end of the old Soviet Union, the previously state-run truck makers have also enjoyed a renaissance, not least by striking-up commercial partnerships with Western European truck makers.

 

With more than 20,500 visitors and 217 exhibitors from 17 countries, Comtrans remains the leading truck show for Eastern Europe, clearly supporting the organiser’s claims that it’s now the second most important international road transport show after the IAA in Hanover. After a marked slump in the sector in 2015, the Russian transport market has since come roaring back – with Comtrans being the perfect venue for local truck and bus manufacturers to unveil new products.

 

Here are some of the the highlights from the show:

 

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Ford Otosan wants to catch up with the ‘Big Seven’ CV manufacturers in Russia. Its latest 3542D tipper has been specially configured for the local market with a ‘cold climate’ package, which includes extreme cold engine fluids, powerful cabin heating and a heated windscreen.

 

 

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Asian truck manufacturers had a strong presence at Comtrans. Chinese company Foton presented its Auman EST – short for Energy Super Trucks – for the first time in Russia, following its world debut last year. EST is based on Mercedes’ Actros (Foton has a joint venture with Daimler), but with an 11.8-litre Euro-5 Cummins ISG engine coupled to a ZF TraXon auto.

 

 

 

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Tatra’s double-tough Phoenix 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 8×6 construction, mining and forestry chassis use DAF’s CF cab and Euro-6 Paccar MX engines, but with the famous Czech manufacturer’s own unique, centre-spine frame with independently-suspended axles. Buyers can spec a 16-speed Ecosplit manual or AS-Tronic auto, both from ZF, or Allison transmissions with a hydrodynamic torque converter replacing the regular clutch.

 

 

 

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Chinese truck maker FAW showed the latest versions of its ‘J6’ CA3310 and CA3250 dump trucks (the latter capable of taking a body up to 20m³) at Comtrans, with Euro-5 engines rated between 380 and 390hp. Inside, there’s a revised LCD instrumented dashboard while the cabs gain a new four-point suspension to absorb the bumps and shocks off-road.

 

 

 

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The Japanese manufacturer was also at Comtrans, with Isuzu showing off this left-hand-drive Euro-5 14.2-litre engine EXZ Giga 3340 6×4 heavy-duty prime mover chassis at the Moscow show. It has a gross combination weight of 60 tonnes.

 

 

 

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The Russian light commercial market is experiencing significant growth – up by almost 23 per cent during the first half of 2017. Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant (UAZ), Russia’s second-largest LCV manufacturer, premiered its all-new Profi 1.5-tonne payload pickup range with flatbed, box or special bodies for tradesmen and municipal buyers. Power comes from a ZMZ petrol engine delivering up to 160hp.

 

 

 

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Russian LCV market leader Gaz showed off this Gazon Next chassis cab with dropside body. The chunky 8.7-tonne chassis/crew cab can carry a hefty four-tonne body/payload. It comes with a choice of 4.4-litre 150hp gas or 135hp diesel engines. Gaz also unveiled its transporter Gazelle Next 4.6, which offers 1.5 to 2.62 tonnes more payload than its current 3.5-tonne models. It has a new rear axle and all-round disc brakes.

 

 

 

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Lada’s sleek-looking ‘Largus Wagon’ compact van, built under licence from the Nissan Renault alliance, is based on the Largus Universal MPV – hence the retained rear doors – and was one of four models shown at Comtrans. The Largus Wagon van is powered by a 64hp or 78hp 1.6-litre petrol engine coupled to a five-speed box. Load volume is around 2.54m³ (a high-roof version is optional), and payload is a nominal half tonne.

 

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This week Diesel News is looking at an exhibition of Moscow motors. While the Americans have MATS in Louisville, the Brits have the CV Show in Birmingham, and the West Europeans have IAA in Hanover,  for the Eastern Europeans, there’s only one show – Comtrans in Moscow. Diesel’s European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, has the story.

 

The Comtrans truck show, held every other year in Moscow’s Crocus Expo Centre, is something out of the ordinary. With the economic opening up of Eastern Europe and Russia the world’s transport equipment producers have seen a massive sales opportunity. And for good reason too. The size of the market is enormous. With the end of the old Soviet Union, the previously state-run truck makers have also enjoyed a renaissance, not least by striking-up commercial partnerships with Western European truck makers.

 

With more than 20,500 visitors and 217 exhibitors from 17 countries, Comtrans remains the leading truck show for Eastern Europe, clearly supporting the organiser’s claims that it’s now the second most important international road transport show after the IAA in Hanover. After a marked slump in the sector in 2015, the Russian transport market has since come roaring back – with Comtrans being the perfect venue for local truck and bus manufacturers to unveil new products.

 

Here are some of the the highlights from the show:

 

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If you thought Ford no longer made heavies, think again. The 1846T Cargo, built by Turkish manufacturer Ford Otosan (an equal partnership between Ford Motor Company and Koç Holdings), features its own 12.7-litre 480hp EcoTorque Euro-6 diesel with 2,500Nm of torque. The latest 12-speed ZF TraXon auto completes the package. Its striking cab is used on both prime movers and multi-wheelers.

 

 

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Domestic market leader Kamaz provided an early sneak view of its next-generation Kamaz 54901 prime mover, based on the current Mercedes-Benz Actros cab. It will be assembled in a new factory currently being built by the joint venture Daimler Kamaz RUS. Power comes from Kamaz’s own P6 Euro-5/6 in-line six-pots rated between 350–550hp, coupled to the latest ZF TraXon two-pedal auto. The market launch is expected within the next five years

 

 

 

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Other debuts at the Kamaz stand included its three-axle 54909 with selectable hydraulic drive on the front axle and the 65208 with hybrid drive, designed for use in refuse collection chassis.

 

 

 

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Russian light commercial, truck and bus maker Gaz had no less than ten world debutantes on its stand, but none so eye-catching as its Sobol All-Terrain Crawler Concept, an amphibious off-road vehicle, seen here, as well as its Vepr Next off-road concept truck.

 

 

 

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Gaz has expanded its Ural heavy truck range. Its latest Next 6×4 aims to win sales in new markets including on-road and light construction. It also unveiled a new first, a right-hand drive Ural Next 6×6 for export markets. Another newcomer was its YMZ-770 12.4-litre in-line common-rail engine in Euro-5 or 6 versions rated from 360-550 hp.

 

 

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Belarusian manufacturer Maz (Minsk Automobile Factory) had three new truck models on show. Its Maz-5440S9-520-03 prime mover has a new, 420hp SCR Euro-5 six-pot courtesy of the Yaroslavl engine factory. Its cab interior has also gained a major makeover with a new dash.

 

 

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The latest Maz-5440S9-520-03 has also gained more space inside around the top bunk while the new three-axle Maz-643029-1420-012 has a 430hp engine from Weichai Power.

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the Horsepower Race

Out of the Horsepower Race

Over the years, DAF, has stayed out of the horsepower race, resolutely refusing to follow the crowd and turn up the wick on its biggest displacement, 13 litre, diesels, observes Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley. However, before the recent launch of its new XF and CF models the press worked itself up into a right-old tizzy (again), convinced the cloggies were about to give their 12.9 litre six-pot a major boost in power, having previously limited it to 510hp and 2500Nm.

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Top of the Horsepower Tree

Top of the Horsepower Tree

Not that long ago most (if not all) of Europe’s truck makers were still vying to climb to the top of the horsepower tree, reckons Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley. Today it’s another story altogether. I’d say the first truck maker to publicly take its foot off the power pedal was Mercedes. Read more

Build More Flat Floor Cabovers

Frankly, I’m surprised more manufacturers don’t do it. ‘Do what?’ I hear you ask Down Under. Build more flat-floor cabovers, that’s what. Given the fact that every night hundreds of thousands of European long-haul drivers are bedding down for the night in a truck (and I reckon 99.99 per cent of them will be doing it in a cabover prime mover) you’d think that all of Europe’s truck makers would be keen to make their cabs as easy to move around in as possible. Read more

Improved DAF Cabin

Diesel News’ Europe Correspondent Brian Weatherley reports on the improved DAF Cabin on the latest Euro 6 XF and CF, launched in the European market. For DAFs engineers at Eindhoven in The Netherlands, the watchword is with evolution, not revolution and their latest CF and XF proves it. 

New CF and XF gain a face-lifted interior along with an updated night control panel by the bed plus an upgraded instrument and dashboard layout. But what are they like on the road? The answer, to use the pommie habit of emphasis through understatement, is rather good.

We tried out the new models in Holland and while it’s not a country famed for its contours we did manage to find the odd hill on our test route which included motorways and local roads. With the new 450hp rating on the MX-11 likely to appeal to European fleet operators, we first tried a CF 450FT ‘lightweight’ 4×2 prime mover hitched to a tri-axle tank trailer running at around 32-tonnes, somewhat below the normal 40 tonne EU limit, but enough to get a feel for it working. Read more