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Here we have one of the many brands on Chinese truck. This is a SinoAuto truck which seems to have elements of both Mercedes Benz and Scania design included, pretty much par for the course in Chinese truck design.
What is it about the V8 and the Aussie trucking industry? There is something about the sound of a hard working V8 heading onto the highway, which makes any trucking enthusiast grab the camera and record the truck passing by. This video shows the love of one driver for his ageing, but in excellent condition, K100 fitted with a Caterpillar 3408 V8 engine.
Here is a classic Mack Superliner with the legendary V8 pulling out of the truck stop in Karratha, heading out to pick up its third trailer:
Here’s what its like from the inside of a Mack Superliner:
The V8 Mack engine continued into the Titan model when it was first introduced, before being discontinued. Here’s a well worn example, with the superb engine sound featured after 6:53 in the video:
Once the V8 engine is discontinued in the Actros next year, the only V8 available on the Australian truck market will be the Scania, which sounds like this:
The Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky took place last week and, as usual, had plenty of bling as well as new product on display. Reports from the show floor tell us there is optimism in the air among the trucking folk who attended. It would seem the industry over there is finally getting out of its post-2007 slump.
Here’s a beauty on its way to the Show and Shine at the MATS venue. It’s a 1980 Kenworth fitted with a Caterpillar 3408 V8, looking good!
Great video of a nicely customised Peterbilt, which is a livestock hauler. From the looks of it, the truck rarely sets foot in a paddock.
This guy is very enthusiastic about Mack Trucks, but who is Robb Mariani?
With its SuperTruck Freightliner had one of the trucks of the show. Here’s a round up of what else was on the stand at MATS.
This is an interesting model, the Volvo VNX heavy haul prime mover with tridrive for the Canadian market.
A second model release has been announced by Cat Trucks for 2014. This time it’s a high roofed sleeper cab based on the shorter CT 630 S model released earlier this year. The Cat CT 630 SC retains the dimensions allowing the prime mover to fit inside the 26 metre 34 pallet B-double envelope, but with a full height sleeper cab.
This latest release sees the Navistar owned brand aligning its models to the Australian road rules and coming up with specifications closer to those required by the Australian trucking industry. By moving the cabin forward, when compared to the earlier models, and now developing an Australian designed and built high roof sleeper, a number of boxes have now been ticked, that weren’t in the past.
Cat describe the SC sleeper as a 40 inch mid-rise design. It is claimed to provide 2250 mm of internal width and a 1975 mm of standing room. Internally, the sleeper is fitted with a 711 mm (28 inch) wide fully-sprung mattress. This latest design also includes lockers on either side accessible from both inside and outside, something which has been missing from Cat product up until now.
“It was always part of our product planning that the SC would quickly follow the CT630S in the Cat Trucks model range,” said Kevin Dennis, Managing Director of Navistar Auspac (NC2 has been renamed). “Of course, we already have the factory-fitted integral sleeper cab for shorthaul and regional roles but the SC is the critical addition to our range for linehaul B-doubles, and even B-triples.”
The two models released this year have shown Cat bringing the yellow engined trucks into line with Australian needs. In the past, the truck designs were simply adaptations of the Navistar designs sold in the US as Internationals, now a genuine Australian design focus is likely to better suit Aussie buyers.