new heavy duty brand in town

New Heavy Duty Brand in Town

There’s a new heavy duty brand in town and from a new source country, South Korea. On first impressions, people might be surprised by the sophistication of the new Hyundai Xcient prime mover which has recently arrived from South Korea. Read more

18 Speed Roadranger versus Ultrashift Plus

18 Speed Roadranger Versus Ultrashift Plus

If you want a heated discussion, then one of the subjects which will provoke the most heat would be comparing two products from the USA, the 18 Speed Roadranger versus Ultrashift Plus. The two sides to this story represent two strong ways of thinking about the trucking industry. Read more

a safety solution waiting, waiting and waiting

A Safety Solution Waiting, Waiting and Waiting

Here we see a supreme example of a safety solution waiting, waiting and waiting to get adopted, but the wheels of progress grind exceedingly slow. This video was made back in 2016, but this is still the only working example of such a system in Australia.  Read more

the big boys get involved in electric trucks

The Big Boys Get Involved in Electric Trucks

The recently announced collaboration between Samsung and Volvo Trucks see the big boys get involved in electric trucks technology. This move adds to the momentum of the development of electric trucks and suggests they will be with us sooner than you think. Read more

using variable torque to save fuel

Using Variable Torque to Save Fuel

The latest global release from Volvo sees the Swedish truck maker using variable torque to save fuel. Volvo says it is introducing new functions that help drivers save fuel even when cruise control is not activated. The company claims the launch of upgraded D13 diesel engines, together with the new software, enables fuel savings of up to three per cent.  Read more

dobbing line is one year old

Dobbing Line is One Year Old

This week the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s dobbing line is one year old. The service is more correctly called the Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line (HVCRL) and it has taken almost 1,500 calls in its first year of operation. Read more

changing brake rotors made easy

Changing Brake Rotors Made Easy

It’s one of those jobs which can be back breaking, but a display Diesel News came across at the Brisbane Truck Show demonstrated changing brake rotors made easy. The demo model on show made it clear removing hubs and rotors can be made easy with a specialised piece of equipment anyone can use. Read more

Volkswagen truck arm sell off

Volkswagen Truck Arm Sell Off

The long-awaited and several times-delayed Volkswagen truck arm sell off is set to go ahead soon and could value the operation at up to $24 billion. The VW organisation separated its commercial truck division from its car making operations and renamed it under the Traton name, after it took over both Scania and MAN trucks and joined them in with the South American VW truck manufacturing operation. 

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zero emission combustion engine

Zero Emission Combustion Engine

At a Low Carbon Vehicle event in the UK, our presenters test drive a truck using diesel and hydrogen to power the engine, only one step from a zero emission combustion engine. The developers hope to get one on the road soon, which is fitted with a converted diesel engine using 100 per cent hydrogen for power.

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autonomous trucks may be closer than we think

Autonomous Trucks May be Closer Than We Think

This video from US technology start-up, TuSimple, shows a truck making a regular daily trip and suggests autonomous trucks may be closer than we think. From personal experience, I can assure you that when you are actually sitting in a truck and it is driving itself on a public road without incident, the penny drops that this is doable.

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