The Iveco brand has had mixed fortunes in the Australian truck market, but is now unveiling the next stage of the Acco. The latest refresh sees the introduction of the X-Way model range and a completely new look for an old favourite. Tim Giles was there when the new trucks were unveiled.
On a recent trip to Europe, Diesel News’ US correspondent, Steve Sturgess, got a first look at the latest version of the Mercedes Benz Actros, a truck he regards as a technological tour de force.
For National Transport Insurance (NTI) the next restoration begins with the announcement of the next instalment in the Truck Restoration Series raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease research. This follows the recent passing of the former NTI CEO, Wayne Patterson, whose diagnosis inspired the company’s commitment to supporting research into finding a cure, and a new research grant.
There seems to be no stopping the Isuzu bandwagon, as the company prepares to celebrate 30 years as the top selling brand in Australia, it just keeps pushing further ahead. Diesel News checks out the new N Series range from the Japanese truck maker.
Volvo have put together a design where the truck maker is specifying a truck to save fuel. The team developing this evaluation truck have refused to compromise on any aspect of the design if it would save fuel. The result is a strange looking, but very slippery B-double set-up, which goes as far down the fuel saving route as anything on the road before it.
The handing over of an eM2, the first fully electric Freightliner to Penske Truck leasing, sees Daimler Trucks starting day to day-operational testing of heavy-duty and medium-duty e-trucks in the United States.
The cabover B-double prime mover market is still dominated by Kenworth and Volvo, with Freightliner losing ground, but the Scania, Benz and more recently MAN introductions and results have managed to change the paradigm in this market segment.
2018 has been a phenomenal year for truck sales, with the latest Truck Industry Council figures showing truck sales were punching through the 40K mark for the first time ever. The final figure at the end of December saw a total of 41,628 trucks over 4.5 tonnes GVM sold in Australia last year.
Kenworth has added flexibility to its range with the T610 Aero Sleeper launched onto the market for 2019. The 600mm aero roof sleeper cab complements the existing day-cab, 760mm mid-roof and 860mm sleeper cab options.
If the answer to the question, ‘do you really want to save fuel?’ is yes, then this is what you need to do. Volvo has thrown all of the methods of saving fuel into one truck and this is what the engineers came up with. Diesel News takes the futuristic looking B-double for a drive.