The short BBC conventional B-double prime mover market is dominated by Kenworth, especially with the T610 arriving, but there are other conventional contenders in this segment. Diesel looks at two of these, the International ProStar and the Western Star 5800FE, to see what they have to offer.
Selected trucking media were given a first taste of the Cascadia on Australian roads this week with a chance to drive two versions of the truck around the proving grounds at Anglesea in Victoria. These trucks are the first of many evaluation trucks which will be tested on Australian roads in the run-up to the launch of the model sometime in 2020.
A presentation by Iveco to customers, dealers and media this week has seen the all new Acco unveiled in Melbourne Exhibition Centre. This is not a revamp of the current truck, but a ground-up redesign of the whole vehicle.
One of the major selling points for the Cascadia in the US has been its frugal fuel consumption, something which Freightliner hope to emulate in Australia. Its slippery streamlined shape is one of the factors, but this is complemented by the matching of the Detroit engine and AMT with a sophisticated electronic architecture, designed to wring out the maximum kilometres from each litre of fuel.
There’s no question that trucks are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and being equipped with much higher safety levels, futuristic truck technology is becoming the norm and the pace of change is a rapid one, particularly in European vehicles.
A vehicle which has been selling well for the Iveco business has been the Daily van, a model big on flexibility. The biggest of the models on offer is the 70C with a 7 tonne GVM on a 4100 mm wheelbase. This is the model Diesel took for a drive around Brisbane, through the suburbs and into the CBD.
For many years David Coonan worked at the heart of road transport policy development in Australia, he was known for his strength in passion and policy. Unfortunately, he passed away this week after a prolonged illness. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and two daughters, Jennifer and Elizabeth.
Diesel News’s man in Europe Brian Weatherley left a recent Mercedes-Benz FutureLab seminar with a spinning head…but some clear thoughts on what the inside of tomorrow’s truck cabs could be like.
The model Diesel News took out on the road this time is the Hino GH 1832, but this is not an 18 tonne GVM truck. By fitting a lifting pusher axle the GVM goes up to the mid twenties. This is not an issue, this 320 hp nine litre engine has got power and torque to burn, making it able to cope at max GVM with relative ease.
This week has seen the unveiling of the new N Series from Isuzu. The light duty range from Isuzu is the one from which Australia’s number one truck brand has grown. Starting out as a supplier of small but reliable trucks at the bottom end of the truck market, Isuzu are close to completing thirty years as the top selling truck brand in Australia.