An unveiling by Isuzu at the recent MEGATRANS2018 event probably marks electric trucks coming of age in the Australian truck market. Diesel News delves into the details and discusses the Japanese truck maker’s plans in this area.
The new Scania models are now in Australia, and Diesel News tried out a couple of the new models on a drive, with the Scanias pulling B-doubles from Sydney to Melbourne. This is a route over which many of the new models will ply their trade, and it has the right combination of undulation and flat running to get a feel for how the new trucks perform.
The June truck sales figures are in for the Truck Industry Council T-Mark survey and it confirms we are in the middle of a booming truck market. The numbers have been rising all year but now we can examine the half year and see just where the numbers are heading.
The answer to the question about how different will the Aussie Mack Anthem be is still open. This model is only recently launched in North America and the process of rejigging the design for Australia is going to take a while. However, the Australian Mack organisation has been involved since the original inception of the Anthem project, back in 2012. Their input was taken on board, so the shift from left hand drive to right hand drive could be feasible.
A presentation in Melbourne this week has confirmed the Freightliner Cascadia is in Australia to commence a comprehensive testing and evaluation program in the lead up to its launch in Australia in early 2020.
A South Australian heavy haulage outfit is planning the return of the Freightliner FLB. Ken Pitt, All Size Equipment Transport (ASET) Managing Director has moved away from a policy of buying new trucks as he says he hasn’t found a specification available in a new truck that can match what he can achieve in terms of configuration and mass.
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.
Drilling down into the new Scania ‘New Truck Generation’ (NTG) is full of innovation. There is a big flat-floored cabin coming – the S Series – which is just like the R Series, only higher. There is also the XT Series, a robust variation aimed at the bulk construction materials sector, well suited to mining applications. It’s a wide range of new product to carry the brand through for many years to come.
It has been a long time coming, but the International ProStar is now on the street in Australia. As the pioneer of the return of International brand to the trucking market, the ProStar model keeps it simple, with only a few specification variations and a no-nonsense set-up.
Both Iveco and Volvo have announced the appointment of a new person to head truck sales of their respective brands. There’s two new sales bosses for European brands, a new General Manager Sales at Iveco and a new Vice President Sales at Volvo.
Scott Slater has taken over the position of General Manager – Sales at Iveco Trucks, replacing Geoff Buswell who will take on a new position within the CNH Industrial Group in Australia. This new role will see Slater assume sales responsibility for both Iveco’s National Key Accounts as well as Dealers.
He has already spent 18 months as Iveco National Key Accounts Manager and before that was General Manager at Iveco Dealership, Melbourne Truck Centre. In total, he has been involved in commercial vehicle sales for over 18 years.
“It’s an exciting time for Iveco in Australia, the product offering is the strongest it’s been in many years and this positions us well for future sales growth,” said Slater. “The brand has performed strongly in the light market over the past 12to18 months and during this time has also set solid foundations for this momentum to continue across to the medium and heavy segments.
“Having the Iveco heavy duty range with models such as the Stralis and Acco being made locally, provides a real advantage for customers in terms of the flexibility and customisation levels we can provide them. I’ll be focusing on promoting these benefits to prospective Iveco customers in the months ahead,”
Iveco Australia boss, Bruce Healy, thanked Geoff Buswell for his contribution to Iveco, and also said that Slater was well credentialed to take on the new role.
“Geoff did a great job over the last three years in strengthening Iveco’s Dealer Network and played a pivotal role in introducing successful new initiatives such as Daily specialist Dealers to the network,” said Healy. “Given Scott’s extensive heavy vehicle sales industry experience, both at the manufacturer level and in retail sales, he is very well suited to step-up into the new role. We look forward to him making a strong contribution.”
Meanwhile, Volvo Group Australia announced the appointment of Clive Jones as Vice-President Sales Volvo Trucks Australia, New Zealand and Oceania markets, commencing in August. He is currently Volvo National Sales Manager in New Zealand, and will replace Mitch Peden who moves to the role of Managing Director Volvo Malaysia in August.
“For the past 16 years Clive has been instrumental in building the presence of Volvo Trucks and Buses in New Zealand, and we are looking forward to leveraging his deep insight gained from more than 20 years of experience in the truck industry,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President and CEO of Volvo Group Australia.
“Clive has been part of the Volvo family for most of his career, from the early days when he started driving a Volvo FH up and down the highways of New Zealand. He has a deep understanding of our customers and our product, and his appointment only adds to the strength of the Volvo Group Australia leadership team.”
Clive Jones said he was looking forward to building on the successes of his predecessor to take the Volvo Trucks brand into an even more dominant market position.
“My involvement with Volvo Group Australia spans my entire tenure with the Volvo brand, and I’ve met many Australian customers along the journey thus far,” said Jones. “I am a firm believer that our people are the key to our success and developing their skills and mindset with a customer-centric focus has been one of the ingredients of Volvo Trucks’ success in both Australia and New Zealand.
“Alongside a passion for Volvo, being able to work with the best people in the business in Australia has been a significant part of my decision to take on this role, and I relish the challenges and opportunities it will bring.”