Although there are a lot of changes in the new Hino 500 standard cab and when compared to it’s predecessor, there are two major items which stand out. These are the features which are going to push the Hino medium duty truck closer to the top of many shopping lists.
The new report from the National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) reckons its survey shows truck fatalities are down. These new national figures show the number of fatalities involving trucks has dropped 14 per cent in 2 years with predictions we could see zero truck-involved fatalities from 2032.
The Australian truck market is witnessing the return of Foton, as the Chinese truck maker introduces a new range of trucks into the light and medium duty truck market. Two models are slated for release in the coming months.
The transformation of Japanese designed trucks in the past 10 years shows the influence of European ownership, plus the perceived need by Japanese industry to open up to global ideas has taken hold in Japan. The big four Japanese truck makers no longer make a truck to suit Japanese buyers and then adapt it as an afterthought for export markets, the outside world is part of the initial design scope.
Celebrating its 100th year as a company in 2019, Cummins is to showcase its past and its future as it showcases a range of legacy and future engines at the Brisbane Truck Show.
There is much improved electric power technology available on Renault’s entry into the electric van market in Australia with the Kangoo Z.E. It’s extended driving range is largely due to its new 33kWh Z.E. 33 battery. This was developed jointly by Renault and LG Chem and features a significant innovation: upgraded energy density. This means its storage capacity has been increased without any changes to its bulk, so the vehicle’s load carrying capacity is unchanged.
New trucks from Kenworth don’t come around very often, but this week has seen the release and first drive of two all new models from Kenworth. Diesel got a first look and a first drive around the AARC testing track at Anglesea in Victoria.
The Stralis X-Way range comes fully formed out of Europe after being launched there in 2017. This is another evolutionary development for the Stralis range of trucks, which came into existence back in 2002.
Following recent celebrations of achieving 30 consecutive years of national truck market leadership, Isuzu Trucks is set to shine at the Brisbane Truck Show again this year.
Diesel News’ man in Europe Will Shiers attempted to get into the record books by driving a natural gas-powered Iveco Stralis from London to Madrid on a single fill of LNG.