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.
The testing program for a new generation autonomous transport system at Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations in Western Australia is using Scania’s first autonomous truck in Australia. The first phase of the trial started in August 2018 and involves a Scania XT 8×4 autonomous tipper truck working separately from Dampier’s active operations.
Driving the latest Scania models on a trek across country Queensland gives us a picture of the future of trucking, from the driver’s point of view. Diesel News leaves most of the decision-making to the truck’s computer and gets a result.
If anything, the introduction of the Western Star 5800FE is an indication of a trend across the trucking industry. Truck operators are, finally, starting to really care about fuel consumption and will buy trucks accordingly. In the past some were fuel oriented and others paid lip service to lower fuel use, without wanting to compromise on truck styling and driver acceptance.
Looking at the International ProStar as it re-enters the Australian truck market, this is clearly an American truck and also clearly a modern truck, but there are also enough cues to the traditional design of trucks, to keep a retro feel. The US, it seems, will never move away from the maxi-brake, no matter how old hat it becomes. A modern electronic switch can have just as many failsafe systems.
Products specifically tailored to each application demonstrate Cummins resolve to optimise its engines to the specific requirements of customers in the B-double segment as well as those in the vocational sector. This is a complex and multi-facetted task, but according to Mike Fowler it is an essential element of Cummins’ ongoing commitment to giving its customers the best solutions for their specific needs.
Diesel News has featured many stories from Brian Weatherley over the years, this time we are looking back 18 years at his first story. 18 years ago Brian considered MAN’s then-new TGA. In this, his last feature, he considers the Lion brand’s progress in the intervening years and its future prospects.