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.
With the release of the W990 long bonnet prime mover in the US, are we getting some Kenworth T910 design hints? The answer, it’s hard to say for sure. The Paccar organisation are traditionally tight lipped about any future product, but we do know there is some form of T910 model waiting in the wings, to follow on from the launch of the Kenworth T 610 last year.
This is a video about what’s next for Cummins, put out as part of the engine makers presentations at the IAA truck show in Hannover last week. It gives us an idea of the way they are thinking and where they see engine development going into the next decade.
Ever since it was unveiled last year, we’ve been keen to try Scania’s optional clutch on demand (available on all models) which adds a clutch-pedal to the normal two-pedal Opticruise system. For low-speed manoeuvring or reversing you simply press the reinstated clutch pedal down, whereupon CoD activates an electrically-operated screw actuator to feed in the clutch—in other words, the driver effectively overrides the Opticruise auto by opening the clutch themselves.
4461The announcement of the winner of the International Truck of the Year has the prize awarded for the first time for a truck made outside of Europe. The new F-Max, produced by Ford Trucks in Turkey, has been elected International Truck of the Year for 2019 by a jury of 23 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 23 major trucking magazines from throughout Europe.