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.
It looks pretty certain that at the end of 2018 the Australian truck market will be breaking truck sales records all over the place. These numbers suggest the Australian economy is stronger than it feels for many working people, but confirmed by consistent economic growth results.
At the recent Australian Training Awards at the Sydney International Convention Centre Paccar achieved top status when it was recognised at the Large Employer of the Year for 2018. In accepting the award at the event Andrew Hadjikakou, Managing Director Paccar Australia acknowledged the employees and the company for their collective commitment to learning and development.
There’s nothing like a long-distance interstate trip for ferreting out foibles in a prime mover. Yet after a return run from Brisbane to Melbourne, Paul Matthei found very little to fault in the latest Mercedes-Benz 2658.
In a pre-Los Angeles Auto Show reveal, an under-the-radar startup held an all electric full-size ute launch. The vehicle released may prove to be the first all-electric ute to compete with conventional, personal-use full-size utes to hit the US market.
The release of the new 500 Series Standard Cab range may be seen as Hino’s great leap forward. The innovations in the new model range take the model well beyond its competitors in this market segment, in terms of electronic safety equipment offered as standard.
The Western Star 5800 doesn’t quite fit with the narrative, this is a much smoother Star with a good aerodynamic shape and modern styling. Normally, the Western Star brand is well known for its rugged no nonsense truck styling with traditional radiator, air cleaners and stacks, plus plenty of bling.
Sitting through six hours of crystal-ball gazing from Mercedes-Benz’s ‘FutureLab’ event Diesel News’ European Correspondent is not complaining. Every day is a learning opportunity and FutureLab gave Brian plenty to think about, even if his head was spinning from trying to get it around all that information.
The way to cut the road toll is to invest in research that helps the heavy vehicle industry to improve the fatality rate, says NatRoad in a call for the Government to act.
With the introduction date of Euro 6 equivalent regulations still undecided, Cummins is not waiting for Euro6 to come along. It has declared its intentions to provide the fuel economy benefits of Euro 6 to its customers while Euro 5 is still in force.