Truck Show Tour
May19

Truck Show Tour

Take a tour of the Commercial Vehicle Show in the UK. Here a couple of reprobate UK truck journos travel from stand to stand looking for food and drink.   However, there are a couple of interesting items seen on the tour, including a quirky light truck from China and a couple of new technologies coming on stream:   WR AeroKit is a cutting-edge application of British motorsport technology designed to deliver drag reduction...

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Twin turbos for Master
Jan21

Twin turbos for Master

Renault is introducing the new Master NBI large van range to the Australian market. The new model is fitted with a new generation of twin turbo engines, as well as new safety features, such as Trailer Swing Assist and fuel saving Stop/Start technology.     The New Renault Master was launched 3 years ago, and in the period since, the range has been extended to include front wheel drive and rear wheel drive drive vans, with a...

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Previews to ITTES popping up
Mar27

Previews to ITTES popping up

It’s the week before a major trucks show and the exhibitors at the International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show are starting to get press releases out there to give us sneak previews of what new things we will be seeing at the Melbourne Showground from April 3 to 6. Of course, there will be some surprises actually at the show but feeding a few titbits in the week before the ITTES gets the public in a ‘show’ mood....

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New van from Renault
Mar24

New van from Renault

Globally, Renault have released an all-new Trafic van range which we can expect to see here in Australia in 2015. The new body design retains the van’s signature silhouette with bulging roof above the driver and passenger doors, but the new model includes a new engine and a number of other new features.     At first sight the smoother lines and the much larger, gaping air intake below the bonnet are the most obvious...

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New low roof Renault Master van on its way
Feb17

New low roof Renault Master van on its way

Van maker Renault are introducing a new low roof model, specifically designed to suit urban multi-drop work. By reducing the overall size in outer dimensions the van is reckoned to be more manageable in the tight city street delivery situations these kinds of vans habitually have to negotiate.     The overall size of the van, in terms of cubic capacity, sits half way between the smaller Trafic model and the full size Master....

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Volkswagen Transporter dual cab
Aug16

Volkswagen Transporter dual cab

With a one-tonne carrying capacity and ample accommodation for five hefty lads, PAUL MATTHEI found plenty to like about Volkswagen’s 4Motion dual cab Transporter. Tradie Transporter I’ve not been a fan of the front-wheel-drive configuration in light commercials; particularly in those rated to carry a one-tonne payload in addition to towing a trailer with an aggregate mass of up to two tonnes. In my simplified view, the physics are all...

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