Aerodynamic Western Star 5700

Driving the new aerodynamic Western Star 5700 on a test was enjoyed by Diesel’s US correspondent, Steve Sturgess. Launched at the 2014 Mid America Trucking Show, the truck was also a transformer, Optimus Prime, for the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction, it is unlikely to make it to Australian shores any time soon.   Since launch it has reached full production for the US market as Western Star’s aero model with aero...

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Vale Bob Shand 

The co-founder of the company which introduced the Western Star brand of trucks to Australia has sadly died this week. Bob Shand, along with his partner, Kit Bleakly, played an instrumental role in establishing Canadian truck brand, here in Australia in 1983.   Together they introduced the North American brand to Australia from their facility in Wacol, Queensland, where the brand still operates some 30 years later.    ...

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New Boss at Penske

Penske Commercial Vehicles, distributor of the Western Star, MAN and Dennis Eagle commercial vehicles in Australia and New Zealand, have announced the appointment of a new Managing Director. Kevin Dennis, after two years with Penske Power Systems in Australia as its Director for On Highway business, has been moved to the position of Managing Director of PCV.     “Kevin brings a passion for developing new business sales...

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Brisbane premieres

The Brisbane Truck Show opened yesterday with a number of new trucks unveiled and a plenty to talk about for the crowds who filled the halls at the Brisbane Convention Centre. New models unveiled included the next generation Mercedes Benz Actros, the International ProStar, the Western Star 2800, the MAN TGX with the all new D38 15 litre engine and the new shape DAF LF.     Just about every truck manufacturer’s stand...

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February numbers pick up

The latest truck sales figures do not reinforce the pessimism of those earlier in the year. The Truck Industry Council has released the latest truck sales figures for February and appear to show confidence recovering in the trucking industry. The numbers of trucks sold in February are not going to break any records, but they do show a return to average sales in all market segments.   January trucks sales figures were looking...

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Penske buys major stake in truck dealer group

Amid speculation the Penske Automotive Group is planning to extend its reach in the commercial vehicle sector in Australia, by acquiring a number of truck dealers here, the company has made a major acquisition in the US.   The announcement was made this week Penske increased its stake in the Around the Clock Freightliner Group (ATC) to 91 per cent, taking over control of the operation. ATC is a heavy and medium duty truck...

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