Increasing Local Truck Production in Dandenong

Iveco has announced it will be increasing local truck production in Dandenong. The company sold the Stralis ATi in Australia as, a fully imported model. However, from the first quarter of 2018 the Stralis ATi has begun local assembly, changing its model name to ‘AT’, as the ‘i’ signified its previous import status.     Selected components including mirrors, wheel angles, trailer connections, batteries, wheels and liquids are...

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How Big Can A Van Get?

The line between a van and small truck has been blurring in recent years and Diesel News asks, how big can a van get? The light duty truck market in Australia has been traditionally owned by the three Japanese truck brands, Isuzu , Hino and Fuso. However, the European van brands have been developing larger and larger vans with higher and higher GVM for their domestic markets.     Looking at the numbers of light duty trucks...

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Top of the Horsepower Tree

Not that long ago most (if not all) of Europe’s truck makers were still vying to climb to the top of the horsepower tree, reckons Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley. Today it’s another story altogether. I’d say the first truck maker to publicly take its foot off the power pedal was Mercedes.     Back in 2011, at the launch of the original ‘new’ Actros, I asked Daimler’s vice president for truck engineering...

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Flat Floor Thoughts

The long-awaited arrival of the right-hand-drive Renault ‘T High’ tractor in the UK has given Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, some flat floor thoughts – thinking about the benefits of flat-floor cab-overs to overnighters. Frankly, I’m surprised more manufacturers don’t do it. ‘Do what?’ I hear you ask Down Under. Build more flat-floor cab-over models, that’s what. Given the fact that every night hundreds of...

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2018 International Truck of the Year Announcement

In Europe, the 2018 International Truck of the Year Announcement has been made today. DAF’s new XF/CF truck range has been elected International Truck of the Year for 2018 by a jury of 23 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 23 major trucking magazines from throughout Europe.   The prestigious award was handed over to Preston Feight, President of DAF Trucks, during the press day of the Solutrans Commercial...

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Isuzu In, Autonomous Safety, Vice Grips and Electric Vans

This week in Diesel News, Isuzu In, Autonomous Safety, Vice Grips and Electric Vans. Truck manufacturer Isuzu has announced its support of multi-modal supply chain event MEGATRANS2018, joining the show as a Platinum Sponsor.   Isuzu, market leader in Australian truck sales for 28 consecutive years, joins key partners including the Victorian Government and the Port of Melbourne in supporting this inaugural trade show event, which takes...

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