The short BBC conventional B-double prime mover market is dominated by Kenworth, especially with the T610 arriving, but there are other conventional contenders in this segment. Diesel looks at two of these, the International ProStar and the Western Star 5800FE, to see what they have to offer.
Selected trucking media were given a first taste of the Cascadia on Australian roads this week with a chance to drive two versions of the truck around the proving grounds at Anglesea in Victoria. These trucks are the first of many evaluation trucks which will be tested on Australian roads in the run-up to the launch of the model sometime in 2020.
At the Australian trucking industry’s top technical night, two of its most outstanding technical contributors received well deserved awards. At the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner in Melbourne, the social event which forms part of the Australian Trucking Association’s 2018 Technology and Maintenance Conference, the Craig Roseneder and the ATA Technical Achievement Awards were announced and presented.
A presentation by Iveco to customers, dealers and media this week has seen the all new Acco unveiled in Melbourne Exhibition Centre. This is not a revamp of the current truck, but a ground-up redesign of the whole vehicle.
One of the major selling points for the Cascadia in the US has been its frugal fuel consumption, something which Freightliner hope to emulate in Australia. Its slippery streamlined shape is one of the factors, but this is complemented by the matching of the Detroit engine and AMT with a sophisticated electronic architecture, designed to wring out the maximum kilometres from each litre of fuel.
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.
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.
Not many vehicle manufacturers are going for a dual clutch option, but Volvo is one of them. The concept of a dual clutch is finally coming to heavy duty trucks in Australia, as an option for some Volvo truck buyers. Diesel News looks at the technology and its advantages.