In the news this week have been a Top Female Driver, Australian Truck Manufacturing, Penske Dealership Change and Autonomous Trucks and the need for supporting infrastructure.
Tasmanian Kerri Connors, of Caltas, was named winner of the 2017 Volvo Drivers’ Fuel Challenge on-road category in a competition which put Australia’s most fuel-efficient drivers head to head. The off-road title was claimed by Cameron Simpson of Simpson’s Fuel in Victoria. Over a two-day event at Mt Cotton in Queensland, the competition was whittled down from 17 drivers in the semi-final, to nine in the final. Read more
The news in the world of trucks this week includes Truck Sales Taking Off, Flynn Liquidation, Isuzu Bullbars, Groeneveld Takeover and a Penske Expansion.
The latest sales figures released by the Truck Industry Council (TIC) suggest an optimistic trucking industry is starting to invest in more new trucks at the heavier end of the market. Although the light- and medium-duty markets have been relatively strong in recent years, the heavy-duty segment has been less dynamic. Read more
For some workshops it’s all about straightforward servicing, for others, handling more repairs can strengthen the business. Diesel News has been talking to one such workshop in Adelaide.
South Australia is tough on trucks. They pull high masses at high average speeds for long trips, this makes plenty of work for repair shops. Engines, turbos, diffs and transmissions need to be replaced and if the truck does crash at high speed the body shop has a major task on its hands. Read more
For the first time, the Australian truck market has access to a big banger from MAN.The change which has made it possible for MAN to make this foray into the market comes from a change of policy back in Germany. In the past, high horsepower MAN engines have been V8s and, as such, not viable here, due to excess mass over the steer axle. The decision to develop a 15 litre six cylinder has been crucial for potential sales here. Read more
What’s accelerating electric trucks’ potential as a mainstream alternative to a diesel-powered truck? Answer: batteries. After years of struggling to get the power density up and the cost and weight down, thanks to the latest generation of lithium ion batteries all-electric heavies are looking increasingly operationally viable, rather than simply technically possible, especially at the heavy end. Read more
On one of his frequent visits to Australia, automotive mogul, Roger Penske launches the new 15 litre MAN D38 prime mover. Fresh from watching the DJR Team Penske V8 Supercar racing team compete at Bathurst over the weekend, Penske attended the launch in Brisbane this week. Read more
Massive collusion fines for truck makers have been handed down by the European Union. According to the EU the group of manufacturers were found to be acting as a cartel to fix prices of trucks and time the introduction of technologies to comply with emissions rules.
The fines amount to 3 billion euros ($4.4 billion) and are said to be the highest ever levied by the European authorities. All of the major suppliers to the European market were included in the decision. Those fined in the case so far include MAN, Mercedes Benz, DAF, Iveco and Volvo/Renault and it was asserted they had been colluding for 14 years, from 1997 to 2011. Scania is still under investigation. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
The probable reason behind a couple of big moves at the top of Volkswagen and the two truck brands it owns, Scania and MAN, is explained by an announcement this week. VW has announced it is creating an integrated commercial vehicles group to be called Truck & Bus to become the holding company for its commercial vehicle brands. Read more