In superseding the T359, the new Kenworth T360 goes to another level of the vocational workhorse it has been for the last few years. This is what Kenworth do best, come up with a model, run with it for a few years and then refine and refine until it is suited for an application.
At the recent Brisbane Truck Show, visitors got to see something new from Kenworth and Volvo, with new models and new features on display. These two brands are the heavy duty sector’s dominant players with well over 35 per cent of the truck sales in that sector between them. The show was a chance to see what keeps these brands at the top and what we can expect from them in the future. Read more
The truck which has led Isuzu’s dominance of the Australian truck market, the Elf, turns 60 this year. Renamed the N Series for the Australian market, this set of light duty truck models have headed the Isuzu truck sales results throughout the company’s 30 year leadership of the truck sales figures in this country.
Following a recent trip to Australia, Will Shiers ponders the road train versus platooning question and asks why the UK doesn’t go down the road train route instead of trialling truck platooning.
There was plenty to see at the Brisbane Truck Show this year including electric trucks, the Reo and Foton, plus Tatra.
Based at Beresfield near Newcastle, AJM Transport is specialising in express freight along the eastern seaboard between Brisbane and Melbourne. The company also runs an express freight service to Darwin, employing a two-up driving team operating the flagships of the fleet – a pair of Kenworth T909 conventionals. The two do opposite legs with one hauling a quad road-train and the other a B-triple.
With a wealth of updates and improvements, Iveco’s ‘Generation X’ – the new Stralis X-Way – represents a comprehensive upgrade over its predecessor in terms of driver safety, comfort and convenience. Diesel News’ Paul Matthei looks at how these systems can improve driver behaviour while driving an example from Melbourne to Sydney hitched to a semi-trailer and grossing 40.5 tonnes.
Two new models from Kenworth, the T410 and the T360, are part of a general realignment of the Kenworth range, as the 2.1 metre wide standard cabin design works its way across the offering from the Bayswater-based company.
The long-awaited and several times-delayed Volkswagen truck arm sell off is set to go ahead soon and could value the operation at up to $24 billion. The VW organisation separated its commercial truck division from its car making operations and renamed it under the Traton name, after it took over both Scania and MAN trucks and joined them in with the South American VW truck manufacturing operation.
According to reports on European websites, including Commercial Motor, Iveco are about to release a new version of the Stralis, and included in those plans is a big banger from Iveco. Reports suggest a completely new cabin for the Stralis among a substantial range of new features.