In this video, Will Shiers asks the question, were they the good old days? The answer is always going to lead to mixed feelings, nostalgia is a wonderful filter which makes past experience a lot better than it was at the time.
The Western Star 5800 doesn’t quite fit with the narrative, this is a much smoother Star with a good aerodynamic shape and modern styling. Normally, the Western Star brand is well known for its rugged no nonsense truck styling with traditional radiator, air cleaners and stacks, plus plenty of bling.
Sitting through six hours of crystal-ball gazing from Mercedes-Benz’s ‘FutureLab’ event Diesel News’ European Correspondent is not complaining. Every day is a learning opportunity and FutureLab gave Brian plenty to think about, even if his head was spinning from trying to get it around all that information.
With the introduction date of Euro 6 equivalent regulations still undecided, Cummins is not waiting for Euro6 to come along. It has declared its intentions to provide the fuel economy benefits of Euro 6 to its customers while Euro 5 is still in force.
Looking at the International ProStar as it re-enters the Australian truck market, this is not a truck with massive pretensions. It has not been introduced onto the market with massive claims about gaining a high market share or revolutionising trucking in Australia. This is a truck which Iveco hope the Australian truck buying public will warm to, because it ticks all of the boxes and makes operators money.
A couple of months back Diesel News looked at the conventional contenders, we turn to the cabover contenders in the B-double prime mover segment and a couple of brands on the up. We look at brands trying to make a mark in their particular segments competing up against the dominating brands in their sector.
If you want to see the SuperRigs superstars shine in the US, follow the recommendation of Diesel’s US Correspondent, Steve Sturgess, and check out the best looking trucks in North America at the SuperRigs Show and Shine event Virginia.
Mack Trucks Australia has celebrated an historic new milestone, handing over the keys to the 1,000th Mack truck built for Hanson, one of Australia’s most iconic construction material suppliers. The number 1,000 truck is a Trident AF with a four-axle dog trailer, which will work out of Hanson’s Wolffdene quarry in Queensland, reported to be one of the largest quarries in the southern hemisphere.
Instead of sitting on its hands, Cummins has decided to go on the front foot with specific developmental work on the new X15 engine to enable not only meeting the forthcoming regulations but also driving down fuel consumption.
“The process for introducing the new Cascadia model started prior to my time at Freightliner,” says Stephen Downes, Freightliner Australia Director. “We wanted the hamburger with the lot. When you’re looking at a project like that, you have to predict what the market wants. You can argue we can learn from the Europeans and North Americans on some things, but a couple of things we thought were critical, was the safety systems. No-one would go anywhere near AMTs in the past. The same thing will happen with safety systems.