out on the road with the new Scanias

Out on the Road with the New Scanias

Heading out of Cairns early morning to avoid what passes for a rush hour in the north Queensland city, we were out on the road with the new Scanias. We have now reached a point where it is a no-brainer to let the truck drive itself as much as possible. The driver simply needs to handle the steering and, occasionally, take over on the accelerator and the brake. They can use all of their attention to look at what’s going on and make sure everybody in the truck and around the truck are safe and travelling as efficiently as possible.

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specifying a truck to save fuel

Specifying a Truck to Save Fuel

Volvo have put together a design where the truck maker is specifying a truck to save fuel. The team developing this evaluation truck have refused to compromise on any aspect of the design if it would save fuel. The result is a strange looking, but very slippery B-double set-up, which goes as far down the fuel saving route as anything on the road before it.

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electric Freightliner to Penske

Electric Freightliner to Penske

The handing over of an eM2, the first fully electric Freightliner to Penske Truck leasing, sees Daimler Trucks starting day to day-operational testing of heavy-duty and medium-duty e-trucks in the United States. 

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punching through the 40K mark

Punching Through the 40K Mark

2018 has been a phenomenal year for truck sales, with the latest Truck Industry Council figures showing truck sales were punching through the 40K mark for the first time ever. The final figure at the end of December saw a total of 41,628 trucks over 4.5 tonnes GVM sold in Australia last year.

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T610 Aero Sleeper launched

T610 Aero Sleeper Launched

Kenworth has added flexibility to its range with the T610 Aero Sleeper launched onto the market for 2019. The 600mm aero roof sleeper cab complements the existing day-cab, 760mm mid-roof and 860mm sleeper cab options. 

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do you really want to save fuel?

Do You Really Want to Save Fuel?

If the answer to the question, ‘do you really want to save fuel?’ is yes, then this is what you need to do. Volvo has thrown all of the methods of saving fuel into one truck and this is what the engineers came up with. Diesel News takes the futuristic looking B-double for a drive.

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Scania’s first autonomous truck in Australia

Scania’s First Autonomous Truck in Australia

The testing program for a new generation autonomous transport system at Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations in Western Australia is using Scania’s first autonomous truck in Australia. The first phase of the trial started in August 2018 and involves a Scania XT 8×4 autonomous tipper truck working separately from Dampier’s active operations.

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a trek across country Queensland

A Trek Across Country Queensland

Driving the latest Scania models on a trek across country Queensland gives us a picture of the future of trucking, from the driver’s point of view. Diesel News leaves most of the decision-making to the truck’s computer and gets a result. 

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a trend across the trucking industry

A Trend Across the Trucking Industry

If anything, the introduction of the Western Star 5800FE is an indication of a trend across the trucking industry. Truck operators are, finally, starting to really care about fuel consumption and will buy trucks accordingly. In the past some were fuel oriented and others paid lip service to lower fuel use, without wanting to compromise on truck styling and driver acceptance.

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an American truck and also clearly a modern truck

An American Truck and Also Clearly a Modern Truck

Looking at the International ProStar as it re-enters the Australian truck market, this is clearly an American truck and also clearly a modern truck, but there are also enough cues to the traditional design of trucks, to keep a retro feel. The US, it seems, will never move away from the maxi-brake, no matter how old hat it becomes. A modern electronic switch can have just as many failsafe systems.

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