Innovative Transmission Debut at Brisbane
ZF’s newest commercial vehicle transmission, TraXon, will make its official Australian debut at the Brisbane Truck Show. TraXon is an automatic transmission system, the latest offering from ZF, with a modular design, which enables the basic transmission to be combined with various setting-off and shift modules.
This makes the transmission more economical in practice, giving manufacturers and operators the best possible flexibility for every application as well as increasing driver comfort. Offering 12 or 16 forward gears and up to four reverse gears, TraXon is suitable for torque requirements of up to 3,400Nm and can be linked to five modules.
New Dealership for Penske
Penske Commercial Vehicles has appointed a new dealership in Mildura, Victoria in partnership with the Marshall Group. This gives the brand a presence in the NW Victorian region for the first time.
“From initial discussions, it was clear that PCV shares our values and commitment to our customers in the Mildura region,” said Nick Marshall, Marshall Group owner. “Our primary focus has always been on servicing our customers and ensuring the local area was supported. Partnering with PCV, we will be better resourced to grow the services we offer and look after our customers’ needs.”
Benz Safety Release
A truck safety system than can automatically initiate braking for pedestrians has been introduced on Mercedes-Benz Actros models in Australia. Active Brake Assist 4 is now available for prime movers as well as the new Mercedes-Benz rigid models (18 tonne GVM and above), which will be revealed at the Brisbane Truck Show from May 25 to 28.
The new feature warns the driver of imminent collisions with moving pedestrians and simultaneously automatically initiates partial braking. It is the first system of its type in the world to perform such functions. This enables the driver to avoid a collision by means of emergency braking or a steering manoeuvre.
Active Brake Assist 4 also detects moving pedestrians in almost all traffic situations, for example when they cross the truck’s path, step out from behind an obstacle or are moving along the carriageway. The automated alerts and braking initiated by pedestrian detection are active up to a speed of 50 km/h. The pedestrian detection system is based on next-generation radar technology.
Congratulations to the Government
Isuzu Director and Chief Operating Officer, Phil Taylor, has praised the Federal Government’s foresight in investing in the future of Australia’s road network. He said the Government’s decision to award a 10-year, $55 million grant to the iMOVE Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) to help develop Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is an excellent step towards a smarter, more efficient national transport approach.
The funding will help iMOVE CRC further their work in utilising cutting-edge vehicle technologies to smooth traffic flows and investigate systems that allow for the efficient transport of goods. In announcing the funding, Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos, said iMOVE CRC’s work would have wide-ranging benefits for the whole of Australia.
“As manufacturers strive to develop vehicles that operate more efficiently, and have less of an impact on the environment, this decision reaffirms that the Government is working towards the same goal,” said Taylor. “This substantial grant proves that the Australian Government is serious about tackling the growing national freight task, and that they are committed to making this expansion as smooth as possible.”
Volvo Trucks Australia is conducting a precautionary recall of selected Volvo FH and FM trucks, built between November 26, 2012 and October 11, 2015.
The company says it is conducting this precautionary recall to inspect the brake pedal assembly of these trucks to ensure a split pin has been assembled correctly during the production process. There are no known incidents or accidents in Australia as a result of an incorrectly assembled brake pedal split pin.
Volvo says its safety and quality processes have identified the chance of fault as very low, however, with safety as a core value Volvo has made the decision to recall these trucks as a precautionary measure.