This week on Diesel News we have a New Mack Launch, a New Benz Unveiled, Diesel from the US and Show and Shine on the agenda.
This video is one of a series of teasers being released by Mack in the US in the lead up to the revealing of the new range on 13 September. Of course, Australian Mack trucks are a different range. However, new features added into the US range will likely start appearing in the Macks here in Australia in time.
New Benz Unveiled
In Cape Town, South Africa, Mercedes-Benz Vans announced the new X-Class ute will launch in Europe in November 2017, with Australia and South Africa to follow early in 2018, as well as Argentina and Brazil at the beginning of 2019.
“The high level of interest and anticipation in the lead up to revealing the new X-Class has been a reflection of just how engrained dual-cab utes are in both the Australian and New Zealand culture,” said Diane Tarr, Managing Director Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand. “The fact is we love utes and we are showing a desire to incorporate this type of vehicle into our lives in more ways than we did in the past. Not just for work, but also increasingly for private use.”
Diesel from the US
Business press reports tell us BP is shipping diesel from the US to Australia. This is an unusual move for the oil company and likely to be a short-term solution to a supply shortage caused by refinery repairs in the usual supply refineries in Singapore, South Korea and Japan.
A tanker called Jupiter Express with 35,000 tonnes of diesel is due to unload in Botany Bay, according to shipping data.
Show and Shine
A Show and Shine event celebrating 50 years of Western Star Trucks is set for 9 September, to be held at the Mount Cotton Training Centre in Brisbane. Anyone wishing to enter needs to contact their local Western Star dealer before the registration deadline of 18 August.