It’s the week before a major trucks show and the exhibitors at the International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show are starting to get press releases out there to give us sneak previews of what new things we will be seeing at the Melbourne Showground from April 3 to 6. Of course, there will be some surprises actually at the show but feeding a few titbits in the week before the ITTES gets the public in a ‘show’ mood.
The big stories of the show are already in the public domain. Kenworth will be showing the new Paccar MX 13 engine fitted in their trucks. The new Volvo FM, FMX and FE will be unveiled at the show for the first time in Australia.
This week, it has been announced, Iveco will be displaying a new compressed natural gas (CNG) engined Daily van at the ITTES in a display jointly organised with AGL, the natural gas and electricity supply company. The 3 litre CNG engine puts out 134 hp and 350 Nm of torque while offering a lower carbon power alternative.
Another van display, this time from Renault, is intended to demonstrate the ‘diverse universe’ of the Master van from the French manufacturer. Renault’s first visit to the show comes as the range continues to grow alongside sales of the Renault van range. There will be rear and front wheel drive models, both cab chassis and van on the stand, with various engine and gearbox options demonstrated.
Show visitors will be able to ride a Harley Davidson at the Freightliner stand, which also includes the Revolution Innovation concept truck. Isuzu will be emphasising the accessories available including, bull bars, reversing cameras,tyre pressure monitoring and daytime running lights alongside the new, high horsepower, Limited Edition F Series models released to celebrate 25 years as number one in the truck market.
The trailer display pavilion will include an innovation in side tipping technology. Air Tip’s name gives the game away, they are introducing an air powered side tipper system to the market. The inventor, Clarke Petrick, came up with idea when working as a geophysicist on mine sites. It uses the existing air circuits on the truck to activate and power the tipping mechanism.
Kreuger will be displaying the Steelbro range on their stand for the first time since they announced their partnership in the Australian market.
Word has it, there is a major new initiative to be announced by TransHelp, the driver’s health and well-being support organisation. It is also pretty certain the Iveco Daily won’t be the only alternative fuel engine debuting at the ITTES.