Here’s an introduction to the latest new model from Mack, the Anthem. This new truck was unveiled in the US last month with plenty of fanfare and dry ice. It represents the Mack brand in the US coming up with a more modern look while still retaining the ‘traditional’ Mack look and feel. This, in itself, is a difficult feat to achieve, as Mack had always lacked a genuinely contemporary image. Read more
This video from the US shows us Eaton and Cummins getting closer as they offer a more integrated driveline to US truck buyers. This particular AMT has just gone on sale in the US and is not destined to appear here for some time.
The gearbox is part of a comprehensive program where Eaton and Cummins are working very closely together to come up with a fully integrated package. The engine and transmission communicate seamlessly with each other and with whichever truck they are fitted into. Read more
The publication of the September/October 2017 issue means there have now been 100 issues of Diesel Magazine. Let’s have a look back at our first edition to get a picture of how far we have come since March 2001.
In the busy rush of our day-to-day lives, we get little chance to actually take the time to look at things from a different perspective. Sometimes we can gain new insights into our current woes by looking at the world through the prism of another time and another place.
When the first issue of Diesel hit the streets, the trucking was definitely in another time and another place. What do the things which concerned Diesel’s founding editor, Steve Brooks, at the time show us about the trucking industry today?
In his introduction to the magazine, Steve talked about the lucky country and how lucky the trucking industry is to have a backbone formed by the drivers and owner-drivers who actually get the trucks from A to B, ensure the loads are secure, compensate for the low-quality vehicle drivers around them and provide the public face of our industry.
The sentiment wouldn’t go far astray in this issue of the magazine. The driver population is one of the mainstays of the industry and a resource that needs to be well maintained and renewed. Back in 2001, the industry may have talked about a shortage of good drivers, but now we are looking at a shortage of drivers, full stop.
On the facing page, to this editorial is a reminder of how things have changed, a full-page advert for Sterling Trucks. At the time the brand was new, created by Daimler from the Ford Truck organisation it had just purchased. Unfortunately, the company’s stewardship of the brand did not work out and now the long history and tradition of Ford as a truck maker is just that, history.
Daimler also appeared in the first news story in the magazine, with the launch by Mercedes Benz of the Atego medium-duty range. Needless to say, these models have not made any major impact on the trucking market, yet.
Another news piece tells us about Volvo’s acquisition of the Mack and Renault truck brands. This was the first move in a long integration period with many ups and downs, but one that Volvo Group Australia, as it is now called, has now emerged from, as a viable and growing part of the truck market.
In the wake of Volvo’s takeover of Mack, Steve Brooks had interviewed Mack boss, Gordon Helliwell, about the changes. At this point, the picture was far from clear and Steve speculated about the possibility of the move ending the way Volvo’s takeover of White Trucks had played out, with the brand disappearing. His fears were unfounded and the Mack brand remains as strong as ever.
A familiar face also appears in the news. One Phil Taylor is announced as the new National Truck Sales Manager at Isuzu Trucks. All these years, later Phil’s titles may have changed, now a Director and COO, but he is heading towards steering the Isuzu brand to 30 years as number one in the Australian truck market.
One of the first feature stories was about the new Scania 16-litre V8 engine, rated at 580hp, powering a road train in Western Australia. One of the talking points is the use of an innovation, the Opticruise Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT) fitted to the truck. This year, most new trucks introduced to the market will have an AMT option and, for many, this will be standard.
This drive is followed by the other story highlighted on the front cover, an interview with industry icon, Lindsay Fox. One of the main topics of the conversation? The recent takeover, by Toll, of Finemore’s Transport, a game-changing event at the time.
Eurobureau was then, as it is now, sent from the UK by Brian Weatherley. A new DAF LF had been launched, as had the Cursor 13 engine from Iveco. UK truck maker, ERF, was planning to break into the Australian truck market, apparently one of those ideas floated, and then promptly sunk, never to appear.
Meanwhile, Steve Sturgess, on the other side of the Atlantic, was keeping us up with the State of the Union. He was talking about the launch of the Freightliner Coronado in the US market. This was not the Coronado we know today in the Australian market, but its precursor, a new design built on the basics of the Century Class, but aimed at the owner-driver market with plenty of bling and living space.
Another article was on the Kenworth ‘Truck of the Future’, a T604 tricked up as a concept vehicle with an array of innovative gadgetry. The truck included multiplexed wiring, a feature that arrived with the new T610. Instruments were all virtual, displayed on a series of screens, the T610 has one such virtual display.
In-cab tyre pressure monitors, GPS tracking, fingerprint recognition, lane-keeping alarm and forward-looking radar were all cutting edge at the time and all have made their way onto the options lists for most heavy trucks. The truck also used a night vision system, an innovation whose time is still to come.
Around the globe truckies are trying to get The Instagram Shot To Perfection, some manage it, some not so much.
A selection of beauties at the Lowood Truck Show
There’s not many of these on the roads, there never was. They still look very different to anything else out there, the Mack Magnum.
Getting it just right on a truck photo shoot.
Interesting, and very different, paint job on the new Scanias.
More pictures of the trucks of Instagram, as all around Australia truckies are taking photos of the things they love, their trucks.
Here we have the Nice night scene of the 200th truck Read more
Here’s a quick look at the Trucking World on Instagram, with some great shots posted from around the country, by truckies and about truckies.
First up, there’s this stunning shot of balloons at sunrise in Casino, last weekend.
This time it’s sunset, looks like it’s at Archerfield Truck Stop?
Yogi Kendall keeps popping up everywhere, this time it’s at the Casino Truck Show.
Yet another sunrise/sunset, this time in the outback delivering a load of hay on a triple road train.
There is a Mystery Mack Truck on its way, to be unveiled in the US by the company on 13 September. Of course, these models will be for the US market only, but you can be sure the Mack organisation here in Australia will be there to see the unveiling and examining of the new trucks to see which items in the catalogue of innovations they will be able to introduce into the product built here in Australia. Read more
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. Read more
The news in the world of trucks this week includes Truck Sales Taking Off, Flynn Liquidation, Isuzu Bullbars, Groeneveld Takeover and a Penske Expansion.
The latest sales figures released by the Truck Industry Council (TIC) suggest an optimistic trucking industry is starting to invest in more new trucks at the heavier end of the market. Although the light- and medium-duty markets have been relatively strong in recent years, the heavy-duty segment has been less dynamic. Read more
Around the time Mark Johnstone was first thinking about how to buy a truck, a local livestock operator in Surat, Queensland, wanted to get out of his business and move across to a sand and gravel operation on the coast. Mark took over the existing work, starting off with one double-deck trailer, soon to be joined by a second. Read more