This morning, the fiftieth Brisbane Truck Show kicked off with a series of new trucks for the industry, with a few trucks unveiled that haven’t been seen in Australia before.
For Mercedes-Benz, it was the launch of the rigid trucks in its New Generation series. On display were an 8×4 and a 6×4.
From UD, the new Quon which was only recently revealed in Japan made its Australian debut, with an official launch slated for later this year. This truck builds upon the reputation the Quon has established in the last few years and Australia’s truckies will also be interested to know that the 11-litre engine will be available with 460hp.
Standing proud in the Scania stand in the centre of the hall was the Scania S500. This truck is an example of what Scania is now selling in the UK market but will give Australia an idea of the features available on this truck and its complete redesign ahead of its launch, which is likely to happen in 2018.
It is a right-hand-drive UK-specification vehicle, 6×2/2 configuration with a pusher and rear drive axle. The Highline model provides additional headroom inside, allowing drivers up to 207cm tall to stand upright.
Inside the cab, there’s a completely flat cab floor and underneath that floor is the Scania 13-litre SCR-only Euro VI, producing 500hp (373kW) at 1,900rpm, and 2,550Nm (1880 ft lb) of torque between 1,000 and 1,300rpm.
The Opticruise GRS905R direct drive gearbox now includes a new layshaft brake, bringing the gear-changing interval down to around 0.4 of a second, around 45 per cent quicker than the current box. It is also fitted with the latest R 4100D Scania Retarder, plus an exhaust brake.
Today’s opening was also the first public showing of the new International truck range being brought over into Australia by Iveco. The three models on display demonstrated the various versions of the ProStar that will be brought to Australia.
Also on show was the Hino 300 4×4. This truck fills a gap in the Hino range with a 4×4 designed specifically for Australian conditions.
Hino also exhibited its three new 500 Series Wide Cab medium-duty trucks – the GH1835, FG1628 and FM2632 models – in the public display of the 50+ variants in the range.
The Japanese truck maker also announced new transmission options for its Wide Crew Cab FG model, plus a new automatic choice for GT 4×4 customers. Wide Crew Cab FG customers will now have the option of either a Hino six-speed manual transmission or an Allison 3000 series six-speed automatic transmission, which makes Hino the only Japanese manufacturer of a 15.5-ton GVM crew-cab truck to offer a factory-fitted Allison automatic transmission.
The Brisbane Truck Show will be the first opportunity for Australian truckies to visit a show and get up close and personal with the Kenworth T610.
Also making its first appearance was the new Tatra 8×8 off-road truck that now features a redesigned cab based off the DAF and is filled with an engine from the Paccar stable.
Flavour of the month this year seemed to be virtual reality, with several large truck brands setting up demonstration booths to allow visitors to explore the interiors of their trucks and check out their wares using VR headsets.
Here’s a few snapshots from the opening of the show, and look out for further, more in-depth coverage in Diesel News and Diesel Magazine.