What did we learn from Brisbane?

If you missed the Brisbane Show this video gives a taste of the event and the main attractions.


So, what did we learn, what’s new?


Firstly, we learnt the use of ‘black light’ on trucks is the way to go. Most of the major displays used the bluey/purple lighting to show off their new designs and remind us they are modern and stylish.


Secondly, it is quite an achievement to get all of those trucks into the, albeit large, venue. The organisers and those designing the displays have certainly been working hard to come up with smart ways to fit more in, and it worked.


Thirdly, the name Penske looks like it’s here to stay. Anyone in any doubt about who or what the Penske organisation are, would have been in no doubt about presence of Penske Commercial Vehicles. It was clearly the Penske stand  and not three individual brands, Western Star, MAN and Dennis Eagle, all grouped together. This gives us a clue to the future development there.


Fourthly, International are back with, The Blade, a LoneStar blinged up to the max and looking good. Many truckies at the show would have liked to take that one home, but it looks unlikely this iconic truck will come to Australia. We did learn the, much more practical, ProStar will be coming soon, reviving, yet again, the historic International brand in Australia.


There were a lot more stories at the show: The new Actros was unveiled, we got our first look at the Euro 6 DAF LF, Allison are bringing the TC 10 automatic/AMT gearbox, Scania are offering Euro 6 throughout the range and the list goes on…..


Check out the visitors to the show, the many displays and the Apprentice Challenge here:


If you want to know who won the prizes: