Ssangyong launches revamped Actyon ute

The Ssangyong Actyon Sports ute has undergone a major makeover with the vehicle now sporting dramatically refined front end styling and a new, more powerful and fuel efficient engine.

The all-new 2.0 litre diesel engine, first released in the Ssangyong Korando last year, delivers 114 kW and a substantial 360 Nm of peak torque between 1500 and 2800 rpm. It features an electronically operated variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) which is said to contribute to a significant reduction in turbo lag and ensure optimum efficiency across the broad rev range. In line with the enhanced performance, the new Actyon ute boasts an up-rated towing capacity of 2300 kg.

It’s available in three derivatives – the entry-level Tradie, mid-range SX and top of the range SPR. The Tradie and SX models are available with 2WD or 4WD and either a new six-speed manual transmission or a redesigned six-speed automatic. The SPR is available as a 4WD automatic only.

Fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced across the range. According to Ssangyong, the 2WD Tradie and SX manual models consume 7.3 litres/100 km in combined city/highway driving while emitting 192 g/km of CO2, while the same variants in 4WD manual guise return 7.4 l/100 km with 195 g/km of CO2. The automatic 2WD units use 7.6 l/100 km while the SPR returns 7.9 l/100 km. Having a 75 litre fuel tank, the new Actyon Sports 2WD manual is capable of travelling over 1000 km on a single tank of fuel.

Inside the cab, a redesigned dash features a new instrument cluster with LED lighting and multi-function trip computer. Noise and vibration suppression measures include an engine cover, double skin dash panel and additional soundproofing material. Slanted engine mounts are said to optimise powertrain movement while minimising vibrations.

The SPR model comes with a host of equipment including leather seating throughout, Bluetooth functionality, climate control, rear park assist sensors, cruise control, 18 inch alloy wheels, electronic stability control (ESC), electrically adjustable front seats, folding side mirrors, auto dimming rear-view mirror, auto headlights, auto wipers and headlamp levelling device. A new addition to the SPR is the option of a factory fitted electric sunroof.

The Actyon Sports SX and SPR are available in two new colours – Indian Red and Fijian Blue – in addition to the existing Space Black, Fine Silver and Grand White. The Tradie model is available in Fine Silver and Grand White.

All versions come with a three year/100,000km warranty, whichever comes first, along with 24/7 roadside assistance for the first three years of ownership.

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Trans-Help Foundation’s new Daily driver

Iveco Australia's director of sales and marketing, John Koot, and Trans-Help Foundation chief executive, Dianne Carroll OAM.

Coinciding with the launch of its new Daily truck and van range, Iveco presented Trans-Help Foundation, a leading Australian truck driver support organisation, with a new Daily van to help further its coverage with this potentially life-saving service.

“Trans-Help has been supporting Australian truck drivers and their families for the past six years,” said Dianne Carroll, chief executive of Trans-Help Foundation at the hand-over. “On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Iveco for believing in the concept, and supplying us with now three vehicles so that we can expand our Health and Support unit. This generous donation will help make Australian roads a safer place for truck drivers.”

According to Marco Quaranta, senior product planning manager of Iveco Trucks Australia, the new Daily is the ideal companion for any transport professional.

“The new Daily offers full coverage from 3.8 to 7.0 tonnes gross vehicle mass, allowing a payload of up to 4.7 tonnes and, for van models, a loading volume of up to 17.2 cubic metres,” Quaranta said.

The range features new Euro 5 and Enhanced Environmentally-Friendly Vehicle (EEV) compliant engines which incorporate the very latest technology to deliver power ratings ranging from 127 to 153 kW while minimising emissions and fuel consumption.

The stylish new front features headlight clusters that can be optioned with safety features including daytime running lights and cornering fog lights that illuminate the road in the direction the vehicle is steered.

To cater for the cooling requirements of the new, more powerful engines, a redesigned grille is said to increase airflow through the radiator by 18 percent.

Interior improvements include an adjustable steering column and increased adjustment range for driver and passenger seating.

Third Mack boots winner announced

Tony Michel from Brisbane is this week’s winner of a pair of Mack boots following his subscription to the newsletter.

Tony’s answer as to why he wanted to win the stylish footwear pretty much sums it up: ‘I need a new pair of boots that will survive in Queensland’s harsh environment and nothing is tougher than Mack.’

Congratulations Tony, they’re all yours!


Hino launches 500 Series AMT variants

Hino Australia has introduced an all-new automated manual transmission (AMT) as an option on a selection of its 500 Series medium-duty truck models. Dubbed ProShift 6, the new AMT will be initially available as an option on FC 1022 and FD 1124 variants of the 500 Series.

The Hino-designed and manufactured ProShift AMT is one of a number of key improvements Hino is making across its expanding model range this year.

Hino Australia’s divisional manager product strategy, marketing and dealer development, Alex Stewart, said the introduction of an AMT further strengthened Hino’s diverse range of transmissions across the 500 Series range.

“An increasing number of operators are choosing AMTs over conventional transmissions thanks to their all-round versatility and driveability,” he said. “Hino believes in offering true choice to customers, which is why we’ve decided to introduce ProShift transmissions in two of our most popular 500 Series models, alongside the existing 500 Series range of manual and fully automatic models.

“In this case, the 500 Series ProShift 6 is a six-speed version of Hino’s own AMT and is perfectly suited to the needs of truck owners in the medium-duty class. The introduction of the ProShift 6 in the 500 Series means Hino now offers AMT options in all three truck categories: The ProShift 5 is fitted to the Hino 300 Hybrid, while ProShift 16 AMTs feature on 700 Series models.”

In addition to the mechanical upgrade, all Hino FD 1124 models now feature an 11 tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM) rating, up from the previous 10.4 tonne rating.

According to Alex Stewart, the new Hino AMT models have the potential to deliver significant fuel savings for operators under certain circumstances.

“Hino engineers have tailored the shift points of the ProShift 6 transmission to maximise the use of effective engine torque at all times, increasing fuel efficiency and driveability,” he remarked. “This transmission has been optimised for use in Australian conditions following an extensive development program that relied on the input of local testing.

“Shift points, final drive ratios and up-rated oil capacities to provide ample cooling in high-temperature climates are just a few of the modifications made on Australian models,” Alex added. “Having been proven in the Japanese domestic market for more than 10 years, we feel Australian operators will be pleasantly surprised by the benefits ProShift models can provide.”

ProShift AMTs will become progressively available across the Hino model range over the next few years.

Macfield imports Wabash light-tare reefers

US trailer giant Wabash National Corporation has partnered with Australian trailer distributor Macfield to bring ArcticLite refrigerated vans to the Australian market. The product made its Aussie debut at the Melbourne truck show last week.

“Weighing up to two tons less than conventional refrigerated trailers currently available in Australia, our independently commissioned research suggests ArcticLite vans will drastically reduce comparative annual operating costs,” said Ben McDonald, director of The Macfield Group. “We believe the proven performance and lower total cost of ownership of Wabash National trailers versus competitive offerings will prove to be extremely attractive to our customer base. Now we can offer a more durable trailer that costs less over the long haul backed by America’s best trailer builder and a five-year structural warranty.”

“This relationship represents the latest step in executing Wabash National’s strategic plan as we expand into new markets,” explained Dick Giromini, president and chief executive of Wabash National Corporation. “Developing innovative solutions that enhance transportation and logistics allows trucking companies to preserve the integrity, quality and safety of the products they deliver – to better serve distributors of goods around the world.”

Headquartered in Adelaide, Macfield has more than 20 years experience supplying equipment for the road and rail transportation sectors in Australia. The company’s primary clients include major freight logistics operators with equipment supplied under wholesale rental agreements.

The ArcticLite refrigerated vans are built in Wabash National’s Lafayette, Indiana, plant then transported to California for shipment to Australia. Upon arrival in Adelaide the final assembly is completed by Macfield engineers and technical experts.

“While engineering and manufacturing a product for export is a challenging combination of processes, it showcases how Wabash National’s flexible manufacturing system is capable of meeting a diverse set of customer needs,” stated Brent Yeagy, vice president and general manager for Wabash National’s Commercial Trailer Group. “We are very excited to work with an innovative group like Macfield to offer the Australian market more options for transportation equipment.”

Macfield plans to test the market with ArcticLite and other Wabash National products with a view to expanding its distribution to other geographic areas in need of lighter weight trailer options – such as Asia– where the company already has a presence.


Second Mack boots winner announced

Mr Gerry Force from Sydney’s northern beaches is this week’s winner of a pair of Mack boots. With six more pairs to be won, simply subscribing to the newsletter and answering a simple question about why you need a pair of Mack boots will put you in the draw.

We’re pleased that Gerry will now be able to drive safely while wearing his new Mack boots. His answer to the question was: ‘So I don’t have to drive in thongs anymore!’


NatRoad praises ‘Operation Overland’

NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay.

The National Road Transport Operators Association (NatRoad) has strongly commended the NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay, and the NSW Police for rolling out ‘Operation Overland’ to crack down on blatant law breaking by truck operators and supply chain participants.

NatRoad, which incorporates the Australian Road Train Association (ARTA), represents 1100 road transport operators which collectively have more than 10,000 trucks operating on Australian roads on any given day.

NatRoad chief executive Christopher Melham welcomed ‘Operation Overland’ and Minister Gay’s commitment to weed out supply chain participants breaking the law.

“There is no place in the road transport sector for rogues blatantly breaking the law by speeding or tampering with speed limiters – these rogues are a threat to society and need to be weeded out by law enforcement officers,” Melham stated. “NatRoad acknowledges that there must be strong action taken against offenders and we welcome our inclusion on the Minister’s Leadership Forum so we can work with government and industry to design strategies to help stamp out this dangerous behaviour.

“I am also encouraged by the recent co-operation between cross jurisdictional law enforcement agencies and expect this to continue to ensure the smooth transition to the establishment of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on January 1 next year.”


New name for IAP service provider

Chris Koniditsiotis, chief executive of Transport Certification Australia.

Transport Certification Australia Limited (TCA), the organisation administering the Intelligent Access Program (IAP), has announced that IAP service provider Vehicle Management Systems Pty Ltd (VMS) has changed its name to Ctrack Pty Ltd (Ctrack).

Chris Koniditsiotis, chief executive of TCA, welcomed the change, describing Ctrack as a company well established in European, Asian and African markets.

According to Max Verberne, managing director of Ctrack, “The local adoption of the Ctrack name was prompted by Digicore Holdings increasing its stake in VMS to become a majority shareholder.

“At Ctrack we support more than 1200 customers across Australia and New Zealand, with over 600,000 of our devices and services in use globally. We see an increasing awareness and adoption of certified telematics in the Australian road transport sector, which has grown through the expanding use of the IAP.”

Verberne went on to say that TCA certification provides IAP customers with assurance that the service provider is continually meeting the very highest standards across its business, including technology, business systems, organisational processes and customer service.

For his part, Chris Koniditsiotis was keen to stress that the name change will have no effect on the IAP services already being provided to customers of VMS.

“I look forward to working with Ctrack to support the growing needs of the road transport sector and governments now and into the future,” he said.

Further details about TCA can be found at

NTC report on new vehicle emissions

According to the National Transport Commission (NTC), new cars and light commercials will need to achieve a 10-fold reduction in carbon emissions by the middle of the century if transport is to play its part in meeting the commonwealth government’s target of an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050.

NTC commissioner Frank Muller made the comments while launching the NTC’s report titled ‘Carbon Dioxide Emissions from New Australian Light Vehicles 2011’ at The Cars of Tomorrow conference held recently.

“Industry, consumers and governments all have an important role to play in helping Australia reduce its emissions,” Muller said. “If Australians had made greener purchasing decisions in 2011, carbon emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles could have been cut by more than one third.”

The NTC’s report provides detailed up-to-date information about carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles sold in Australia during 2011.

“During 2011 there was a 2.8 percent reduction in carbon emitted from new vehicles, with a number of manufacturers working to make their vehicles greener,” Frank continued. “There is a tremendous opportunity to build on this progress by continuing to look at ways to encourage Australians to make greener car choices.”

Key findings from the report include:

  • In 2011, the national average carbon emissions from new passenger and light commercial vehicles was 206.6 g/km;
  • In 2011, 15 manufacturers sold 93 percent of the new light vehicles in Australia. Of these manufacturers, Suzuki had the lowest average corporate emissions (161 g/km) and Nissan the highest average corporate emissions (226 g/km);
  • In 2011, the average emissions from Australian-made light vehicles was 230 g/km. This represents a 6.9 percent reduction from 2010;
  • While there were more green vehicles available for sale in 2011, these vehicles were not amongst the best selling vehicles.

The NTC has reported the carbon dioxide emissions of new cars and light commercial vehicles for the past three years to provide a transparent benchmark on how Australia’s vehicle emissions are tracking.

The latest report is available on the NTC website:






Allison covers all bases at ITTES

Allison automatic equipped Fuso Fighter FK on display at the Melbourne ITTES.

Allison will utilise the Melbourne ITTES (International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show) on March 15-17 to highlight its latest technology 2000, 3000 and 4000 Series automatic transmissions installed in North American, Japanese and European trucks.

Allison automatic equipped vehicles are sold in Australia across a wide variety of applications, from distribution to waste collection, fire services and off-road tipper.

The company asserts that trucks and buses fitted with its transmissions are achieving impressive fuel economy, thanks to key features such as Load Based Shift Scheduling (LBSS) and Vehicle Acceleration Control (VAC), which maximise efficiency under varying loads and throttle settings.

Several manufacturers will feature Allison equipped trucks at the Melbourne ITTES.

Fuso, for example, will display a 2500 Series equipped Fighter FK Automatic that’s ideally suited to city delivery work.

In addition, Isuzu will debut its all-new FVY 1400 6×4 agitator featuring an Allison 3500 Series automatic with a power take-off (PTO) that’s said to be ideal for concrete mixer applications and a highly competitive tare weight for maximum payload potential.

UD will feature its Condor range of medium-duty trucks, all of which can be optioned with Allison automatics. The PK 16 250 is available with a five-speed 2500 Series unit while a six-speed 3000 Series remains available in other PK models.

The British built Dennis Eagle Elite 2 integrated refuse truck is available in five standard configurations including 4×2 RHS (right-hand steer), 4×2 Dual Control, 6×4 RHS, 6×4 Dual Control and 8×4 RHS configurations, all equipped with 3000 Series automatics and Cummins ISL engines.

Meanwhile, Mack’s Metro-Liner, available with a 4430 six-speed automatic with integral output retarder, is aimed primarily at construction and mine service support operations.

Completing the multicultural array of Allison equipped trucks on display at the ITTES is Iveco’s Eurocargo 225E28 6×2 featuring a 3000 Series six-speed automatic.