Renault product will always look a little quirky

Renault Product Will Always Look a Little Quirky

The design of most Renault product will always look a little quirky. The company doesn’t go for the conventional if it can demonstrate a little style or introduce a little Gallic ingenuity. This is the case, even in the work horse, Master van, which Diesel News took for a test drive. Read more

how big is the Volvo XXL?

How Big is the Volvo XXL?

The magic number everyone wants to know is how big is the Volvo XXL? When we’re talking about the cabin space, it is often the dimensions of the bunk available which counts. In the case of the XXL we’re talking about a bed which is 2,130mm long and 1,065mm wide at its widest point, in the middle. There are cutouts at either end for the driver’s and passenger’s seats. Read more

top tech awards at the TMC

Top Tech Awards at the TMC

This week saw the truck top tech awards at the TMC, the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner, as part of the annual Technical and Maintenance Conference, held in Melbourne at the Automotive Centre of Excellence at Kangan Batman TAFE rewards the technical teams in trucking for dedication and innovation. Read more

Stralis has a bit of an image issue

The Stralis Has a Bit of an Image Issue

While the Stralis is hugely popular in Southern Europe, particularly Spain and Italy, the Stralis has a bit of an image issue with some UK drivers, reckons Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Will Shiers. Much of this stems from its interiors, which while perfectly competent, aren’t as plush as some rivals. It doesn’t matter how great a truck is to drive, if the interior lets it down, it will never win over drivers.  Read more

the light duty looks department

The Light Duty Looks Department

The Foton Aumark S fares quite well in the light duty looks department with a design which is clearly in line with the latest truck aesthetic. The grille at the front gives away the strong relationship that Foton has with the Daimler Truck organisation with its close resemblance to the style used on the front of the latest heavy duty Mercedes-Benz in Australia. By the way, this cabin is fully ECE R29 crash test complaint. Read more

development of fuel cell/electric powertrains for trucks

Development of Fuel Cell/Electric Powertrains for Trucks

A couple of recent announcements will see a concentration on the development of fuel cell/electric powertrains for trucks by Hyundai and Cummins. Hyundai has entered into a joint venture to promote a green hydrogen ecosystem in European countries into the future. The Korean company has also recently announced a deal with engine-maker Cummins to combine Hyundai fuel cell technology with the electric powertrain Cummins is developing. Read more

the nuts and bolts of the Hino 500

The Nuts and Bolts of the Hino 500

When it was first revealed in Japan last year, the new Hino 500 Standard Cab for Australia didn’t look that spectacular at first sight, but now we can get down to the nuts and bolts of the Hino 500. From the outside the ever-conservative Hino designers had tweaked the basic cabin design, but only a real expert would be able to tell. Read more

every truck has become much more sophisticated

Every Truck has Become Much More Sophisticated

Telematics and electronics in trucks have come a long way in the last 20 years, the electronic system throughout just about every truck has become much more sophisticated. Trucks now use a CANbus throughout the vehicle to power and control everything from tail lights, to engine mapping to refrigerated trailer temperature. Add to this, the fact that most of this data is also being streamed back to base at a steady rate so operators and customers can see what the truck is doing and how it is performing. Read more

the bigger the better

The Bigger the Better

For many people, when it comes to truck cabins, it is always the bigger the better, or so it seems. Volvo have come up with a new bigger cabin for the FH, the XXL, so Diesel News checks out one of the new models on a test drive to see whether the adage is true. Read more