UD Trucks Quon series at Brisbane Truck Show

The UD Trucks Quon series  made its debut at the Brisbane Truck Show last week.

QUON BTS 2013The heavy duty truck has a completely new driveline including a globally designed engine and transmission.

Vice President – UD Trucks, Jon McLean, said UD Trucks has a reputation for bringing high-performing, strong trucks to the market and these new models are no exception.

“The new driveline comes in 420 and 380 horsepower options, which we haven’t offered for UD Trucks in Australia before,” he said.

“We’ve also been able to extend the service intervals, from 25,000km up to 60,000km depending on the application, which will keep the overall maintenance costs down.

“The entire truck is built in Japan with genuine UD parts and has a fully-automated manual transmission with two pedal operation and automatic shifting.”

He claimed the Quon series has been designed with the driver in mind with a world-class cabin layout.

“There’s everything from step points and grab handles for cleaning to new mirrors and a three-point support system for ease of entry and exit,” he said.

“Even the simple things, like being able to perform daily maintenance checks without tilting the cab, will make a massive difference to drivers.”


Mr McLean said the Quon series features knee energy absorbers, driver side airbags, EBS brakes and an easy hill start function for added safety.

“We found a lot of minor collisions cause damage to the knees so we wanted to make sure that we added extra protection in this area,” he said.

“There’s also an impact absorbing steering wheel and steering column to decrease injuries by lessening the impact to the chest and abdomen. The easy hill start and EBS brakes are other great functions which will hopefully prevent accidents.”

The trucks also have the options to feature a telematics package with GPS tracking which will be a massive benefit for businesses as they can go online or on to their mobile phone and find out where their truck is at any given time.

UD Trucks Australia is offering finance packages from as little as 1.95% over a three year term for all models in the new Quon series ordered and financed before June 30, 2013.

“It’s definitely an industry-leading offer that will be hard to pass up,” Mr McLean said.


“The low rate is not only a great way for customers to save on a new truck but also provides an opportunity for drivers to upgrade to a safer, more efficient model equipped with the latest technology.

“Customers also have an optional ‘holiday’ period where they can choose to take a break from their repayments for the whole month of January.”

Mr McLean said UD Trucks also launched an aftersales support bundle, UD Solutions, at the show.

“It’s all about giving customers a total package so they’re not just buying a truck, they’re buying a total UD experience,” he said.

“The bundle includes extended warranties, service agreements with a growing network across Australia, roadside assist, driver training, total ownership cost calculator and genuine parts, services and accessories.”

Drivers will have a chance to get behind the wheel of the new Quon series during the national UD Trucks road show in July this year.


Avia and Smith arrive in Australia and are welcomed with curiosity at the Brisbane Truck Show

A new entrant to the Australian market used the Brisbane Truck Show for its launching pad.

Brisbane based Avia Oceania launched two brands, the Avia D-series Medium Duty Truck range and Smith Electric Vehicles.

The two Smith Electric Vehicles launched are zero-emission commercial electric vehicles that are designed to be a superior-performing alternative to traditional diesel trucks due to higher efficiency and lower total cost of ownership.

Smith vehicle designs leverage more than 80 years of experience in selling and servicing electric vehicles in the United Kingdom.

From its origins as Northern Coachbuilders in 1920, Smith has influenced every stage in the evolution of electric vehicles through electric trolley buses to its new generation models.

Smith draws on a history and expertise in battery technology and has thousands of commercial vehicles in operation around the world said the company.

According to Tony Fairweather, Managing Director of Avia Oceania Smith has already partnered in overseas markets with global leaders across multiple industries.

Some of these industries include food and beverage, utility, telecommunications, retail, grocery, parcel and postal delivery, school transportation, military and government.

He claims customers for Smith’s Electric Truck solution include many of the world’s largest fleet operators, including PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, Staples, TNT, Sainsbury’s, Coca-Cola, DHL, FedEx and the U.S. Military.

The two vehicles launched in the Australian market include the Smith Newton and the Smith Edison. Both vehicles can be configured for multiple applications with wheelbase, charging options and battery capacity usually being the main decision points.

“Users have found the benefits of changing to electric vehicles are lower cost of ownership, high performance reliability for urban routes, less expensive to deploy and maintain, zero emissions operation, positive driver experience and Smith’s full circle support,” said Mr Fairweather.

The proposition to the market is simple, the company claims a traditional diesel truck will use approximately $150,000 (100,000 litres) of fuel over seven years. By comparison, a Smith Electric truck will cost only $30,000 to re-charge, saving its operator $120,000.

Maintenance costs are dramatically reduced, by half to $10,000, due to the low maintenance requirements of the electric drive line. This corresponds to a reduction of running costs by 70% over seven and 10 years.

Over the first 10 years, the saving per truck can exceed $200,000 over a diesel powered vehicle.

Environmentally, Smith Electric trucks can have a huge impact:

• 130,000kg of CO2 that is no longer produced (over 7 years) in metropolitan areas

• 100,000 litres of diesel fuel no longer needed

• Waste fluids, parts and toxic material generated during the servicing process for a diesel truck are eliminated

• 70dB of noise in streets eliminated due to the quiet operation of the electric vehicles

“Avia Oceania looks foAVIA BTS 2013 SMITH BTS 2013rward to demonstrating to Australian customers why Smith are the world’s best selling fully electric trucks,” he said.


As the distributor of Czechoslovakian based Avia Trucks the company is bringing in trucks from 4.5 tonnes up to 18 tonne that have been designed and developed in the United Kingdom and launched in 2000.

“Quality, value, design and simplicity are the core values that fully describe the Avia D series of trucks. Avia’s wide range of overall truck GVM’s and cabin, axle and wheelbase options provide solutions across the light and medium duty truck segments,” said Mr Fairweather.

Avia Oceania will initially launch models with GVM’s from 6.0 to 12.0 tonnes. Within these models, customers will have the option of day cab, sleeper cab and seven seat crew cab options, with either 4×2 and 4×4 axle drive-trains.

Avia trucks will be available in a range of wheelbases for body lengths up to 7,700mm.

The Avia range comes with well known driveline components that the Australian market has an affinity with.

Each Avia D series comes standard with a ZF manual transmission or an optional Eaton Ultrashift Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).

Cummins ISB diesel engines and Albion axles complete a proven, durable and reliable drive-train.

The Avia D120 4×4 delivers where superior off-road performance is required.

Robust construction of the front drive axle and the dual ratio transfer box, the quality of which has been proven under challenging operational conditions and truck trial competitions, provides a perfect solution where increased adhesion and off-road drivability are crucial.

Simple controls and excellent ergonomics in the D series modern and spacious cabins make the Avia relaxing to drive.

The interiors are a mix of carefully chosen materials, attractive design and first-class workmanship. Standard equipment across the range includes a fully air suspended ISRI driver’s seat and an Alpine integrated audio/visual unit that incorporates GPS navigation, multimedia integration and Bluetooth hands-free connections for mobile phones.

Avia trucks arrive in the Australian market backed by a 3 year, unlimited kilometre warranty. The cabs are warranted for 8 years against corrosion.

“Both warranties can give Avia owners in Australia confidence that Avia trucks will provide long standing, reliable and economical service boosting the productivity and profitability of their operations,” said Tony.

Volvo invites Brisbane students to help ‘Design Our Future’

VOLVO1377Low resThe ‘Design Our Future’ grant was announced today at the Queen St Mall in the presence of the Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, and 500 Volvo Group staff from the Brisbane factory, during the launch of Volvo’s newest truck, the Volvo FH.

Volvo Group President and CEO, Arne Knaben, says this is a grant that aims to encourage young industrial designers and engineers to present their ideas for the future of transport. “The winners of the competition will receive a guided tour of Volvo’s local factories in Australia and in Sweden, and a trip to Volvo’s world-renowned design studio in Gothenburg.

“The New FH is a huge leap forward, not just for Volvo, but for the Australian transport industry. We’re incredibly proud to have played an integral role in the design and development of this truck. We’re also proud to be building them right here in Brisbane— we’re a local manufacturer and every Volvo you see on the road in Australia has been built right here.”

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk presided over the launch and congratulated the Volvo employees present for their role in the production of the safest Volvo ever. “Volvo is a great advertisement for Brisbane’s high-tech manufacturing sector – employing over 500 workers at Wacol, generating jobs and important economic activity for Brisbane residents and businesses.”

“The New FH will carry Volvo into the next decade or more, so its launch seemed an appropriate time to announce this grant,” said Knaben. “In the New FH we have the best example yet of what excellence in truck design can achieve, especially when that design is driven by a clear set of core values. The Volvo Trucks ‘Design Our Future’ grant will help to ensure that the trucks of the future carry safety, quality and environmental care at the heart of their designs. We’re tremendously excited to see what our contestants will come up with.”

Hino Australia’s new 500 Series GT Crew Cab Auto 4×4

Hino Australia’s new 500 Series GT Crew Cab Automatic four-wheel drive truck builds on the manual version by adding a five-speed automatic transmission to combine ease of use with off-road capability.

Hino Australia Product Planning Manager Daniel Petrovski said the GT Automatic was designed primarily with Australian fire-fighters in mind.

“Australia’s fire-fighting organisations were at the forefront of our thoughts when designing the GT Automatic,” Mr Petrovski said.

“Hino four-wheel drive trucks are used to fight bushfires in some challenging environments across Australia – we saw a need to build an automatic truck that retained Hino’s off-road capabilities.

“It’s not just a matter of convenience – the simplicity of an automatic gearbox means fire-fighters have one less concern on their minds in what can be a highly stressful environment.”

To suit the needs of fire-fighting teams, the GT Automatic features an engine-mounted live-drive power take-off (PTO) as standard.

The 500 GT Automatic’s switchable engine PTO can operate independently of the drivetrain, which enables constant operation while the truck is stationary or in motion.

Hino chose to adapt the Allison 2500 Series automatic transmission to help the 500 GT Automatic handle Australian conditions.

The gearbox features a system called Preselect which automatically shifts down when the exhaust brake is activated, increasing driver control by ensuring the engine and gearbox offer peak compression braking and reductive force respectively.

A unique feature of the transmission is the 500 GT Automatic-specific Allison 2500 series T-bar type gear selector that displays the gear selector position within the instrumentation cluster, removing the need for the driver to take their eyes from the road ahead to check the gear selection.

In response to individual fire-fighting authorities’ requests and as a way of tailoring solutions to individual customers, Hino offers a variant with no-slip differentials and factory removal of the ABS (anti-lock braking system).
Hino offers the ABS-equipped variant at no extra cost, ensuring the 500 Series GT Automatic’s capabilities are suited to any situation.

Built in Brisbane: Volvo unveils its safest truck ever

Volvo Trucks Australia will unveil its safest truck ever in front of over 500 local Volvo workers in the Queen Street Mall on Wednesday, May 15.

Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, will officially launch the new Volvo FH, which was built in Brisbane at Volvo’s Wacol factory by local engineering and design teams.

Volvo Trucks Australia Vice President, Gary Bone, said the new truck boasts world-first innovations and will set the industry benchmark for safety in Australia.

“Volvo is the world leader in safety and technology and in preparation for this launch we’ve crash tested over 25 trucks and have run over 1000 simulations,” he said.

The FH features Volvo’s innovative I-See system, making it the first truck to remember hills to reduce fuel consumption.

“It has a built-in memory, which can store up to 4000 hills and acts like an autopilot that handles gear-changes and maintains truck momentum,” Mr Bone said.

“The I-See technology not only helps our customers by reducing their fuel costs, it also reduces our impact on the environment.”

Mr Bone said Volvo wanted to create a truck with the market’s best handling.  “The Volvo FH is more like driving a car than a truck when it comes to precise response and directional stability,” he said.

“Several structural improvements give the new Volvo FH series a stable and flexible design, which we demonstrated in our ballerina stunt video last year.

“The ballerina stunt shows slackliner Faith Dickey walking on a rope between two trucks travelling at 80 km/h.”

Mr Bone said Volvo’s Brisbane factory had to undergo a major facelift to accommodate the production of the new truck.

“We had to raise the roof of the Wacol factory because the vehicle is a lot taller than previous models,” he said.

“With over 500 employees, Brisbane really is the home of Volvo Trucks in Australia, and last year we invested $9 million to prepare the production plant for this new model.”

Customer field testing was also a key part of the development of the new model.

“We’ve field tested more than 60 of these new trucks around the world, but due to the harsh climate and long distances that drivers contend with in Australia, we’ve conducted more test kilometres here than in any other country,” Mr Bone concluded.   One of Volvo’s leading experts in road safety, Ulf Torgilsman, direct from the Crash Testing Laboratory in Gothenburg, Sweden, will also be in attendance at the launch event.

Recent recall notices from major manufacturers Dennis Eagle, Fuso, Scania and Iveco

Recent recall notices from major manufacturers include:

Western Star Trucks
 “A certain number of our Dennis Eagle vehicles may have, during the course of having a modification carried out to improve steering geometry, not had the correct torque applied to the fasteners on the steering arms both upper and lower,” says Western Star Trucks.
“If failure occurs to these fasteners, loss of control of the steering of the vehicle can occur. This condition may potentially result in loss of control of the steering of the vehicle potentially causing an accident.
Letters are being sent to affected owners. Western Star Trucks says when you contact your selling dealer, refer to campaign number FSDE12. The recall will take a maximum of one hour and will be performed at no charge to you. 274 vehicles are affected.

Mercedes Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Lt
There is an issue with the Mitsubishi Fuso Euro 5 Canter trucks fuel filter head. The campaign is targeting 2,387 trucks manufactured between 25.03.2011 to 26.09.2012. “There is a possibility that the fuel hose may detach from the fuel filter,” explains the recall notice.
The recall notice says this may cause a hazard to other road users and may result in a fire hazard. A letter will be sent to affected owners. The fuel filter head will replaced and these repairs will be carried out free of charge and will take approximately one hour to complete. Affected owners can contact their local Mitsubishi Fuso dealer.

Scania Australia
Scania Australia has issued a recall for the P,G and R series trucks with the chassis number list: 5310339, 5311510, 5312683, 5312683, 5313111, 5315650, 5315713 and 5315819.
Scania says due to production deviation the tightening torque may be too low on the front torque rods of the front axle with air suspension. The possible affect is low clamping force on the joint may lead to screws shearing and the torque rods coming off. This will affect the ability to control the vehicle and may pose a hazard to the driver and other road users.
“Contact our Scania workshops or Scania Dealers and make a booking to have the vehicle repaired,” Scania says.

Iveco Trucks Australia Limited
Iveco is targeting 74 Powerstar trucks made May to November 2012 in its recall campaign.
It says with a steering wheel adjusted into the lowest steering position, the top of the intermediate steering shaft may foul with the upper steering shaft knuckle.
“If the defect occurs, it may result in loss of steering control. This poses a hazard to the driver and other road users,” Iveco says. Iveco Trucks Australia will contact owners of affected vehicles. If further information is required contact your Iveco Dealer or Iveco Trucks Australia Limited on 03 9238 2200.

Volvo and Shell in global gas agreement

Volvo Trucks and Shell have agreed to cooperate globally on the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for commercial heavy duty trucks.

Based on Volvo’s new MethaneDiesel concept whereby LNG can be used in diesel engines, and Shell’s LNG expertise and infrastructure investments, the two companies will coordinate their activities and actively support the wider use of LNG in the transport sector.

“Shell is a key player in this market and we are one of the leading truck manufacturers, with an energy-efficient gas truck already available on the market. Together we believe that we can enhance and speed up the introduction of LNG to the transport business, both through own activities and by inspiring others”, says Lennart Pilskog, Director of Public Affairs at Volvo Trucks.

The collaboration agreement is underway and work has begun with the first stage focused on selected markets in central Europe and in the United States. The agreement is non-exclusive both ways. On-going or future cooperation and dialogues with other partners will not be affected by this agreement.

Gas for long haul transport

Natural gas is today used in compressed form (CNG) in city buses and smaller commercial vehicles. However, to be able to perform long haul assignments the vehicle must be able to carry a larger amount of fuel on board. This is made possible if the engine can run on LNG since the gas has a smaller volume in liquefied form.

The Volvo FM MethaneDiesel is equipped with the new methane-diesel technology and uses liquefied gas as its main fuel. The truck is already available in Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK and at present the market roll-out is expanding into Italy and France.

“We see considerable potential for our gas truck and will continue the roll-out in more markets along with the development of our production capacity and gas infrastructure. Using liquefied natural gas in a diesel engine is very energy-efficient, it is a new fuel option that could dominate for heavy duty vehicles for the foreseeable future,” concludes Lennart Pilskog.

Wider use of LNG will also facilitate the distribution of liquefied biogas (LBG) produced from renewable sources.

About natural gas and biogas

Both natural gas and biogas consist primarily of methane. When natural gas is combusted, it releases less CO2 than does diesel oil, and it releases no sulphur, heavy metals or ash into the atmosphere. Natural gas reserves are calculated to last longer than crude oil reserves. Biogas is climate-neutral and can be made from waste and other organic sources.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas that has been cooled to the point that it becomes liquid. It is mainly used in the production of heat and electricity, making it widely available already today. It is normally less expensive than diesel.

About the Volvo FM MethaneDiesel

Driving range is approximately 1,000 km on gas. Engine power output is 460 hp, torque 2300 Nm. Used in vehicle rigs with a gross weight of 40-60 tonnes. The engine uses diesel to ignite the LNG. The proportions are up to 75% gas and 25% diesel, depending on the type of transport and driving cycle. In the pressurised tank, the gas is stored at a temperature of between -130 and -140 degrees Celsius in order to keep it in liquid form. Can run on both LNG and LBG.
Euro 3 and Euro 5 engines can also run on diesel only, which can be advantageous in situations when no LNG is available.

Deniliquin Freighters boosts productivity with Vawdrey A-Doubles

Leading Riverina transport contractor Deniliquin Freighters is operating two purpose-built Kenworth T909 A-Double roadtrains which haul 60 tonnes of export rice from SunRice’s newly reopened Coleambally mill in southern NSW.

The innovative  A-Double two-trailer configuration, which is 36.5 m – 10 m longer than a regular B-Double, is a first for the state. The company was granted a special permit by the NSW Government’s Roads and Maritime Services. This enables the trucks to carry two 20-foot (6.1 m) TEU shipping containers of up to 30 tonne gross weights on specific routes from the mill to rail terminals in the region.

The permit allows the Kenworths to carry containers which are, for the first time, filled to capacity. That is around a 13 percent increase or 3.5 tonnes of milled rice per load more than trucks were permitted previously.

The new road limit load approvals, which were arranged following talks with NSW Roads and Ports Minister, The Honourable Duncan Gay, who played an important role for SunRice in ensuring maximum efficiency in the movement of rice for export, particularly from the recently re-opened Coleambally mill.

SunRice’s Coleambally and Deniliquin mills had been closed almost five years earlier due to severe droughts which decimated Australian rice crops. Today, SunRice has had its second consecutive year of full rice production, with a harvest of more than 963,000 tonnes. That’s a dramatic turn-around compared to its low of just 19,000 tonnes in 2008. To meet the increased capacity, it reopened the Deniliquin mill in early 2011, followed by the mill in Coleambally in November 2012.

Deniliquin Freighters has been contracting to SunRice since the transport company was established in the mid 1970s and, since 1999, it has been one of the company’s key road carriers from the rice mills in the Riverina. In addition to managing a large team of contractors, the company maintains its own fleet of 10 Kenworth prime movers which distribute SunRice finished rice to wholesalers and retailers throughout mainland Australia. It also handles haulage of milled rice between the three mills as well as the export containers carted from Coleambally.

Deniliquin Freighters’ Managing Director, Russell Tait, said he worked with SunRice to find a more efficient transport solution for the Coleambally mill since it was the only one not located near a rail terminal.

“The closest rail terminal to Coleambally is in Tocumwal – that’s a 256 km round trip which our trucks need to make several times a day,” he said. “We spent 15 months working with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to try to find a cost-effective transport solution. The special RMS’ permit achieved that. It enabled us to implement a new transport configuration that increased payload capacity to 60 tonnes at CML (concessional mass limits) weights.

This was important to ensure efficiency at the re-opened mill, and it’s become a win-win for everyone. The A-Double roadtrain substantially lowers the overall cost of transport and provides SunRice with significant productivity gains. It also benefits the local community and the state with less trucks on the road,” Russell explained.

Deniliquin Freighters purchased its Kenworth T909s from award-winning dealer, Graham Thomson Motors in Shepparton. The T909 is a versatile model which suits almost any application where the front axle weight is critical.

Kenworth custom built the prime movers to the exacting requirements of the Coleambally mill operation. This included making provision on the chassis for the installation of a dual-wheel, lift-up Hendrickson pusher axle in front of the drive axle. When employed, the pusher axle enables the vehicles to carry a heavier payload that is spread more evenly across the axle groups.

Rated to a GCM of 106 tonnes, each truck is powered by a Cummins ISX EGR engine, generating 600 hp and 2050 lb/ft of torque. The truck features an 18-speed Eaton UltraShift Plus FO-22E318B-MXP automated transmission with Hill Start Assist to prevent rolling backwards on an incline. It also includes Meritor MFS73 front axles (7.3 tonne capacity) and Meritor RT46-160GP rear axles (21 tonne capacity), and rides on Kenworth’s Airglide 460 eight-bag rear suspension. The model has also been fitted with Kenworth’s Aero 50-inch integrated sleeper, Front Under-run Protection System (FUPS) bumpers as well as the Kenworth Electronic Brake Safety System (EBSS) Level 1, including ABS, automatic traction control (ATC) and drag torque control (DTC).

The T909s pull two, low-profile, drop-deck skel trailers by Vawdrey, which are linked by a tri-axle dolly. The 36.5 metre, Kenworth A-Double roadtrains operate two shifts, five days a week, from 3 am until midnight, and one shift on Saturday, from 3 am until 1 pm. Each truck makes five round trips in a full day. Four deliveries are made to the Tocumwal rail terminal, which is a 256 km round trip, and one is made to the Deniliquin terminal, a 330 km round trip. The trucks also make three trips on Saturdays.

Every week, the Kenworths haul in total 112 shipping containers with a combined payload of close to 3000 tonnes of milled rice. The containerised rice is sent by rail to the Port of Melbourne, where it is exported to various countries throughout the Pacific.

Russell looked at a number of Kenworth models before deciding on the T909. He said he chose it based on several factors, including its longer wheelbase, which allowed for the pusher axle, and provided better steering for the lengthy rig.

“The A-Double roadtrain is a major step forward for NSW transport, particularly regional agribusiness. But the 13-axle configuration, the long operating hours and the often hot Riverina conditions would tax most trucks. That’s why I didn’t seriously consider any other brand – only Kenworth.

“We have used a variety of American and European models since the 1970s, but for the past 11 years, I have only purchased Kenworths. It just makes sense. They are engineered in Australia for Australia’s toughest environments. And they are custom built in the factory to our specifications. If we used any other brand, it would have been much more difficult and time consuming, with no guarantee it would be the best vehicle for the job. With Kenworth, we get exactly what we need without any compromise,” he explained.

Russell says the T909 has proved to be the ideal model for Coleambally job.

“I needed a strong, powerful truck to handle the work but, because we are carting heavy containers with a set weight, I needed a light prime mover to ensure we stayed within the permit limits. The T909 has a surprisingly light tare weight and it’s economical to run. They’re real workhorses and yet they’re so comfortable to drive. We work them long and hard, and they haven’t missed a beat.

“The beauty about the T909, in fact all Kenworths, is their flexibility. If the Riverina went back into drought, we could remove the pusher axle and turn the T909s back into bogey drives and they would join our other Kenworths doing linehaul work. We run a variety of models which are configured as single trailer, B-Double and roadtrains. It all depends on the needs of SunRice and our other customers. Our Kenworths are versatile, and that allows us to react quickly to changes in the market,” he explained.

Russell said another important reason he continues to buy Kenworths is the often overlooked dealer service.

“Graham Thomson Motors is an excellent dealer – we have been buying Kenworths from them for years. They have very knowledgeable and long-term staff, who understand our business, and always give us prompt service and advice. In fact, they played a key role in the development of our A-Double roadtrains,” he added.


Recall notice on Isuzu FV/FX and CX model trucks

Isuzu Australia Limited has issued a national recall notice on Isuzu FV/FX and CX model trucks fitted with Meritor axles.

Isuzu Motors Japan has identified that the Meritor Axle Lock Nut Locking Tab may have been misassembled and this may, in extreme cases, cause the wheel to come loose from the axle assembly.

Customers are being notified by mail.

Scania Safety Vest debuts at the VTA Drive Day

Scania showed its wide range of active and passive safety systems at the VTA Drive Day in an eye-catching and innovative way; the Scania Safety Vest.

Scania has long been a leader in the delivery of active and passive safety systems for the benefit of drivers and operators in Australia.

To highlight the Scania safety story, the company presented a G 480 prime mover in a unique and eye-catching Day-Glo hi-viz Safety Vest at the VTA Drive Day, complete with an integrated front under-run protected bumper that uses a highly visible and impressive red and silver design incorporating reflective stripes, similar to that used by a major Scania customer in Europe.

“We have dressed a static display prime mover in an XXXXL-sized graphic Safety Vest as a bold statement of Scania’s commitment to driver safety,” says Ron Szulc, Scania Brand and Communications Manager.

“Just as the hi-viz safety vest worn by many drivers on a daily basis helps to signify their presence and provide a degree of safety, in what can be for many, potentially hazardous working environments, so the Scania prime mover, with its many safety features acts as a safety vest for the driver on the road.

“Scania has a strong and long-standing focus on providing a safe and comfortable workplace for drivers,” he says.

“This starts with an all-steel safety cab that exceeds the tough Swedish impact test standards that are themselves more stringent than the ECE R29 Cab Strength regulations. It includes class-leading driver visibility, easy cab access on stepladder-like steps, a highly adjustable driver’s seat, comfortable and wide bunk and an effective air conditioning system. We also have excellent sound insulation in the cab, which also helps to reduce fatigue on a long day’s drive.

“Scania fits a driver’s airbag to the collapsible steering column of each truck sold in Australia. Seat belt pretensioners are standard, along with Traction Control, Electronic Brake System, which incorporates an Anti-lock Brake System. We also provide four hours of vehicle optimisation instruction with every new delivery, via our Scania Peak Efficiency Programme. This bolsters driver and road safety, as well as ensuring the vehicle is driven in the most fuel efficient manner, reducing wear and tear, and thus benefiting the operator’s profitability,” Ron says.

Scania also offers the ability for customers to specify additional modern electronic driver safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning, while Electronic Stability Control is available on 6×4 configuration vehicles as well as 6x2s and 4x2s. Scania has also just begun delivering vehicles in Australia fitted as standard with a new H7 super bright halogen headlamp that offers a wide dipped beam.

A new Daytime Running Lamp System has also been deployed in these clusters. Scania customers may also option Xenon headlamps as found on many European luxury cars. For 20 years, Scania has been offering the market the Scania Retarder, an auxiliary hydro-mechanical braking system that puts up to 3500 Nm of braking torque in the driver’s hands, leaving the service brakes of the vehicle combination cool and fresh for deployment only in an emergency.

In addition, features such as Downhill Speed Control ensure that the vehicle can remain safely in the driver’s control and within the legal speed limits even when negotiating steep declines on the highway, improving trip times.