Author Archives: Maree Mullett

SWITCHED ON DAF | Truck Review -The Dutch truck maker heads down the plug-in path

The Dutch truck maker heads down the plug-in path The recent announcement by PACCAR Australia that DAF trucks would be joining the production line in Bayswater, following the Kenworth tradition of local assembly, suggests that the European brand will now be receiving further impetus from its marketing programme to position the LF, CF and XF models as a more serious ...

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THE RIGHT MIX | Truck Review – Hino 500 forms a solid foundation for the Mini-Mix fleet.

Hino 500 forms a solid foundation for the Mini-Mix fleet in Coffs Harbour – Words and images by Ed Higginson Hino launched its new 500-Series early last year, subsequently making inroads into many fleets across the country. One such fleet that has decided to go all-in after seeing the new Hino was Mini-Mix of Coffs Harbour. The business has been ...

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McCOLL’S LOOKS TO THE FUTURE | Company Profile -New owners for the well-respected family name

New owners for the well-respected family name – Words by Ed Higginson, and images by Robbie Rose. McColl’s Transport was started in 1952 by Stuart McColl and his wife June, with a single vehicle transporting milk around Geelong, Victoria. Under their guidance, and with the arrival of son-in-law David Stevens, the business grew across Victoria until it was sold in ...

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IVECO TAKES THE X-WAY. | Truck Review -Stralis X-Way project results from a four-year engineering programme between IVECO Australia and IVECO global engineering teams

Win today and sell tomorrow! That was always the edict that supported car manufacturers going into motorsport events, and, at a recent IVECO launch in Melbourne, the truck maker followed the tradition by including the attendance of V8 Supercar driver, Jamie Whincup, backing his presence with a performance by Australian music icon Daryl Braithwaite. The event in question was the ...

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COMPANY PROFILE | Gaining Ground -Corbet’s Group is truly amazing, with many different interests

Warren Caves joins Corbet’s Group for an update on the company – Images by Torque it Up When Al Corbet started out as a logging contractor and sawmill operator back in 1970, the family business was a lot different. Firstly, his original AB 180 International, with its 6V53 GM soundtrack wouldn’t pass muster today, and, secondly, because the Corbet’s Group ...

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MAN-MADE | TRUCK REVIEW – Grayson Haulage looks at the appeal of the “other” German manufacturer

Grayson Haulage looks at the appeal of the “other” German manufacturer – Images by Torque it Up Enhanced fuel efficiency, old fashioned customer-focused service, an expanding workload, and hassle-free maintenance contracts, lures Park Ridge, Qld, based transport operator, Grayson Haulage, away from their historically Kenworth-based fleet to their first MAN D38 TGX 26-580. According to Grayson Haulage co-owners, and father ...

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TRATON ON TRACK | TRANSPORT NEWS – Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group to change its name to TRATON Group

A new dawn for global transport as Volkswagen Truck and Bus restructures. There’s nothing understated about the decision by Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group to change its name to TRATON Group. The announcement was timed to coincide with the IAA Expo in Hanover in Germany, and while the show it itself is a huge extravaganza of displays and investment, even ...

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MOVING FORWARDS | Truck Review – All New Cascadia

Brenton O’Connor joins the Freightliner team as it evaluates the potential of the all-new Cascadia. When first previewed by the Australian transport media, the first Freightliner Cascadia was introduced in left-hand-drive format, displayed as a static, rather than drivable prime mover. Some months later, with the development programme having swung into gear, it became possible to drive this truck, plus ...

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ACTROS UPDATE | Truck Review – Mercedes-Benz ACTROS

Join Ed Higginson at the IAA Hanover as Mercedes-Benz updates the Actros As a major conglomerate in the motor industry, Mercedes-Benz has long been a technology leader in cars, vans, buses and trucks. This year the company showed it still held the same belief, saying, “Others talk, but Mercedes delivers”. And with sales up 38 percent so far in 2018, ...

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TRENDING EUROPEAN | EVENT – IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany 2018

Ed Higginson provides his first impressions of the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany The biannual IAA show is THE event of the European trucking calendar, and this year showcased the great strides made in sustainability, electrification and hybridisation by all the main truck manufacturers. The theme for this year’s event was the slogan “Driving Tomorrow”, and, true ...

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