Truck Reviews

PACCAR Parts is the key to longevity as proven by this T601 restoration for Mulgoa Excavations | COMPANY PROFILE

For Western Sydney’s Mulgoa Excavations’ owner Daniel Buttigieg, a blend of old and new equipment has helped his business flourish in the keenly-contested civil infrastructure landscape. The Mulgoa Excavations fleet comprises a total of around 50 trucks and 40 or so pieces of machinery including excavators, crushers, graders and screeners. Daniel started the company with a single 13-tonne excavator in ...

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TAKING A TILT AT TOWING AND TIMBER | Truck Review – IVECO

IVECO has the breadth of truck range to find the right vehicle for any application.  There’s nothing more welcome when you are marooned on the side of the highway than to see the approaching amber flashing strobe lights of a recovery vehicle coming to your assistance. Times have certainly changed since the roadside mechanic could fix everything with just the ...

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THE INTERNATIONAL FOCUS | Truck Review – International ProStar

ProStar wins another convert for Killmore Plant Services.  It’s always interesting to see the effect of major advertising campaigns versus the advantages of word of mouth recommendations. Harping back to the age-old question of what works in advertising and what doesn’t, we can recall one marketing person stating that 50 percent worked well, and 50 percent achieved nothing. The problem ...

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SHOCK TREATMENT | Truck Review – FUSO goes electric as Ed Higginson takes at the wheel

FUSO goes electric as Ed Higginson takes at the wheel Electric power has become the common buzzword when talking about new-vehicle developments. All the major vehicle manufacturers have announced electric vehicles (EVs) and some have already hit Australian showrooms, with even Harley Davidson announcing an electric motorcycle! Over the past two decades we have seen alternative fuels try to break ...

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RANGE CHANGE | HINO 700

Adding ZF’s TraXon transmission to the Hino 700 changes the game for the Japanese manufacturer – Words and images by Chris Mullett.  The heavy-duty range of Japanese trucks has never managed to excite buyers in any form approximating the enthusiasm attached to buying North American or European products. But through the years, Asian manufacturers have steadily improved and enhanced their ...

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SCANIA R650 | Truck Review

Hatching a Plan for Chickens – report by Warren Caves, Images by Torque it Up  When Sydney-based Multiquip Transport needed a couple of new prime movers to tow day-old chickens in two new, state of the art trailers from the Netherlands, adding two more Scanias to its 100-plus strong Scania fleet seemed a logical choice. Multiquip Transport is a third-party ...

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A WELCOME ARRIVAL | Truck Review – Hino 500

When your trusty vehicle has ceased to proceed, a Hino 500 tilt tray is a great sight on the horizon – Words by Warren Caves, Images by Torque it Up.  If you’ve ever experienced that sinking feeling when your car has decided that, for whatever reason, it’s not going to make to your chosen destination, you hopefully had the assistance ...

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Mirror Image | Truck Review – Mercedes-Benz

Ed Higginson finds that looking in the mirror may soon become a memory One of the most impressive launches at last year’s International Truck show in Europe was the new Mercedes Actros, unveiled with 60 updates in technology including four world firsts. PowerTorque was invited along with 500 journalists and was fortunate to be one of the first to go ...

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Hino 500 Series | TRUCK Review

A decade is a long time for anyone in vehicle sales, but for Hino Australia the past ten years have illustrated the company’s ability to hold its market share as total commercial vehicle sales, and the level of competition, have risen. At the close of 2010, Hino’s commercial vehicle sales success ranked at 14.6 percent of market share, with gross ...

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More bang For Your Buck | Engine Review

Volvo’s new enhanced turbo compound engine Volvo Trucks North America is introducing the next generation of its Turbo Compound technology to power its VNL range, providing up to an additional three percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the current 13-litre Turbo Compound engine, the D13TC. This new engine delivers up to 11 percent fuel savings overall compared to model-year 2015 ...

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