Truck Reviews

CLIMATE CONTROL | Truck Review -Japanese truck maker Hino shows it’s well ahead of the pack when it comes to climate change

Japanese truck maker Hino shows it’s well ahead of the pack when it comes to climate change – Words by Warren Caves The Australian media launch of the all-new 500 Series standard cab in Tokyo recently provided Hino Motors Limited (HML) with the opportunity to reveal the company’s bold plans to tackle global warming by reducing emissions across its businesses. ...

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STRALIS STEPS UP | Truck Review – Warren Caves takes the wheel of IVECO’s latest X-Way

Our drive evaluation centred on a Stralis X-Way fitted with the Cursor 13 engine rated at 510 hp (380 kW), and 2300Nm of torque available from a low 900 to 1525 rpm, coupled to a curtain-sided trailer and loaded to a GCM of 40,480 kg. The cab option was the Active Space Sleeper (sleeper and day cab options are available). ...

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LONG TERM STRATEGIES | Truck Review -Living the life with the Actros 2663

Living the life with the Actros 2663 – Words and Images Ed Higginson To really appreciate a new truck, you need to spend time in the vehicle over an extended period. That particular problem was solved after I acquired an ex-demo Euro 6 Mercedes-Benz Actros 2663, ready to put to work and at the same time providing an ideal opportunity ...

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GREEN CREDENTIALS | HINO GH 1828, fitted with a SEA-Drive 180 electric drive system

Woolworths take the lead towards a greener future – Words by Ed Higginson Industry needs early adopters to create change, and Woolworths has a strong track record for continuous logistical improvement. This was demonstrated by being one of the first to insist on protective side underrun for its fleet of trailers, and among the first to order Euro 5 and ...

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FAT388 | The PETERBILT 388 of B & R Stevens Transport | CUSTOM & CLASSIC

 TRANS FAT, Powder Pony Warren Caves discusses the perils (and rewards) of shopping. Images by Torque it Up. You know those times when you go out shopping for an item and bring home something completely different? I usually go out for a loaf of bread and come home with a 57-piece socket set, a six-pack of undies and a slab ...

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READY TO WORK | Truck Review -Warren Caves finds that Fuso is geared up to start work with pre-bodied options- FUSO

Warren Caves finds that Fuso is geared up to start work with pre-bodied options. Fuso plans to help customers to “hit the ground running “with its Built Ready range of pre-bodied trucks, centred around its hard-working Canter and larger Fighter models. As dependable as a pair of old boots, Fuso’s Canter range has been a common sight on Australian roads ...

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DIGGING DEEP | Truck Review -Scania Australia reveals the new XT mining and construction range

Scania Australia reveals the new XT mining and construction range – Words by Ed Higginson Scania launched its new XT mining and construction range as part of its ’New Truck Generation’ in November at the IMARC Expo in Melbourne,. For XT, read “Xtra Tough”, heralding the introduction of some impressive features to enable these models to cope with extreme environments. ...

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ULTIMATE THOUGHT PROCESSORS | Truck Review -UD Trucks’ revised Quon heavy duty truck has moved a step closer to complete autonomy.

Warren Caves reviews the autonomous UD UD Trucks’ revised Quon heavy duty truck has moved a step closer to complete autonomy. To experience this development at close quarters, PowerTorque visited Japan to evaluate a commercial test-ready Quon fitted with its latest autonomous technology, prior to the start of a trial in real-world customer operations within controlled environments. Once the trial ...

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FUTURE PERFECT | TRUCK REVIEW – Scania aiming high for 2019

 Scania aiming high for 2019 Swedish truck maker Scania is ready for a major attack on the Australian truck market through 2019 as supplies of its highly impressive New Generation Truck range become more easily available. With a high-profile global release, the company was taken by surprise when its order banks grew faster than anticipated and supply from Europe was ...

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STREET SMART | TRUCK REVIEW – HINO 500 Series

Hino shows its 500 Series is based on clever thinking – Words by Warren Caves.  Hino’s 500 Series Wide Cab range entered service with Australian fleets in early 2017, teaming a choice of two different capacity, six-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engines with the Allison 3000 World Series six-speed automatic transmission. Visually, the difference between the two engines was evident in the ...

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