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Truck Reviews

GREATER GRUNT | Truck Review – Scania 13-litre

Scania’s 13-litre fills the need There are an amazing number of ways to describe increased horsepower or additional torque, but none seems to get the message home better than the simple expression of ‘more grunt”. Since the European truck makers started bringing Euro6 engines with their beneficial low emission ratings into the Australian market the powertrain ratings have been increasing. ...

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ORGANIC GROWTH | Company Profile

Australian Native Landscapes approaches its 50th anniversary- Words by Warren Caves, Images by Torque it Up Patrick Soars, the founder of highly respected Australian organic-waste processor Australian Native Landscapes (ANL), together with his son Harley, the company’s Asset and Maintenance Manager, stand proudly within the company’s processing facility at Badgerys Creek. Around them are stockpiles of mulched material and taking ...

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FEELING LIKE A NEW MAN | FEATURE -MAN Truck & Bus

The wheels of change turn slowly in the truck business, especially for a company in the throes of coming to terms with new partners, plus determining to itself as well as its customers, a total revision of where it sits in the grand pecking order of a diversified product range from different manufacturers based in various countries. The TRATON Group ...

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THE TIES THAT BIND | Feature – TRATON Group and Navistar International move closer together

TRATON Group and Navistar International move closer together The return of the International brand has followed an on-again/off-again/on-again relationship between Navistar International and IVECO Trucks Australia that significantly damaged the brand reputation. A company restructure in 2010 resulted in the sudden departure of the previous executive team of Daniel Ustian and Dee Kapur, subsequently replaced by ex-General Motors executive Troy ...

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THE NEW DAWN FOR DAF | Truck Review – DAF Trucks

As the fastest growing truck brand in Europe, DAF Trucks is aiming to make a similar move to become a major player in Australian transport. – Report by Chris Mullett. Ordinarily, a new product launch review focuses on the equipment, the technical supremacy, the efficiency and the appeal for the Australian operator.  But before entering the current world of the ...

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HEADING FOR THE HUNTER | Company Profile – JT’s Earthworks and Bulk Haulage – Western Star

Western Star and Sloanebuilt make a great combination Working in the Hunter Valley as a plant mechanic in the mining industry finally led to a career change for James Tiedeman, with the grind of mine life working permanent nightshift finally wearing thin enough after nine-years for him to track in a different direction. Using available equipment from the family farm, ...

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LIVING THE DREAM | FEATURE – Kenworth – Airlie Beach

Running two trips each week from Brisbane to Airlie Beach is keeping New Zealander Brad Gallagher a very happy driver. There’s nothing average about the twice weekly B-double service for the Airlie Beach Hotel between home base and Brisbane. For starters, the immaculate T909 with its fair share of customising additions is way above the usual standards found in the ...

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THE TRANSPORT TASK | Truck Review – Isuzu Trucks

Isuzu Trucks celebrates three decades of transport success Isuzu Trucks Australia has been the market leader by volume in the Australian commercial vehicle industry for 31 consecutive years, an amazing statistic considering the ever-increasing competition from all parts of the globe. By the close of December 2019, Isuzu Trucks had achieved market leadership of 23.6 percent of the 3501-8000 kg ...

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DIRTY WORK | Truck Review – Hino 4×4

Neil Dowling heads off road and into the charred brown yonder with Hino’s 4×4.  An almost excrutiatingly long gestation period of nearly 10 years comes to fruition for Hino as its development programme pays off for the 4WD version of its 300 Series, the 817. The 300 Series 817 sold 165 units in 2018, a small return on a light ...

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BRAND LOYALTY | Truck Review – IVECO & International

International and IVECO make strong relationships that last the test of time. The Eagle has well and truly landed as far as Edwards Transport in Tasmania is concerned. As the owner and founder of the company, Dean Edwards has owned four International Eagles since 2005 with his most recent being a 9200 model that remains in the fleet today and ...

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