Truck Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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RETRO VISION | Truck Review – Kenworth W990

It’s the “Classic Kenworth for the Connoisseur” as PACCAR unveils the W990 There are some who might say the only truck better than a bonneted Kenworth is a long-bonneted Kenworth, and, if that’s what you are thinking, then take a look at the latest Legend model to head out onto the North American highways. Debuting at the Las Vegas Speedway, ...

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