Truck Reviews

The Right Way

They’re is no substitute for customer service as FuelFreight grows its business. Dale Lee and his wife Mary are typical of many families involved in the day-to-day running of an effective and efficient trucking business. Over the years they could have expanded their fleet further in numbers, but they preferred to stay with a manageable size that would always be ...

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Swedish Bulldogs

As Mack and Volvo share certain technologies, they remain fiercely independent when it comes to marketing their wares. Chris Mullett reports from the Mid-America Truck Show. There’s some good stuff happening over at MACK with PowerTorque’s old friend Dave McKenna, Mack director of powertrain sales and marketing. A MACK devotee even to the extent of sporting a bulldog tattoo on ...

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Back on the rails

Repowering a sugar cane loco with a 5-cylinder Scania engine delivered a 40 percent fuel saving, so now Mulgrave Mill in Far North Queensland is planning to fit another, as well as a new 16.0-litre V8, to more of its stalwart rolling stock. The sky is overcast and threatening. The surrounding hills are dark as night, contrasting sharply with the ...

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Streamline

Scania reintroduces the slick look for the super smooth Those of us with grey hair can remember the original Scania Streamline models that were released in 1991. The Streamline concept is back for 2013. We won’t see the latest Scania Streamline models in Australia before September, and, even then, it’ll take a sharp eye to spot the difference. As with ...

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A New Star for the International Group

Stand by for some serious lessons in style as Navistar reforms its products to present a unified design. Words and images by Chris Mullett It has to be six or seven years ago, that, while flying out to Louisville for one of the earlier trucking expos, I was fortunate to sit next to an American on the plane who liked ...

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No Time to Waste – Pendpac – Aussie Allygator

As pressures increase on waste collection agencies, there’s a new player in the side loader business At PowerTorque we are constantly on the look out for innovative technology. Everyone knows the saying that “where’s there’s muck there’s money”, and, thanks to a NSW-based company, there’s now a new way to collect Otto bins from city streets. It’s called the Aussie ...

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Better ways

Taking a fresh look at driver welfare has caused Riordan’s Grains to move away from the traditional cents per kilometre payment to the implementation of an hourly rate. It’s a fact of life that many industries run on traditional lines. For some it might be that no one has actually looked at alternatives, and, consequently, has maintained the way it ...

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The Third Estate

FUSO grows its competitive muscle as part of the Daimler Trucks Group The Daimler Trucks Group has some very serious intentions of maintaining its status as the largest supplier of vehicles in the world today. For Australians, Daimler is not the number one, that title going to Isuzu Trucks Australia in total, and Kenworth for its continued domination of the ...

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Raising the Bar

Brett Seager, winner of Scania’s Young Australian Truck Driver of the Year competition, puts forward his views for safer driving to PowerTorque Most of the publicity surrounding the Young Australian Truck Driver contest has quite rightly been focused on the immense interest generated in the event, the abilities of the contestants, and the tasks they fulfilled during the competition. For ...

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The French Connection – Renault

Renault shows its colours for future technology There’s a fierce independence evident in the way that Renault Trucks does business in Europe. No matter that it has been owned by Volvo Group since 2001 – when it comes to presenting its products, it does so without being influenced by the Vikings. Although Australia no longer sees the Renault product, albeit ...

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