Truck Reviews

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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The Big Guns from Benz

Heavy construction operators get the ultimate benefit as Mercedes-Benz launches the AROCS. As we head into a new year, Mercedes-Benz has shown that it intends to build on the momentum it gained through 2012 when Daimler Trucks produced almost as many vehicles in 11 months as it did in the whole of 2011. Through 2012, the six brands of Daimler ...

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MAN Hours

When it comes to efficiency, the MAN tipper range has some interesting advantages. At PowerTorque, we never cease to be amazed by the amount of enthusiasm we find amongst truck operators. While most of the highly customised trucks ply the long haul routes, the trucks working a local run around a major city can inspire just as much interest, especially ...

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Safety in Numbers

The selection of new vehicles and trailers for McAleese Resources and Cootes Transport is governed by a stringent attitude to fleet safety The transportation of hazardous goods such as petro-chemical and liquefied gas products doesn’t have a get-out clause when it comes to safety. The ramifications of any accident could be catastrophic, and, as a consequence, responsibility for providing safe ...

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Martial Arts

Isuzu has been market leader in Australia for 24 consecutive years. PowerTorque finds there are very good reasons to expect this Japanese truck maker to hit the quarter century in 2014 When things look pretty much the same, there’s always the risk that customers might just assume that everything is the same. After all, one white Japanese truck looks remarkably ...

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