Truck Reviews

Brand Building | TRUCK REVIEW – ProStar

Can International rebuild its brand in the face of stiff European and American competition? – Words by Brenton O’Connor Following our earlier evaluation of the ProStar in day-cabin version, configured as a rigid tipper and dog trailer application, PowerTorque is back behind the wheel of a sleeper-cabin version, putting it through its paces on a B-double run from Sydney to ...

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Dressed for Success | TRUCK REVIEW – SCANIA NEXT Generation

The next-generation Scania not only looks good, it delivers the goods – Report by Chris Mullett. The launch of a new truck range certainly doesn’t just happen overnight. In the case of Scania and its New Generation products, what we are seeing right now in the Australian market results from a seven-year research and development programme, with continuing consultation and ...

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Classical Gas | TRUCK REVIEW – Gas powered trucks

Habitually the domain of the taxi industry, will stepping back into gas be the way forwards to reduce emissions?  Words by Chris Mullett. When fuel prices are low nobody gives a hoot about the cost of filling a tank. But, as prices rise, as they are doing so currently, the cost of fuelling a vehicle takes on a greater significance. ...

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Quon by name – UD by nature | TRUCK REVIEW – UD Quon

UD builds on its heritage and blends design features from within the Volvo Group to redefine customer expectation when owning a Japanese truck – Words by Ed Higginson, images by Jonathon Wood With the recent release of the latest Quon, UD is claiming the company has redefined the UD brand image to become the best Japanese truck on the market. ...

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Ready To Roll | Truck Review – Freightliner Australia opens the door to Cascadia

Freightliner Australia opens the door to Cascadia. It’s often difficult to place the correct perspective on the introduction of a new truck range into Australia when production volumes in overseas countries make the annual sales figures in our country look somewhat insignificant. With over 17 brands competing in our market, the average of a truck fleet at 14.9 years suggests ...

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Making Tracks | TRUCK REVIEW-VOLVO FH600 Globetrotter

Volvo’s FH600 Globetrotter provides plenty of on-road appeal, as Brenton O’Connor discovers. Photography by Geoff Parrington If you were in the market for a truck 30 years ago, and your purchasing decisions revolved around performance, fuel economy and engine brake performance, you would have purchased a North American truck every time. By contrast, the European offerings were typically heavy, underpowered, ...

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Heading Bush | TRUCK REVIEW – Earthcruiser Explorer 440 Unimog

Warren Caves indulges the travel bug with the aid of the EarthCruiser Explorer 440 Unimog The truck and trailer bodybuilding industry tends to be constrained in design by the parameters in which it has to operate in order to produce equipment that can carry loads. But every now and again PowerTorque comes across a bodywork design that is completely out ...

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The Rise of the Phoenix | TRUCK REVIEW

David Meredith takes on the mighty 6×6 Tatra On the corner of Miller Street and Pacific Highway in North Sydney is a tower that cloaks an immense underground car park. I know, because I used to peer into the deepening hole nearly every day when it was being built in the early 70s. Restricted space meant the design had to ...

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Going Dutch | TRUCKING HISTORY – DAF

DAF Trucks celebrates 90 years in its birthplace Eindhoven – Report by Sven-Erik Lindstrand. Think of Holland, and, if you have a European background, you’ll probably be thinking of daffodils, canals and a national dress that includes wooden clogs as footwear. If you have a transport background, you’ll probably be thinking of DAF Trucks, a success story for European trucking ...

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Ground Cover | COMPANY PROFILE- Southern Spreader

Pasture improvement results from better spreading technology aligned with new all-terrain equipment – words by Brenton O’Connor, images by Graeme Neander. The agricultural revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries changed the way that farms operated by introducing crop rotation, new machinery, increased capital investment, scientific breeding and land reclamation. These days the advances are made by the clever use ...

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