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Truck Reviews

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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DIGGING DEEP | Truck Review – Scania XT

Scania Australia reveals the new XT mining and construction range – Words by Ed Higginson Scania launched its new XT mining and construction range as part of its ’New Truck Generation’ in November at the IMARC Expo in Melbourne,. For XT, read “Xtra Tough”, heralding the introduction of some impressive features to enable these models to cope with extreme environments. ...

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SHIFTING GEARS | COMPANY PROFILE – Gear Shift Haulage

Warren Caves visits Gear Shift Haulage of Ingleburn, Sydney – Photography by Torque it Up. There’s something very special for any fleet when a new truck arrives, and PowerTorque was privileged to join in the celebrations as Sydney-based Gear Shift Haulage commissioned its latest combination with a special tribute. Formed in 2013 by managing director Lee Fahey as an offshoot ...

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OPERATION CORONADO | Truck Review – Freightliner Coronado

Named after a series of 11 operations conducted by the American Forces in the Vietnam War, the Freightliner Coronado is a worthwhile member of any team – Words by Brenton O’Connor, Images by Geoff Parrington. The tipper and dog market is booming, especially in NSW and Western Sydney, so the invitation from Daimler Truck and Bus to drive its new ...

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Slim Pickings | TRUCK REVIEW

Improving aerodynamics can enable a truck and trailer combination to slide through the air rather than hit it head-on. Brenton O’Connor drives Volvo’s latest super-slippery FH – Images by Torque it Up Photography. Someone once said to me, when it comes to operating efficiently in the transport game, it’s not what you make, but what you save. Obviously in many ...

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TRACKSIDE | TRUCK REVIEW-Ed Higginson joins Steve Richards Motorsport and the team DAF XF105

Ed Higginson joins Steve Richards Motorsport and the team DAF XF105 I’ve driven between Melbourne and Sydney many times in lots of different trucks, but driving two up with Steve Richards will definitely be my most memorable. The ride in his brand-new DAF XF105.510 with the Super Space cab, hooked up to his B-double transporter, made it even more special. ...

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Super-B-MAN | TRUCK REVIEW – MAN Trucks

Brenton O’Connor and Monty Khaira have a MAN-to-MAN discussion Monty Khaira, of Simba Trans in Melbourne’s western suburb of Altona, operates three prime movers under exclusively contract to Owens Container Transport, a fully owned subsidiary of Mainfreight. As a confirmed MAN supporter, Monty recently purchased his second MAN prime mover with the aim of hauling a Super B-double combination of ...

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Steering and Shifting | TRUCK REVIEW -Volvo Trucks introduces dynamic steering and dual-clutch transmission technology to the Australian market

Volvo Trucks introduces dynamic steering and dual-clutch transmission technology to the Australian market Improvement to the dynamics of steering heavy vehicles is something that all heavy vehicle drivers will welcome, with Volvo Group Australia taking a progressive step forwards that is currently unique for our market by adding its Dynamic Steering system to its portfolio of driver support systems. “What ...

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