Western Star

The Penske Experience

Dave Whyte finds out how Penske Truck Rental intends to establish a point of difference It’s no secret that the Penske organisation has made a big move into the Australian truck market in the last twelve months. Having bought the Australian division of Detroit Diesel, and taken over the import and distribution of Western Star, MAN and Dennis Eagle trucks, ...

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Sea Change

After 35 years as a butcher, Larry Brewer switched professions to truck driving, with the proviso that he could still take his meat with him. When you are looking for a career and about to leave school, the final outcome can often be a mater of good luck or sheer chance. For Perth-based Larry Brewer there were two choices. It ...

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Time for Change

When a long-term contract suddenly comes to an end, it triggers a rethink of what comes next The sudden closure of a small NSW mine swiftly brought to an end an 11-year contract for Welby, NSW-based, Trevor Dyson and other local subcontractors. “I had just taken delivery of a brand new Western Star 4900FXC to replace my existing Constellation, so ...

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Stock in Trade

Images by Matt Scully. Western Star and Cummins make the perfect partners for SCR and Euro 5 emissions levels The engine business is certainly full of surprises – some pleasant and some not so good. Think back to the days when Detroit two-strokes were a favoured powerplant and you may also remember the hesitation by operators of adopting the first ...

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Star Struck

Dave Whyte heads North with a Western Star Constellation. What could be better than to head North in a brand new DD15 powered Western Star 4800 FXC from Melbourne to Sydney with Penske Commercial Group’s new Vawdrey B-double set in tow? Admittedly, the unit was very much fresh out of the dealership forecourt so the trip was never going to ...

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The Aero Influence

Western Star steps into a completely new market segment with a new focus on aerodynamics and fuel efficiency When a trucking giant such as Daimler Trucks North America controls all the shots amongst its corporate divisions, the competition between each different brand tends to be totally controlled. There’s certainly a bias towards European decision making that becomes evident when dealing ...

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Castlegate James

The Tasmanian Truck Show at Carrick enabled PowerTorque to catch up with the fleet of Carson Transport that sports the livery of client Castlegate James. The foundations of the Castlegate James business date back to the establishment of James and Son (Grain Merchants) Ltd in the UK in 1850 and Victoria Grains Stores Pty Ltd (VGS) in Australia in 1923, ...

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The Apple Isle Alternative

Mick Linger of Tasmania’s Highlands Haulage proves that success comes from having the right approach “You can’t make money from trucks. What you can do is make money from running them properly. As long as you remember that there’s plenty of opportunity.” For Mick Linger, managing director and founder of Highlands Haulage in Deloraine, Tasmania, that quote has formed his ...

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Focused on Service

Drivers are an extension of efficient business practices for XTRANs. With over 30 years experience of long-distance, linehaul operation, Sydney-based XTRA Transport Services is very focused on how it operates and how it is perceived to operate on behalf of its customers. “We recognise that our drivers are ultimately the first link in the relationship we have with our customers. ...

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First Impressions

At the Tasmanian Truck Show one of the outstanding fleet displays we noticed belonged to Quinn Transport of Sorell. With 14 vehicles in its fleet, there is a variety of makes and models ranging from an International Eagle, through a selection of Western Stars with two Volvos, an FH and an FM, both rated at 420 hp, and an ACCO ...

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