An International Trucks Deal, Autonomous Trucks, Low Fuel Volvo and a New UD

The headlines this week include An International Trucks Deal, Autonomous Trucks, Low Fuel Volvo and a New UD, plus a top Isuzu dealer award, in Diesel News.

Volvo Trucks’ new concept is claimed to drastically boost productivity in long-haul operations. The Swedish truck maker reckon it cuts fuel consumption by more than 30 per cent. There is said to be a 40 per cent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency on the prime mover and trailer. Read more

N Series AMT is Much Improved

Since it first saw service in Isuzu trucks back in 2005, the The N Series AMT is much improved. For many, the first generation AMT left a bit to be desired in terms of shift quality and smoothness and this issue was addressed with the release of the 2nd generation unit in 2007. This was achieved largely through the use of a new linear solenoid arrangement and more efficient transmission to engine communication. By this stage the AMT had been made available in most models across the N Series range. Read more

Light Duty Powering Ahead

The headlines from the latest truck sales figures show light duty powering ahead, according to the 2016 truck sales numbers published by the Truck Industry Council. The TIC Sales figures showed truck and heavy van sales for the 2016 calendar year were 32,964 units. Read more

No More Smoke and Mirrors

Truck launches have traditionally required loud rock music, along plenty of smoke machines and bright lights. Times are changing! This video  was made at the recent launch of the new F Series medium duty models from Isuzu. Apparently, the new thing is a high tech projection, with a completely white truck and background used along with an innovative design. One of the most eye-catching parts of the show is the way the truck receives a virtual paint job, appearing in a number of customer colour schemes. Read more

Reducing Road Congestion for Trucks

Research has shown collaborative freight systems could achieve a cost saving in excess of 25 per cent for freight operators. Software and programming researchers at Melbourne’s Monash University have been analysing a unique method of optimising city road networks through a system of shared delivery transfer stations for collaborating freight organisations. Read more

New Shape Isuzu

Well here it is, the new shape for the Isuzu Giga, as unveiled in its world premiere at the recent Tokyo Motor Show. This looks like an all new design with a much more modern cab design than the current Giga. The heavy duty range from Isuzu has been in desperate need of renewal for some time and this new model should open up some new opportunities for the Japanese truck maker. Read more

Alternative Fuel Servo

A new alternative fuel has been launched at a Caltex Star Mart service station in Tullamarine. The first public Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling facility by Caltex Australia has been opened this week.

Working together with AGL Energy Limited (AGL), Caltex now offers CNG at its Star Mart site at Tullamarine, reckoned to be the first major fuel supplier in Australia to offer this niche fuel on a service station site. Read more

Next Step for Telematics

According to some in the trucking industry, a new initiative will take telematics in trucking to a new level. Isuzu says it backs Transport Certification Australia’s recent ‘Telematics Data Dictionary’, saying it should act as a catalyst for the uptake of information and communications technology within the Australian road transport industry. Read more

February numbers pick up

The latest truck sales figures do not reinforce the pessimism of those earlier in the year. The Truck Industry Council has released the latest truck sales figures for February and appear to show confidence recovering in the trucking industry. The numbers of trucks sold in February are not going to break any records, but they do show a return to average sales in all market segments. Read more

Ravaglioli Commercial Vehicle Wireless Mobile Column Lifts

Number two in the world

A team of technicians from Australia has landed second place in a global technical competition. The team made up of Australian Isuzu truck dealer technicians took out second place at the 2014 Isuzu World Technical Competition held in Tokyo, Japan. Read more

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