Not only is there an Electric Inter, Volvo and LNG, Iveco and Suttons, plus a New Auto from Eaton/Cummins in Diesel News, but also Daimler Platooning and an Electric Van.
Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies has introduced the new Endurant TM 12- speed automated transmission at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta, in the US. Claimed to be the lightest, most efficient 1,850 ft lb–capable heavy-duty transmission on the US market, it has been designed for line-haul applications where weight savings and efficiency can add to a fleet’s bottom line, Endurant weighs nearly 50kg less than competitive automated manual transmissions (AMTs). Read more
The Eurocargo range of trucks is a top performer in Europe and was named the International Truck of the Year 2016 by a panel of top European truck journalists. Eurocargo is the reason the Iveco truck brand is considered to be a major player there.
Here, the new-look Eurocargo has arrived in Australia, with a Euro VI engine and cleaner lines, but it is selling in a truck market under 18 tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM) trained by the Japanese, who control well over 90 per cent of the market, to buy a generic product on price and back-up. Read more
In the news this week have been a Top Female Driver, Australian Truck Manufacturing, Penske Dealership Change and Autonomous Trucks and the need for supporting infrastructure.
Tasmanian Kerri Connors, of Caltas, was named winner of the 2017 Volvo Drivers’ Fuel Challenge on-road category in a competition which put Australia’s most fuel-efficient drivers head to head. The off-road title was claimed by Cameron Simpson of Simpson’s Fuel in Victoria. Over a two-day event at Mt Cotton in Queensland, the competition was whittled down from 17 drivers in the semi-final, to nine in the final. Read more
This year will see the introduction of a number of new models from International. There are four basic models in the new ProStar range arriving on the Australian truck market – a day-cab prime mover, a day-cab tipper chassis, an extended cab sleeper and a 40-inch sleeper-cab prime mover option.
All of these will have just one engine option – the Cummins X15, the renamed evolution of the highly successful E5 ISX. It will be rated at 550hp (410kW) and put out 2,580Nm (1850 ft lb) of torque. This is probably the most popular engine and rating in the Australian heavy-duty market. So no surprises there. Read more
Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Europe’s truck manufacturers liked to spring the odd surprise at the various annual shows. By ‘odd’ I mean those wonderfully futuristic concept trucks that looked great under the spotlights, before eventually ending-up in some dusty corner of the R&D department…or scrapped. Read more