road transport workhorse

Road Transport Workhorse

The example of the Cascadia driven by PowerTorque in a road test is the truck which will be used by many fleets as the road transport workhorse, as it plies its trade on Australia’s highways. This is the day cab Cascadia 116, fitted with the Detroit DD16 engine rated at 505 hp (377 kW) and putting out 2508Nm (1850 ft lb) of torque. The transmission is the Detroit DT12 AMT, although traditionalists can opt for a manual RoadRanger gearbox if they so desire. Read more

test driving a truck like the Actros

Test Driving a Truck Like the Actros

From the driver’s point of view, it’s simply a matter of making sure they know what all the buttons on the dashboard do, when test driving a truck like the Actros. Then it’s a matter of working out how to set it up correctly before setting off down the road. It is possible to drive this model in a semi-autonomous way. Much of the time on long runs all the driver has to do is steer the truck and keep an eye out. The automated systems do the rest. Read more

the 2020 effect

The 2020 Effect

The Australian truck market has been knocked back, but not too much, by the 2020 effect. The latest truck sales figures show that, overall, the number of trucks sold on the Australian market will be lower than the last few years but better than 2016 levels. Read more

the prize for innovation goes to…

The Prize for Innovation Goes to…

The International Truck of the Year jury has announced the second of its annual awards and the prize for innovation goes to…Mercedes-Benz Trucks, which has won the 2021 edition of the Truck Innovation Award for its electromobility solutions with its eActros battery-electric heavy-duty truck (BEV), which is planned to go into series production in 2021, and its Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, a hydrogen-based fuel-cell electric concept truck (FCEV), which is planned to start operational customer trials in 2023. Read more

International Truck of the Year announced

International Truck of the Year Announced

At a virtual ceremony that took place in Munich, Germany, involving commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 24 major trucking magazines, attendees saw the International Truck of the Year announced. At MAN’s headquarters, the MAN new TGX range has been elected International Truck of the Year 2021 by the IToY jury. Read more

the new International truck

The New International Truck

The launch of the completely overhauled HX Series means the new International truck is brought up to date to compete with its rivals in the US market. Unfortunately for us in Australia, the decision to make this a left hand drive model range only, clearly made back in 2016, means we are not going to see this model from the iconic brand on our roads. Read more