It has to become a major priority for trucks and trucking, getting young people into the industry. This video shows smart young people finding something which involves working with trucks, which they are proud to talk about. Read more
One of the key aspects of the Teletrac Navman Driving Change Diversity Program is its role in celebrating women in transport. Read more
This may not be a question which will be front of mind for many truck buyers, but when will the new DAF models arrive in Australia? In recent years, it has taken a long time for European, and some American, brands to introduce the latest technology and design on the trucks they sell in Australia. Read more
Here’s a video about the trucking life in the Pilbara for Heather Jones and her family, who all work as truckies in the remote North West. Read more
Here we have yet another video showing us what we already knew, proof that cars cause accidents between trucks and cars, most of the time. This dash cam footage is almost unexplainable, as the car decides to try and get in between the truck and its dog trailer. Read more
The new XF, XG and XG+ are the models being unveiled as the completely new big cabin DAF range is launched. The new trucks are claimed to offer a 10 per cent improved fuel efficiency, a full suite of passive and active safety features and the next level of luxury in truck design. The New Generation DAF begins production for the European market in October. Read more
The release of the new Hino 700 heavy duty truck this week sees the brand taking the heavy Japanese truck segment to a new level. Despite the new shape looking more like a modernising and updating of the previous generations of 700s, this truck is all new. Only the chassis rails and the engine block are the same as the previous 700 models. Read more
Today’s the day when trucking people from around Australia can finally get together at Brisbane Truck Show 2021, as the event kicks off in the Brisbane Convention Centre. Luckily, all of the borders remain open, despite a few scares in the last couple of weeks. There are even some visitors from New Zealand at the event. Read more
Many people from the truck, trailer and other equipment makers are gearing up for the show, before the opening of the Brisbane Truck Show at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in a week’s time from May 13 to 16. Read more
We would like to introduce you to the latest edition, of the magazine, PowerTorque, now available online. Another issue packed with information, commentary and reviews relevant to the truck industry.
We continue our crusade to keep the trucking industry informed with operator profiles, in depth analysis of the industry issues, straightforward reviews and truck tests, as well as the ongoing development of a technical database, overseas news and a strong stance on keeping the trucking industry safe and appreciated.
In this issue, PowerTorque talks to an operator getting great productivity gains, interviews another running a Kenworth and a Benz in a side-by side evaluation, the brands in the Volvo Group unveil their plans, we test drive the 8×4 UD Quon agitator, interview the main man at MaxiTrans, test drive the most powerful production truck in the world and and much much more. There are also our regular segments, highlighting technical issues, rural trucking, industry development and commentary on the cold chain.
Here are the highlights:
Walking To Lighten the Load
As an operator, Ken Beggs puts a lot of thought into just how to run and equip his business. Hauling stock feed over long distances means tare weight and fuel consumption are the most important considerations.
Driving Volvo Into the future
Juggling three divergent truck brands and getting them through the pandemic was the task last year and this year has not been easy for an organisation like Volvo Group. Now, the task is all about driving Volvo into the future. Tim Giles speaks to the leadership team about the challenges and forward plans.
An Agitator From UD Trucks
With the introduction of the 8×4 Quon, it was possible for the first opportunity for UD Trucks to offer a viable agitator to the market, which has now arrived. PowerTorque took the opportunity to take on out for a spin around Brisbane.
One of the Great Allrounders
Hailing from the small rural town of Corryong in north eastern Victoria, S & K Whitehead Earthmoving plays a pivotal role in keeping the surrounding farmlands, national parks and roads in order, Paul Matthei checks them out.
Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other
Unlike many transport operators, Joe Joseph, Managing Director of JD Refrigerated Transport, wasn’t born into the industry. But that hasn’t stopped him from growing a highly successful refrigerated transport business and now comparing the respective merits of both Mercedes-Benz and Kenworth prime movers in his line-haul B-double operation.
Building Trailers to the Max
As a dominant player in the trailer manufacturing sector in Australia, MaxiTrans continues to grow and develop its offering to the Australian trucking industry. PowerTorque sat down with MaxiTrans CEO and Managing Director Dean Jenkins to talk about how the trailer business is travelling.
Getting Rid of the Logbook
The truck driving community may finally be getting rid of the logbook, but only if they start using the electronic work diary. PowerTorque tests one of them out in the real world.
The Show Must Go On
It seems like a long time since the last Brisbane Truck Show, the pandemic period has sometimes felt like a lifetime, but as they say in showbiz, ‘The show must go on’.