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Truck of the Year Australasia is on Show

Truck of the Year Australasia is on Show

The 2024 Truck of the Year Australasia is on show at the moment, with the Western Star 48X getting its time in the spotlight at the Waste 2024 Conference in Coffs Harbour this week.

Penske Australia is giving interested parties the chance to check out trucks from its Western Star, Dennis Eagle and MAN heavy vehicle brands.

The Dennis Eagle model, in a 6×4 configuration, is designed specifically for refuse industry use. It comprises a low-entry cab, dual controls, and a side loader body.

“Dennis Eagle is the only truck manufacturer to have its complete range awarded a five-star direct vision standard rating by Transport for London,” head of fleet at Penske Australia Shannon Mair says.

“In addition to the unencumbered panoramic view, the Dennis Eagle has inherent design safety features such as a single step entry and walk-through flat floor allowing kerbside cab accessibility, as well as stability control and emergency braking, ensuring operators and community can have the highest level of confidence.”

The 48X on show features the Detroit DD16 engine with 600 hp and 2,050 lb/ft torque and is coupled with the advanced DT12 automated manual transmission.

The Western Star X-Series has been crowned the Truck of the Year Australasia 2024. (Image: NZ Trucking/Suuplied)

“The 48X combines Western Star’s traditional strength of short bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC), which allows for longer trailer lengths and higher productivity trailers,” he said.

“Furthermore, the set-forward front axle provides the greatest flexibility for chassis layout and fuel capacity, and the full suite of safety features and incredibly quiet and comfortable cab will capture the attention of any driver or fleet operator.”

Also displayed at the expo is an MAN truck generation TGS 26.440 prime mover.

“The MAN features a 2.3m wide cabin, with generous access due to its low height and wide door openings,” Mair says.

“MAN trucks are renowned for boasting low tare weights yielding increased payload availability for operators, and are the ideal vehicle for applications such as front loader, hook lifts, walking floors, and tippers.”


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