What’s coming to trucking in 2017
After almost a decade of economic volatility, fuel price hikes and political instability, a sense of optimism has returned to the trucking community in 2017 – signified by a second wave of new truck launches about to hit our shores.
A fter a lengthy period of lacklustre growth, Australia’s highly contested transport equipment market is on the road to recovery. Backing up a strong finish to 2016, the Truck Industry Council (TIC) reported solid growth for both January and February, making for the best start of a year in almost a decade.
Spurred by a wave of new product launches at the end of 2016 – culminating in the much anticipated arrival of a new Kenworth model – confidence has seemingly returned to the market, even though it may take another month or two to see just how stable the recovery truly is.
Kenworth, for example, has been markedly buoyant following strong sales of the new T610 model – so much so that the company’s Bayswater factory is now stepping up production to meet demand and shorten lead times. Mercedes-Benz has shown equal confidence in the new Actros model following the official reveal in November, with a constant stream of PR material leaving the industry in no doubt that the new model is here to shake up the establishment.
MAN’s new TGX D38 is reportedly also finding traction in the marketplace: To suit the crucial, yet unforgiving B-double segment, it moved from a 3.08 final drive to a 3.36, allowing it to take full advantage of the D38’s torque and the ZF Traxon transmission. Both on the sales leader board and on the road, the TGX D38 now capably holds its own against the competition.