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  • A push in the right direction

    A push in the right direction

    Designed and engineered in Australia the 6x2 version of the Hino 500 GH is all about practicality and flexibility.

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  • On the road again

    On the road again

    Scania’s New truck Generation arrives with the latest technologies and driveline improvements. Prime Mover looks at its support systems while negotiating the challenging conditions of Queensland’s bruce highway.

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  • Test Drive: Freightliner Coronado 114

    Test Drive: Freightliner Coronado 114

    The Performance-Based Standards program has been a true stimulus for innovation in the Australian road transport industry particularly in the bulk materials space. While the focus is often on the trailers, truck manufacturers are also key to the development of efficient combinations.

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  • The ninja with the heart of a viking

    The ninja with the heart of a viking

    UD Trucks have made it no secret that their aim is to be the best Japanese truck available on the Australian market and have incorporated Japanese manufacturing expertise with European influences that extend beyond the Volvo based driveline.

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  • More than a name change

    More than a name change

    With Iveco taking on the Australian distribution rights of the International branded ProStar from the American Navistar manufacturer a familiar name is returning to Australian roads. Just as the vehicles that were sold here as Cat Trucks had some differentiation from the Navistar product upon which they were based, the International ProStar is a different animal altogether.

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  • Generational change

    Generational change

    Incorporating the very long list of improvements in Scania’s new ‘New Generation Truck’ range has only been possible with a generational change, rather than with limited updates every few years.

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  • Performance with style

    Performance with style

    The 500–550hp segment is one of the most populous in the Australian heavy truck market. Prime movers need to be capable of handling B-double tasks, yet not be over-spec’d (or overpriced) for single trailer applications. A Sydney-to-Melbourne trip in a 2653 Mercedes-Benz Actros with a single trailer hooked up confirms Daimler Trucks has read the Australia market well.

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  • The winning advantage

    The winning advantage

    Some see the Hino 700 series as a quiet achiever in a variety of Australian applications, thanks to the specifications and features that make it a no-nonsense worker that is driver-friendly and owner-economical.

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  • Test Drive: Iveco Stralis

    Test Drive: Iveco Stralis

    Iveco has been a leader in the development of light- and medium-duty gas-powered commercial vehicles in Europe through its engine division, FPT. The release of a 13-litre Cursor engine with 460hp has now moved natural gas into the heavy-duty sector.

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  • Test Drive: Fuso eCanter

    Test Drive: Fuso eCanter

    Electric vehicle developments have been dominating the headlines over the last 12 months, and Japanese truck maker, Fuso, is aiming to lead the pack with its series production all-electric truck, the eCanter.

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  • Test Drive: Iveco Eurocargo

    Test Drive: Iveco Eurocargo

    Iveco has changed more than just the emission system on the latest Euro VI compliant Eurocargo. Peter shields takes the new-look Eurocargo from Melbourne to Sydney to see if the improvements have been worthwhile.

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  • Test Drive: Scania R560

    Test Drive: Scania R560

    In its 730hp form, Scania’s 16.4-litre V8 is the flagship engine for the Swedish manufacturer, but the 15.6-litre engines have made a major contribution to Scania’s sales success in the last 18 months.

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