Anyone who gets close to the Freightliner Cascadia can’t help but be impressed, unless, of course, you’re the competition.
Scania ventures into the 7.0 litre category for the first time in decades with an appropriately spec’d P-series which should get the attention of the market as well as the competition.
Considered by many to be the best Japanese heavy-duty truck to date, the UD Quon has sales success to show for it in the markets to which it is currently available. The addition of an 8x4 configuration from the factory will certainly add to its appeal.
The inclusion of European driveline manufacturer ZF’s up-to-the-minute TraXon 16-speed automated manual transmission with Intarder has boosted Hino’s stalwart 700 Series variants to a standard not previously seen in Japanese heavy-duty trucks.
The Mercedes-Benz Actros has seen great success across many world markets resulting in record production numbers. The developments found in the latest evolution of the Actros are driven by advanced electronics and include what was considered a futuristic concept just a few years ago and is now a reality: Australia’s first mirrorless truck.
From a stylish and modern appearance to a muscly yet refined powertrain package, the MAN TGX 26.580 has all the elements expected of a proficient line-haul B-double prime mover. A run from Brisbane to Warwick returning via Toowoomba proved the point.
The term smoothness can be applied to many things, from razor blades to the human voice, and seldom seems to be associated with a commercial vehicle. Volvo’s dual clutch transmission adds another dimension to the term with the remarkable performance available from this development of the I-Shift transmission.
The Fuso Super Great was released in Japan in 2017 and is currently undergoing local trials prior to production models becoming available here later this year. ‘Project Black Panther’ is already going a long way to making sure the replacement for the current generation Fuso Heavy will be fit for local purposes.
Seamless integration of its multiple electronic systems is just one of the many features of the current MAN TGX models. Long steep climbs and descents undertaken during very hot weather show just how good the MAN is with its torquey engine’s delivery enhanced by a new transmission.
In their ‘winter soldier’ camouflage livery two Freightliner Cascadia prime movers are already clocking up the miles on Australian roads and signal that a significant change is coming soon to the local heavy duty market.
Designed and engineered in Australia the 6x2 version of the Hino 500 GH is all about practicality and flexibility.
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.