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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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  • Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz Actros Rigid

    Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz Actros Rigid

    Following on from the launch of its new range of Actros prime movers late last year, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new rigid configurations at the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show in May.

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  • Test Drive: Fuso Fighter

    Test Drive: Fuso Fighter

    Medium-duty trucks play a key role in handling Australia’s ever-increasing freight task, but are often overlooked amid discussions about ‘big-ticket’ equipment and the burgeoning light-duty segment. A mistake, as Fuso’s Fighter is proving.

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  • Test Drive: DAF CF85

    Test Drive: DAF CF85

    Equipped with an uprated driveline, the already quite versatile DAF CF85 is quickly becoming a serious contender in the 500+hp market.

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  • Iveco Eurocargo

    Iveco Eurocargo

    Iveco’s award-winning Eurocargo model is now available in Australia, paving the way for a host of new safety and efficiency features that have previously not been available in the medium-duty segment.

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  • Hino Wide Body 500 Series

    Hino Wide Body 500 Series

    Hino has long been considered a perennial bridesmaid in the Australian medium-duty truck segment. That may be about to change with the release of the all-new Wide Body 500 Series.

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