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