Industry News: Mercedes-Benz Trucks recognises top Australian and NZ dealers

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has recognised its top performers at the annual Dealer of the Year awards in Melbourne.

The Metro Dealer of the Year award went to Daimler Trucks in Huntingwood, Sydney, while Auckland-based Trucks and Trailers is the Metro Dealer of the Year runner up.

The company, which has just introduced a new-generation Actros truck range, celebrated its best dealership staff in a ceremony at the Glasshouse venue. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz Trucks recognises top Australian and NZ dealers” »

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Industry News: NHVR looking for safest rural truck operators

Rural truck operators who help create a safer and more innovative heavy vehicle industry will benefit from a newly created industry award.

The recognition will be unveiled at the combined Australian Livestock and Rural Transport Association (ALRTA) and Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland Conference in Toowoomba.

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) chief executive Sal Petroccitto says the NHVR and ALRTA have joined forces to support the $5000 industry award that focuses on safety and innovation within the heavy vehicle industry. Continue reading “NHVR looking for safest rural truck operators” »

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Industry News: Coronado called up for Freightliner Racing duty

Freightliner Racing has revealed a new-look Commodore Supercar and Coronado prime mover that will haul it to each race.

The Albury-based team has switched from black and red to a white and silver livery topped off with a striking new shade of red for the car driven by Tim Slade.

It has also replaced its Freightliner Argosy cab over prime mover with a new Freightliner Coronado 114, a model with a set-forward front axle. Continue reading “Coronado called up for Freightliner Racing duty” »

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Industry News: GM, Lyft to develop driverless fleet by 2018

General Motors (GM) plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets as part of a partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft beginning in 2018.

The joint venture is expected to be the largest test of fully autonomous vehicles (AV) by any major automaker before 2020, according to Reuters.

Most of the specially equipped versions of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle will be used by San Francisco-based Lyft, which will test them in its ride-sharing fleet in several states. Continue reading “GM, Lyft to develop driverless fleet by 2018” »

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Industry News: Mercedes Benz Urban e-Truck gets limited global release

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world´s first all-electric heavy-duty truck to market, but only 20 units will be available in 2017. Unfortunately, it won’t be seen in Australia just yet.

Following the presentation of the Urban eTruck -with a range of up to 200 km – at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in 2016, the first vehicles will be delivered to customers this year.

“There are no immediate plans for the Urban eTruck in Australia, but it remains an exciting proposition for us in the future,” head of public relations at Daimler Truck and Bus Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific, James Stanford told AutoTalk. Continue reading “Mercedes Benz Urban e-Truck gets limited global release” »

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Industry News: ACCC swings axe against dealer commission caps

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants to deny authorisation to 16 insurance companies to agree to a cap of 20% on commissions paid to car dealers who sell their add-on insurance products.

The ACCC considers that the proposed cap is unlikely to result in a public benefit.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) report, ‘A market that is failing consumers: The sale of add-on insurance through car dealers’, found that consumers are being sold expensive products that often provide little to no benefit. Continue reading “ACCC swings axe against dealer commission caps” »

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Industry News: Toyota hits 10 million hybrid sales, target set at 15M by 2020

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) expects sales of its hybrid technology to increase 50% by 2020 as the carmaker has sold more than 10 million vehicles around the world.

Australians have bought almost 95,000 Toyota hybrids or close to 1% of the global total – 75,000 from the Toyota brand and almost 20,000 from the Lexus brand.

The local best-sellers are the Camry hybrid (42,000) and the Prius (20,000). Continue reading “Toyota hits 10 million hybrid sales, target set at 15M by 2020” »

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Industry News: ‘Insurance and autonomous vehicles a win-win scenario’: IAG

The use of autonomous technology in cars could help the insurance industry save lives and money, according to an industry expert.

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) alone could see a 25% reduction in injuries and potentially a 10%-15% drop in overall insurance costs, IAG head of research, Robert McDonald says.

“In Australia alone, the industry spends about $400 million on low speed breaking and reversing claims,” McDonald told Insurance Business. Continue reading “‘Insurance and autonomous vehicles a win-win scenario’: IAG” »

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