New generation Actros provides significant fuel savings

February 24th, 2017 by Robert Barry

An Australian logistics operator is enjoying a 25% improvement in diesel consumption since it recently took delivery of a new generation Mercedes-Benz Actros to its fleet.

A member of the Perth-based CTI Logistics operation, GMK Logistics has been delivering flooring products to customers since 1962.

Based in Sydney, GMK Logistics operates nationally, with depots in Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and runs express and linehaul services between all capital cities. Continue reading “New generation Actros provides significant fuel savings” »

Mercedes Benz Urban e-Truck gets limited global release

February 20th, 2017 by Max Pichon

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” »

Australia and NZ sales up for Iveco

February 16th, 2017 by Max Pichon

Iveco Trucks achieved a combined full year volume growth of over 25% in 2016.

The truck brand says 2016 was a great year thanks to a revitalised product range and growing professional dealer network.

Sales in Australia and New Zealand were up, with Iveco New Zealand recording its best sales performance on record – a 45% volume increase on 2015 full year results. Continue reading “Australia and NZ sales up for Iveco” »

‘Strong accreditation growth in late 2016’: NHVR

February 14th, 2017 by Max Pichon

The National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme is within reach of 10,000 accreditation modules completed and 100,000 vehicles accredited.

That’s according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) quarterly snapshot for October to December 2016.

NHVR chief executive, Sal Petroccitto, says it is great to see the increased growth in the scheme, which helps to create a safer road network for all road users. Continue reading “‘Strong accreditation growth in late 2016’: NHVR” »

Scania expanding operations in Thailand

February 14th, 2017 by Robert Barry

Scania says Thailand is a key Asian market and it is expanding its industrial and commercial presence in the country.

The Swedish manufacturer is establishing a new assembly facility for trucks and bus chassis as well as a manufacturing plant for truck cabs in the Bangkok metropolitan region.

Scania will be seeking staff for production, logistics and purchasing as well as research and development. It is investing more than 21.2 million Euro in the project and operations are scheduled to start in 2018. Continue reading “Scania expanding operations in Thailand” »

Toyota Australia building Tonka-inspired Hilux concept

February 13th, 2017 by Robert Barry

Toyota Australia is creating a dream toy for grown-ups: a life-size Tonka truck based on a 2.8-litre Toyota Hilux SR5 4×4 Double Cab ute.

The Tonka-inspired Toyota HiLux monster truck is the brainchild of Toyota Australia’s in-house designers, and it will soon become a reality as a one-off, fully driveable concept car.

It will feature all-new underpinnings including custom suspension and large wheels and tyres. Continue reading “Toyota Australia building Tonka-inspired Hilux concept” »

MAN launches new and improved website

February 7th, 2017 by Max Pichon

MAN Truck & Bus has launched a new website that aims to give customers an experience that best fits their needs.

The website,, incorporates separate webpages for trucks and buses, allowing users to easily navigate their area of interest and find key performance and efficiency data for each vehicle.

It also provides customers with current dealer network information and important parts and service data. Continue reading “MAN launches new and improved website” »

MAN enters 15-litre Aussie heavy duty segment

February 1st, 2017 by Max Pichon

MAN Truck & Bus has launched its all-new TGX D38 truck for the Australian market.

It aims to establish the European brand as a major player in the 15-litre, heavy-duty truck market.

The new truck is available through Penske Commercial Vehicles and its dealer network. Continue reading “MAN enters 15-litre Aussie heavy duty segment” »

Volvo ATA safety truck wins best trade show award

January 25th, 2017 by Robert Barry

thumbnail_b88133441z1_20160519152203_000grf5ur6p2-0-uv33zvos6jj1hhyf8m2_ct620x465The Koroit Truck Show in Victoria, is recognising the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) Volvo safety truck with its best trade show award 2017.

The award recognises the exhibitor who has the best overall presentation, easiest access to information about their business, and best interaction with the public attending the Koroit Truck show; an annual January event held some 18km north-west of Warrnambool, Victoria.

The Volvo ATA safety truck is a safety initiative that teaches the wider public about how to interact with trucks safely on the roads. Continue reading “Volvo ATA safety truck wins best trade show award” »

New diesel F-150 will pick up US sales says Forum

January 11th, 2017 by Robert Barry

The U.S-based Diesel Technology Forum says the introduction of a new diesel Ford F-150 pickup and GMC Terrain SUV shows the fuel is still a viable future option for consumers.

Ford used the North American International Auto Show as its platform to introduce an optional new 3-litre diesel engine for the model year 2018 F-150.

At the same time, General Motors revealed a new 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine option for its all-new 2018 GMC Terrain SUV. Continue reading “New diesel F-150 will pick up US sales says Forum” »

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