Steve Brooks

Truck sales reach new record in 2022

As most industry analysts predicted, 2022 was a barnstorming year for new truck deliveries. The biggest on record. Typically, some brands fared notably better than others but few failed to record bigger numbers in what was a deluge of demand for new trucks.
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Volvo plugged in

As Volvo Group Australia prepares to add battery-electric prime movers and rigids to its model line-up later this year, VGA's VP of engineering technology Paul Ilmer, the company’s self-confessed true believer in the viability and certainty of electric trucks, details the current state of play
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MAN on a mission

Penske Australia is pushing harder than ever to put MAN on a higher pedestal in a fiercely competitive crowd of classy cab-overs. It’ll be a tough task but the introduction of a much modernised range in a booming market provides the perfect platform to gain ground and judging by the recent performance of a top-shelf TGX 26.640 model, the big MAN from Munich is certainly ready to rumble.
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Western Star is back in the game

Western Star’s decade in the doldrums appears done and dusted following the recent launch of its exciting new X-series range. True, it could be a hard road back after languishing for so long on the fringes of truck sales charts but on first impressions, the three-pronged X-series line-up of 47X, 48X and 49X models has the specification, the features and the versatility to blast Western Star into a bold new era.
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Volvo flicks the switch

In possibly the boldest and most ambitious move ever seen at an international trucking event, Volvo shocked the socks off visitors at the massive IAA commercial vehicle show in Germany by dispensing with diesel models altogether. Instead, the Swedish powerhouse went with an entirely battery-electric line-up featuring its new FM Electric and FH Electric prime movers, and leaving no doubt that for Volvo, tomorrow is already here.
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Vale Steve Sturgess

As a correspondent for several road transport magazines in Australia and New Zealand over many decades, high profile US trucking writer Steve Sturgess was a constant source of detailed and often ground-breaking reports on the North American trucking industry. Steve Brooks recalls the passing of a friend and valued colleague
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Charging ahead to the future of trucking

Be in no doubt, the giants of the trucking world are fast tracking their way to a future where fossil fuels could become almost as extinct as the prehistoric plants that created them. Certainly, it won’t be a quick or easy transition as new technologies radically reshape all forms of automotive power, but it is coming and spearheading the charge is the biggest of them all, Daimler Truck.
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