Steve Brooks

The High an Low of Hino

With the best model range in its Australian history and a red hot sales truck market, these should be bumper days for Hino’s Australian operation. However, a dark cloud has drifted down from Japan in the form of an audacious emissions cheating scandal, stifling production and availability, and taking the gloss off impressive models like the flagship SS2848 hi-roof prime mover.
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Here comes tomorrow: carbon neutral trucking technology

There’s a revolution happening in automotive energy sources and at Germany’s massive IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover this September, two global giants will showcase just how far they’ve come in making electric power, fuel cells and alternative fuels a commercial and operational reality. But that doesn’t mean diesel is dead. At least, not for many years yet.
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Here comes tomorrow: carbon neutral trucking technology

There’s a revolution happening in automotive energy sources and at Germany’s massive IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover this September, two global giants will showcase just how far they’ve come in making electric power, fuel cells and alternative fuels a commercial and operational reality. But that doesn’t mean diesel is dead. At least, not for many years yet.
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The amazing Benz Unimog

Arguably the trucking world’s most enduring model range, the ultra-versatile Unimog has been part of the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle portfolio for more than 70 years. Engineering and technology have obviously created massive changes but what hasn’t changed are the extraordinary capabilities that continue to define a truly unique workhorse
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Scania stays strong with new R660

After the release late last year of its super-impressive R770 flagship, Scania Australia is now set to hit the market with a slick mix of stronger six-cylinder and V8 models sporting a lighter, smoother and smarter automated transmission, including a gutsy R660 model
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Benz steers along the straight and narrow

Mercedes-Benz has taken steering technology in the Australian truck market to an entirely new level by tapping into autonomous driving science with a system it calls Active Drive Assist, or simply ADA. While the driver still needs to keep at least a light touch on the wheel, ADA will actively steer the truck in its lane but the system’s only fully effective on the best roads. And as we all know, they’re not everywhere
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Evolution of an icon

We knew it was coming and we knew Kenworth would launch it with all the gusto and pomp befitting the brand’s top-selling truck. Even so, the launch of the new K220 cab-over was more than expected, showcasing a tireless warrior transformed with a smart blend of modern features encased in classically Kenworth styling. But after 50 years, is this the last major makeover we’ll see for the iconic K-series?
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Fusos breakthrough – Fuso Shogun B-double road test

With all the latest mechanical and technological goodies from Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz playbook, Fuso’s 510hp Shogun is in a league of its own. It is, quite simply, the most powerful and most appealing powertrain in the Japanese heavy-duty class. But don’t go thinking Fuso’s new flagship is a bargain Benz. It most certainly is not and, in the cab, an inferior interior proves it
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