Steve Brooks

Anthem in Tune – Mack Anthem road test

It’s hard to think of a new truck design creating more diverse opinions than Mack’s Anthem. Those who like the look, seem to like it quietly. Those who don’t, tend to dislike it loudly. Whatever the opinion, though, a recent linehaul B-double run highlighted a Mack with impressive handling and road manners, and a fortified 13-litre engine with a distinct willingness to bite harder and dig deeper.
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Great eight Scania makes the grade

A few hours was initially enough to suggest that Scania’s new R770 flagship is something special. But, of course, it takes far more than a short trial run to measure the merit of any truck and, to Scania Australia’s considerable credit, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation in handing over the world’s most powerful production truck for a few days of linehaul B-double work. And as expected, the big Swede did not disappoint. Not one bit!
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Isuzu laments missing link

Despite dominating the Australian truck market for more than 30 years, Isuzu Australia insiders still yearn for a model capable of adding heavy-duty leadership to its light and medium-duty mantles. However, it continues to be a long and frustrating wait as operations chief Andrew Harbison reveals in this frank interview
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Extra eyes on the road with Isuzu N Series

Isuzu Australia’s market dominance is so potent, so entrenched, that it would probably take a cataclysmic cock-up of its own making to put even a slight dent in the brand’s mastery. However, this is an outfit that makes few mistakes and a swathe of safety features on an updated N-series light-duty line-up will simply make the strong stronger, even if it is largely a case of catching up with the competition.
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Churn ‘n’ Learn – SRH Milk Haulage

Few freight forms are more time-sensitive or demand more immediacy than milk. But throw in a pandemic with all its operational and commercial challenges, and suddenly there’s an entirely new dimension in moving essential dairy products from farm to fridge. For SRH Milk Haulage principal Scott Harvey and daughter Blair, it means sticking to what you know and adapting quickly when things turn sour
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Volvo vows to keep Wacol working

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: In a move to alleviate production shortfalls at its Wacol (Qld) manufacturing plant, Volvo Group Australia has confirmed it is importing fully built-up trucks from Saudi Arabia and Sweden. It is, however, a temporary measure and any hint of a diminished commitment to local manufacturing has been soundly squashed by VGA chief Martin Merrick
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