Steve Brooks

Scania R770 talks the torque

Never before in its 50-year history in Australia has Scania been stronger or had more to offer, including the recent deployment of the R770, the world’s most powerful production truck. In this short sample behind the wheel, we find a gentle giant equipped with road manners every bit as impressive as the mountainous muscle
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Truck and dog combo shines for Hino

Every now and then a new truck comes along with the ability to surprise and impress in equal measure, and we’ve found just such a truck in Hino’s revitalised range of 700-series heavy-duty models. In fact, so surprising and so impressive was a truck and dog combination recently put through its paces that we’re now thinking Hino may actually have the best Japanese heavy-duty truck in the business
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Market boom amid the COVID gloom

MARKET ANALYSIS: 2021 was a year of massive contrasts for the Australian truck industry. Yet despite all the undeniable hassles and hardships, truck sales defied the dramas with near-record results recorded by those brands able to make the most of difficult conditions. Typically, Isuzu and Kenworth ruled their respective roosts but they weren’t the only players to kick goals in a rough game
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Iveco undergoes change of heart

Iveco Australia’s much anticipated announcement that it will move to full importation of its heavy-duty truck range is set to close the curtain on Australia’s oldest truck manufacturing plant. Built by International Harvester and producing its first truck in 1952, the vast Dandenong (Vic) facility will inevitably cease operations mid-way through 2022
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Cascadia doing the deed at Cleary Bros

MODEL REVIEW: Freightliner could not have picked a tougher time to launch its much tested and much touted Cascadia, a few short months before COVID-19 sent the world into a terror-stricken spin. But business goes on and more than a year after a prominent family company put one of the country’s first Cascadias to work, the truck has ticked every box for both the owner and the driver
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Hino 700 rigid a class act

TEST DRIVE: After an impressive static display mid-way through 2021, we expected plenty from a first drive of Hino’s new 700-series trucks, and we certainly weren’t disappointed by an FR 6x2 rigid model put through its paces in everything from heavy metro traffic to fast freeways. Sure, with so much new technology on board, there were a few quirks but all up, Hino appears to have done its homework well. Very well!
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Western Star bursts back

Defiantly low sales have not dampened Western Star’s desire to reinvigorate the brand’s fortunes in our part of the world. In fact, following the US launch a year ago of the new 49X model and the recently released 47X, a new breed of Stars is being set to hit our shores at the end of 2022. Locally, Penske’s people are keeping finer details close to the chest but here’s a report sure to shed some light
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