automatic transmission has grown in popularity

Automatic Transmission has Grown in Popularity 

The Allison automatic transmission has grown in popularity all the way across the light duty and medium duty sector of the truck market in recent years. The introduction of an Allison option has taken the Hyundai Mighty to new heights, with the truck now able to compete toe-to-toe with its strong Japanese competition. Read more

safety systems come grouped together

Safety Systems Come Grouped Together

In the Freightliner Cascadia, all of the safety systems come grouped together under the appellation of Detroit Assurance 5.0. This includes all of the usual fruit we have come to expect out of the top of the range Daimler trucks, there is Active Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent high beam et al. Read more

strong sales though the pandemic

Strong Sales Through the Pandemic

The latest figures, released this week by the Truck Industry Council, tell us that 2020 saw strong sales though the pandemic, as the demand for many road transport services pushed demand for new trucks, in certain sectors. Read more

ideal B-double prime mover from Benz

Ideal B-double Prime Mover from Benz

The truck on test is probably the ideal B-double prime mover from Benz. It is an Actros 2663 with the StreamSpace cabin, which includes a flat floor. In fact, this particular cabin is laid out in the SoloStar configuration, which Mercedes-Benz have introduced as an option, but not many truck buyers have shown a lot of interest. Read more

road transport workhorse

Road Transport Workhorse

The example of the Cascadia driven by PowerTorque in a road test is the truck which will be used by many fleets as the road transport workhorse, as it plies its trade on Australia’s highways. This is the day cab Cascadia 116, fitted with the Detroit DD16 engine rated at 505 hp (377 kW) and putting out 2508Nm (1850 ft lb) of torque. The transmission is the Detroit DT12 AMT, although traditionalists can opt for a manual RoadRanger gearbox if they so desire. Read more

test driving a truck like the Actros

Test Driving a Truck Like the Actros

From the driver’s point of view, it’s simply a matter of making sure they know what all the buttons on the dashboard do, when test driving a truck like the Actros. Then it’s a matter of working out how to set it up correctly before setting off down the road. It is possible to drive this model in a semi-autonomous way. Much of the time on long runs all the driver has to do is steer the truck and keep an eye out. The automated systems do the rest. Read more

the 2020 effect

The 2020 Effect

The Australian truck market has been knocked back, but not too much, by the 2020 effect. The latest truck sales figures show that, overall, the number of trucks sold on the Australian market will be lower than the last few years but better than 2016 levels. Read more

the prize for innovation goes to…

The Prize for Innovation Goes to…

The International Truck of the Year jury has announced the second of its annual awards and the prize for innovation goes to…Mercedes-Benz Trucks, which has won the 2021 edition of the Truck Innovation Award for its electromobility solutions with its eActros battery-electric heavy-duty truck (BEV), which is planned to go into series production in 2021, and its Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, a hydrogen-based fuel-cell electric concept truck (FCEV), which is planned to start operational customer trials in 2023. Read more