Transport & Trucking Australia

August/September 2021

Transport & Trucking presents the latest product, technology and industry trends in the transport and trucking sector, with road tests, company profiles, new technologies, especially zero emission power trains. Transport & Trucking travels across Australia and the world to bring a perspective on how to operate a safer, more efficient and more profitable transport sector with our highly experienced editorial team chasing down the latest news and reviews in an industry that is racing ahead at a rapidly increasing pace.

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3 min
back tracks

The latest truck sales figures underline what a major part trucks are clearly playing in the surge in our economy over the past 12 months. It is almost difficult to comprehend that the truck market is currently near line ball with the half year sales figures for the record setting year of 2018. June 2021 was also the best monthly sales figures in the history of the truck industry in this country. Anyone who says they predicted, at the end of May last year, that a new truck sales record was a possibility 12 months hence, is having a lend, because amidst all the gnashing of teeth that was going on back then, no one could have predicted this sort of bounce back. But, the fact is, no one buys trucks just for…

3 min
june sets an all-time truck sales record

THE AUSTRALIAN truck market set an all-time high monthly record in June as the Covid 19 bounce back and instant tax write offs spurred the market to a massive 4741 sales, topping June 2020 by 120 units and the June figure for the record year of 2018 by more than 500 units. At the mid-point of 2021, the year-to-date sales tally is 19,920 units, just 50 trucks behind June 2018’s tally of 19,970, with all of the major brands recording strong sales, led by Isuzu, which again topped the sales charts with 1085 sales, ironically not the brands best ever month. Isuzu captured 22.9 per cent of the market, with long-time rival Hino scoring its best every monthly sales tally with 761 units and 16.1 per cent share, as well as beating…

4 min
navistar finally a part of vw traton – international take over now complete

MATTHIAS GRÜNDLER Chief Executive officer TRATON SE PERSIO LISBOA Chief Executive Officer Navistar Inc. TRATON HAS AT LAST finalised its take-over of Navistar, with the certificate of merger submitted on the 1st July, signalling that the merger of the US commercial vehicle manufacturer with the German based Traton is now complete. In a move that was started almost five years ago, by former CEO Andreas Rencshler, the Volkswagen subsidiary Traton, now holds all Navistar common shares and the Navistar name was delisted and deregistered with the SEC in July. Before joining VW, Renschler was the architect of Daimler’s moves to become a truly global truck maker, engineering the take-over of Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit Diesel and Ford’s truck division, which became the ill-fated Sterling brand. Renschler could not have imagined how long winded, drawn out and bruising…

4 min
new scania developed common base 13 litre set to be traton’s last conventional power plant

TRATON BOSS MATTHIAS GRÜNDLER has said that the Group’s upcoming 13 litre Common Base Engine will be the last conventional power plant developed by the Group, as the company pivots to electrification. Speaking following the finalisation of the take-over of US truck maker Navistar, Gründler explained that the Common Base Engine currently being developed as part of a joint operation led by Scania, is set to be installed in Scania vehicles in Europe with a launch planned in November and deliveries starting early in 2022. “After that, we will start using the engine in both Latin and North America, while its other European brand, MAN will start to use it from 2024. Scania announced in a press release in Europe recently that the new engine would be part of its major launch…

6 min
mercedes-benz unveils its first ever production full electric truck

MERCEDES-BENZ Trucks has given its battery-electric eActros its world premiere, unveiling the first series production electric truck to wear the famous three-pointed star, which the company says will have a range of up to 400km with a battery capacity of 420kWh. Mercedes-Benz says the eActros rings in a new era and highlights its ‘clear desire to achieve CO2-neutral road-based goods transport’. The standard model eActros is scheduled to roll off the production line at its Worth am Rhein plant in German from the third quarter this year. Mercedes-Benz says the findings from its “eActros innovation fleet”, which commenced in 2018, as well as its close exchanges with customers, have been incorporated into the development of the seriesproduction model. The standard specification eActros will also feature the many aspects of technology debuted in its…

1 min
new boss at isuzu australia

ISUZU AUSTRALIA has a new managing director and CEO, following the appointment of Takeo Shindo to the position, replacing Ms. Hiroko Yaguchi, who held the position for three years and nine months. Shindo san’s appointment comes following a tenure spanning 35 years at Isuzu Motors Japan (IML), and will bring a wealth of experience gathered from all corners of the global Isuzu family. Having previously worked across corporate, operational, sales and retail roles in Japan, North America and Africa as well as several growing South East Asian markets, Shindo san joins IAL during a time of consolidated domestic growth and rapid industry change. IAL director and COO, Andrew Harbison, extended a warm welcome to Shindo san. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Shindo san to Australia and the role of managing director and CEO…