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  1. Diesel News Australia / March 2019 Although there are a lot of changes in the new Hino 500 standard cab and when compared to it’s predecessor, there are two major items which stand out. These are the features which are going to push the Hino medium duty truck closer to the top of many shopping lists. It difficult to judge which of the two aspects of the new truck will have the most impact. The new five litre engine seems to be something which will impress many drivers. It is a development from the nine litre engine which came in with the wider and heavier 500 Series trucks launched last year. Hino have cut it down from 6 to 4 cylinders and reduced the stroke to bring it down to a five litre engine. The engines heavier pedigree is reflected in the kind of torque levels available from the engine. It will come to Australia in both 240 and 260 hp versions. Each will reach maximum power at 2300 RPM and have torque, maxing out at 1400 RPM, which is 794 Nm in the 240 and 882 Nm in the 260. This engine produces more torque than the current seven litre engine being sold with these models. In fact, it matches to torque available from the eight litre engine in some of the 500 Series wide cab models. In the limited driving available at the Hino Hamura test facility in the west of Tokyo the depth of the torque available was obvious. The engine would lug up from well below 1000 RPM with a full load on board, effortlessly. The combination of the larger, heavier block and the twin turbos managing the airflow, makes this an impressive engine. The engine has another innovation for a Japanese truck in the Australian market, a jake brake. Instead of the, usually, ineffective exhaust brakes we have become used to from Japanese product, here we have a genuine engine brake which can aid retardation, protecting brakes and improving performance. The new engine is an evolution in the development of engines in Hino trucks. Similarly, innovations introduced into the electronic platform could also be seen as an evolution. However, it is not just the equipment and its capabilities which is being changed, Hino are changing the way truck manufacturers and customers will think about Japanese Trucks into the future. This step change is based on an evolution in the electronic architecture of the truck. This is, all new, the new electronic system is a generational change. It is an architecture on which the next generation of electronic equipment and aids for the operator and driver will need to operate.Making this change at this time Hino are signalling a change in the way they think about truck development. In the past, the Japanese truck manufacturers have specified equipment on trucks to meet the requirements of the Australian market, without needing to go very much further. On the other hand,Australian truck buyers looking at European product have been offered leading edge electronic safety systems and other vehicle management systems, way beyond what they are listing as their requirements. The Hino organisation has decided to take a European attitude to specifications within the new 500. The designers have gone way beyond the ABS and stability control offered in the past. The safety systems offered may come with a different set of acronyms from their European counterparts, but we are dealing with what is, basically, a very similar set of safety inclusions. “Not content with simply leading the market with the standard inclusion of vehicle stability control and reversing camera, the 500 series standard cab will be the first Japanese truck in Australia to offer the next level in active safety technology,” said Hino Australia’s Manager of Product Strategy Daniel Petrovski. Pre-Collision System, Safety Eye, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection along with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure are going to be fitted as standard across this section of the Hino range. And we can expect these systems to appear on the rest of the range as it gets renewed over the next few years. “PCS is a true Active Safety system that, via the combination of camera and radar technology can detect potential collisions with another vehicle, a pedestrian and/or other object,” said Daniel. “PCS continuously scans the road in front of the truck and assists the driver to actively minimise the type of accidents that regularly occur through poor vision, driver distraction or poor judgement. “A common accident scenario that we believe PCS will reduce is a rear-end collision with another vehicle – for instance, on a single lane road where a driver may not notice that the vehicle ahead is slowing or already at a standstill. In this case, PCS detects the vehicle ahead via Safety Eye, and warns the driver both audibly and visually on the LCS Multi Information Display. “If the driver fails to react to the imminent danger, PCS can, as a last resort, engage Autonomous Emergency Braking to apply the brakes to minimise the vehicle’s speed and subsequent damage to the vehicle in the event of an accident, or in some circumstances, assist the driver to avoid the collision altogether.” .
  2. Diesel News Australia / March 2019 At the upcoming truck show in Brisbane the Iveco stand will extensively feature trucks with Euro 6 engines across its light, medium and heavy duty weight categories, including several that will be on public display in Australia for the first time. One model making its first public appearance is the recently-launched, locally-made Euro6 Stralis X-Way, with both a prime mover and rigid model to be displayed. As well as benefiting from a broad range of intelligent active and passive safety features, the Stralis X-Way is equipped with a number of fuel-saving measures including ‘Ecoroll’, ‘Ecoswitch’ and engine anti-idling. Emission control on the X-Way is also advanced, coming courtesy of Iveco’s Hi-eSCR system which does not require driver intervention. There will also be the first glimpse of the all-new, next generation Euro6 Acco, also manufactured in Australia. Still in the midst of extensive in-field development testing prior to launch later this year, the new Acco will build on the toughness of its predecessor while delivering new levels of comfort and safety never before experienced in an Acco. On display in Brisbane will be a 6×4 model with Bucher compactor body and an 8×4 featuring a Hiab hooklift body. Also on show and representing Iveco’s medium duty range is a Euro6 Eurocargo equipped with an INNOV8 attenuator body, while at the lighter end of the product offering is the Daily 70C van with 7 tonne GVM, 19.6m³ volume and Euro6 engine. Off-road fans will be pleased to know that Iveco will also preview a prototype new version of its unstoppable Daily 4×4 with increased GVM capabilities of up to 7 tonnes and a raft of other enhancements including availability of Iveco’s Hi-Matic, 8-speed full automatic transmission. And for those interested in bonneted, North American-style trucks, an International ProStar prime mover model will also be on show. Iveco Australia Marketing Manager, Darren Swenson, said that this year’s stand would hold true to the brand’s global positioning to be ‘Your Partner for Sustainable Transport’. “Iveco is very proud to be a global leader in low emission technologies and at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show, our low emission capabilities will be strongly displayed and promoted,” said Darren. “Increasingly our customers both in the private and government sectors, are requesting vehicles that meet stringent environmental standards, even before being officially mandated through legislation. “Iveco is very pleased to be able to provide an extensive Euro6 product offering across vans, minibuses and its light, medium and heavy duty truck ranges.”
  3. Big Rigs / April 16, 2019 "I've only been here with RBA for five weeks, but so far I'd have to say this is a great job," Brenton Redshaw from Devonport, told us when we ran into him at Kempton's 24-hour Caltex Roadhouse/Truckstop Mood Food. "I've been working in the tree industry for some years, and it is so good to be back on the road again. This is definitely where my heart is," he said. "I did furniture prior to that up and down the Hume and Pacific Highways to Queensland every three weeks, and it is also really good to be home driving on Tasmanian roads again." He was driving an RBA 2000 Magnum with a 600 Cummins up front, and towing a fridge unit from Hobart on his return to Burnie at the time. He added that the truck hadn't had a permanent driver for a while, and he was looking forward to getting it "up to the standard of the rest of the fleet". Asked about time off he said, in one word, that's "family". .
  4. Diesel News Australia / March 2019 The new T610 1400mm aero roof sleeper is a new bigger sleeper from Kenworth. It completes the T610 range, the 1400mm sleeper cab option is suitable for a variety of applications from single trailers to road trains and has been designed and engineered in Australia. Following the introduction of the T610 and T610SAR in early 2017, Kenworth has progressively released application-engineered T610 cab configurations, including the day cab, 860mm aero, 760mm mid-roof, and most recently the 600mm aero sleeper which offers room for both a sleeper and a bullbar in combination with full-length 34 pallet trailer sets within the 26m B-double envelope. The new 1400mm aero roof sleeper will be the most spacious sleeper in the Kenworth range coming with even more interior space and in-cab standing room than its 50” predecessor. As standard, the 1400mm sleeper comes with a 790mm inner spring mattress, and the option of a King single, which is 300mm wider than the standard at 1090mm. The upper bunk option, if selected is 100mm wider than in the 50” cab. There are many different fit-out combinations and options to tailor to your needs, depending upon your selected bunk size. With the King single there is rear wall hanging space and shelving. The standard bunk comes with multiple storage tower and hanging space options. Both configurations feature separate clean and wet storage under the bunk, provision for a stand up fridge and shelf cavity for appliances such as a microwave, over-door storage, optional 240v electric sockets and sleeper power distribution modules, and the option of a slave air conditioning unit. Designed from the inside out in a decade-long development process, the T610 cabin is centred on the needs of the driver and incorporates greater foot space, more storage, wider walkthrough access between the seats and more door and windscreen glass, providing improved space, visibility and ergonomics. “The core of the T610 project was about building a bigger cab to create the ultimate driver environment, which leads to better all-round driving performance, safety, efficiency and productivity” said Brad May, Paccar Australia’s Director Sales and Marketing. “The 1400mm sleeper cab option allows maximum living space for our customers whose applications allow it. The Aero roof allows freedom of movement with full height standing room between the seats – and a fantastic bunk as standard that allows a quality well-earned sleep for drivers.” Kenworth spent significant time optimising the shape and surfaces over the sleeper cab roof to improve the aerodynamics while delivering an impressive looking truck for the most discerning of buyers. An optional roof fairing completes the picture for when backed up to maximum height trailers. .
  5. Prime Mover Magazine / April 16, 2019 With the expectation of boosting its market share at the lighter end of the heavy-duty sector, UD Trucks Australia has revealed an eight-litre engine variant of the Quon that was launched with an 11-litre engine in 2017. The eight-litre Quon will come in two variants, the CD 25 360 and the CW 25 360, with the former set to be the hero model on UD’s stand at the Brisbane Truck Show in May. Both iterations feature a GH 8 engine producing 350hp (263kW) at 2200rpm and peak torque of 1428Nm (1053lbft) between 1200 and 1600rpm. They are equipped with a host of advanced safety features to ensure the safety of the driver and other road users. This includes: Traffic Eye Brake, UD Stability Control, and Lane Departure Warning System. Other features designed to help maximise fuel savings include ECO mode, adaptive cruise control, and ESCOT Roll. The latter enables the vehicle to coast in neutral on slight downgrades to reduce fuel consumption. UD Trucks Australia Vice President of Sales, Mark Strambi, says the new Quon variants are valuable additions to the UD range. “The eight-litre version is an exciting addition to the Quon range that offers the same levels of drivability and safety as the 11-litre version,” said Strambi. “It really is a fantastic truck. While slightly smaller than the 11-litre models, it still possesses a sizeable payload capacity, while offering operators extra flexibility through greater load efficiency.” On a recent trip to Japan, UD customers were given the opportunity to drive the Japanese-spec eight-litre Quon. In addition to the test drive, the customers visited UD Trucks’ headquarters in Ageo and were given an insight into the company’s innovation roadmap and strategic plans moving forward. “UD Trucks strives to implement care, pride and quality into the mindset of its workforce and how it designs and builds trucks,” said Strambi. “We wanted to highlight UD’s philosophy to our customers as well as give them an exclusive look at the eight-litre Quon,” he said. “The response to the quality of the drive and the features available on the new trucks was resoundingly positive and we are really excited to be adding them to the Quon range in Australia.” .
  6. Freightliner Trucks Australia / April 15, 2019 Learn more about the Argosy - https://www.freightliner.com.au/trucks/argosy .
  7. The Army has a plan for China, and it’s bad news for JLTV and the Chinook Defense News / April 17, 2019 WASHINGTON — Legacy programs built for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are looking less like vital capabilities and more like bill-payers for the Army, as the service transitions towards a focus on conflict with Russia and China. In a small Tuesday roundtable with reporters, Army Secretary Mark Esper fielded a number of questions about the future of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and the CH-47 Block II Chinook, a line of inquiry he tied into a recent meeting between Army leadership and officials at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. According to Esper, the Army reached out to INDOPACOM leadership to request a meeting, which eventually happened in Hawaii, in order to discuss how the service is developing capabilities to match up with China. The idea, Esper said, is to make sure that as INDOPACOM head Adm. Phil Davidson is developing war plans, he “takes into consideration what the Army anticipates bringing to the table.” Asked which capabilities he sees as vital to the Pacific, Esper identified long range precision fires as “front and center,” which would be used to “hold at bay” Chinese ships. He then added future vertical lift, air and missile defense, and modernized networks as other key areas they briefed INDOPACOM on. Those capabilities are “something that he needs to know about and he needs to know our thinking where that is in the modernization timeline and everything. So as he thinks about his war plans for the out years, he can calculate those in. and by the same token, it’s an exchange — he can tell us ‘here’s what I’m looking for, here’s what I think I would need,’ and we can adjust our plans as well.” That discussion happens as the service intends to cut the planned JLTV buy and end procurement of the CH-47 Block II for conventional forces, something Esper said was a direct result of the Army leaning into the National Defense Strategy. Those two vehicles were designed and procured in “the context of Afghanistan and Iraq,” and hence just not as relevant anymore, Esper said. “Why the [CH-47s]? Got to carry a heavier payload and fly higher in a hotter climate. What was the heavier payload? JLTV. What drove JLTV? IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Esper argued. “In many ways they were designed for a different conflict. Doesn’t mean we won’t use them in future conflicts, but now my emphasis has to be on rebuilding my armor, rebuilding my fighting vehicles, having aircraft that can penetrate Russian and Chinese air defenses, that can shoot down Russian and Chinese drones and missiles and helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. “We’re in this transition period and some folks are caught in that transition, and that’s what we’re up against.” More specifically, Esper said there were “no” plans to re-look at the CH-47 decision, and acknowledged that the JLTV total figure is a bit of a moving target. “We are certainly cutting the total number” of JLTV procurement, which had previously been set at 49,000, Esper said. “I know that much. But whether it settles out, finals out right here, today, I can’t tell you. In five years, I could maybe have a different number for you.”
  8. Defense Blog / April 17, 2019 A statement from the U.S. Department of Defense claims that the specialty vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corp. to upgrade baseline configuration of Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Family of Vehicles (JLTVs) for U.S. Army. The defense arm of Oshkosh Corp. has received a $19.6 million contract modification to incorporate Engineering Change Proposal into the baseline configuration of the JLTVs. The modification, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, provides to incorporate engineering change proposal of capsule roof hatch for the JLTVs. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2021. The newest family of light tactical vehicles, or JLTV, developed to replace ageing HMMWVs currently in service with U.S. infantry forces including the Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. As previously reported, the JLTV family of vehicles comes in different variants—general purpose, heavy guns carrier, utility, and close combat weapons carrier—all providing protected, sustained, networked mobility that balances payload, performance and protection across the full range of military operations. The JLTV family of vehicles is designed to provide a leap ahead in protection, payload, and performance to meet the warfighters needs. The JLTV is the first vehicle purpose-built for battlefield communications networks and provides increased readiness for 21st century warfare. The Army, lead for the JLTV portfolio, plans to purchase some 49,000 JLTVs while the Marine Corps plans to purchase 9,000. To date, Oshkosh has produced more than 2,000 JLTVs and has delivered more than 1,600 JLTVs to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. .
  9. Thor Trucks to Become XOS, Thanks to RV Maker Lawsuit Trucks / April 16, 2019 Thor Trucks will change its name to XOS after recreational vehicle maker Thor Industries Inc. filed a lawsuit claiming the electric truck startup infringed on its name. The two companies agreed in January that the Thor Trucks name would go away. Thor decided against fighting the industrial conglomerate that includes Thor Motor Coach and other companies. Thor Industries earned $430 million on sales of $8.3 billion last year. Los Angeles startup Thor Trucks will announce its new name, XOS, at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif., next week. “It is a setback. No question,” spokesman Kyle Arteaga told Trucks.com. “We had significant brand awareness. But we feel we can recover from this.” Each company paid its own legal fees in the case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. No financial settlement was mentioned in the final judgment and permanent injunction against Thor Trucks. Attorneys for Thor Industries did not immediately respond to calls for comment. Thor Trucks has produced a prototype heavy-duty truck that runs on battery-powered electricity. It also has an agreement with United Parcel Service to test a pair of electric medium-duty delivery trucks in the Los Angeles area. It has a partnership with Troy, Mich.-based AxleTech Inc. to create a specialized axle embedded with electric motors as the powertrain for its electric semi-tractors. Thor believes the design combined with its battery technology will have wide applications, allowing it to sell the integrated system to manufacturers of other vehicles. “The dynamics of electrification are changing,” Arteaga said. “The political environment used to be, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’ Now you have people who really want to move into this space.”
  10. Liebherr Press Release / April 18, 2019 No emissions, no compromises. The new semi-trailers with electric drum drive offer full performance and availability. .
  11. Renault Trucks Press Release / April 10, 2019 .
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