FIRST AUSTRALIAN DRIVE: Mack on the move with Anthem

The covers are finally off Mack’s new Anthem and right now various versions are headlining a national ‘Evolution Tour’ alongside significantly upgraded Super-Liner and Trident models. While Anthem certainly won’t be all things to all people, it’s what the new model brings to the breed that has the bulldog brethren feeling pumped and positive
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Hinos Hi-Rise at home on all surfaces

Genuine off-roaders may not be big sellers in the mainstream trucking business, but that doesn’t dilute their importance or sometimes critical impact on the lives and livelihoods of people and businesses across the nation. With a heavier carrying capacity than its predecessor and a heap more muscle to go with it, Hino’s new GT 1528 4x4 shows a rare ability to be equally capable on long country runs or clawing through the rough stuff
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How ProStar came to the end of the Line

The imminent demise of International ProStar from the Australian market puts the final nail in the coffin of a disjointed and altogether dismal attempt to build a new future for an iconic brand. Despite the faith and effort of capable individuals who saw the potential of ProStar and its Cat predecessor, corporate commitment was never equal to the task. Not even close
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New Freightliner Cascadia: safe and sound

Part 1 of 2: After the most comprehensive test program ever undertaken by Freightliner for a market outside North America, it’s now ‘game time’ for the new Cascadia. Australia’s safest conventional truck, much will also depend on build quality out of the US and, while it’s early days, recent drives in two distinctly different examples suggest the fundamentals are on a firm footing. Time and toil will soon enough reveal just how firm.
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Mercedes Magic: 2663 SoloStar is packed with wizardry

While Covid-19 has shackled new product plans for some truck suppliers and excused others to cut staff and chop budgets to the bone, Daimler Trucks Australia appears determined to maintain the momentum of a vastly upgraded product portfolio. Among several offerings in recent times was a Mercedes-Benz 2663 SoloStar demonstrator housing a heap of hi-tech wizardry and a bunk with a big difference, in more ways than one.
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Daimler delivers finer Fuso

While there’s no doubting the domination of Japanese trucks in rigid classes, the prime mover business has been historically a hit-and-miss affair for Tokyo toilers. There is, however, change in the air as global giants fashion a stronger future based on ‘family’ powertrains and advanced safety systems. But as Fuso’s new Shogun shows, there are limits on how much muscle corporate masters are prepared to give their Japanese comrades
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Hino plays the long game with its 700

Hino’s long wheelbase addition to its long-serving 700-series heavy-duty range certainly packs plenty of punch for a truck essentially designed for three-axle rigid work. It also packs enough extras to soften the view – at least for now – that time is starting to catch up with this stalwart of the Hino stable. Best of all, however, is the way ZF’s Traxon transmission adds new vim and vigour to a true toiler, uphill and down.
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Quiet revolution behind new DAF range

The recent launch of DAF’s Euro 6 range marks significantly more than the introduction of a smarter, stronger, safer and altogether more compelling crop of continental cab-overs. Critically, it highlights the escalation of a vast cultural shift at Paccar Australia, feeding all the way down the commercial food chain. Kenworth is king but have no doubt, the Paccar pendulum is swinging more and more to a Dutch touch
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