PART 1: Cascadia Kicks Off

It takes something very special, historically special, to bring to Australia not just the head honcho of the biggest truck maker in the world, but alongside him the chief of North America’s top heavy-duty truck brand. Something special indeed, like the launch of the safest and most advanced conventional truck to ever hit the Australian market. Cascadia! Have no doubt, Freightliner is here to fight like never before
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Fuso eCanter: electric dreams

While contemptuous politicians might think it clever to carry a lump of coal into parliament, the raw reality is that fossil fuels are increasingly on the nose with urban society. Fortunately, some of the world’s leading automotive corporations are taking great strides in development of clean energy, not least the giant Daimler Corporation with potential game-changers like Fuso’s electric eCanter
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Exclusive: Volvo tests turbo-compound engine down under

As the leading supplier of heavy-duty trucks to the Australian market, Volvo Group Australia – Volvo, Mack and UD – has every reason to feel pumped and positive. What’s more, and despite a decidedly trite ‘cone of silence’ on new product initiatives, there’s plenty happening behind the scenes to keep the ball rolling. The ball, however, appears to be rolling smoother for some than others
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Freightliner Cascadia: a brave new world

Primed for a red hot crack at Mack and Kenworth, Freightliner Cascadia hit the Australian market early next year as the safest, cleanest, most advanced and perhaps most efficient conventional truck in the business. Best of all, it seems several decades of disappointment have at last convinced the Yanks that Australia is a unique market where durability and quality simply can’t be compromised. Finally!
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Scania: B-double standard setters

With the latest safety technology as standard, great performance, improved fuel economy, free servicing for half a million kilometres and an entry price of $240,000, what’s not to like about the all-new Euro 6 Scania B-double haulers? We go for a spin.
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Mercedes-Benz: mirror on the future

It was obvious to anyone at this year’s Brisbane Truck Show that even after three years of solid growth in the wake of its new model range, Mercedes-Benz has not let the grass grow under its feet. Not for a moment. Right now, for instance, Benz is up to its beak in a detailed validation program of new and enhanced technologies which, if all goes to plan, will make the star shine even brighter
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