Truck News Wrap: Alcoa Brings New Wheels, Awards from Hino and Driver-less Trucks

Truck News Wrap: Alcoa Brings New Wheels, Awards from Hino and Driver-less Trucks

Isuzu has launched their latest F Series truck range with the new model now landing in Australian dealerships.

The 2016 Isuzu F Series, introduces some styling tweaks, a more comfortable cabin and new technology, including an all-new audio visual system with truck applicable sat-nav.

Once again offered with both 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains, the biggest changes for F Series though relate to the new-generation four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines on offer.

The smaller engine is being offered in two power ratings – 154kW/726Nm and 177kW/765Nm and comes with a torque converter equipped automated manual transmission.

While the six-cylinder generates 191kW and 761Nm with injection through a common-rail high-pressure fuel system and is available with a choice of manual or auto gearboxes.

It may not be the news too many Aussie truck drivers want to hear, but Scania reckons it won’t be too long before trucks start taking over the driving duties.

Scania has been working on self-driving truck technology and are tipping that it will be the mining industry that first welcomes driverless trucks.

The Swedish company even confirming that some Australian Scania customers have been enquiring about how far away the technology might be!

Lars Hjorth is responsible for pre-development within Autonomous Transport Solutions at Scania, he says mines and construction sites are ideal for driver-less trucks with both safety and economic advantages.

Scania and Ericsson have announced they will team up to help develop the next-generation of commercial vehicle connectivity technology with a view to improving transport efficiency.

The arrangement will see Ericsson and Scania look at advances in communications technologies and future deployments of 5G networks.

These new communication networks could assist in the further implementation of ‘platooning’ a concept that allows for heavy vehicles to safely move along in closer formation, thereby reducing air drag and fuel consumption.

Alcoa has confirmed it will start producing its aluminium truck wheel range in three new sizes.

The new sizes include 24.5”x 8.25”, 22.5”x 14” and 22.5”x 9”.

The new wheels all weigh less than 26kgs and Alcoa tell us the wheels are five times stronger than steel and require no painting.

Hino has recognized the best and brightest performers in the truck brands extensive dealer network with a gala Dealer of the Year awards presentation dinner in Sydney.

This year it was Hino dealerships from Victoria that took out both the top metro and top regional dealer awards with Prestige Hino in Melbourne and Bendigo Truck Centre winning the recognition respectively.

This year’s award marks the second time Prestige Hino has taken the Metropolitan Dealer of the Year title, while Bendigo Truck Centre took home its third Regional Dealer of the Year award.

Fuso Trucks is very glad to report that the owner of an award-winning Fuso FV 6×4 is providing just as much go, as show!

Shane Palmer’s Fuso FV Heavy cattle truck was recently named Best Japanese Truck at the Koroit Truck Show in Western Victoria, but despite the attractive looks of the nicely decked-out hauler, he says the Fuso hasn’t missed a beat.

Delivered by Fuso Geelong last year, the Fuso is powered by a 12 litre six-cylinder engine and carts sheep, cows and even buffalo on the roads around Shane’s home town of Hamilton, some 300km west of Melbourne.

Shane moved up from an older Iveco model to the Fuso after being attracted by a truck and crate package offered by the dealership.

While since taking delivery of the truck he also reports that he is happy with its manoeuvrability and power.

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Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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