Truck News Wrap: Fuso Packs Down, UPS goes CNG and Kenworth awards

Truck News Wrap: Fuso Packs Down, UPS goes CNG and Kenworth awards

Mildura Truck Centre has been crowned the 2015 Kenworth Dealer of the Year.

Representatives from Kenworth dealerships from across Australia were on hand, but there could only be one winner of the major award, given annually to the best performing dealership across sales, parts, finance and customer support.

Mike Dozier, Managing Director of PACCAR Australia, said competition for the award this year was fierce, but Mildura Truck Centre was a very worthy winner.

While Mildura Truck Centre Dealer Principal Glenn Leake said it was an honour to accept the award on behalf of his 48 staff.

The giant global parcel delivery service, UPS, has announced it will spend $100 million US on compressed natural gas trucks and infrastructure.

The massive investment will see UPS take delivery of 380 CNG-powered Kenworth trucks and build 12 new CNG fuelling stations, as well a mobile laboratory that will study fuel and load requirements for local operations and route-specific driving environments.

UPS want to achieve the goal of logging one billion miles with alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles by the end of next year and Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability, says the company is proud to continue to be a leader in the field.

He says the investment will take the UPS fleet to 6% alternative fuel vehicles representing a 10% annual reduction in the use of conventional fuel.

Renault Trucks say compressed natural gas is the future of urban delivery and service trucks.

Renault will display a range of CNG powered vehicles at the International Transport and Logistics Week event in Paris this month and say the cleaner fuel is ideal for applications such as waste collection and urban/suburban distribution.

Emitting virtually no particulates, smoke or smell, Renault Trucks say their CNG-powered vehicles also offer an equal operating range to diesel-powered trucks.

One of the vehicles on display in Paris will be the Renault Trucks D Wide CNG which is powered by a Euro-6 compliant engine with a displacement of 9 litres and a power rating of 320hp.

This looks like a great idea – a hybrid electric-drive truck trailer tandem.

Currently being developed in the US by Engineers at Hyliion Inc., the tandem works autonomously to the truck driver and captures energy during braking and as the semi-trailer runs downhill.

The energy is then reapplied through a drive axle that helps the truck accelerate from a standstill and while tackling hills.

Hyliion say the end result is an estimated 21% increase improvement in fuel consumption. Expected to be priced around $30,000 US dollars, the hybrid electric-drive tandem will hit the market around the middle of next year.

Navistar has announced some big plans for the next few years.

Navistar, which owns International Trucks, is looking to bounce back after a run of disappointing financial results, but say this won’t stop them from rolling out new products.

In fact, Navistar has announced it will introduce a new truck model every six months and will have a completely refreshed product line by the end of 2018.

And Fuso is looking to gaining more exposure in Australia with the signing of a new deal with the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby franchise.

The truck company will team up with the Rebels as a major sponsor for the next two years.

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