Wil­la­ton Trans­port a ProS­tar

Proof that it’s a top big rig

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ALTHOUGH or­ders are be­ing taken for the In­ter­na­tional ProS­tar at IVECO deal­er­ships around the coun­try, there has been no let-up in the model’s on­go­ing test­ing regime, with one ProS­tar hav­ing just com­pleted a six-month/110,000km stint with Wil­la­ton Trans­port Group.

The prime mover was in­te­grated into Wil­la­ton’s 70-strong fleet and as­signed to 34-pal­let B-dou­ble work, op­er­at­ing from the com­pany’s Mor­well, Vic­to­ria, de­pot to Syd­ney re­turn, via the Monaro High­way, a no­to­ri­ously de­mand­ing stretch of road.

In­ter­na­tional en­gi­neer­ing man­ager Adrian Wright said the en­gi­neer­ing team had sought to find a dif­fi­cult route for the truck to re­ally test the ve­hi­cle’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“The trip north from Mor­well to Syd­ney along the Monaro takes in a lot of un­du­lat­ing ter­rain, the trucks re­ally have to work hard for a lot of the jour­ney,” Mr Wright said.

“Data log­gers were fit­ted to the ProS­tar and pe­ri­od­i­cally checked, pro­vid­ing us with a very ac­cu­rate and thor­ough over­all eval­u­a­tion of the truck’s per­for­mance. Driver feed­back from Wil­la­ton Trans­port was also recorded.

“The test­ing and feed­back was ex­tremely pos­i­tive and prospec­tive buy­ers of the ProS­tar should know that all of our ex­ten­sive pre-launch and on­go­ing lo­cal test­ing is con­firm­ing that the model will per­form well in the most de­mand­ing of ap­pli­ca­tions.”

Wil­la­ton Trans­port direc­tor and op­er­a­tions man­ager Bernie Wil­la­ton said he was im­pressed with the ProS­tar’s per­for­mance.

“When you have a truck that can in­te­grate into the broader fleet and you don’t hear about it for the whole eval­u­a­tion pe­riod, you know it’s do­ing re­ally well,” Mr Wil­la­ton said.

“Ninety per cent of the time it was work­ing as a B-dou­ble, haul­ing a range of gen­eral freight at about 64 tonnes, it did what it had to do with no fuss – that’s what you want from a truck.”

Mr Wil­la­ton said the truck was ex­tremely well fin­ished and re­li­able to the small­est de­tail.

In­for­ma­tion about Iveco: www.iveco.com.

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Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tur­ing base in Dan­de­nong rep­re­sents a ma­jor in­vest­ment in the lo­cal truck and bus in­dus­try.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

TRIED AND TESTED: Wil­la­ton Trans­port puts the ProS­tar through its paces.

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