Willaton Transport a ProStar
Proof that it’s a top big rig
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.
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TRIED AND TESTED: Willaton Transport puts the ProStar through its paces.