Bris­bane Truck Show 2015

Bling'd Up Trucks - - Inside Editorial -

This year Bris­bane hosted two truck shows on the same week­end in May. One was the latest ve­hi­cles one can buy and the other was a great se­lec­tion of the ve­hi­cles that had built the na­tion. Many peo­ple com­ing into Bris­bane had the op­por­tu­nity to go to both the Bris­bane Truck Show and the Her­itage Truck As­so­ci­a­tion Aus­tralia Rock­lea Truck Show. This year Bling’d Up Trucks teamed up with our good mate Mick Hogg from OzTruck­ so we could in­ter­view most of the man­u­fac­tur­ers and our sup­port­ers we caught up with at the Bris­bane Truck Show. Click on the QR codes pro­vided at the end of this story with your smart phone and see a wrap-up of what was on the stands and all the latest in­no­va­tive trucks on dis­play. Ad­mit­tedly, there was an un­cus­tom­ary lack of bling on the stands this year and the fo­cus was squarely on sav­ing costs and mak­ing money for op­er­a­tors. Fi­nance pack­ages for most of the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers were launched, for those that didn’t al­ready have their own fi­nanc­ing arms. This may very well be due to the tight­en­ing of fi­nance by the tra­di­tional lenders. Bris­bane in 2015 was def­i­nitely a whole of life cost pro­mo­tion for the truck­ing in­dus­try. Some­thing the team at Sca­nia has al­ways seemed to fo­cus on, it seemed as though the oth­ers were adopt­ing the very same ap­proach this year. Con­tin­u­ing along with this theme on the lighter end of the mar­ket were a load of fac­tory built tip­pers from dif­fer­ent man­u­fa­tur­ers. It was also a big year of launches and, for some, re-launches as Nav­is­tar Aus­pac rein­tro­duced the In­ter­na­tional brand to Aus­tralia. The new ProStar SC model, which is es­sen­tially a Cat with­out a Cat en­gine, will be go­ing on sale in Aus­tralia next year. As well as In­ter­na­tional win­ning the “Truck of the Show’ Award with its ProStar SC, Nav­is­tar Aus­pac also won the “Peo­ple’s Choice” for it Amer­i­can im­port hotrod like Lon­es­tar. Ac­cord­ing to the group it may not be avail­able in Aus­tralia at the mo­ment but any­thing is pos­si­ble. It was pretty much the best blinged up truck at the show. Some peo­ple loved it, oth­ers loathed it, but it got peo­ple talk­ing. Nav­is­tar Aus­pac also launched a triple road train prime mover, the CT630HD. Rated to 130 tonnes, the new model is pow­ered by the C15 ACERT en­gine mar­ried to an Ea­ton Fuller 18-speed over­drive trans­mis­sion. It also has an au­to­mated op­tion with the Ea­ton Ul­traShift-Plus with hill start as­sist. Daim­ler had a great dis­play this year. Front and cen­tre was its sil­ver screen star, bad guy truck, Gal­va­tron, from the Trans­form­ers movie Age of Ex­tinc­tion. If only Western Star had brought over Op­ti­mus Prime. The Ar­gosy looked ev­ery bit the movie star with all the cus­tom bells and whis­tles. We also got to talk to the new Freight­liner boss Stephen Downes. Stephen, the for­mer gen­eral man­ager of sales for Ken­worth, has joined Freight­liner as gen­eral man­ager of the brand in Aus­tralia and New Zealand. Once again check out what he had to say on our YouTube vid. Mercedes-Benz took the op­por­tu­nity to launched the new Ac­tros as well as a very ro­bust vo­ca­tional heavy-duty rigid Arocs and a lighter prime mover and rigid model, the An­tos. Fuso gave the pun­ters an op­por­tu­nity to drive one of its RC Fu­sos at the show as well as show­cas­ing its ready to work tip­per range. Go­ing on with Daim­ler how­ever, from the Penske fran­chise, was one of the most in­ter­est­ing, and some­what risky, new­com­ers to the mar­ket, the

Western Star 2800 SS. It is a bon­neted medi­um­duty truck with a Cum­mins ISBE6, claim­ing to be the green­est in a class all of its own. It will be a very in­ter­est­ing ad­di­tion to the Western Star line-up. Penske how­ever favoured its MAN brand this year and didn’t have its usual Western Star show stop­per. In line with bet­ter busi­ness theme of the show, it pre­miered the all-new MAN TGX-D38. The truck on dis­play was a cus­tomer truck from our good mates from Char-Lee Haulage. MAN has been the quiet achiever and is prob­a­bly a sleep­ing gi­ant with mas­sive mar­ket po­ten­tial. The MAN TGX-D38 has been built for Aus­tralian con­di­tions with lo­cal in­put into the de­sign and of­fers a Euro­pean truck suit­able for the rig­ors of heavy-duty and long dis­tance B-dou­ble ap­pli­ca­tions. PAC­CAR won the stand of the show. It was a sim­i­lar set up as al­ways, just the trucks were a dif­fer­ent colour. It was a safe bet, but so is buy­ing a Ken­worth. Ken­worth show­cased its ‘Busi­ness Class’ in­te­rior and Ac­tive Cab En­try (ACE) sys­tem, on its pop­u­lar K200 cabover while its sta­ble mate DAF launched its new LF range. Isuzu launched is 2015 N Se­ries model range with a fo­cus on the light end with trucks de­signed for peo­ple with car li­censes as well as show­cas­ing its new telem­at­ics so­lu­tion. “When we vis­ited the Sca­nia stand MD Roger McCarthy was be­ing vis­ited by the Swedish Am­bas­sador Pär Ahlberger. The diplo­matic visi­tor in­spected Sca­nia’s Euro 6 range, all very green. Head­ing the line-up were two V8 mod­els; the com­pany’s flag­ship R 730 V8 prime mover with Euro 6 com­pli­ance and a B-dou­ble spec­i­fi­ca­tion R 580 V8. These were flanked by a brace of 6-cylin­der Euro 6 com­pli­ant mod­els; a G 490 and a P 450. Sca­nia also placed strong em­pha­sis on its driver train­ing and coach­ing pro­grams at the Show, along with the new Sca­nia On-Board and Sca­nia Op­ti­mise fleet mon­i­tor­ing and ef­fi­ciency en­hance­ment sys­tems. Sca­nia, as it has done for many shows be­fore, also ar­tic­u­late its to­tal cost of own­er­ship re­duc­tion pro­grams via the Sca­nia To­tal Trans­port So­lu­tion con­cept. The other Swedes took a leaf out of Sca­nia’s book and of­fered up a very sim­i­lar of­fer­ing this year. The Volvo Group made a de­lib­er­ate at­tack on the bling and across the board it was a trib­ute to the deal­er­ships and how they look af­ter the cus­tomers. A smart move con­sid­er­ing the bla­tantly ob­vi­ous that deal­er­ships sell and re­tain cus­tomers and more im­por­tantly, for any brand, at­tract re­peat busi­ness. How­ever for the cus­tomers the Volvo Group brought in, and the jour­nal­ists, they kept two of the most blinged up trucks off­site in front of the Stam­ford Ho­tel in Bris­bane city. I am sure one of these would’ve given the Lon­es­tar a run for its money for Peo­ple’s Choice. We caught up with the heads of Volvo, Mack and UD. Check out the YouTube clip to see what they said about what they had on their stands. It was all cake and cel­e­bra­tions for Hino as it cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary in Aus­tralia. It also of­fered the Bris­bane au­di­ence a look at its new 500 Se­ries FE Auto. I would like to say a big thanks to all our cus­tom ac­ces­sory friends that we caught up with, some had stands and oth­ers were happy to meet and great deal­er­ships and cus­tomers at the show. There will be some more pics online @ http:// blingdup­

and Indi­jana Mun­dell

An­gela, Philip, Phoenix The boys from Topline In­dus­tries and their sick look­ing Mesh truck wheels

Sinead Up­com­ing mu­sic star Burgess was at the TMC

and stand with fans Sa­man­tha

Morghan Smith.

and Mr Green Mr John­ston Sca­nia boss Roger McCarthy with Am­bas­sador of Swe­den

Pär Ahlberger

Paul, Ta­nia and Heath from LED

Jamie, Dan and

Kerri Wal­ters

Couzens with El­liott and Teresa

and Katya Pegg Alexan­der, Troy

Vasile, Isaac, Ta­mara, Dar­ius,

Moldovan Michael and Ezekiel

Shut­tle­worth, An­drew Han­cock, Lee

Blue Allan Watt and Jeff

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