ProS­tar dream for Mel­bourne owner driver

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Hav­ing learned how to drive trucks in an

ACCO many years ago, Pe­ter Ioan­ni­dis had al­ways as­pired to own a big In­ter; and the re­cent launch of the ProS­tar in Aus­tralia has seen his dream be­come a re­al­ity.

As a sub­con­trac­tor to the Alex Fraser Group, Ioan­ni­dis hauls as­phalt and other road

base prod­ucts to road crews through­out the Mel­bourne met­ro­pol­i­tan area in his new ProS­tar tip­per.

Equipped with a Her­cules alu­minium body and three-axle dog trailer with elec­tric tarps, the ProS­tar is PBS cer­ti­fied run­ning at be­tween

33.5 to 34 tonnes, and makes short work of the weight, he says.

“I love the power of the 550-horse­power Cum­mins, it gets the job done very eas­ily,” Ioan­ni­dis says. “I pre­vi­ously used a north­ern Euro­pean prime mover and the ProS­tar just has so much more power avail­able – over­all I’m ab­so­lutely stoked with the ProS­tar.”

Break­ing from tra­di­tion, Ioan­ni­dis opted to com­ple­ment the X15 power plant with Ea­ton’s in­no­va­tive Ul­trashift Plus au­to­mated man­ual, rather than the 18-speed man­ual. With the ProS­tar now sev­eral months into its work­ing life, he’s com­pletely sat­is­fied with the de­ci­sion.

The driv­e­line has also been spec­i­fied with ‘ADEPT’ tech­nolo­gies. ADEPT takes engine and trans­mis­sion in­te­gra­tion to the high­est lev­els to de­liver even bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency re­turns.

“I was a lit­tle un­sure at the be­gin­ning whether I should go for the Ul­trashift rather than the man­ual, mainly be­cause the 18-speed man­ual is

known to be bul­let-proof and has such a great rep­u­ta­tion,” Ioan­ni­dis says.

“But now that I’ve spent some time us­ing the Ul­trashift I wouldn’t go back to the man­ual. The AMT does all the work for me; it makes for a much eas­ier and re­lax­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.” Ioan­ni­dis also chose the op­tional piv­ot­ing trans­mis­sion se­lec­tor with the Ul­trashift, which moves the se­lec­tor away from the left leg and pro­vides easy ac­cess to the pas­sen­ger side of the truck if re­quired.

Other key ar­eas in which the ProS­tar ex­cels, ac­cord­ing to Ioan­ni­dis, in­clude its vis­i­bil­ity and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity.

“Go­ing from a cab-over to a bon­neted truck, some of my work mates were telling me that

I wasn’t go­ing to be able to see well out of it. ‘Good luck ma­noeu­vring it’, they said.

“But with the ProS­tar’s slop­ing bon­net, the vis­i­bil­ity is fan­tas­tic which makes get­ting around work sites and con­fined streets re­ally easy.

“The other day I was stopped at the front of the traf­fic lights and no­ticed that be­cause of the down­ward an­gle of the bon­net, I could still see the pedes­tri­ans cross­ing right in front of me – that’s a good safety fea­ture,” he says.

To pro­vide a stronger road pres­ence, Ioan­ni­dis had the ProS­tar’s fuel tanks stain­less steel wrapped and fit­ted Su­per­chrome rims. The other main ad­di­tion is a bon­net-mounted fish-eye mir­ror to pro­vide ex­tra vis­i­bil­ity when re­vers­ing around con­fined spa­ces.

“The ProS­tar is an ex­cel­lent truck, I’m re­ally happy to have it,” Ioan­ni­dis says.

The AMT does all the work for me; it makes for a much eas­ier and re­lax­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

In­ter­na­tional ProS­tar a dream drive for hard-work­ing Mel­bourne owner-driver One of the key ar­eas in which the ProS­tar ex­cels, ac­cord­ing to Pe­ter Ioan­ni­dis, is its vis­i­bil­ity and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity

Pe­ter Ioan­ni­dis had al­ways as­pired to own a big In­ter; and the re­cent launch of the ProS­tar in Aus­tralia saw his dream be­come a re­al­ity

Pe­ter Ioan­ni­dis’ Pros­tar is equipped with a Her­cules alu­minium body and three-axle dog trailer with elec­tric tarps

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