All eyes turn to Brisbane for the annual truck expo
POWER and the planet were front of mind at the Brisbane Truck Show.
The biggest truck show in Australia this year was a celebration of horsepower and clean engine technology.
For many manufacturers, it was the chance to introduce new ranges that meet this year’s new ADR 80/03 emission standard.
For others it was an opportunity to thrill showgoers and potential buyers with super-power trucks to haul the heaviest loads.
Swedish brands Scania and Volvo went head-to-head with high-performance rigs producing the kind of power barely imaginable just a few years ago.
Scania had announced it would show the R730, the world’s most powerful truck, to assess demand before importing it.
But Scania Australia managing director, Roger McCarthy, has confirmed the potent machine will arrive early next year.
The R730 bears the name because it produces a whopping 730hp, or 545kW, and it also belts out 3500Nm of torque.
McCarthy says the truck attracted plenty of interest and one customer put his hand up on the first day of the show, despite the $35,000 to $45,000 premium over the next best model. He added that having the R730 as a hero model could draw more people to the Scania V8 range.
When it comes, the Scania will knock off the just-arrived Volvo FH16 700 as the most powerful truck in the country.
McCarthy tells Working Wheels that he’s pretty happy about that. ‘‘ There always has to be someone with the biggest number. One of our competitors has been in that position for a few years so it certainly is nice to have that mantle,’’ he says.
For its part, Volvo is happy to wear the crown for now.
The company showed the first FH16 700 (for 700hp or 522kW), built at its Queensland plant at Wacol. Painted black, the muscular hauler has been sold to Perth’s Keune Transport. It will have to work hard for a living, with the owner planning to use it as a four-trailer road train with a gross combination mass (complete weight including the truck and load) of 168 tonnes.
Volvo also had a special FMX construction truck cab on the stand fitted with custom hydraulics that would tip the cab over to one side and then the other to give the occupants an idea of how far a cab tips in a roll-over.
Safety was also a priority on the Kenworth stand where the company announced the rollout of electronic stability control on more models, including the T359.
This truck is used primarily for construction work and particularly concrete agitators. Kenworth says concrete mixers can be dangerous given the high centre of gravity and the fact the concrete is constantly moving, making stability control even more important.
Kenworth was also keen to show its K200 cab-over model.
The significantly upgraded truck has been previewed before but has just started production. With a dramatically improved interior, new engines and a fresh frontend design with more modern shape, it was certainly popular with showgoers.
Mitsubishi Fuso rolled out its new Canter range of light-duty trucks. The engines use diesel particulate filter (DPF) technology and capacity has been reduced from 4.9 to 3.0 litres to save fuel.
Other models seen for the first time with cleaner new engines included the Western Star range and the venerable Iveco Acco.
Swedish power: Volvo’s FH16 700 is Australia’s most powerful truck fornow
Western force: The first FH16 700 has been sold to Perth’s Keune Transport