SHORT HAULS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels -

Chevro­let is con­sid­er­ing build­ing a su­per high­per­for­mance ver­sion of its Sil­ver­ado pick-up truck. Un­like Aus­tralian coun­ter­part Holden, Chevro­let doesn’t have a sedan-based util­ity to tune up and tinker with. If it wants a go-fast load hauler, its only op­tion is to en­hance the Sil­ver­ado. That’s ex­actly what it has done with the Sil­ver­ado Cheyenne con­cept (pic­tured) re­vealed last week at the Las Ve­gas SEMA show. High­pow­ered pick-ups have dropped out of favour in the US, with the su­per­charged Ford SVT Light­ning and Viper-pow­ered Dodge Ram SRT-10 no longer in pro­duc­tion. How­ever Ford has just re­leased the tuned F-150 Tremor and it looks as if the Cheyenne may be the Gen­eral’s an­swer to that if pro­duc­tion gets the goa­head. Chevro­let has gone to work on the Sil­ver­ado, pulling out 91kg for im­proved per­for­mance and han­dling. It did this us­ing carbon-fi­bre for the bumpers, tail­gate (in­clud­ing spoiler) and tray bed in­ner sec­tion. The lighter com­po­nents can only help, but the Cheyenne still weighs a hefty 1952kg. Chevro­let has ditched the stan­dard 5.3-litre V8 and opted in­stead with the new 6.2-litre small-block that pro­vides the punch for the lat­est gen­er­a­tion Corvette. The new V8 still uses pushrods but that doesn’t stop it from pro­duc­ing a tyre-sear­ing 313kW and 624Nm of torque. Some of the heat gen­er­ated by the bent eight can es­cape out the bon­net vent, a nod to the Ca­maro Z28 per­for­mance coupe. Thank­fully, Chevro­let has not ig­nored the need to slow this rocket down and fit­ted the Cheyenne with hefty Brembo carbon ce­ramic brakes. It has also low­ered the ride height and fit­ted a rearsta­biliser bar to im­prove han­dling. At this stage Holden has no in­ten­tion of im­port­ing Sil­ver­ado mod­els into Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing the Cheyenne should it be ap­proved for pro­duc­tion.

The Mit­subishi Fuso Can­ter has been up­graded in Europe and is avail­able with su­per clean Euro 6 en­gines. This emis­sion stan­dard will not come to Aus­tralia for sev­eral years, so the Euro 6 Can­ter won’t be for sale here for some time. Euro mod­els will run Se­lec­tive Cat­alytic Re­duc­tion with Ad­Blue treat­ment fluid as well as a diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter. Aus­tralian Can­ters run th­ese fil­ters, which catch diesel par­tic­u­lates and then burn them off at su­per-high tem­per­a­tures, but are not fit­ted with SCR.

Truck mak­ers are fo­cus­ing on In­dia as a po­ten­tial growth mar­ket. Many new trucks are still sold there with­out cabs, which are made from tim­ber and added af­ter­wards, but sheer vol­ume of trucks sold makes In­dia more than lu­cra­tive. Mercedes set up its own In­dian sub-brand, called Bharat-Benz and now Sca­nia is en­ter­ing the mar­ket. The Swedish brand is spend­ing more than $50 mil­lion on a truck fac­tory near Ban­ga­lore. The plant is ca­pa­ble of build­ing 2500 trucks and 1000 buses ev­ery year and is Sca­nia’s largest fac­tory in Asia.

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