Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels -

THE world’s most pow­er­ful truck has made it to New Zealand but is still not con­firmed for Aus­tralia.

Volvo Trucks Aus­tralia, which also looks af­ter the Kiwi mar­ket, has sold 10 ex­am­ples of the FH 750 to loyal cus­tomers across the Tas­man.

It is the most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion se­ries high­way truck on the planet and, as the name hints, pro­duces 750 horse­power (560kW).

On this side of the ditch, Volvo has the FH 700, which is built at its fac­tory in Wa­col, Qld, and pro­duces a healthy 551kW (700hp).

The most pow­er­ful truck avail­able in Aus­tralia is the Sca­nia R 730, which, you guessed it, makes 730hp (537kW).

To test de­mand and how the FH 750 per­forms, Volvo Trucks Aus­tralia signed up a hand­ful of NZ cus­tomers for the mighty hauler.

“This has moved well past our (in­ter­nal) test team ... we are do­ing a trial with cus­tomers,” says Volvo Trucks Aus­tralia vice pres­i­dent Mitch Pe­den. “The 10 trucks have gone out and now it is a longer term val­i­da­tion.”

Pe­den says Volvo planned to sell fewer trucks in the NZ trial: “We got feed­back that if we of­fered it to some cus­tomers and not oth­ers it would be more trou­ble than it was worth, so we gave our deal­ers a set amount of time to see who was in­ter­ested.”

There is hope the FH 750 could be in­tro­duced in Aus­tralia — Work­ing Wheels un­der­stands a pro­to­type has been tested here, not that Pe­den will con­firm any­thing. He says that if it were in­tro­duced in Aus­tralia, Volvo would have to be ab­so­lutely cer­tain it could han­dle the heavy loads and ex­tremely harsh en­vi­ron­ment.

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