Evolution on show
TRUCKS HAVE certainly come a long way since Freightliner founder Leland James first designed a cab-over model for the US market, and nowhere was the evolution more evident than Freightliner’s stand, where a rare 1950 ‘Bubblenose’ model stood alongside the latest Argosy. To mark Freightliner’s 75th anniversary, the beautifully restored ‘Bubblenose’ was flown in from the US specifically for the Brisbane show.
Yet as fascinating as this old classic was, it took only a quick look around the old and new to be grateful for the passage of time and engineering evolution. Argosy has certainly come a long way since its first arrival on the Australian market, and Freightliner was intent on showcasing the recent addition of the Cummins X15 engine as a powerful addition to the cabover’s list of assets.
The other notable player at Freightliner is the Coronado conventional, and there seemed no shortage of interest in a 122 model built for gross weights up to 140 tonnes, highlighting the addition of dual exhaust stacks as standard equipment on the long-nose Coronado.