A special edition Dark Label Volkswagen Amarok (pictured), based on the luxurious Highline spec ute, adds bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights, matt black sports bar, side steps, black 18-inch alloy wheels and darker tail-lights and blackedout bumper, wing mirror housings and door handles. Inside, the Dark Label gets alcantara/cloth-lined heated seats. It comes as a TDI400 manual for $56,990 or TDI420 automatic for $59,990. What happens when a truck travelling at 80km/h hits a terrorist-proof truck barrier? It’s not pretty. The truck is destroyed in an instant; with nothing left of the bonnet or the cabin, and it is stopped effectively. That is the task of engineers at Texas A&M Transportation Institute, which has a contract to supply the US government with barriers to protect sensitive sites from truck bomb attacks. See the super slow-mo footage on YouTube — search for “Texas A&M crash video”. Volvo has released a promo video for its coming dual clutch automated manual transmission. The new gearbox, available in Australia in a few years, uses the same technology as the fast-shifting dual-clutch gearboxes in many passenger vehicles. Volvo will be the first manufacturer to introduce the technology for heavy-duty trucks (Mitsubishi Fuso was first to introduce a dual-clutch gearbox in its current Canter light duty truck). The video, called The Casino, follows a valet driver left with the latest automated Volvo truck, and is available on the company’s YouTube channel. The best truck of the year is not available in Australia. Renault Trucks is celebrating after its Euro6compliant T model was announced the best truck of 2015 at the Hanover truck show. Renault Trucks is actually owned by Volvo Trucks now and, as a result, shares much of the company’s technology. The T is based on the Volvo FH hauler, but is fitted out with a unique interior. Engine options are 11 or 13 litres. For years, Volkswagen Group has been talking about the two truck companies it controls, Scania and MAN, sharing technology to save money. Finally, this seems likely to happen. From 2016, the truck makers say, they will work together on new, shared gearboxes using technology from ZF. Meanwhile, MAN will install Scania gearboxes in its TGS and TGX models from next year.