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into a three-hour run, including time for off-road play. Huntaway drives well. Sure, the tyres elevate road din, but conversation with Thomas and Campbell Grant, the young marketing manager who with product planner Reece Congdon was tasked with ‘‘selling’’ the project to the dealer network (they’re all on board), is possible.
There’s some wheel shimmy at open road speed, but the ride is settled and though the 80mm increase in overall height makes it feel more Kenworth-like now, the handling isn’t too monster-truck.
The enhanced clearance and compliance and the tyres’ massive bite makes tackling rutted, rain-
At least it picks a new touchscreen audio with Apple Carplay/ Android Auto and Bluetooth and gets climate control air, but a complete refresh, along with inclusion of the latest Dynamic Shield frontage, is demanded of next year’s mid-life facelift.
What sells Huntaway is more than just its extrovert look; there’s genuine robustness. Running his hand over the front guard and reflecting on how challenging it was to get the shaping perfect, Martin enforces ‘‘everything we put on is as tough as the steel we took off.’’
Warranty cover for three years, rather than the usual 10 (but still to 160,000km), reflects more about expectation of where and how it will be used.
The original Huntaway, by the by, is employed as a regular farm hack on a Northland farm and has proven resistant to that rigour.
Will it sell? Some already have. Will it make money? Dan – Daniel Cook, Huntaway’s champion and MMNZ chief operating officer – doubts it. ‘‘We should cover our costs.’’ No regrets. ‘‘It’s still quite a cheap marketing exercise,’’ since brand impact was seismic.
‘‘It was probably the single biggest thing, outside of our PHEV product introduction, over the last 20 years.’’
The Triton Huntaway II is a follow-on from last year’s (you guessed it) Huntaway. Yes, you can buy one.
MMNZ technical services adviser Nathan Thomas, left, and product planner Campbell Grant with the Huntaway at Todd Park, during the wheel and suspension fitment phase.
Customs Body Shop: from left, Corey Olsen, Matt Hutchinson, Michelle Martin, Ben Martin and Brad Walker.