The Perth Truck and Trailer Show is taking a break for 2017 due in part to flat truck sales in recent years. Poor business confidence and the slow mining industry have also put pressure on sales. Trucks purchased by miners during the boom has moved into the on-road fleet market. Some people in the industry have also attributed fallout from the GFC and a tightening of lending to the lack of new truck sales.
In 2016 the heavy duty category of truck sales was down 3.8% on 2015’s results, equating to 273 less big trucks sold. Heavy duty trucks were down around $70 million last year. It is hoped that truck sales will rebound this year with some manufacturers launching eagerly awaited new models. Here is a look at a few of the trucks we’ll be seeing on the road this year.
MAN TGX D38
The German brand has optimised its latest offering to suit the local environment balancing capacity and cost efficiency. Built specifically for customers who transport high-gross combination weights, the TGX D38 uses the company’s 12-speed ‘Traxion’ Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) and three new fuel saving modes and GPS-controlled cruise control. The sophisticated system saves topographical map data to detect route gradients and optimise fuel consumption. The Euro VI engine provides sustained power reserves and excellent traction on harsh gradients.
UD Condor PW24 280
For the waste management, construction and general freight industries, the Condor has a fully automatic Allison 3500 HD transmission that can be programmed for each customer’s specific requirements. The synthetic transmission fluid provides extended transmission service intervals of over 200,000km. The PW24 also features a seven-litre GH7 engine boasting 280hp and 883Nm of torque, with SCR technology to meet the current Euro V emission standards.
After an 18-month evaluation program, the Australian version of the Actros is available. The program involved 20 trucks travelling more than one million kilometres. Rigid models are due to launch in the second quarter of 2017 following the launch of B-double and road train work models. All-wheel drive models are due to launch later in the year. The engines are new 11-litre, 13-litre and 16-litre six-cylinders designed around the Daimler platform. Various ratings are available, including a 13-litre version rated at 530hp and a 16-litre engine with 580 or 630hp. Fuel economy improvements of up to seven per cent are possible, compared to the previous engine range. All engines comply with Euro VI emission standards.
Isuzu F Series
In the medium to heavy duty market, Isuzu’s F Series has a 5.2-litre two-stage turbocharged and intercooled engine available in two power ratings – a 210hp (154kW) version delivering 726Nm of torque and a 240hp one (177kW) boasting 765 Nm. Due to improved performance, the six-cylinder has been replaced with a four-cylinder engine. The F series can be identified by a changed grille and badging, new seat trim and steering wheel.
There’s a truck on the market to suit every business. If you have any queries about buying the latest model truck or a reliable second hand one, talk to the friendly team at PTR Finance by calling (08) 9322 1229 or request a consultation