More safety features for Mercedes-Benz rigid range

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has announced the extension of the Active Brake Assist 5 advanced safety package to cover its entire Australian and New Zealand rigid highway range at the Brisbane Truck Show. The full suite was not previously available with the 8×4 Arocs model given application-related packaging restrictions. These engineering challenges have been overcome and the…

Digital Dashboard for Freightliner Cascadia

Freightliner has revealed a new-look Digital Dashboard for its Cascadia conventional truck at the Brisbane Truck Show. Cascadia will be the first conventional truck to be available with the digital dash feature when it becomes an optional item in Australia and New Zealand from the fourth quarter of this year. The high definition Digital Dashboard…

Mercedes-Benz Trucks launches Australian Level 2 automation

Mercedes-Benz Trucks will launch an Australian validation program for an Actros that can help steer itself at the Brisbane Truck Show from May 13 to 16. The Active Drive Assist technology enables SAE Level 2 partially automated driving capability; a first for Australian heavy trucks. The Mercedes-Benz Trucks validation program will consist of 20 trucks,…

Scania tests self-driving trucks in freeway traffic

The Swedish Transport Agency extends permission for Scania to perform testing of self-driving trucks on the E4 freeway between Södertälje and Jönköping. The testing program is a joint venture between Scania and autonomous vehicle development company TuSimple. Truck in the self-driving test program do day-to-day commercial operations with the Scania Transport Laboratory and is haul…

Freightliner Cascadia 126 Operator Review

First Freightliner Cascadia 126 Operator’s first impression. Conbar Transport livestock haulage devision welcomes a new Freightliner Cascadia to their fleet. Hauling livestock at a maximum combination weight of 68 tonnes, the new 16-litre Cascadia 126 is already impressing with its fuel efficiency. “Livestock hauling is tough on fuel and each run is different, but the…

27-Meter B-Doubles to get Green Light

27-Meter B-Doubles to get Green Light, great news for bonneted truck operators. For many years, industry bodies have been lobbying to have the restrictive existing 26-Meter B-Double length laws changed to allow longer bonneted prime movers with larger capacity sleeper berths. Finally, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Safety is the…

Scania torques up its six-cylinder engine

New 540 hp engine delivers more torque and even better fuel efficiency. Scania has introduced a higher output, range-topping six-cylinder 13-litre Euro 6 engine for inter- and intrastate haulage operators. The new Scania 540 hp engine matches rivals for power but out-torques them, with 2700 Nm available between 1000 and 1300 rpm. The Scania engine…