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PACCAR to introduce new automated transmission

Bianca De Marco - Friday, August 25, 2017


Global equipment manufacturer, PACCAR, has announced it will introduce a new lighter-weight heavy-duty automated transmission for on-highway commercial vehicles.

The PACCAR automated transmission is reportedly designed for line-haul applications up to 49,895kg Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) and is available for engine ratings up to 510hp, featuring integrated electronic communications with PACCAR MX engines.

“The PACCAR automated transmission is engineered to work seamlessly with PACCAR MX engines and PACCAR axles and provide industry-leading performance,” said PACCAR Vice President, Landon Sproull.

“Together, PACCAR Powertrain components deliver superior fuel economy, uptime, and driver satisfaction – top priorities for our customers.”

The PACCAR transmission is reportedly designed to complement PACCAR MX engines and PACCAR axles with Kenworth and Peterbilt to begin offering the PACCAR automated transmission to North American customers in October 2017.


Legend 900 Kenworth’s most successful heritage model to date

Bianca De Marco - Monday, July 17, 2017

Kenworth’s special edition ‘Legend 900’ model, which premiered at the Brisbane Truck Show in May, has been sold more than 250 times during a one-day sale event last week.

Combining modern technology with limited edition features and a uniquely Kenworth heritage feel, the Legend 900 is the second historic tribute model after the Legend 950, which was released in 2015.

It is inspired by the T900 Kenworth introduced in 1991, which in turn referenced the brand’s legendary W-model.

“Built to revive the character of the American-style long bonneted truck, the T900 showcased its own elegance and class and all that was attractive in the much-sought-after W-model,” Kenworth reminisced when unveiling the replica version.

Building on that ‘dual’ legacy, the Legend 900 turned out to be a veritable crowd magnet in Brisbane. Boasting the traditional split windscreen, side-mounted exhausts with a wraparound cover and the original flat dash layout – as well as all the traditional Kenworth, Cummins and Eaton Fuller badges – Kenworth said the ‘pull’ of the Legend 900 directly translated into sales a month later.

While the Legend 950 model was limited to 75 units, however, the Legend 900 went to market with a different strategy – it was sold for one day only on Monday, 26 June, with no limit to overall volume.

According to Kenworth, sales came in in a steady stream, with some customers requesting specific production numbers to suit special occasions in their companies’ history. The result is a one-off 250+ production run, making the Legend 900 the company’s most successful replica model to date.

“The common thread carried through the Legend Series models is the compelling combination of the latest technology for safer, cleaner and more productive operation, with iconic design features that help many enduring memories live on,” explained Brad May, Director Sales and Marketing at PACCAR Australia.

“Not only does the Legend 900 symbolise the Kenworth spirit, it celebrates the long history of manufacturing in Australia and some of the legends that have been along for the ride.”

May also revealed that the first Legend 900 has been named “Steady” in honour of Allan “Steady” Stead, one of Kenworth’s longest-serving employees who dedicated his working life to improving the product for customers all around Australia.


Limited Edition LEGEND 900

Bianca De Marco - Friday, June 09, 2017


To help secure your limited edition LEGEND 900 contact our sales team.


Modelled on the legendary W-model and introduced in 1991, the T900 with its classic look and style was designed with the versatility to operate in almost any application and tough enough to stand up to the harsh Australian conditions.  Built to revive the character of the American-style long bonneted truck, theT900 though not the spitting image of its much loved predecessor the W900AR, showcased its own elegance and class and all that was attractive in the much sought after W-model. Although it has been many years since production, the T900 has never faded and is reborn with the release of the Legend 900.


DAF launches new lift-up axle model at Brisbane Truck Show

Bianca De Marco - Wednesday, June 07, 2017

PACCAR Australia has used the Brisbane Truck Show to give industry a sneak peek at the new DAF FAP LF 280 model, touted for release later in 2017.

Showcased alongside the newly launched 510hp version of the DAF CF85, the new LF variant comes with a lift-up axle to ensure it can handle heavier loads while still providing fuel and tyre wear benefits when running with lesser loads. The ‘pusher’ design is said to be especially useful when negotiating uneven surfaces, such as spoon drains.

Also on the technology front, the 280HP PACCAR engine is backed by a ZF nine-speed manual transmission. The LF also has a comprehensive suite of braking and stability controls on board, including EBS, ABS and ASR.

With its modern European styling and “optimal manoeuvrability”, PACCAR Australia said the new model was ideal for regional and city distribution work.

The unit’s low chassis weight is meant to provide additional payloads, while DAF also placed value on easy cab access and car-like driving characteristics in a move to align the LF 280 with the current e-commerce and parcel delivery boom.


Kenworth T610 recognised by Good Design Australia

Bianca De Marco - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The aerodynamic design of Kenworth’s new T610 and T601SAR models has been recognised by Good Design Australia, the organisation behind Australia's annual Good Design Awards program.

According to PACCAR Australia, the T610 received a ‘Good Design Selection’, with the judging committee stating, “The Jury takes their hat off to the design and engineering team.
This is design excellence at its best.”

According to Good Design Australia, involving customers in the design phase has resulted in a user-focused outcome.

“The driving position in the Aero is just beautiful and it is clear the designers put driver comfort first. Overall, this project exemplifies good design at all levels.”


PACCAR to showcase three new truck models in Brisbane

Bianca De Marco - Friday, May 19, 2017

PACCAR Australia will showcase three new truck models at the upcoming Brisbane Truck Show, including a new variant of the DAF CF85, an all-new DAF medium-duty model, and the newly developed Kenworth T610.

According to PACCAR Australia’s Director Sales and Marketing, Brad May, the Queensland event will mark the official launch of the PACCAR MX-13-equipped DAF CF85 after teasing the upgrade at the end of 2016.

“DAF has a well-earned reputation for building quality trucks that deliver excellent efficiency, reliability and durability as well as a high degree of comfort, safety and drivability,” May explained.

“And, versatility can be added, with the CF85 now offering 510hp. With two CF85s on display, one in prime mover and the other in rigid configuration, patrons can see first-hand the breadth of the DAF range.”

Also on display for the first time will be the DAF FAP LF 280, a medium-duty model for city and regional distribution. Sporting a ‘lift-up axle’, it has reportedly been designed to suit heavier loads while also providing fuel and tyre wear benefits when running with lesser loads.

According to May, the two new models are expected to demonstrate the DAF brand’s true strength in the Australian marketplace.

PACCAR’s Kenworth brand, meanwhile, will focus on the new T610 model, and the respective T610SAR version.

“The T610 is Kenworth’s most innovative, durable and productive truck yet, designed and manufactured in Australia for local conditions and applications. The result of more than 100,000 Australian design hours and more than ten million kilometres of testing and validation, [it marks] the single largest investment in product development PACCAR Australia has ever made,” May said – indicating that the response to the new model so far has been “overwhelming”.

“Since launching the product officially in December last year…more than 4,000 people have experienced the T610, and the Brisbane Truck Show will give even more the opportunity to get up close.”


PACCAR Parts reveals ‘Virtual Reality’ display at QLD trade show

Bianca De Marco - Thursday, May 18, 2017

PACCAR Parts Australia has confirmed its extensive product range will be on display, as part of a special presentation at next week’s Brisbane Truck Show.

The official distributor of Kenworth, DAF, PACCAR Genuine, TRP and multiple vendor brand parts, will be presenting its first fully immersive TRP store “Virtual Experience” that uses the latest in 360 Video technology at the PACCAR World stand.

According to PACCAR Parts, the virtual reality experience will provide visitors the opportunity to feel as though they are actually inside a TRP store.

“This year, as part of the Brisbane Truck Shows 50th anniversary, we are proud to be offering an outside the square experience for show goers,” said Anthony Kwan, Marketing Manager, PACCAR Parts Australia.

“The virtual reality experience is only a small taste of what’s to come as we move into incorporating more digital solutions to keep us the brand of choice for trucks and trailer parts.”

In addition, the company will also offer giveaways to visitors that sign up to the Kenworth 2nd Owners Program and the PACCAR Parts Privilege Program at the show.


Tegra Australia

Bianca De Marco - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Four years after one of the most severe and destructive floods in local history ripped through Craig Sargent’s business, he is back bigger than ever.

Not even the most severe natural disasters – two major flooding events in fact – can dampen Craig Sargent’s enthusiasm and love for the country which has thrown everything at him and tested his mettle.

Tegra Australia is a local family business success story based in Young, NSW, which has written many chapters in the past 52 years since it first started as a one-truck operation.

None more so than the Murrumbidgee flooding events of 2010 and 2012 which left a trail of muddied mess through the valley and came within millimetres of breaching the levee bank at Wagga Wagga for the first time ever.

“We had $2 million worth of plant and equipment just wash down the river in 2012,” Craig explained.

“It hit us hard … and while we knew things would recover it does take time to come back from something like that”.

“We were ready for the 2010 floods … but nobody expected what happened in 2012. It came so fast … there was no time.”

Tegra Australia operates cement/concrete plants and quarries across many centres in the Riverina and South West Slopes.

The quarries at Gundagai and Jugiong were hit in the floods and virtually needed a complete rebuild.

Craig was speaking at Inland Truck Centres in Wagga recently where he took delivery of a gleaming new K200 – the 11th Kenworth in a fleet of more than 40 trucks.

“After the floods we just had to tread water for a while, so to speak,” Craig said.

“We knew there’d be a recovery period and that would take time … but now we’re back on track and getting this truck today is a fairly defining moment in the future direction for us.”

Tegra is now running PBS quad dogs into Sydney behind Kenworth T409s.

Tegra picked up a niche market in round river pebble supply following the closure of a large quarry at Emu Plains.

Craig’s vision is simple.

“I want to run the most efficient trucks I can,” he said.

Nobody has a greater passion for Australia than Craig – he openly admits to that.

All of the Tegra trucks and trailers carry the Aussie flag and are easily identifiable along major highways and backroads.

“I was in America many years ago and saw how patriotic the drivers were over there … nearly all of them had an American flag on their shirt sleeve,” Craig said.

“I thought that was just fantastic and decided I’d put our flag on all of our trucks … there should be more of that, but I think over the years Australians have become a lot more patriotic. I think we like to fly the flag a lot more than we used to”.

“It’s a great country we live in … it’s important to recognise that and this (flag on trucks) is one way I can show my support.”

 Craig recently toured the Kenworth manufacturing plant in Melbourne and was overawed by the size and production taking place at the top-class facility.

“It’s sad to see Australia lose car manufacturing plants but then you go down and see what Kenworth is doing”.

“They’ve got it right … they’re standing on their own two feet and giving the Australian transport industry a product second to none”.

“It’s very impressive … they are customer focused with their ability to build trucks to the specs each customer wants”.

“They’ve certainly got that right.”

In fact, it was Kenworth’s ability to spec a truck specifically for Tegra’s needs, 10 years ago, which set Craig on the path to growing a Kenworth fleet.

“They gave me exactly what I needed,” Craig said.

“The T409 combined with our quad dogs, for example. They can get that much horsepower with a stronger driveline, and that payload in a smaller truck – it’s the perfect ‘little big truck’.”

Craig’s parents John and Barb were at Inland Truck Centres in Wagga for the hand-over of the new K200. His younger brother Darren, who is also part of the business, stayed behind to work on-site but was getting regular photo updates from Barb.

John recalled how he started a one-truck show 52 years ago while Barb, a school teacher, worked to support the family while the carting business slowly grew.

John said he sold the family car – an FB Holden ute – back in 1964 so he had a deposit for his first truck. That left Barb to walk everywhere with Craig in the pram … and soon after John purchased a Mini to get the family mobile again.

These days Tegra Australia – the result of a merger of the Sargent’s two businesses Tegra Quarries and Vision Concrete – employs 85 people across the entire operation.

Tegra operates concrete plants at Young Cootamundra, Gundagai, Tumut, Harden, Boorowa, Yass and Braidwood, and also has two mobile plants. The quarries are based at Gundagai, Jugiong and Braidwood.

Craig and Laura Sargent’s two sons, Tom, 14, and Josh, 11, have found themselves a weekend sport which takes the family to many major cities across Australia to compete.

Tom is making a name for himself in go-kart racing and Josh shows similar potential in the younger age groups.

“It’s a bit of fun for the boys and a chance for us to get away from time to time,” Craig said.

Life in the fast-lane has never been so rewarding … and Kenworth has been there for much of the journey.

Kenworth T610 tried and tested

Bianca De Marco - Friday, April 21, 2017
Kenworth T610 tried and tested

One hundred days after the official reveal, praise for the new Kenworth T610 has yet to abate. Prime Mover took it for a test run over the Blue Mountains to find out if it can live up to the hype.

A lot has been said and written about the Kenworth T610 since it was first unveiled in December 2016 – possibly more than for any truck released to the Australian market during the past decade, and much of it before anyone had ever driven an example. To find out just how well PACCAR Australia’s $20 million investment can handle life beyond the showroom, we are taking it for a 400km run from Sydney to Dubbo.

The T610’s ergonomics and space offering have been frequently praised during the truck’s first 100 days in the market, and our first encounter in a real-life setting is able to confirm that impression: The T610 is not just a North American T680 model that has been converted to right-hand drive. Instead of just bolting in a steering box and mirroring the dash, PACCAR Australia embraced the opportunity to improve a whole range of key factors to suit the local Australian environment, especially noise, vibration and harshness, which are crucial to driver comfort – and retention.

For instance, the focus on driver amenity led to the use of a 4mm firewall instead of the 2.5mm example used in the American model, significantly reducing noise intrusion to the point where the Cummins X15 engine is just a little background accompaniment in an otherwise quiet work environment.

The doors and apertures all have triple sealing, which further contributes to reducing noise and excluding dust for those who have to venture off the bitumen. Once the steering wheel and seat are adjusted, the vision of the dash is uninterrupted, while exterior vision through the big windscreen can only be described as splendid. This is further enhanced by the low mounting of the mirrors so that traffic at intersections doesn’t get masked by the blind spot. The mirrors themselves deserve special mention as they are made virtually vibration-free by being solidly mounted to the A pillars.

Of the $20 million and more than 100,000 Australian design hours claimed to have been spent on the T610’s development, almost ten per cent were directed at the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system, which is monitored by a number of sensors positioned throughout the cab. A design innovation that went into the local HVAC is a special high pressure area in the scuttle between the windscreen and the rear of the bonnet, which directs a flow of air between the firewall and the engine heat shield to help isolate the cab from engine-generated heat. On a 30°C test day, the result is a comfortable 23°C inside the cab.

Also on the ergonomics front, all switches are solid and easy to identify, and there is sufficient space on the centre dash section for a large satellite navigation screen plus any other gauges that might be desired. The critical readouts are grouped right in front of the driver, and the LCD information screen can be configured as a digital speedometer to complement the large analogue speedo that matches the tacho.

Our test vehicle is equipped with an optional active cruise braking and collision mitigation system designed by Bendix, so there is an extra LCD screen just above eye level, plus an additional readout within the central dash display. The lane departure warning system also has cameras mounted high in the centre of the windscreen.

On the road, the steering is precise and has a firm feel about it, thanks in part to the new cab set-up, which allowed PACCAR to choose a more direct route for the steering shaft. The result is undeniable: Even on the worst of roads, the steering wheel only provides what may be described as ‘road feel’, but never any harsh kick back. Interestingly, there is no steering damper fitted, it’s strong by design.

In the space department, Kenworth has not overpromised, too: Compared to the T680, the cabin has been moved up and forward to facilitate the BBC dimensions demanded by Australian customers in order to fit into the 26m B-double envelope. Whether they are intended consequences or not, the relocation of the cab in relation to the chassis rails provides better vision for the driver and refreshing roominess: Our test truck, the 860mm (34 inch) sleeper cab, is almost Tardis-like in its provision of interior space. Plenty of storage and a slide-away fridge help make it comfortable accommodation for a resting driver.

Speaking of which: Driving the big red T610 from along the Great Western and Mitchell Highways to Dubbo in the NSW Central West, we catch the attention of many a driver who want to know all about the new Kenworth, and experience some of the hype around the new T610 first hand.

A key talking point at the truck stop is the integration of optional technologies that are already well tested and now accepted as the norm in many a European truck. In combination with flexible chassis and suspension dimensions, many drivers thus expect the T610 to deliver the ‘best of both worlds’.

A case in point is the driveline: In production models from April 2017, the X15 Cummins Euro V SCR engine will have activated a suite of electronic features summarised under the term Advanced Dynamic Efficient Powertrain (ADEPT), which assists the engine in bilaterally conversing with the Eaton Ultra-Shift Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The activation of ADEPT will unlock even more features that drivers expect from a modern truck, including Smart Coast, which disengages the driveline under controlled circumstances to permit the vehicle to coast to save fuel.

As such, the T610 does deliver on many of the promises made during the launch in Melbourne. Even though it’s only been 100 days since it’s gone on sale, the European competition has every reason to be nervous.


Western Grains Rural

Bianca De Marco - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

John Fitzgerald is a big fan of Kenworth trucks.

In the past few months he has had two T409SARs delivered and has another three T610SARs on order. He wants all of his seven trucks to carry the Kenworth marque and “can’t wait” for that to happen.

“The sooner the better,” he said.

“We’ve got a few other trucks around the place and it’ll be good to see them gone and we’ll be running with Kenworth for our B-doubles and road trains.”

John started Western Grains Rural 29 years ago when an arm injury forced him to give up work as a shearing contractor.

He came to Hillston 30 years ago as a shearer and soon after moved in a new direction into the grain trading industry.

John owns and operates Western Grains Rural at Hillston – a grain trading business which has endured the highs and lows of a volatile agricultural industry.

“We’ve got a good business going here,” he said.

“We only run seven trucks and soon enough they’ll all be Kenworth’s.

“You need to have your own gear when you’re this far from anywhere … if you haven’t got that, you’re not reliable – and Kenworth gives us that reliability.”

John said his trucks are rotated every five years to ensure he is running the best gear.

“After that five years you still have a good truck,” he said.

“Even if you decide to rebuild the engine, you’ve still got a decent truck around it which hasn’t shaken to pieces”.

“We don’t see these Kenworth’s in the workshop too often … trucks don’t make money sitting in a workshop.”

John deals with Chris McDevitt at Wagga’s Inland Truck Centres branch.

“Inland Trucks Centres have been great. Chris has always backed me up on product and service and looked after me … you can’t ask for more than that, we’ve always got what we’ve asked for in the trucks and the after-sales service is spot on.”

And the next few months can’t roll around quickly enough for John.

“We’ve got three more Kenworth’s on order … I can’t wait to get them here.”