General News

Nov

Isuzu Trucks – multi-tasking

2010-11-01 19:44
Isuzu’s new F-Series comprises a 13-model line-up compared to the previous 9-model F-Series range. This is the FTR 850 which also comes in a tipper guise.

Let’s start with Isuzu Trucks for the sole reason that they were the first out the 2010 starting block with the introduction of the new F-Series range in March. The launch was held at Gerotek where ride and drive was

Nov

Scania… you beauty you

2010-11-01 19:44
Five Star offerings in a Five Star cab.

I may well get shot down in flames by some truck manufacturers for saying this but if you want a benchmark against which to measure superior cab features and driver comfort, you need look no further than Scania cabs. The

Nov

Mitsubishi FUSO Also a heavy contender

2010-11-01 19:44
Duncan Prince – passionate about his new ‘lorries’.

There was something very apt about Mitsubishi FUSO choosing the Maropeng Visitor Centre in the heart of the Cradle of Mankind World Heritage site for the October launch of its new range of trucks. I say this because it is

Nov

MAN… of trolleys and trucks

2010-11-01 19:44
The new MAN TGS WW range is available in 14 derivatives as a truck tractor, chassis cab or tipper and includes vehicles with GVM ratings from 19 to 41 tons.

I will always remember the original launch of the MAN TGA Trucknology range for one thing and that is for showing me that South Africa has better airport baggage trolleys than they do in the south of France. Yep, it’s

Nov

Volvo FMX heralds in a new era

2010-11-01 19:44
Anders Lindblatt, president, Volvo area southern Africa, is well pleased with his new FMX offering – and so he should be.

Not sure of you but I’ve always regarded construction type trucks as the ugly ducklings of the trucking industry. Not that there’s anything wrong with them in terms of performance. It’s just that you don’t dress your kids in their

Nov

Silver linings from SA Truck manufacturers

2010-11-01 15:11
The Mitsubishi FUSO FP with 420hp engine – new entry

For many in the trucking industry, 2010 did not act as the National Sea Rescue Institute bashing through waves to haul to safety those who were swept out to sea by the international bank-induced economic storm of 2009 writes Patrick

Nov

IAA highlights SA’s flaws

2010-11-01 15:11
GREEN ATEGO HYBRID - with insulated loadbox and fridge unit

The 63rd Truck Exhibition in Hannover with its theme “Efficient, Flexible and Future Proof’ showcased the impressive achievements commercial vehicle manufacturers and allied suppliers of hi-tech automotive equipment can claim in meeting ongoing fuel-efficiency and cleaner air standards. After visiting

Nov

IAA Gallery

2010-11-01 15:11
HISTORIC - There were the commercial vehicles from the past... a reminder from where today's hi-tech vehicles come from.

The International Commercial Vehicle Show (IAA) held in Hannover, Germany every two years is, if not the largest commercial vehicle show in the world, probably the most influential and meaningful. The 2010 event housed 1 731 exhibits from 41 countries

Oct

One bad apple… take it off the road!

2010-10-01 19:44
You don’t have to look much further than the general state of a rig to ascertain maintenance neglect.

You all know the story about the one bad apple spoiling the whole basket. The trucking industry is very much like that writes Patrick O’Leary. There is no question about it. There are thousands of trucks out there which just

Oct

Angels to the rescue

2010-10-01 18:47
Ansie Jooste (right) and colleague Elsabe Venter, stabilise an accident victim before transferring her to hospital. They bring hope in times of despair. This time it was a motorist victim. Many times it is a truck driver.

A car had overturned and there were injured people. Ansie Jooste and her colleague Elsabe Venter jumped into their emergency vehicle to go help. Patrick O’Leary went with. It wasn’t a long way from where we were working , about