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The suite of safety features in the new Euro 6 FUSO Fighter soon to be launched in New Zealand will complete “an industry-first safety offering” across the make’s light-duty, medium-duty and heavy truck classes.

Fuso NZ says that the new Fighter, due for release before year’s end, will have autonomous braking, lane departure warning and electronic stability control, “plus a few extras,” as standard.

The medium-duty model will thus join the light Canter and the heavy-duty Shogun “in providing an exceptional level of protection for drivers and other road users.” 

And that, it adds, “puts FUSO first for safety” across the light, medium and heavy range: “FUSO contin...

NZ Truck & Driver News - October 2021

United States President Joe Biden has paid a visit to a Mack Trucks assembly plant in Pennsylvania, reckoned he liked what he saw…and used the occasion to make a statement: “Buy American.”

And made it clear that he’s a strong proponent of Made in America – seeing domestic manufacturing as a means of securing critical supply chains.

Biden promises that under his watch, Buy American rules – long enshrined in US regulations intended to ensure that government funds are spent, first and foremost, on “American made” products – will be toughened up.

Biden said his administration is making the biggest enforcement changes to the Buy American Act in 70 years, to ensure that “l...

NZ Truck & Driver News - September 2021

Global enginemaker Cummins is working on both hydrogen fuel cell electric technology…and a hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engine.

It says that it’s now doing proof-of-concept testing of the engine, which taps Cummins’ “existing technology leadership” in gaseous-fuel applications and powertrain knowledge.

Cummins Engine Segment president Srikanth Padmanabhan says: “Cummins is thrilled about the potential of the hydrogen engine to reduce emissions and provide power and performance for customers.

“We are using all-new engine platforms equipped with the latest technologies to improve power density, reduce friction and improve thermal efficiency – allowing us to avo...

NZ Truck & Driver News - September 2021

A driverless truck has operated safely on a busy motorway in China – with no human intervention.

In a demonstration that’s said to be a first globally, the United States-based Plus showed off its autonomous capabilities under a special permit – running on the Wufengshan Highway in the Yangtze Delta region.

It says it’s on schedule to launch pilot operations of fully driverless trucks in controlled environments next year.

In a one minute, 24 second video of the demo, the autonomously-operated tractor unit – towing a semi-trailer – is seen overtaking other traffic and being overtaken…then negotiating an offramp, to halt at a layby.

Plus (formerly had pre...

NZ Truck & Driver News - September 2021

One of Australia’s leading heavy trailer manufacturers, MaxiTRANS, is selling its trailer business, including its New Zealand operations.

The sale, to the Australian Trailer Solutions Group – reportedly a recently-established group of Aussie investors – is worth more than $NZ50million.

MaxiTRANS says that, to enable the sale, it is separating its trailer manufacturing, sales and service operation and its MaxiPARTS truck and trailer parts operation – the current owners retaining the latter.

The sale includes MaxiTRANS factory property in Ballarat, Victoria, its entire manufacturing operations (two in Victoria, one in Queensland and one in Auckland), plus company-owned...

NZ Truck & Driver News - September 2021

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