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New Zealand’s top-selling truck brand in 2021 is reporting high levels of stock available to meet customer orders through 2022.

FUSO New Zealand (FNZ) says it has secured 1,250 new units across its light, medium and heavy-duty truck ranges, with vehicles either on the ground or shortly to arrive to our shores. 

The total order exceeds the 1,096 registered units that saw FUSO lead NZ truck and bus sales in 2021 and is indicative of the high level of customer demand anticipated by FNZ, says managing director Kurtis Andrews.

“We have secured stock across our entire range; so across light to heavy duty, we’re in a great position to meet the industry’s needs,” says A...

Aeolus Truck & Driver News - April 2022

New Zealand’s first electric milk tanker will start quietly calling at Fonterra farm gates starting in May.

Fonterra is using a XCMG E700 8x4 battery swap truck, supplied by Auckland-based Etrucks and supported by funding from the Low Emissions Transport Fund (LETF), for a trial demonstrating the potential for decarbonisation of heavy transport in rural areas.

New Zealand’s first e-tanker is currently under construction at Fonterra’s engineering workshop in Morrinsville, where the tank is being fitted to the XCMG chassis. When complete, the 46-tonne (GVM) unit will operate from Fonterra’s Waitoa plant in the Piako district.

Fonterra estimates the truck will have abou...

Aeolus Truck & Driver News - April 2022

The reduced speed limit now in place for much of SH5 between Taupo and Napier appears to be a forerunner to further NZTA “Safer Limits” proposals around the country.

In late-January Waka Kotahi NZTA proposed reduced speed limits for another major North Island highway.

NZTA says that following engagement with the local community during mid-2021, it proposes to reduce the speed limits on State Highway 30 between Tikitere and Whakatane.

The section of highway being reviewed runs from the junction of SH33 and SH30 (near Rotorua Airport) to the built-up area entering Whakatane. The proposal affects almost 75km of the highway which travels past Lake Rotoiti, Lake Rotoehu, ...

Aeolus Truck & Driver News - March 2022

Southpac Trucks has made the call to postpone its huge 100 Years of Kenworth celebration for 12 months.

The event was originally set for February 2023, but Southpac Trucks CEO Maarten Durent is now planning for a 2024 celebration. And he says a change in government is needed before they will hit the go button.

“There is too much uncertainty from this government. This is an event with international connections in terms of the entertainment w...

Aeolus Truck & Driver News - March 2022

New Zealand production of AdBlue is being ramped up at the Ballance Agri Nutrients Kapuni plant in Taranaki as international supplies remain tight.

And NZ distributors say there is sufficient supply – providing users don’t panic buy.

A halt on urea exports from China last year has sent AdBlue/DEF fluid manufacturers scouring the globe for automotive grade urea – the raw material needed to make the AdBlue used in the emissions control systems of modern diesel engines.

Ballance Agri Nutrients says it has increased local production of its GoClear-branded AdBlue while other local distributors are searching global supply chains for alternative sources. Indications are Chi...

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