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DAF is gearing-up for fourth-quarter production of an entirely new lineup of models for the European market.

The New Generation XF, XG and XG+ models promise a 10% improvement in fuel efficiency, a full suite of passive and active safety features and an enhanced level of luxury, says PACCAR’s Euro make. 

The new range will be the first to take advantage of revised European mass and dimensions regulations. As a result, the cab design picks up 160mm in front elongation to enable improved aerodynamics and safety. The XG and XG+ models also offer 330mm of extra cab length at the rear. 

The boost in fuel efficiency has been achieved by using computational fluid ...

NZ Truck & Driver News - August 2021

Isuzu is launching a new N Series range in New Zealand – giving its light-duty model a higher spec and a suite of new safety features.

The updated models will be available “from the third quarter this year,” Isuzu Trucks NZ advises.

General manager Dave Ballantyne says N Series trucks have a reputation for offering an impressive combination of clean yet powerful, fuel efficient engines, along with intelligent design – thereby delivering a comprehensive package for operators.

“They are renowned for all-round performance, driveability, comfort and reliability. Now, with the addition of an array of new safety features, the Isuzu N Series delivers on a range of ‘must hav...

NZ Truck & Driver News - August 2021

Over 280 guests attended the recent opening of Transport Repairs latest facility, located on the outskirts of Christchurch, only minutes away from the transport hubs of Hornby, Islington and Harewood. 

The complex features three full-length pits capable of servicing the longest rigs, a CoF lane, truckwash, engine steam cleaner, dialup oil pumps, an engineering workshop and a huge truck and trailer parking yard. It joins five existing Transport Repairs centres in a network extending from Invercargill to Blenheim.

The opening was also a celebration of the new facility being appointed as a Southpac Trucks servicing agent for Canterbury to complement the existing agency w...

NZ Truck & Driver News - August 2021

COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the Road Transport Forum’s annual conference, scheduled to be held in Invercargill late last month.

It also prompted the postponement of the 2021 NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame till next month. The gala dinner and announcement of the latest Hall of Fame inductees will now be held on Friday November 12.

The Forum, now renamed Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand, decided at the end of August to cancel the Road Ahead 2021 Transporting NZ Conference “because of the uncertainty around alert level changes around NZ.”

The conference was scheduled for September 25 and 26 in Invercargill – following-on from the Mobil Delvac 1-sponsored...

NZ Truck & Driver News - October 2021

Transport operators working during the COVID-19 lockdowns have been riled by what they say is a lack of timely Government planning, seriously affecting the industry’s ability to carry out essential work.

From the outset, the change to Level 4 was problematic, as Nick Leggett, CEO of Ia Ara Aotearoa Transporting New Zealand (the new name for the Road Transport Forum) outlined.

NZ’s low vaccination rate and the threat of the Delta strain of COVID-19 arriving here should have meant the Government had a plan to quickly deal with any outbreak, Leggett suggested – but added: “We certainly aren’t seeing evidence of that.”

Even before the nationwide L4 lockdown, the industry...

NZ Truck & Driver News - October 2021

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