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Specialty truck builder Oshkosh has secured a huge deal to build the United States Army's next-generation family of medium tactical vehicles (FMTV) A2 variants.

The Pentagon says that the seven-year supply deal, reportedly for up to 2400 trucks, is worth at least $US476million.

The deal, won by Oshkosh against rival AM General, repeats its 2009 contract to build the first generation of the FMTVs for the US Army, which owns the design and technical data package for the trucks and trailers.

The Army says that FMTVs have "formed the backbone of the Army's local, linehaul, and unit resupply missions in combat, combat support, and combat service support units" for d...

NZ Truck & Driver News - March 2018

The Australian government could (and should) save 148 lives in the coming years by mandating stability control for most new trucks and trailers, Australian Trucking Association chairman Geoff Crouch says.

Crouch believes that an Aussie government department's recommendation that stability control is made compulsory for some new trucks doesn't go far enough.

The Infrastructure Department's regulatory impact statement (RIS) on mandating stability control for heavy vehicles proposes that it be required for new prime movers weighing more than 12 tonnes and new trailers weighing more than 10t. The technology would not need to be fitted to new rigids.

Says Crouch: "T...

NZ Truck & Driver News - March 2018

The surge in electric trucks continues – with two more contenders unveiling heavy-duty trucks.

In the wake of the Tesla, Nikola and Cummins offerings, another Californian startup has launched a fully-electric regional haul tractor unit….which it says can run at a 36-tonne gross combination weight, with a range of 480 kilometres on a single charge.

Thor unveiled a streamlined, futuristic ET-One prototype, but says it aims to partner with established truckmakers – Thor providing the electric powertrain (and possibly the bodies) on their chassis and all other components.

Which is the same approach being taken by EMOSS, with its LPG or CNG range-extended electric r...

NZ Truck & Driver News - March 2018

New Zealand's Southpac Trucks has been crowned Australasia's Kenworth Dealer of the Year 2017 for outstanding sales, service and support.

It's the first time that the Kiwi Kenworth operation has earned the award – edging out 25 Aussie dealers to achieve the honour.

The award, which is highly sought-after by Kenworth dealers, acknowledges excellence in five main areas – overall dealer performance, truck sales, parts sales, finance and customer support.

Southpac backed up the premium award with the PACCAR Australia Service Dealer of the Year 2017 as well, for outstanding service.

PACCAR Australia sales and marketing director Brad May congratulated Southpa...

NZ Truck & Driver News - March 2018

Til Logistics will soon have the largest fleet of MAN trucks in Australia and New Zealand, following its latest purchase of the German-built trucks.

It has bought 36 TGS day cab and TGX XL sleeper cab models, in 6x4 and 8x4 formats, from distributor Penske NZ.

The trucks, which have power ratings ranging between 480 horsepower and 540hp, take TIL Logistics' MAN fleet to around 200 units.

"Overall the acceptance of MAN products across the fleet has been extremely positive," says TIL Logistics managing director Jim Ramsay.

"Our drivers like the trucks, the fuel economy is a huge plus and I've received many comments about how great the trucks look – which ...

NZ Truck & Driver News - March 2018

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