Fuel efficiency gains are a winner for Adelaide fleet

Diamond Brothers Transport has been operating for close to 70 years, with its fleet heading all over Australia. Given the vast distances travelled, the fuel efficiency gains being achieved by the latest additions to the fleet have certainly impressed.

Based in Adelaide, Diamond Brothers’ early history was centred around car carrying, but it has evolved into a dedicated interstate general carrier with a keen eye on customer service and operational efficiencies.

The Diamond Brothers fleet services all east coast capitals as well as Perth, in predominantly B-double and B-triple applications.

In recent years more and more Mack Trucks have been welcomed into the fleet.

Kym McDermid, CEO Diamond Brothers Transport, is a keen supporter of the bulldog brand, “Mack in Australia has an incredible amount of history, I was brought up with massive Macks carrying Buntine road trains all over Australia.”

However, McDermid said it’s the new generation of Mack Trucks that have really impressed with their efficiency and performance.

“With over 50 years of Mack being made here in Australia we have the Anthem that is a new generation, not only does it look fantastic it does the job too,” he said.

Diamond Brothers already has a couple of Mack Anthems on linehaul work, with a few more on order.

“We have better fuel economy with the Anthem. Fuel efficiency is important for two reasons, one is obviously the cost of fuel and you want to keep your costs down as much as you can. But it’s also about your carbon footprint as well, so that’s been good for us also,” McDermid added.

Long term Diamond Brothers driver, Andy Price, is fan of the Mack Anthem too, “I’ve been in the Anthem for over a year now. I find I’m actually less fatigued than I would if I was driving a more conventional truck,” he said.

“With the eight-airbag system on the rear and the parabolic leaf spring suspension up the front, the ride in the Anthem is incredible.

“A lot of trucks would kick and buck like you were riding a horse but the Anthem is a lot smoother to drive.

“I’ve noticed it’s a lot friendlier truck, you’ve got the space, you don’t feel like you’re squashed, the Anthem seems to be just more driver friendly.

“As a linehaul driver I do spend a lot more time on the road than I do in my own bed, the Anthem has got the comfort, it’s got a nice bedroom, nice comfortable seats and it’s got the space, it’s a good truck to be out on the road and away from home in. I think the Anthem is going to be a game changer.”

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