The list of ‘firsts’ in safety and technology from Mercedes-Benz is far too long to list here but it’s safe to say that the company has always been at the forefront in these aspects. What they produce on their cars also quickly filters through to the truck division. And so it is with my recent drive of the latest Mercedes-Benz Actros with its level 2 automation – a first in Australia.
Drive down any suburban road in Australia and I’ll give you 10 to 1 on passing a Japanese truck.
North of the Overlander and then anywhere beyond Carnarvon, it’s easy to gaze through a wide windscreen and deep side windows and think you’re the last person rolling across the planet.
In what may send ripples of concern through the sales departments of Japanese truck manufacturers, Scania’s offering the smaller displacement DC07 engine option to complement the existing DC09, five-cylinder, throughout the P-series range.
Cruising along the Eyre Highway, eying off the vastness of the Nullarbor on a Big Rigs road test is not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re on board the latest Mack Anthem, with its siblings in convoy, it’s as good as trucking can get.
Scania recently released the uprated output version of the brand’s proven 13-litre, DC 13 166 in-line six-cylinder engine. Read more
A year after the torture and deprivation of Benito Mussolini’s facsist regime came to a blood-curdling end, Sardinia-based Mario Bertuzzi successfully tendered for 1,000 surplus military vehicles, planning to refurbish them and ship them to the mainland for a new life.
It has taken a few years, but finally the new Mack Anthem has arrived in Australia, but the pandemic has meant it will not be launched with all the traditional razzamatazz.
You couldn’t get more vanilla than a base model, with a vanilla diesel engine, vanilla chassis and vanilla cab-over design. Then paint it white – like a kitchen appliance.