Latest Issue Highlights

Giti Big Test

In marketing-speak it’s a “muddy it up and wash it out, no-nonsense range of trucks, built with one purpose – getting the job done.”

 

The sales pitch for the new FUSO Enduro range of trucks calls them workhorses – with “value that’s hard to beat”….emphasising their “state-of-the-art Daimler build quality, proven heritage and a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.”...

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Fleet Focus

Auckland’s City Contractors has 34 trucks….but not one dedicated truck driver!

 

That’s even though transport is an integral part of this busy civil contracting operation.

 

As the name implies, City Contractors works in and around New Zealand’s biggest city – primarily doing water mains and roading...

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NZ Truck & Driver News

Fully electric, hydrogen-fuelled highway tractor unit developer Nikola now has a cabover model to sit alongside its streamlined North American conventional.

 

The Nikola Tre is squarely aimed at the European market – but New Zealand, Australia and Japan are also part of its cabover plans, says Nikola founder and CEO Trevor Milton...

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Road Transport Forum

It is with some considerable sadness that I inform you that this is to be my last column for New Zealand Truck & Driver magazine in my capacity as chief executive of the Road Transport Forum.

 

As many will no doubt be aware, I am retiring from the role in early December to pursue a slightly slower pace of life in the Bay of Plenty...

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TRT Recently Registered

A bounceback to record-breaking new truck sales levels in October – after fading in the previous two months – has the market on target for an alltime record 2018 total.

 

With two months’ sales to come, the overall market (4.5 tonnes GVM and over) was at 4414 – making 2017’s 5209 best-ever annual benchmark looking likely to be beaten...

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PPG Awards

What does a fleet do with its livery when it’s been part of a wider transport organisation with a very distinctive colour scheme...and a major division of the group changes hands?

 

That was the slightly tricky challenge facing Bulk Lines, part of the James Barker Group of companies, following the sale two years ago of Freight Lines, Bluebridge and Streamline Freight to the Australian-based Champ Private Equity Group...

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Feature

South Canterbury truckie Johnny Baxter never set out to become a world champion driver – he just wanted to beat his mate Hamish.

 

Outdo him, that is, in notching-up better fuel economy in the Temuka Transport Volvo FH they shared.

Next thing you know (well, let’s call it three years on), here’s Johnny Baxter – not merely world famous in Temuka….but truly a global champion!

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