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Leyland Trucks – the historic British branch of the PACCAR group – has won a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2020. The Queen’s Award was in recognition of the operation increasing exports by almost 50% over the last three years. Leyland Trucks builds DAF XF, CF and LF models for the UK, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and (excluding the LF) New Zealand. Its Preston, Lancashire, factory last year delivered almost 20,000 trucks, while also enhancing its vehicle quality and manufacturing efficiency. The operation generates the equivalent of $NZ2billion in annual revenue in the UK, where DAFs have enjoyed 25 years o..
NZ Truck & Driver News - June 2020

Truckies with a love of Formula One are being offered the opportunity to buy a Volvo tractor unit and get involved with an F1 team. Well…kind of. Twenty-four Volvo FH 4x2s previously run by the McLaren Racing F1 team (which, of course, has a huge Kiwi history, having been founded by our own Bruce McLaren) are up for sale in the United Kingdom. The 2018 model Globetrotter XL left-hand-drive tractor units were used in 2018 and 2019 to transport the team’s racing cars and equipment to the European rounds of the championship. The metallic silver trucks, which were part of a major sponsorship deal with Volvo Trucks, were built to “a flagship specification” and..
NZ Truck & Driver News - June 2020

A Chinese startup aiming to create a nationwide freight network of self-driving trucks, says it has achieved two milestones – raising $US100million backing and carrying out successful semi-autonomous trials. Inceptio Technology tested its autonomous driving operations in association with Dongfeng Trucks – its systems monitoring the surrounding environment and making “some decisions”… but with a human driver “still required.” It terms the trials “a key milestone” and “a solid step” towards volume production of Level 3 (semi-autonomous) trucks, which it intends to start manufacturing by the end of 2021. It has an en..
NZ Truck & Driver News - June 2020

Extensive digital technologies that stop short of driverless operation are being introduced by Russian coalmining giant SUEK – including a 360-degree camera system for dumptrucks. The full-surround-view cameras installed on its 130-tonne dumptrucks are the latest innovation SUEK is introducing to improve safety and efficiency at its Primorye mining operations. The company’s suite of digital systems includes video monitoring by shift supervisers of mining areas, production unit managers and company directors, to control the operation of machinery. Automated video and weight control systems manage remote loading of railway wagons. All dumptrucks at one of its sites hav..
NZ Truck & Driver News - June 2020

Just a month after United States President Donald Trump honoured a handful of truckers at the White House, there was another Trump/truckers interaction in Washington. And for the second time, there was a degree of confusion about what it was all about – Trump putting his own spin on both. On the first occasion, the mystery involved what (if any) significance the keys he presented to four drivers carried. They were simply referred to as “ceremonial keys.” Still, the sentiment expressed was welcome, the President saying he’d called the truckers to the White House because he wanted to celebrate “some of the heroes of our nation’s great struggle aga..
NZ Truck & Driver News - June 2020

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