Giti Tyres Big Test

 
Giti Tyres Big Test
 March 2021     Mercedes-Benz Actros 5 L FHS 2663 GigaSpace 6x4   Story Dave McLeod Photos Gerald Shacklock

Giti Tyres Big Test - Predictably Clever

Let’s face it: Whether it’s life, the stockmarket….hell, even the weather, predicting the future is about as easy to do as nailing the Lotto numbers.

But these days more and more truckmakers are prepared to give it a go – trying their hand at an electronic, digital (and helpful) version of looking into a crystal ball.

And yes, even in New Zealand, truckies are getting the benefit of this future-seeing, seemingly mystical and magical thing.

Truckies like Allan Timms, who we...

Giti Tyres Big Test
 February 2021     UD TRUCKS QUON CG32-460 8x4   Story Dave McLeod Photos Gerald Shacklock

Giti Tyres Big Test -Missin Nissan returns

When UD Trucks (aka Nissan) dropped an 8x4 option from its New Zealand model lineup, it gave lots of customers no choice but to go elsewhere.

That, even in a small market like ours (or maybe moreso, because every sale counts), can be a persuasive way of influencing head office.

And so it’s apparently been with the missing UD/Nissan twin-steer, as Kiwi UD brand manager John Gerbich freely concedes: When the decision was made to exit the 470-horsepower/350 kilowatts 8x4 from the...

Giti Tyres Big Test
 December 2020     KENWORTH T909 36-inch mid-roof sleeper 6x4   Story Dave McLeod Photos Gerald Shacklock

Giti Tyres Big Test - A test of two halves

This Giti Big Test is like one of those footy matches that live up to the good old cliché – that it’s a game of two halves.

Which is fair enough, because that’s exactly the sort of life that our test truck leads.

New Zealand’s first Kenworth T909 with a 36-inch mid-roof sleeper cab is a Taumarunui-based heavy-haulage tractor unit – devoted to shifting heavy machinery (mostly forestry loaders, haulers and the like) around the King...



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