As good as trucking can get

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.

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New Mack Anthem on song

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.

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cunninghams gap

DAF getting up to date

The truck model which the Australian truck market examines most thoroughly is the B-double prime mover. Big Rigs drove the DAF contender in this fiercely fought market segment over a test route taking in the busy routes around Brisbane and the very demanding ascent of Cunningham’s Gap, where torque is tested to its limit.

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Isuzu-D--all-in-the-detail

Isuzu – it’s all in the detail

Well the chassis is the same, and the driveline formula – 3-litre turbo diesel and manual or auto transmission – is basically the same, but the detail is far more impressive than much of the competition, at the moment. Big Rigs takes the new D-Max for a spin.

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Hino-700-FS-test-drive

Hino’s bit of extra power

Truck testing can be fun if the truck is a 6×4 truck with a GVM of 28.3 tonnes and a power output of 480hp. The general consensus would tell us that this is a bit too much power when running around at 26 tonnes, but it means it has a GCM rating right up there at 72 tonnes. You never know when you might need that extra power.

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Mitsubishi-Express test drive

‘Express’ing itself down under

It’s taken nearly a decade, but Mitsubishi is back in the game, this time with a French solution. It’s the first fruits of the Renault/Mitsubishi alliance that have fallen from the tree and it’s arriving in Aussie dealerships.

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