PACCAR Australia's two industry-leading brands - the Australian designed and manufactured Kenworth and premium European DAF trucks - promise to be the major highlights of the 2012 International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show to be held on March 15-17 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Fifteen best-selling Kenworth and DAF prime movers and rigids will be displayed at one of ITTES' largest exhibits - PACCAR World - which will occupy the Town Square Hoecker. PACCAR Parts and PACCAR Financial will also be there to promote their specialist support services.
The centrepiece of PACCAR World and the truck model tipped to steal the show will be DAF's new flagship, the exceptional XF105. This award-winning truck has already become one of the most popular trucks across Europe. And, after extensive testing in Australia, it has proven itself as a sturdy workhorse capable of handling a variety of long-distance applications. In addition to displaying two XF105s, DAF will have on show three other trucks from their medium- and heavy-duty model range.
PACCAR World will also showcase new developments from Kenworth. Its latest, top-selling model, the K200, will sport a new ergonomically designed interior. Kenworth will also exhibit a variety of popular bonneted and cab-over prime movers, including models fitted with Cummins' efficient ISMe5 and ISLe5 engines.
PACCAR Australia's director, Sales and Marketing, Andrew Hadjikakou, says ITTES is the largest transport event in the southern hemisphere and an ideal forum to showcase the Kenworth and DAF ranges and its other products and services.
"ITTES enables us to connect with a wide industry audience; everyone from drivers and operators to government representatives and other road transport stakeholders. At PACCAR World, we will display cutting-edge innovations that are engineered into every model we build. Our latest technologies raise the bar on our high safety, productivity and environmental standards," he said.
"We will be presenting iconic Kenworth and DAF models in a wide variety of configurations and specifications. We want to show the industry that PACCAR offers the total package - a complete range of quality, safe and efficient road transport solutions, which draw on the best local and international expertise and can be customised for Australian conditions and individual requirements. Plus all our products are backed by the largest and most professional nationwide service, parts and support network.
"At PACCAR World, we will have professionals from every aspect of our business, including engineering, production and sales as well as representatives from dealers across Australia, New Zealand and PNG. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to understand how PACCAR can improve drivers' working lives and operators' bottom line."
But the unveling of the flagship XF105 will be the showstopper. This state-of-the-art vehicle promises to be a real crowd pleaser - upon its release in Europe it won the industry's most prestigious award, the International Truck of the Year, and it quickly established itself as DAF's most popular model. The XF105 has also played a significant role in making DAF the market leader of prime movers (heavy segment - above 15 tonnes) in Europe for the past two years, and one of the top truck suppliers across the range.
DAF Trucks Australia's general manager, Stephen Downes, says DAF has a longstanding reputation for building quality trucks that deliver excellent drivability, reliability and durability as well as a high degree of comfort, safety and efficiency. He says the XF105 is the epitome of all these qualities; in fact, it takes them to a new level.
"The XF105 is exceptional, a true driver's truck," Stephen said. "It delivers a powerful, economical truck with a spacious, well-appointed cab. It's highly manoeuvrable in the city and a pleasure to drive, even on long hauls and in harsh conditions."
The exceptional XF105 has been generating a great deal of interest ahead of the Australian launch. It is well suited for various demanding applications, such as tanker operations, and interstate distribution.
Kenworth Trucks Australia and DAF Trucks Australia are divisions of PACCAR Australia, a subsidiary of PACCAR Inc, a Six Sigma company. PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.
"ITTES enables us to connect with a wide industry audience: everyone from drivers and operators to government representatives and other road transport stakeholders."
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