There's an updated and improved version of the Isuzu N-Series light-duty truck arriving in dealerships now.
Some of the big changes include additional models of the big-selling offering Independent Front Suspension and Rack and Pinion Steering.
Isuzu saying this gives the N-Series a more "car-like" feel and makes the truck an even more attractive proposition for tradies and other users who might be coming out of a ute or a van.
There's also an updated version of the Isuzu Automated Manual (AMT) in the offering, again, changes that are likely to entice potential first-time truck buyers.
We caught up with Isuzu Australia Limited’s Chief Engineer, Product Strategy, Simon Humphries at the Australian launch of the updated N-Series to talk about these changes.
This week on the Heavy Vehicles Truck/Bus News Wrap we cover:
Ford F-Max truck launched at IAA
Hino sets sights on future bus offerings
3.2 million truck sales projected for 2018
Iveco ACCO goes electric!
Lightning Systems launch new electric Ford bus
Iveco CREALIS bus takes green vehicle award
A chat with Hino GM of Brand and Franchise Development, Bill Gillespie.
There’s a lot going on at Hino Australia in 2018 and we thought it would be a great time to take a closer look at the big-selling brand.
The Japanese brand has enjoyed a hefty 20.3% lift in sales across the first eight months of the year and consistently takes the silver medal position in the monthly sales race.
In recent times we’ve seen new offerings like the Poncho Bus come to market, the 300 Series 4x4 and the new-generation 500 Series Wide Cab.
On the horizon for Hino is the new 500 Series Standard Cab and a few possible new additions to the range, including a return to the brand’s Aussie roots with a larger focus on Hino Buses and even, potentially, a bonneted Hino truck.
Check out our chat with Bill Gillespie, Hino Australia GM of Brand and Franchise Development for details…
They might not be trucks, but Monster Jam is coming to town and a lot of our readers are fans.
We got offered a chat with one of the mechanics that help make Monster Jam happen - retired Monster Jam driver, Dan Evans.
These really are incredible machines that perform tricks and stunts that just shouldn't be possible.
The Monster Jam circus rolling back into Australia soon and we'll have details soon on some free passes for you.
But first, let's find out more about Monster Jam trucks from Dan...