We pride ourselves on bringing you the latest Kenworth News and the latest DAF Trucks News.
And 2018 has been another big year for the PACCAR Australia brands.
The two brands are on track for more than 3000 Australian sales in the year, Kenworth again being the number on heavy truck brand in our market.
The year kicked off with news that a New Zealand Kenworth dealership was best judged to be the best Kenworth dealership in the Australasia region in 2017.
Southpac Trucks operates in Hamilton, Rotorua and Christchurch and was named the winner of the keenly fought ‘Kenworth Dealer of the Year’ award.
PACCAR Australia Director of Sales and Marketing, Brad May, told us the Kiwi operation deserved the gong.
“Southpac Trucks is an example of how, when a team works together to deliver superior value for its customers, it can achieve great results.”
But for DAF Trucks the Dealer of the Year award went to an Aussie operation – Kenworth DAF Melbourne.
It was the third time the operation had been victorious in the award with the dealership being again recognized for delivering outstanding sales, service and support.
Awards season continued in March with Kenworth DAF Shepparton being named PACCAR Parts Dealer of the Year.
In March it was announced that the Kenworth T610 would gain a new cab option.
The big-selling truck added the new 760mm mid roof sleeper cab to the existing day and 860mm sleeper cab versions.
In announcing the third cab option for the model, Brad May, PACCAR’s Sales and Marketing chief said the 760mm mid roof cab would be ideal for a number of applications, particularly 19m tippers, tankers, and B-doubles.
PacLease also confirmed an expanded presence in March with the truck leasing operation adding new operations in Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs, Hobart and Launceston to its Australian network.
PACCAR Parts also announced an expansion in March with the opening of a brand new parts distribution operation in South-East Queensland.
The new 6,000 square metre facility promising to help PACCAR Parts reduce parts distribution times by days, a situation that was said to be good news for Kenworth and DAF Trucks owners.
In April it was announced that there would be a big celebration for the 90th anniversary of the DAF Trucks brand in the UK.
The event, held in July, featured a large number of classic trucks built by the brand since it was established by Hubert van Doorne in 1928.
From a look back at the past to a peek into the future for DAF Trucks in May with PACCAR confirming the European brand would soon hand over electric-powered trucks for customer evaluations.
The DAF CF Electric Trucks promise a better than 100 kilometre range and outputs of 280hp and 2000Nm of torque.
PACCAR Australia’s local truck manufacturing operation was commended by the Victorian Government in June.
The government announced PACCAR would be added to the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Award, in particular for its track record in training and boosting the skills of its workforce.
Our attention turned to the U.S. in June with confirmation PACCAR had picked up a significant truck supply contract from parcel giants, UPS.
What made this contract stand out though was the fact the new Kenworth trucks to be delivered would all be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).
The North American operation also confirmed the Kenworth T680 would pick up a new driver aid with the addition of Predictive Cruise Control (PCC) to the big-selling model.
Boosted by record sales, PACCAR headquarters reported healthy financial figures in July.
The business reported revenues of nearly $8 billion AUD in the second quarter of the year and a 50% jump in net income.
In August there was a ceremony held at PACCAR Australia’s HQ to mark the production of the first locally-built DAF truck.
Cahill Transport had the honour of taking delivery of the first DAF Trucks vehicle to be manufactured by Aussie workers.
PACCAR Australia boss, Andrew Hadjikakou, saying it was a proud moment for the business.
There was more good news for PACCAR Australia in August with confirmation of another accolade – a gong from the Victorian Training Awards.
The local truck manufacturer was named 2018 Employer of the Year for the third time.
Victoria’s Minister for Industry and Employment, Ben Carroll, saying PACCAR was one of the state’s great manufacturing success stories.
A clean energy project that Kenworth Trucks is heavily involved in got a big boost in September with confirmation the project would benefit from almost $60 million AUD in funding.
The California Air Resources Board (or CARB) announced it would be backing the project that involves the use of a hydrogen-powered Kenworth truck on the ports of Los Angeles.
The U.S. was also the focus for us in October with coverage of an upgrade coming into Kenworth T680, 880 and W990 models in North America.
The upgrade included new wiring, diagnostics and control unit systems.
December started with confirmation of a third major employer award for PACCAR Australia.
The local operation was named Large Employer of the Year at the Australian Training Awards.
The accolade once again coming for PACCARs long-standing to commitment to boosting the skills and knowledge of its local workforce.
And our final Kenworth or DAF Trucks news story of 2018 once again centred on the T610.
It was confirmed by PACCAR Australia in December that the offering would pick up a fourth cab option in 2019 – a 600mm aero roof sleeper cab.
The new cab joins the existing day-cab, 760mm mid-roof and 860mm sleeper cab options.