Europe

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DAF CF Electric tames Europe’s most challenging mountain pass

A DAF CF Electric with a 26-tonne GCW has become the first fully electric truck to tame Austria’s highest mountain pass — the 48-kilometre Grossglockner High Alpine Road with 36 hairpin bends and 12% inclines.  The accomplishment proves that zero-emission driving is also perfectly possible in mountainous areas. The CF Electric has been on the market since 2018 and is available as a 4×2 tractor unit and a 6×2 rigid.  The fully electric vehicle – the third generation of which is now on the road – is already in use in amongst others the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, the UK and Hungary for various applications including supermarket distribution, refuse collection and container transport. With smart planning and intermediate charging, customers can drive up to 500 km ...[Read More]

Modplan buys 7 ‘pane-free’ Mercedes Atego trucks

It was the ‘bombproof’ build quality and customer-focused aftersales that led Newport-based Modplan back to its local dealer for the latest 7.5-tonne additions to its all-Mercedes fleet. The supplier of high-performance PVCu windows, doors and conservatories returned to Euro Commercials for seven more trucks from the Atego light- and medium-duty distribution range. Three of the trucks have replaced vehicles from the previous Atego model generation that provided highly reliable and cost-effective service for 10 years.  The remaining four represent extensions to the fleet and will support Modplan’s continued growth. ‘We needed more trucks to meet the increased demand’ Gareth Gough, the company’s logistics manager, said: “We needed more trucks to...[Read More]

Nobilia hails their ‘magnificent seven’ Mercedes Actros rigids

The seven Actros rigids are based at the 55,000 sq ft UK head office and distribution centre that Nobilia GB opened in 2018 in Rochdale. Supplied by Ciceley Commercials, they are the subject of a Mercedes-Benz Finance contract hire agreement under which routine inspections and maintenance are carried out at the dealer’s Bolton workshop. Nobilia, which also has an extensive showroom in Surrey Quays, East London, is committed to providing a comprehensive and seamless kitchen service to housebuilders, developers and other contract clients nationwide. Serving the UK’s contract kitchen sector for nearly 25 years Nobilia has been serving the UK’s contract kitchen sector for nearly 25 years and boasts a ‘blue chip’ client portfolio that includes the likes of Taylor W...[Read More]

Samworth Brothers take delivery of MAN TGX trucks

Leicestershire-based Samworth Brothers Supply Chain has taken delivery of their first batch of New Generation MAN TGX trucks. The tasty duo enters the fleet following the success of a demonstrator vehicle which impressed Samworth Brothers with its competitive fuel efficiency, impressive uptime record and the high amount of positive driver feedback. The latest additions to enter the temperature-controlled distribution specialist’s fleet are new generation TGX 26.470 6×2 tractors, featuring the popular GM cabs.  They have been supplied by MAN’s direct sales function, PDI, and preparation was carried out by MAN Truck & Bus Nuneaton. ‘Number of older generation MAN Trucks on the fleet’ Paul Marrow, the operations director at Samworth Brothers, said: “...[Read More]

Abbey Logistics tanker fleet is boosted with New Generation DAF XFs

Bulk powder and liquid specialist, Abbey Logistics, has taken delivery of seven New Generation DAF XF 450 FTP tractor units, as part of its ongoing fleet replenishment programme.  The new trucks continue the long-standing relationship between DAF Trucks and Abbey Logistics. Also joining the fleet are four previous generation DAF XFs. Abbey Logistics is the UK’s largest transport provider of bulk liquid and bulk powder food, and their new trucks will serve some of the UK’s and Europe’s key food producers.  They join an existing fleet of around 350 tractor units and nearly 700 purpose-designed tankers. ‘A successful fleet truck’ Dave Patten, the managing director at Abbey Logistics, said: “A successful fleet truck is one that our drivers will tak...[Read More]

MB Wilkes opts for Renault Trucks for fleet head turner

In response to buoyant demand for its services, Dorset’s leading supplier of aggregates and building materials, M B Wilkes Ltd, has taken delivery of its first ever Renault truck, a C430 8×4 off-road tipper. Supplied by Sparks Commercial Services, Poole, the new Renault Trucks C with day cab has been selected as the company’s flagship vehicle joining M B Wilkes’ busy 16-strong tipper fleet working on muck away and aggregate deliveries across Dorset and the local areas. The commercial manager at M B Wilkes, Dave Fletcher, said: “Over the past 12 years we’ve been expanding the business, building up the fleet and increasing from eight staff to 43.  “We’ve been using a competitor’s vehicle for many years, but we liked the look of the C4...[Read More]

Volvo Trucks unveils features to support safe driving

Volvo Trucks is introducing a range of new features that improve safety and driveability, supporting precision handling in tight areas and on bumpy or slippery roads – for example on construction sites. Par Bergstrand, the heavy-duty transmission manager at Volvo Trucks, said: “Thanks to several smart updates of the I-Shift gearbox, we have managed to make a range of new functions available that improve driveability, safety and comfort. “Each is designed to give the driver greater control and ease of operation when manoeuvring.”  Terrain Brake is a unique solution Terrain Brake is a unique solution for driving at low speeds over rough and uneven ground, making it easier and safer to manoeuvre a truck.  If the driver brakes with a wheel positioned on the edge of ...[Read More]

2021 FIA European Truck Racing Championship Le Mans Preview

The 2021 FIA European Truck Racing Championship heads to France for round 4 of this season’s Championship this coming weekend 25th-26th September 2021.

2021 FIA European Truck Racing Championship Zolder Preview

The 2021 FIA European Truck Racing Championship heads to Circuit Zolder for round 3 of this season’s Championship this coming weekend 11th -12th September 2021.

2021 FIA European Truck Racing Championship MOST Preview

The 2021 FIA European Truck Racing Championship makes its way to the Czech Republic and the Most Circuit this coming weekend 27th -29th August 2021.

2021 FIA European Truck Racing Championship NURBURGRING Preview

The 2021 FIA European Truck Racing Championship holds two rounds of the Championship this coming weekend at the Nurburgring 16th -18th July 2021.

UK hauliers mulling a move to EU to beat driver shortage

A survey has revealed that 56% of the UK's hauliers are looking at moving to the EU to combat driver shortages and admin issues.