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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 7th 2009
10— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Kenworth reaches milestone T HE40,000th truck built by Kenworth, a T608, was handed over to Melbourne-based bulk transport company Kalari Transport at a func- tion in front of staff at Kenworths Bayswater factory in Melbourne late in January. Kenworth’s connection to Australia dates back to 1962 when the first trucks were imported but took on a new dimension in 1971 when the company began producing trucks locally. It is now the largest producer of trucks in Australia, building about 3000 per year at its Bayswater factory. The production of its 40,000th truck under- lines Kenworths commitment to building trucks in Australia. The Bayswater plant is the only production Public Auctions Tuesday 10 February Vehicles are located inHobart&Launcestonwith on-line bidding available. Call 1800 001 278 for registration details and conditions. 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With high loads, long distances between refuelling stations and service points, speed limited running on rough roads trucks operat- ing in Australia are subjected to some of the harshest conditions in the world. Australia is a unique and challenging environment for the transport industry, said PACCAR Australia managing director Joe Rizzo when handing the keys of the distinc- tively painted prime mover to Bill Rothery, chairman andCEOof John Swire&Sons P/L, the parent company of Kalari Transport. ‘‘Trucks must deal with some of the harshest operating conditions in the world hauling loads that are two or three times heavier than overseas, on roads that aremuch more demanding of both truck and driver,’’ he said. ‘‘Our trucks are designed to satisfy these unique conditions, such as higher cooling with Graham Smith wheels PROUD:PACCARAustraliamanagingdirector Joe Rizzo. capacities to handle the heavier weights and hotter conditions, more robust construction to manage the roughest roads, and a design philosophy that recognises the importance of cost-effective maintenance and, above all, reliability. Kalari is regarded as one of Australia’s leading road transport companies and is a long-standing customer of Kenworth, having bought about 300 trucks since its inception in 1976. Today 90 per cent of Kalaris 270-strong fleet are Kenworths, including the cab-over K108, and conventional T401, T408 SAR, T604 and T908 models. Kalari’s most popular model is the T6 series like the T608 and it has about 100 in service. The 40,000th Kenworth has a GCM of 90,000 tonnes. It is powered by a Cummins Signature engine rated at 580hp and 1850ft/lb backed-up by an 18-speed Fuller manual transmission, Meritor rear axles and Kenworth air suspen- sion. Kalari’s new truck will be a regular sight on the East Coast on Melbourne-Brisbane, Sydney-Melbourne and Melbourne-Adelaide runs. Configured as a B-double pneumatic tanker, it will transport various materials, including powdered plastic, raw materials for the glass industry, such as feldspar, sands and lime- stone as well as fly ash for the concrete industry. It will run up to 10,000 km per week and before it’s finished in Kalari colours it will have accumulated more than 1,000,000 kilo- metres. MrRothery paid tribute to Kenworth trucks in accepting the keys to the new truck. ‘‘The T608 is extremely versatile, which is essential as we operate a diverse range of B-doubles and road trains,’’ he said. We can have a T608 handling tanker work in Victoria today and with subtle changes we can send it to Queensland tomorrow where it could be hauling a Road Train. That level of flexibility is invaluable and essential in our business. Rothery also paid tribute to the reliability and durability of Kenworth trucks, saying they had outperformed every other truck the company has tried. With its trucks clocking up as much as 10,000 km per week Rothery said reliability and durability were key considerations when the company decides which trucks it will buy. ‘‘Kenworth is the brand that can handle anything thrown at it, year in, year out,’’ he said. Even in these troubled economic times the head of the Swire group said it still paid to buy Kenworth trucks, even though they were more expensive. ‘‘The current economic climate hasn’t changed the reasons we buy Kenworth,’’ he said. ‘‘In fact, if anything, it has reinforced it. ‘‘In tough times you have get value for money. You need to ensure that whatever you’re purchasing is going to give you good service and its not going to cost money in repairs. Now more than ever, when we buy trucks, we are making a decision from a whole-of-life perspective. Kenworths deliver savings over the long haul. Our trucks are more reliable and cost- effective to operate, and when its time to sell they always get a higher resale price. 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