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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 18th 2010
18--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 18, 2010 VOLVO FH16 Truckload of potent pulling power IN PASSING Caption1 Volvo's FH16 gets an engine boost without sacrificing the environment, writes JAMES STANFORD TOP UP: The Volvo FH16 will make easy work of even the heaviest of loads. GRUNT: The FH16's 515kW engine easily breezes past emissions regulations. AUSTRALIA'S most powerful truck is now even more potent. Volvo Trucks Australia has announced the FH16 will now be available with a 515kW (700hp) output, moving up from the already very powerful 485kW (660hp) peak of the existing engine. But Volvo does not make many of its trucks cleaner to get the ADR 83/03 certification as we approach the new exhaust standards of January 1. The Swedish brand introduced Euro 5 standard engines, which easily pass Australia's new emission regulations, for most of its trucks in 2009. It went further by offering even cleaner D7, D11 and D17 engines with optional Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle (EEFV) ratings. The FH16 has now been upgraded to Euro 5 specification, which it achieves despite the increase in horsepower. The range-topping 515kW version generates an impressive 3150Nm of torque. There is also a 441kW version of the FH16 for those who don't require quite so much power. It has a perfectly respectable 2800Nm of torque, which Volvo says is ideal for interstate B-double work. The FH16 has the new, more efficient, D Version I-Shift gearbox -- a 12-speed two-pedal automated transmission. But Australia's most powerful truck is out-gunned in Europe by the new Scania R730, which generates 537kW (730hp). Scania Australia has yet to decide whether it will import the truck. Even if it does, it will be some time away as extensive testing will be undertaken before a decision is made. Volvo Trucks Australia general manager Gary Bone says the FH16 is intended for the heaviest and most demanding operations. ''It is also a highly prestigious truck for the customer who is looking for something truly out of the ordinary,'' he says. Like most European brands, Volvo opts for Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) for getting rid of the nasties in exhaust emissions instead of the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) particulate-trap method favoured by most US firms. The SCR system feeds urea- based AdBlue liquid into the catalyst to trigger the chemical reaction that is at the centre of the treatment technique. Volvo says this is the best treatment system because it allows the engine to run cooler, more efficiently, can produce more power and torque and go longer between service intervals. The downside is that truck operators have to worry about topping up the AdBlue tank. Volvo has responded to range concerns by fitting larger AdBlue tanks across the range. These allow the trucks to run up to 8000km between refills. Volvo has made some minor changes to the FH540 model, including a raised muffler. This allows for a larger fuel tank, which enables it to run up to 3000km before refuelling. The FM model has also been given a facelift, getting a more modern exterior design, more powerful headlights and larger diesel and AdBlue tanks. The engines are unchanged. The D13 model is available in 338kW (460hp) and 373kW (500hp), and the D11 with engine outputs running through from 257kW (350hp) to 324kW (440hp). It now comes standard with electronic-braking system, disc brakes and a driver's airbag. There is also a range of optional safety gear available, including the new adaptive cruise control. This system uses a front- mounted radar to measure the distance between the truck and the car in front, and controls the engine, brakes and transmission to maintain a constant time difference. Volvo has made no changes to its fully imported medium-duty FE and FL trucks. Gas fuels Swedish research V OLVO Australia is concentrating on clean diesel for local trucks, but its global parent company is investing a lot in researching gas-powered engines. The Swedish giant says various types of gas are forming as the alternatives to diesel as truck-makers attempt to further reduce emissions. It says one of the most promising solutions is an engine that runs on a mix of diesel and bio-methane, which is being made available in a select group of countries. ''The aim is that we should run on 80 per cent green biogas and 20 per cent green biodiesel as the combustion agent,'' Volvo Trucks environmental director Lars Martensson says. ''This will make carbon- dioxide emissions 80 per cent lower than with conventional diesel power,'' he says. Natural gas is is also being viewed as a future fuel. Bugger, Toyota's unbreakable HiLux breaks AUSTRALIA'S favourite off-road workhorse, the Toyota HiLux, has been hobbled by a recall. More than 100,000 utes are involved in the first major recall involving Toyota Australia since the world's largest carmaker was first hit by global safety and quality problems last year. Toyota managed to dodge the accelerator dramas which led to the recall of more than eight million vehicles globally but it has been forced to a local recall after 16 owners reported a significant HiLux fault in Australia. It involves the tailshaft support bracket in the four- wheel drive version of the HiLux, which can fail and potentially lead to the tailshaft hitting the road. Toyota says there have been no reports of crashes. In all, 116,000 HiLux four-wheel drives, built in Thailand from January 2005 to February 2010, are involved in the recall. It comes as Ford Australia recalls the PJ and PJ-model Ranger to have the bonnet striker replaced and also to fix the shift cable bracket on the PJ Ranger. Toyota's troubles in the US continued this week with a recall for the Matrix and Corolla over a computer problem which can potentially affect the engine. The cars are not sold in Australia. Toyota Australia spokesperson Laura Hill said the effected vehicles had come from country New South Wales. ''People who frequently cross very severe road conditions, mining companies have these conditions as well, but we believe there will only be a small number of vehicles that will need the new cross member, the bulk of the vehicles recalled will be fitted with the new brackets,'' she said. All vehicles will be inspected at Toyota dealerships with two courses of action. If no damage is found the company said it will install a reinforcing brackets --- a three-hour job --- or if damage to the cross-member is found, the rear tray would have to be removed for a new modified cross member, which could take as long as two days. The issue is apparently most likely to occur in rural areas if the vehicle is frequently accelerated or decelerated quickly under extreme conditions on rough roads. Trucks, Commercial Vehicles DYNA TRUCK 71 Reco 173, 12' x 7' tray, no rego, needs brakes, $450. Suit farm or parts Ph 6266 0302 0 ISUZU FVR 900 Turbo diesel, 7 sp, beaver tail with hyd ramps. $25,000 ono OneCallTrucks.com.au PH 0418 143 442 0 MACK PREMIUM 370 6x2, 16 sp, air bag, 2007, 190,000 klms. $$$ OFFERS. OneCallTrucks.com.au Enquiries 0418 143 442 0 Nissan 83 cab star 6.7gvm, farm/wreck, Top mech, unreg, $1,000. 0418 310 567 0 MITSUBISHI FM10 2005 turbo tipper, towbar, UHF, good tyres, 120,000 kms, reg Nov 2010, exc cond $80,000. 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