Reviews

21st December 2021 The no-frills, high-earning potential fleet tractor often gets overlooked – but Mercedes has plenty of choice in that sector. We took an Actros 2448 out for a couple of days to see what is (and isn’t) good about it, and why you should consider it…
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21st September 2021 As part of a recent range overhaul, the new Iveco X-WAY construction chassis models are now available for UK operators. Trucking takes a traditional eight-legger out for a spin to see if it offers much improvement its predecessor.
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24th August 2021 It might be showing its age next to newer competing vehicles, but Iveco’s Eurocargo still offers hard graft at a reasonable price. We take 7.5- and 18-tonne variants for a tour around Oxfordshire to see how they perform. Arguably, Iveco has had a rough time in the UK market, but its fortunes
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We test the new no-fat, fleet-spec MAN TGM 18-tonner to see if its tasty drivability is enough to win over drivers in the UK’s crowded mid-weight market. Since its initial launch in Bilbao in February 2020, literally weeks before the COVID pandemic through Europe and the UK into lockdown, MAN’s new TG range is now
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6th July 2021 The Swedish power race had been dormant for 10 years after Volvo’s FH16-750 usurped Scania’s R730, but now Scania has retaken the crown with its 770S. Trucking takes the UK’s first fleet example for a long drive…
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1st April 2021 Everyone likes a snow day. Here in Britain (and certainly down South, where we are), the times when we can go outside and muck about in the white stuff can be few and far between. And this season’s warmer winter months have even kept the ice to a minimum in most parts
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1st April 2021 DAF offers better traction, manoeuvrability and high payload for off-road operators with new double-drive XF480 FAW tridem. We put it to the test in the Forest of Dean… Despite offering some unarguable benefits for weight-conscious operators who demand manoeuvrability, tridems are yet to really catch hold in the UK market. We drove
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1st April 2021 Trucking scoops the first UK drive of MAN’s new-generation TGM – plus top-power TGX – for a spin around Exeter as part of the German manufacturer’s Great Britain Roadshow MAN launched its new TG range in Bilbao, Spain back in February 2020 – just before the coronavirus pandemic took hold in Europe and
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1st April 2021 Trucking heads to Bavaria to test drive some of MAN’s new range of trucks aimed at construction and timber applications, as well as a couple of competent road-going general haulage machines.  MAN’s new range was launched in February and is starting to make its presence felt in fleets – and is understandably
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1st April 2021 We take Volvo’s latest 32-tonne construction chassis up hill and down dale on a cross-country trek across North Dorset and Wiltshire Volvo’s launch of its new range of heavy trucks back in March last year got off to a shaky start because of COVID. Literally the day before we were due to
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1st April 2021 Pandemics don’t help truck launches, and for Iveco it has suffered with delays to getting its new S-WAY to the UK. But it’s here now, and Trucking took it for an extended two-day road test, complete with a sleepover It was July 2019 when we first drove the new Iveco S-WAY, but
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1st April 2021 7.5-tonners still have a role to play, even if fewer people can drive them on a car licence. The best-seller is DAF’s LF, and we took a high-powered LF210 out on the roads of Oxfordshire If you did a family tree of the DAF LF, you could probably argue its roots started
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30th March 2021 In March 2020, Volvo unveiled its new FM, FMX and revised FH models – but the official launch in Sweden was cancelled due to the pandemic. Then came lockdown. In the meantime, the first right-hand drive examples arrived in the UK, and in mid-July we finally got our hands on them. Trucking
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22nd March 2021 Iveco has upped its game with its latest tractor units, with operators offered a choice of diesel or gas engines alongside a wealth of other upgrades and improvements aimed to make S-WAY stand tall alongside its competition. Iveco was one of the first manufacturers to focus not just on the purchase price
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22nd March 2021 Scania’s heavy-duty XT range is aimed at operators who take their trucks off-road, or haul the heaviest loads. We take a P410 XT tipper for a fully loaded workout. Go along any motorway or dual-carriageway and you can’t fail to notice the number of New Generation Scanias out there, plying their trade.
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22nd March 2021 Licence legislation changes has seen demand for 7.5-tonners dwindle, but for those wanting a vehicle in this weight category there are two distinct choices – a small ‘big’ truck or a big ‘small’ van chassis. Trucking took out both options to assess the pros and cons. The humble 7.5-tonner has to some
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22nd March 2021 With the new D15 9-litre engine, the MAN TGS 35.400 is aimed at the off-road tipper market that demands a 20-tonne payload – and a sleeper cab.  The market for eight-wheel chassis is definitely broadening. Gone are the days when you could only have an 8×4; now, 8x2s are popular as they
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22nd March 2021 Despite having the brand-new S-WAY range to woo customers due imminently, Iveco is still plugging the last knockings of its Stralis models – and for good reasons. The S-WAY won’t be in the UK in right-hand drive form until April 2020 at the earliest, unless there is a change of heart. So,
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19th March 2021 Iveco is not the biggest player in the 8×4 construction market, but it has an impressive range of products and its new X-way might well be the best yet. We writers in the specialist road transport press don’t get to road test eight-wheelers all that often, and those we do get our
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19th March 2021 We put the rugged and robust construction Arocs trucks from Mercedes-Benz to the test off and on the highway. For many years, trucks for working off-road were just beefed-up versions of existing models. While that is still true to a degree, most manufacturers now offer bespoke ‘tough’ chassis ranges for those who
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19th March 2021 Mercedes-Benz has an impressive range of off-road trucks with Unimog and Zetros, and while the latter is (currently) unavailable in the UK as it’s Euro 5 only, the Unimog is the king of off-roaders. You might think there isn’t an awful lot of terrain in the UK to warrant the need for
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19th March 2021 When it launched Stralis NP (Natural Power) back in 2016, Iveco broke new ground by introducing a tractor unit capable of long-haul work that ran 100 per cent diesel-free. With a quoted range of 1500 km (932 miles) per fill of the 4×2’s enormous LNG (liquified natural gas) tanks, the truck offered
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