Innovation showcased as Brisbane Truck Show Awards winners announced

“One thing is very clear; innovation is alive and well in the heavy vehicle industry,” HVIA Chief Executive Brett Wright said last night following the presentation of the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show Awards.

The prestigious new show awards were presented last night at an event attended by a who’s who of heavy vehicle industry leaders.

For the last few weeks a panel of judges, comprising some of the trucking industry’s most respected journalists, across six publishers, has been deliberating over entries, representing over one hundred nominations across all categories.

“The nomination and judging process subjected all entries to a set of rigorous criteria, including technical innovation and safety features, right down to service support and value for money,” Mr Wright said.

“We saw locally designed, engineered and manufactured products held up against the very best multi-nationals,” Mr Wright said. “The process has given every exhibitor, large and small the opportunity to hold their products up alongside the very best the heavy vehicle industry has to offer,” Mr Wright added.

“Our congratulations to all winners and equally to all nominees whose submissions were, without exception, very worthy contenders.”

The Best Heavy Duty Truck Award finalists included Iveco’s Stralis AS-L Series II and the new Kenworth T610 & T610SAR, however they were pipped by the new Mercedes-Benz Actros.

Some judges were quoted as saying the new Actros is the most significant heavy truck development in the Australian transport industry in the past decade.

“Mercedes‑Benz’s next‑gen Actros is a major stride forward for the brand,” one judge said.  “Unrivalled fuel economy and driver appeal is supporting the Actros in all transport applications.”

With the exciting story of the development of the recently released Kenworth T610, it was also short odds favourite for other awards including Best Australian designed and engineered product and the Best Australian manufactured innovation.

Not surprisingly the Kenworth scored exceptionally well, however was held off from taking out both awards by MaxiTRANS, for the Freighter T-Liner Mark II curtain system.

“MaxiTRANS keeps pushing the boundaries of innovation across its range,” the judges said. “This is exceptional R & D and is practical for the supply chain.”

MaxiTRANS trophy cabinet will be bursting at the seams having also won the Best Trailer Award for the Freighter T-Liner Mark II with load restraint gates; and the Best Component, Equipment or Service Innovation Award for Freighter Hanging Load Restraint Gates.

“Freighter’s T‑Liner Mk II makes traditional tautliners look antiquated in comparison,” one judges wrote. “Another great innovation by MaxiTRANS.”

Hino’s all new 500 Series Wide Cab took the honours in the Best Light or Medium Duty Truck category from Iveco Trucks Eurocargo Euro 6 range and Daily Van and Cab Chassis range.

One judge declared the Hino “a comprehensive update that brings impressive safety features to the medium‑duty market, along with greater comfort and impressive workhorse credentials.”

Cummins’ and Eaton’s sophisticated engine and transmission combination, X-15 with ADEPT technology, took out the Best Technology Innovation Award.

The Best Vehicle Body Innovation Award was closely fought between Tosca Industries’ Transformer Truck Bodies, Ekebol with their TFSL Low Angle Tilt Tray Bodies and the award winner Truck Corp for their Multi positional hanging truck body dividing doors.