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New Zealand Penske Commercial Vehicles dealers in top five of best MAN workshops in Asia-Pacific

MAN’s Global Service Quality Awards for 2016/2107 saw Heavy Trucks Christchurch, Penske Commercial Vehicles Auckland and Penske Commercial Vehicles Mount Maunganui winning awards for the Asia-Pacific region, taking out first, third and fifth respectively.

This global contest seeks to find the very best workshops in their MAN service network, with all those participating in the competition able to demonstrate their customer service skills and technical expertise across different *rounds*.

Four members make up one team, with teams, then enrolled in the competition, teams come from the different service departments including warehouse, reception, customer service, aftersales, invoicing, warranty, service contracts, workshops, diagnostic, electrics …

Wabco News

Recently, Wabco has been releasing a lot of new and exciting news. As there is a growing number of vehicles equipped with Automated Manual Transmissions, Wabco is expanding its portfolio of repair kits and available Mercedes spare parts to meet the needs of the high-quality aftermarket Mercedes truck spare parts market. With two new repair kits for the 2-position cylinder, Wabco has closed the gap in the repair options for the Mercedes AMT 3rd generation. The kits have been available since August this year and include the 2 Mechanical kit and the 2 Sealing kit.

For Wabco customers this means …

Volkswagen is closer to becoming a global-truck-player

Volkswagen is looking to make tracks in the trucking world. To be labelled as a trucking powerhouse, a brand needs a valid presence in Japan, Europe, and the US. At the moment, Volkswagen has renamed its trucking wing Traton. Under this umbrella, Volkswagen has a large, gradually increasing stake in Navistar, giving it access to US markets.
Europe and Japan
Other global Traton trucks include MAN and Scania. In South America, Volkswagen operates under the banner of VW Trucks. Scania and MAN cover Europe, while Navistar is doing well in North America, but Japan remains unconquered. Volkswagen tested the waters …

MAN Enters the New Zealand 8×4 market

The first MAN TGX 35.640 rigid has been delivered to Spencer Logistics in Wellington. This marks Penske New Zealand’s entry into the 600-plus horsepower 8×4 market.
Spencer Logistics, already a MAN customer needed an 8×4 configuration to minimise their road user charges that existed under New Zealand’s unique road taxation system. They were also looking for a unit with a much higher horsepower output so that they could run under higher productivity conditions.
Working closely with MAN, Penske New Zealand along with local transport engineers are now able to offer customers the capabilities of an 8×4 …

Isuzu New Zealand Launching a new light-duty range

“In Q4 of 2018, Isuzu trucks will be releasing an upgrade for its extremely popular light-duty truck range – the N-Series. The current N-Series range of light trucks by Isuzu is the perfect truck for *everybody*. The N-Series itself is smart and versatile, with a variety of efficient and powerful engines available as a 4×4, crew-cab or ready-to-go-tipper models, all this and a well-equipped and comfortable cab. So high-quality aftermarket truck parts will continue to be in high demand for Isuzu trucks.
If you are looking for a new truck, the N-series is an intelligent …

BMW M54 Oil Filter Comparison – Part 1

Recently a comparison test was performed on three different OEM filters suitable for use in the BMW M54 Engine.

OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer is defined as any company that has made an Original Equipment truck part, or, the company that has manufactured your truck. This is a relatively broad description, and OEM doesn’t always necessarily mean that it is something *good*.

For this test all the filters are high quality, all are made in Western Europe – although the Mann filters are now made in Mexico – and they are all made by the main three companies that produce filters …

Mitsubishi Vs Hino Trucks

Let’s take a look at the Mitsubishi Fuso Vs the Hino Ranger; these are two heavy flatbed trucks.

Based in Japan, Hino motors have produced the Hino Ranger, and it is the only truck in Japan offering an automatic transmission. The intelligent Hino offers a fuel saving torque converter allowing the driver to adopt the driving style of an automatic transmission. The Hino company itself dates back to 1910, with the model TGE *A-type* truck the first motor vehicle produced by them in 1917.

The Mitsubishi Fuso Truck was first released in 1984 and was the successor to the FK series, …

Volvo Trucks strengthens its electromobility offer

If you’ve been following developments with Prius and Tesla, then you know electric cars are increasing in ability and popularity. What you might not know is electric trucks are in the mix too. In May 2018, Volvo released two new models of electric trucks – the Volvo FE and the Volvo FL. Volvo plans to launch wide-scale European sales in 2019, after testing them out in Sweden and Norway this year.

The two electric truck models were released within three weeks of each other, and while they utilise similar truck parts, their specs are slightly different. The FE has a range …

Can you really *afford* cheap?

Whether you are repairing your truck yourself or having the work carried out by a professional mechanic – if you want new truck parts to last longer than a year always buy or insist on professional grade truck spare parts as they cost far less in the long run.

Recently Hengst parts were involved in a *road test* where they compared their genuine parts against *cheap* truck parts. Bench tests can be unreliable as often those doing the testing are looking for a particular outcome. However, a field test performed in Asia pitted an original Hengst Filter against a German …

BMW M54 Oil Filter Comparison – Part 2

Oil filter comparison continued. In part 1 we began our comparison and looked at the Mann oil filter in depth, today we conclude. Please remember that European truck manufacturers use all these companies for their OE Filter production.
Mahle
The caps for this filter are made from plastic, just like the oil filter housing cap itself, while the gasket in the middle is rubber which presses nicely onto the oil filter housing and cap, and it seals well, with no seam inside. Unfortunately, the seam is on the outside – and it’s *not pretty*. It is slightly taller than the Mann …

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