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The Government Is Looking To Merge 16 Polytechnics into One Entity

Recently Chris Hipkins – the Education Minister announced a wide range of proposals to strengthen vocational education. This move will mean that New Zealanders are better equipped to deal with the changing nature of work. High school leavers will have access to high-quality training opportunities, which in turn means that employers will have staff equipped all the skills they need.

Mr Hipkins stated *The world around us is changing rapidly and our education system needs to keep up. At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke. *

With a …

Hino New Zealand Has Begun Teasing The Local Market

Hino is, and has always been committed to changing the game. They are certainly leading the charge with their redesigned next generation 500 Series Standard Cab. This new release is set to be unleashed on the market on February 20 this year, and New Zealand has already begun testing on their latest offering.

Shigeru Nakada, Hino Motors chief engineer stated *The truck market has recently required not only loading capacity, roadability and durability, but also safety, driveability and comfort. In developing the new Hino we sought to produce a sophisticated new product that will outperform the current truck and its competitors. …

New Kenworth’s On Their Way

Some new Kenworth’s are on their way – just in time for the Brisbane truck show and, according to Ross Cureton Paccar’s Director of Product Planning, there could be some new models from Paccar also appearing.

The NatRoad Conference on Hamilton Island was held in December 2018 and while Ross didn’t go into too many details, we know that a bigger cabin for the T610 will be making an appearance. This could mean that the new truck designs will include the extension of the re-engineering that created the T610 have been applied to the smaller T4’s and larger T9’s. This process …

FUSO’s Built Ready Wide Cab Tipper Has Gained an Extra Tonne of Capacity

Great news for lovers of Fuso’s built ready wide cab canter tippers range as they now come with a massive extra one tonne of capacity. This is a big bonus and upgrade especially for those who rely on needing to or wanting to be able to carry that little extra load.

Thanks to a range of upgrades, Fuso engineers have been able to enlarge the Gross Vehicle Mass and increase it by 7.5 tonnes and the Gross Combination Mass has risen to an incredible 11 tonnes. Fuso recently confirmed that the upgraded wide cab canter tipper has also had an upgrade …

New Zealand’s Top Hino Technician – Heidi Inkster

The first ever Hino Trans-Tasman Technical Challenge was held recently at Hino Australia’s Training Centre in Sydney. The challenge in 2018 was part of Hino’s National Skills Contest Programme. Winner of the inaugural New Zealand Hino Skills Competition Heidi Inkster competed against Hino Australia’s winner Asa Pearson. Challenges saw them competing against the clock with just 30 minutes to find four faults on the new GH1A wide cab Hino. Each fault had its own time limit which, once lapsed was closed forcing both to move onto the next fault.

Asa and Heidi were so well matched that the competition ended in …

Hengst Filter Media News

When you are looking for Nissan UD spare parts, Volvo truck spare parts, or virtually any truck model’s parts, it’s worth knowing that the Hengst product portfolio contains over 2,500 part numbers. This includes over 180 different filter media and another 70 filter media combinations to produce those 2500-part numbers.

This guarantees that those looking for truck spare parts are able to buy a filter that offers maximum performance, and they are buying a good value part. Hengst has a different filter or filter media combination for every 10 filter part numbers. You cannot get a better variety of replacement …

New Zealand Scania truck technicians top regional final

In Kuala Lumpur last month some of New Zealand’s best Scania truck technicians placed first, equal at the Scania Top Team regional final. The team of winning technicians were from Cable Price’s Whangarei branch.

Competing against seven other teams from across the Asia-Pacific region, the 4-man team aptly named *All Torque, All Noise* won the Scania Top Team Title. In December the All Torque, All Noise team will travel to Sweden to represent Scania New Zealand and Cable Price at the global finals.

The team – All Toque, All Noise is comprised of Craig Lucas, Danial Halton, Braden Olsen and Scott Cann. …

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 …

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