Daimler is displaying its advanced next-generation electric trucks alongside the most efficient, safest and comfortable diesel vehicles
The star of the Daimler Truck stand is the top-of-the-range Freightliner Cascadia 126 featuring a spacious 60-inch cab that turns the imposing machine into a home-away-from home.
All 126 models feature the big 16-litre six-cylinder DD16 Detroit engine that pumps out up to 600hp and 2,050lb-ft of torque.
It can be paired with a 12-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) that is so smart it can use GPS and topographic data to help the truck maximise its coasting and pick the perfect gear for the terrain. Of course, you can also select an old-school 18-speed Eaton manual.
Freightliner is also showcasing the shorter 116 Cascadia, which gets the job done with a strong 13-litre Detroit six-cylinder.
The Cascadia has quickly established itself as a fuel economy leader in the conventional class thanks to its strong but smart engine and transmission as well as its aerodynamic design. It also features Detroit Assurance safety features and class-leading connectivity.
The Cascadia’s road-focused design and optimum layout means its ride quality leads the class, while its premium seats, ergonomic layout and refinement mean drivers can still feel fresh after a long drive.
Stablemate Fuso is presenting the newest version of the Shogun 510 for the first time. The 510 tipper is built for hard work in the quarry and at the worksite thanks to its high-performance engine and 12-speed AMT.
The Shogun 510 is proving a huge hit as a truck and dog thanks to its muscular 510hp 13-litre engine. It is the only Japanese truck to smash through the 500hp barrier.
Fuso is also presenting a 510 prime mover at the show, which can easily pull a B-double on an intrastate run or haul some heavy plant equipment without breaking a sweat.
Part of the appeal of the 510 is the low operating cost thanks to excellent fuel economy and legendary reliability of the 13-litre engine that has proven itself in other Daimler Truck products.
The Shogun 510 also has the benefit of a warranty that covers the truck for five years or 500,000km.
The pioneering zero-emissions eCanter is also a feature on the Fuso stand, including the first public display of the next-generation model which delivers advances across the board including increased range, extra safety features, and an all-new interior and exterior design.
Daimler is also displaying the Mercedes-Benz eActros, which will soon commence a local validation program using four eActros trucks and one eEconic waste collection vehicle.
The focus of the eActros is for heavy-duty short radius distribution and development trucks have been working away near-silently in select fleets in Europe since 2018.
The eActros at the Brisbane Truck Show is called the 300, with the number pointing to the indicative range of the truck. Of course, the exact range depends on the body type, the load and terrain.
This advanced model features a clever e-axle design, which means the traditional engine, gearbox and driveshaft have been replaced by two powerful electric motors. These are built into an eAxle that features a two-speed automated transmission to efficiently match the electric motor speed with the road speed.
The eAxle also enables efficient energy recuperation, extending range and providing a very effective type of engine braking.
Mercedes-Benz is also showing there is plenty of life left in internal combustion engines, with the third-generation 13-litre OM471 making its debut at the show with a raft of changes that deliver up to four per cent fuel efficiency improvements over the current engine.
There is also an upgraded automated transmission for all Actros models.
A striking special edition truck will also feature on the stand, celebrating 25 years of Actros. This awesome machine, with dark grey metallic paint, features a range of upgrades including a backlit three-pointed star badge, chrome grille inserts, light bar, special Actros lettering and a fully-loaded high-roof Gigaspace cab with woodgrain trim, full leather seats, two pull-out fridges and a microwave.
Location: Stand 44, Hall 4