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  • In this episode of "Brian's Truck Report", we've travelled down under.

  • Together with my old mate Steve Brooks, editor-in-chief of Diesel Magazine,

  • we're setting out on a two-day journey into the Australian outback,

  • to put the new Volvo FH to the test.

  • A real trucking adventure!

  • Ever since 1993, the Volvo FH has been an incredibly successful truck

  • for the Swedish manufacturer.

  • Over 700,000 examples have been sold worldwide.

  • That means the new FH has some very big shoes to fill.

  • That's why I've come to Australia, the very heart of trucking hell, to see

  • how the new FH16 700 is performing and delivering the goods down under.

  • The Volvo FH is a completely new truck with several groundbreaking innovations,

  • like the independent front suspension, Volvo Dynamic Steering,

  • the fuel-saving system known as I-See, and Telematics Gateway.

  • In short, it's a truck with cutting-edge technology.

  • Steve, here we are on a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning in Brisbane.

  • Shortly, according to our instructions, we'll get on the road to Toowoomba

  • in the FH16 700. But first, we've got to get all this gear in the cab.

  • I've chosen it specifically to reflect a typical Aussie driver.

  • Personal grooming kit, small potted plants and a large jar of Vegemite.

  • Have I missed anything?

  • Mate, the only thing that's missing is your wheelchair and my dog.

  • It's a Globetrotter cab, it's the new FH. We'll get it all in there. Let's go!

  • -There you go. -That can go in the top locker.

  • Perfect. Made for it. Steve, let's have the bedding up next!

  • You make sure you're comfortable up there, sweetheart.

  • My grandmother doesn't have this much gear.

  • Hopefully, your grandmother's not joining me in the truck.

  • She'd like the truck - I'm not sure about the company.

  • -There's no shortage of room in there. -Since the windscreen is less raked,

  • they've ended up with a cubic metre more space, and it really shows,

  • particularly when you've moving outside and inside the cab.

  • Vegemite for me...

  • Crisps for Steve...

  • ...and our potted miniature cactus.

  • Having loaded all our gear and with me wearing my new Aussie hat,

  • we're now leaving sunny Brisbane and heading into rural Queensland,

  • where we'll have our first stopover at Toowoomba.

  • So finally, Steve, we've got out of the clutches of the camera crew.

  • We're doing what we like best: being out on the road with a mate in a nice truck.

  • We're driving in the Volvo FH16 with 700 horsepower,

  • the top-of-the-range model for the Australian market.

  • One thing I've realised about Australia is that it's a land of extremes.

  • Extreme heat, extreme cold, extreme loads and extreme roads.

  • Quite a cocktail for transport operators and drivers to learn to live with.

  • It takes a unique truck to survive in this country,

  • and it takes a unique driver to make that truck perform at its best.

  • We can start in the north of Australia, where it's 50 degrees,

  • and move to the south of Australia in one trip,

  • where it can be extremely cold and wet, and even ice and snow.

  • We have it all.

  • From the inside, an FH16 looks pretty much the same as it is in Europe.

  • Outside, there are clearly some big differences.

  • Monster fuel tanks to cover those massive distances

  • that Australian truck drivers have to cover.

  • Big AdBlue tanks, too, for the SCR,

  • to ensure that the emission standards system works all the distance.

  • Coming down under to drive FH16

  • has reminded me of previous experiences of new FH.

  • The thing that stands out for me is the quality of steering.

  • It's a truck that goes where you point it, and stays where you point it.

  • There's none of the seesaw action of steering wheels on trucks of yesteryear.

  • The steering on the new FH is incredibly precise.

  • I noticed you're not wearing that other hat. Can I persuade you to wear it?

  • You have more chance of getting me a ticket to the moon

  • than me wearing that hat.

  • After a long day, we're now approaching our first stopover in Toowoomba,

  • where Steve and I draw straws to see who will spend the night in the FH cab.

  • And the lucky winner is...

  • It's nearly 10.30 and I'm looking to bed down in the new FH Globetrotter cab.

  • To make sure I'm nice and toasty, I've got a lovely duvet, a fantastic mattress

  • and my Qantas pyjamas.

  • If you'll excuse me, I'm now going to go to bed.

  • I'll see you tomorrow morning.

  • I had a good night's kip in the FH16 and I'm just finishing off my breakfast.

  • Steve, today's assignment involves you doing all the hard work.

  • We've got to take three trailers and hitch them up to the mighty FH16,

  • and you're going to show me what it's like to drive a road train.

  • -No worries. -Anything I need to do?

  • -Put you hat on, and let's get going. -My favourite.

  • -What exactly is this combination? -This is what's called a B-triple.

  • It's two short trailers and one long trailer hooked onto the back of it.

  • The overall length is about 36 metres.

  • In weight terms, these combinations are allowed to run to about 90 tonnes.

  • At the moment, we're at around 82 or 82.5 tonnes.

  • -Still quite a handful. -It's a big truck, yeah.

  • We're now heading to Millmerran to see just how well the FH16 performs

  • as a B-triple combination.

  • You and I have been in this business more years than we care to remember.

  • -How did you get into it? -It goes back a long time.

  • I'm a journalist by trade, but I didn't like journalism very much.

  • My grandfather had trucks when I was a little boy,

  • and I used to go to work with him. I think it all started from there.

  • I've progressively had more injections of diesel into the veins over the years.

  • I wouldn't know what to do without trucks in my life. It's what I do.

  • You were telling me, Steve, we were grossing close to 80 tonnes.

  • How is I-Shift coping with that?

  • You won't have to convince me of I-Shift.

  • I think I-Shift is one of the best automated transmissions in the market.

  • I mean that quite sincerely.

  • These two are made for each other, these engines and these transmissions.

  • They're both Volvo units so they're perfectly integrated.

  • It just makes the whole exercise extremely smooth.

  • -You look pretty comfortable - are you? -I'm very comfortable in this seat.

  • You and I have often talked about

  • the increasing use of safety equipment on vehicles.

  • You were telling me recently when you visited Volvo

  • you were impressed with the amount of effort they've put into safety.

  • To be honest, I was blown away by

  • the amount I saw that went into this truck, the amount of safety development.

  • They didn't have to do it. They already had a safe truck.

  • But they've made a safer truck. That was obvious to anyone

  • who saw footage of their development work in safety.

  • This truck sits really, really nicely on the road.

  • The line around bends and that is...

  • It's a really nice combination, I can tell already.

  • I could see you were getting bored with me driving.

  • Clearly, you're enjoying your time behind the wheel.

  • I wasn't getting bored with you driving.

  • I've been wanting to do a trip with you for a decade or more.

  • When we started this episode of "Brian's Truck Report", I asked the question

  • as to whether the new FH could fill the shoes of the previous model.

  • After two days with Steve on Australian roads, the answer is a resounding yes.

  • Steve, that's the end of two great days on the road with the FH16 700.

  • I've had a whale of a time. You've had a grin on your face.

  • -Have you had a good time? -I've had a great time.

  • A mate of yours is hovering in the wings waiting to take the truck away from us.

  • Paul Munro from Volvo Australia. There's the truck, mate.

  • Paul, thanks for taking it away.

  • -How was the truck? -The truck was great.

  • Look after our baby for us.

  • That's all from us on "Brian's Truck Report".

  • From me, Brian Weatherley, and him, Steve Brooks: until the next time.

  • And don't forget: enjoy your driving...

  • And whatever you do, drive safe.

In this episode of "Brian's Truck Report", we've travelled down under.

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