Are Chinese manufacturers set to shake up Australian truck market?

By: Cobey Bartels


Is Australia on the cusp of seeing Chinese and Korean trucks take over the roads?

With Chinese manufacturers like Sinotruk kicking about overseas, how long will it be before Australian transport companies trial them or owner-operators give them a run?

On the Korean front, Hyundai's new Xcient P520 6x4 offers what will no doubt be an affordable prime mover option, that by all accounts is a fairly good truck.

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Owner//Driver has spent time this week at The Expo NZ, a truck show that has showcased the latest and greatest from manufacturers.

The Sinotruck models seen there may just be set for Australia's truck market, considering we're a stones throw from New Zealand.

If these trucks prove to be reliable, affordable and suited to Australian conditions, they could spur a shake up among the existing manufacturers we use down under.

What will this mean for truck manufacturing locally? Well, let's hope the added competition improves domestic manufacturing, rather than choking it. After all, a model made for use in China would surely need to be 'Australianised' for our conditions once landed here.

Now, the almighty question - would you drive one?

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