Direct Freight Express, a delivery service provider with locations all across Australia, recently purchased 10 new IVECO Stralis trucks, giving it 15 total Stralis models across its fleet. The 4x2 low roof AT models all feature Series II Cursor 13 engines that produce 460 horsepower and 2,100 newton metres of torque, 12-speed Eurotronic automated manual transmissions, and rear ECAS (Electronically-Controlled Air Suspensions). The company will primarily use its new Stralis trucks for “single-trailer urban and metro delivery,” according to Direct Freight Express National Operations Manager Jason Elliott.
Proven In The Field
Direct Freight chose to stick with Stralis trucks thanks in part to driver comfort and safety features and ease of maintenance, but a major selling point was the past performance of the company’s other Stralis models. “We’ve operated Stralis for a number of years now in single-trailer work around town and have been impressed with how they’ve performed, this was one of the main reason why we again went with Stralis with the latest trucks,” Elliott adds. “These trucks normally operate towards the top of the weight ranges (up to 44-tonne gross combination mass) but have more than enough power to do the job. They also have a fantastic turning circle which is important for deliveries around town.”
The versatility and reliability of IVECO Stralis trucks is on full display in Direct Freight’s fleet, as many of the company’s long-haul trucks will shift to new applications as they age to extend their life cycles. “We might have a prime mover that is on interstate work for several years, as it ages we could reassign it to metro work where it will cover less kilometres, and ultimately it might end up being used as a terminal tractor at one of our depots,” says Elliott. “If a truck has been well maintained and looked after it makes sense to do this and you can get a lot of life out of them.”