Three of the Best Trucks on Show at Waste 2024 Expo

Western Star Wins Prestigious Truck of the Year Australasia Award
March 13, 2024

Exclusive distributor of the Dennis Eagle, MAN, and Western Star truck portfolios, Penske Australia, is showcasing these vehicles at the Waste 2024 Conference in Coffs Harbour starting today.

The only vehicle specifically designed for the refuse industry, the Dennis Eagle 6x4 configuration, which is on display at the expo, comprises a low-entry cab, has dual controls, and is fitted with a side loader body.

According to Shannon Mair, head of fleet at Penske Australia, “Dennis Eagle is the only truck manufacturer to have its complete range awarded a five-star direct vision standard rating by Transport for London.

“In addition to the unencumbered panoramic view, the Dennis Eagle has inherent design safety features such as a single step entry and walk-through flat floor allowing kerbside cab accessibility, as well as stability control and emergency braking, ensuring operators and community can have the highest level of confidence.”

Also displayed at the expo is an MAN truck generation TGS 26.440 prime mover. 

“The MAN features a 2.3m wide cabin, with generous access due to its low height and wide door openings,” he said.

“MAN trucks are renowned for boasting low tare weights yielding increased payload availability for operators, and are the ideal vehicle for applications such as front loader, hook lifts, walking floors, and tippers.”

Displayed at the waste expo for the first time will be the 2024 Truck of the Year Australiasia – the Western Star X-Series. 

Designed exclusively for Australasia, the 48X on show features the Detroit DD16 engine with 600 hp and 2,050 lb/ft torque and is coupled with the advanced DT12 automated manual transmission.

“The 48X combines Western Star’s traditional strength of short bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC), which allows for longer trailer lengths and higher productivity trailers,” he said.

“Furthermore, the set-forward front axle provides the greatest flexibility for chassis layout and fuel capacity, and the full suite of safety features and incredibly quiet and comfortable cab will capture the attention of any driver or fleet operator.”

Visitors to Waste 2024 can view Penske Australia’s exhibit at booth 45 (indoors) and displays 22, 23, and 24 (outdoors).