is one of New Zealand’s most experienced motoring,motorsport and road transport journalists, whose first vehicle testwas in 1967 – in a Hillman Hunter. He was the founding editor ofindustry-leading New Zealand Trucking magazine, a role he heldfor 15 years. In 2004, with Sandy Myhre, he drove a Mercedes-BenzVito 115 CDI van to a class win in the national Energywiseeconomy rally, averaging 6.72 litres/100km (42mpg)
NSTL & Mercedes-Benz –a Relationship Built Over Time2Cartage Made Easy –with Winstones & Freightliner5Blood anyone? –NZ Blood Service chooses Mercedes-Benz6The Award for Versatility Goes to… the New Mercedes-Benz Axor7A Man of Experience –we talk to Chris Mackey8Welcome expansion –Trucks & Trailers Auckland get bigger9Well Over 1Million km… and still working hard10110 years of Mercedes-Benz Success11Looking after the South Island –Trucks South’s Graham Woods12Customer Trucks –great looking trucks with interesting jobs13Air Travel made Safer –NZ Aviation Security Service chooses Vito18Worldwide record sales for commercial vehicles19Fuel economy to the extreme –Tulloch Transport20Meet the famous Jonesy –A legend in the South21Your chance to get to know the DCNZCommercial Vehicle team22BP, Castrol and Mercedes-Benz – a great blend23What today’s plumber drives24
We received so much positive feedback after the first issue ofDriveLine, we thought it would be tough to top it again! But onceyou've taken a look at what we've put together for this even biggersecond issue, I'm confident you'll be just as impressed. Whetheryou're in the transport and delivery business or one of the trades,there's a great deal of interest for you within these pages.Sterling and Freightliner trucks as well as Mercedes-Benz trucksand vans are now common sights across the country - and moreand more of them are hitting the road every day of every week.Why? You'll find a very interesting article in this issue covering therecord sales we enjoyed in 2005, both here and internationally, andthe reasons driving this unprecedented sales boom.Thanks for the great response to Driveline issue 1 and keep thatcorrespondence coming. Please feel free to contact us with yourviews on any subject raised and/or submit pictures and stories forfuture issues. In the meantime - enjoy the magazine!Ian WalkerGeneral Manager - Commercial VehiclesDaimlerChrysler New Zealand Limited
to the second edition of DriveLine.