Old school trucks: NZL—Part 2

By: Dean Middleton

1 A company-owned Mitsubishi Shogun on swinglift duties hitting the climb up the Kaimai back in 2013 1
2 Another company-owned Mitsubishi heading out of Christchurch back to the North Island in 2014 2
3 An Isuzu Giga curtainsider on general freight duties 3
4 Tauranga-based Hoka Haulage had this Kenworth Aerodyne contracted to NZL and pictured in Christchurch back in 2011 4
5 The same Kenworth pictured on the Taupo bypass in 2016 under the new ownership of Barnes Transport 5
6 Hunterville-based Silverhope Haulage ran this 9800 International on general freight; pictured here in Tokoroa in 2013 6
8 Another of the Argosys, this is on a truck and trailer dropsider 8
9 A tidy R470 Scania on general duties 9
10 This K108 Kenworth is pictured leaving the 50th Kenworth in New Zealand Anniversary celebrations at Baypark in Tauranga in 2014 10
11 A Freightliner Argosy posing for a pic at a Christchurch Truck Show back in 2012 11
12 Doug Taylor contracted this impressive 730 Scania to NZL in 2014 12
13 An immaculate K200 Kenworth Aerodyne that was contracted to NZL by ALMC Limited back in 2016 13
14 Eclipse Logistics ran this mint 26.480 MAN pictured on the Taupo bypass also in 2016 14
15 A flat floor Mercedes-Benz 3248 curtainsider contracted by Adlington Haulage 15
16 A later model company-owned Freightliner Argosy 16
17 A company-owned FH12 Volvo pictured on Auckland’s Southern Motorway in late 2019 17
18 An interesting number plate LTL PIG on this smart FH12 Volvo Globetrotter contracted by Susscrofta Transport 18
19 A stunning S Cab 650 Scania of Balcarres Transport pictured at the Hawke’s Bay Truck Show in 2019 19
7 NZL Group has run many Freightliner Argosys, including this quad/quad unit 7

Last month we looked at a selection of NZL trucks from the ’80s through to 2000s, and this month we continue looking at some trucks from the smart fleet through to the present day

The lime green and white livery remains and still portrays a modern and professional look while the work undertaken is still as varied as it always has been from crane trucks/swinglifts through to tippers and curtainsiders doing their duties.

There’s also still a mix of company-owned and contracted trucks that can be seen the length and breadth of our island nation with most truck makes being represented in the fleet line-up.

There has, however, been one major change that occurred in 2017 when NZL Group was acquired by the TIL Group of companies, and while there has been a change of ownership, since its inception more than 60 years ago, the company still remains 100% Kiwi company-owned and operated.

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