Leyland Cruiser 16.23
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The last vehicle to be tested i 1983, the Leyland Cruiser 16.2: was outwardly little differer from the 16.21 Cruiser which w tested two and a half years agi Its performance, however, hE changed, largely as a result r specifying the improved 11. litre TL11B engine and matchir it to the Fuller RTX7609 nm speed gearbox and the Albic 4.778 to 1 final drive.
Improvements to the engir include revised injection timin a torsional spring mechanic governor on the Majorm( pump and an increased boo turbocharger. Together wi• larger internal diameter inject feed pipes, the changes in spel fication have resulted in a mu! tter balanced performance im the 167kW (224bhp) rated 11B engine.
Although the Cruiser 1623 has t set any new records in fuel onomy, its 38.86 litres/100km 27mpg) was a vast improve.4nt on the TL11A-engined .21's results and with an 'oral' average speed of .38km/h (40.63mph) it gave iong the best all-round perma nces at 32 tons gcw.
3trangely, an exhaust brake is t as an option, while the taometer still carries no oured economy sectors, n addition to CM's full road t trials we managed to fit in ) group tests. The first inded three oriental pick-ups: a baru and Mazda from Japan an Hyundai from Soth Ko
baru he little Subaru had the beneof four-wheel drive giving it ,ss-country capability, and
s powered by a 1.8-litre ohv/rol engine. Space behind the eel was limited to make the st of its load compartment, ich measured 1.61m long and vided for a payload of 560kg n driver.
le Mazda B1800 pick-up was heavier class catering for a -tonne payload, but like the aru was powered by a 1.8 ohv petrol engine. Bodyk was separated into two inct sections and the load is of a rugged, all steel struction.
le little Hyundai Pony was Tred by a 1.2 litre ohc petrol ine and offered a payload of 380kg. It is attractively styled rnally, but is fairly basic in t other respects. Five vehicles contributed to CM's 4x4 test line up in June.
The smallest, a Suzuki SV410V, appeals as a local runabout but its lack of pace disqualifies it as a motorway vehicle. Off road, complete with a 360kg payload, it performed well and it took quite a deep water hole to find its Achilles heel.
Land Rover 110
Externally, Land Rover's new 110 equipped with its V8 engine still looks something like the models we have driven in the past but its speed and handling are far superior and it has not lost any of its cross-country performance either. The standard of cab comfort has been improved too.
Freight Rover Sherpa
Freight Rover's four-wheeldrive Sherpa incorporates all of the features of the standard models and handled in much the same manner for on road work, but became a bit noisy over 80km/h (50mph). On mixed terrain it proved to be a very lively performer.
Bedford's CF 250 4x4 panel van came with GM's automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer box fitted by FF Developments. The transmission is free of any wind up and the controls permit a more-relaxed drive.
Ford's 4x4 was converted by County Tractors Ltd which gave the Transit van a new dimension. Over CM's light van route it gave a typically smooth performance and off road clawed its way through everything.
THIRTY-EIGHT tonnes was the big event of the year for the road haulage industry. CM's big event of the year was a 1,000 mile economy run involving 15 vehicles running at 38 tonnes. Seddon Atkinson's 4x2 tractive unit, equipped with a Gardner 8lACT eight-in-line turbocharged 14 litre engine, came out on top averaging 51.4mph and just one gallon of fuel every 7.97 miles.