PACCAR Opens Truck Rental and Leasing Division in Australia

BAYSWATER, Victoria May 14, 2015 – PACCAR Australia has announced it has entered the full-service truck rental and leasing market in Australia. The announcement was made today at Australia’s largest truck show being held in Brisbane, Queensland.  PacLease Truck Rental and Leasing services are commencing later this month.

Headquarters for PacLease Australia is in Bayswater, Victoria, and the company will begin renting and leasing Kenworth and DAF’s full line of trucks from the Kenworth DAF Melbourne full service dealership in Laverton, Victoria.

“PACCAR Leasing is truly a global company and our new operation in Australia is an exciting addition to our portfolio,” said Neil Vonnahme, president of PacLease. “Next month we will celebrate our 35th year in business in the United States, and the 20th anniversary of our operations in Mexico. In Europe, we’ve also been leasing DAF trucks throughout Germany since 2007. The move to Australia will continue our growth momentum.”

PacLease Australia is headed by truck leasing industry veteran Olen Hunter, who was previously North American Director of Sales since 2006. “I am extremely excited about the market potential here in Australia and we are looking forward to providing excellent service to our customers” said Olen Hunter, Director- PacLease Australia. “We have begun to build our truck rental fleet suited for the Australian market and are proud to offer both DAF and Kenworth products to our rental and lease customers. We have worked closely with local suppliers to design rigid truck bodies to meet the needs of the local rental market. The initial group of rigid trucks will be based on the DAF LF chassis and will be equipped with 14 pallet curtainside bodies and liftgates” said Hunter. “We have also commenced our first prime mover rental trucks which will come in two distinct configurations. First, our DAF FTT CF 85 prime movers have been spec’d for single trailer work and feature the PACCAR MX-13 engine with 460 HP and a 12 speed automated gearbox. Next are our DAF FTT XF105 prime movers, spec’d with 510 HP and a 16 speed automated gearbox which are well suited for local and intrastate B-Double trailer work” he added. “There are a lot of opportunities in Australia with commercial truck rental, contract maintenance and  full service lease units, and we’re confident PacLease will be very successful. Just as we have seen in all the markets we service around the world, fleets in Australia have a desire to outsource maintenance and take advantage of the financial benefits that full-service leasing offers. We are going to be there to meet their needs with the quality trucks that Kenworth and DAF provide, backed by the customized PacLease programs that have proved successful throughout the world.”