There is more than just a passing coincidence that relatively new trucking upstart Powerstar shares aesthetics with the iconic Mercedes-Benz NG73/80 trucks is more than just a coincidence.

After all, the Chinese truck manufacturer’s product has been sharing the genes of the legendary workhorse since the early days when BeiBen, the heavy-duty truck company that is based in China, signed an agreement with Daimler-Benz in 1988 to manufacture the German brand’s licensed trucks and axles for the Chinese domestic market. The finished product went on to build a reputation for strength in loading capacity and durability throughout the world, including in SA. Q: Your product has quite a global history in the heavy-duty sector. When was the local subsidiary established and how many dealers do you operate? A: The company was set up in 2012 after being originally established by the Super Group in 2006. We assemble SKD ranges of Powerstar VX, Prime Mover V3 heavy-duty truck and the FT rang...

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