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UD MAY be the baby of the Volvo Group tri­umvi­rate but it cer­tainly had the big­gest news at Bris­bane with its vastly re­vamped Quon flag­ship.

Even a quick squiz re­veals a strong Volvo in­flu­ence inside and out but there are sig­nif­i­cant changes un­der­neath as well. For starters, the Volvo- de­signed GH11 en­gine has been pushed up to 460hp ( 343kW) to cope with a gross mass in­crease to 60 tonnes.

The stan­dard shifter is what UD strangely calls ‘Escot VI’, es­sen­tially Volvo’s slick I-shift au­to­mated 12-speeder.

We hear it will soon be re­branded ‘U- drive’ but the im­por­tant thing is that it’s just as ad­vanced and in­tu­itive as its Swedish coun­ter­part.

Many opin­ions – in­clud­ing this one – rate Quon the best Ja­panese prime mover on the mar­ket, and, from what we’ve al­ready seen, it’s an opin­ion set to grow even stronger.

Stand­ing along­side the new UD, an up­beat Volvo was ob­vi­ously in­tent on re­mind­ing ev­ery­one of its Swedish her­itage with ‘Per­for­mance Edi­tion’ ver­sions of its supremely pop­u­lar FH and FM mod­els dressed in na­tional colours.

What­ever the colour, though, there’s no ques­tion Volvo is en­joy­ing the most suc­cess­ful era in its Aus­tralian his­tory. And it’s an era likely to grow even stronger with news at the truck show of the over­due re­turn of the sig­nif­i­cantly larger XXL sleeper cab for the flag­ship FH.

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