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.