New UD a game-changer (but does it have more power?)

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UD TRUCKS HAS LAUNCHED A NEW GEN­ER­A­TION Quon range in Ja­pan – which it says “rede nes the Ja­panese heavy-duty truck” with its new lev­els of drive­abil­ity, safety and fuel e ciency.

“e new Quon is huge step for UD Trucks, but also for Ja­panese heavy­duty trucks in gen­eral,” UD Trucks Aus­tralia’s act­ing VP of sales Mark Strambi reck­ons.

“e world-class tech­nol­ogy avail­able in the new-gen­er­a­tion Quon range has never been seen be­fore on Ja­panese trucks in Aus­tralia.”

UD Trucks chair­man (and Volvo Group ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent) Joachim Rosen­berg says that the new truck “de­liv­ers signi cantly bet­ter per­for­mance across the board that will en­able us to leapfrog into a stronger po­si­tion within the heavy-duty mar­ket in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.”

at hints at a keenly-awaited (some say much-needed) in­crease in UD’s cur­rent 420-horse­power (308kW) max­i­mum rat­ing for NZ and Aus­tralia…. but the press re­lease an­nounc­ing the launch seems to care­fully avoid that is­sue.

It talks of a “fuel-e cient, pow­er­ful and clean” 11-litre GH11 en­gine – one that com­plies with the PPNLT Ja­panese 2016 ex­haust emis­sions stan­dard and “gen­er­ates pow­er­ful torque through a wide RPM range, mak­ing the Quon a plea­sure to drive.”

But, it seems, the Volvo Group is keen to keep that im­por­tant de­tail un­der wraps un­til the new Quon is shown o at the Bris­bane Truck Show late this month. ere, says the PR, UD Trucks Aus­tralia “will an­nounce fur­ther de­tail re­gard­ing the lo­cal range.”

UD says that its new ag­ship model fea­tures ad­vances in ve es­sen­tial ar­eas of per­for­mance: “Driv­abil­ity (eas­ier and smoother)…. Safety (safer and more re­li­able)… Pro­duc­tiv­ity (more loads and greater e ciency)… Fuel e ciency (cleaner, while more pow­er­ful)…. Up­time (longer time on the road and more re­li­a­bil­ity).”

e Quon has a cab that’s been re-en­gi­neered from the ground up, “fo­cus­ing on op­er­abil­ity, vis­i­bil­ity and er­gonomics.”

It’s equipped with the lat­est ESCOT-VI AMT, with en­hance­ments in its abil­ity to cope with chal­leng­ing o road con­di­tions.

Safety-wise, all mod­els fea­ture disc brakes and the Quon also o ers UD’s Tra c Eye Brake col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion sys­tem, us­ing high-pre­ci­sion radar and a cab-mounted cam­era to mon­i­tor the road ahead and to work in league with ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance sys­tems in­clud­ing Driver Alert Sup­port.

UD says that “ev­ery com­po­nent has been re ned to pro­duce a ve­hi­cle with an over­all lighter tare weight,” thus in­creas­ing the new Quon’s pay­load.

It also “de­liv­ers all-new lev­els of fuel e ciency, achiev­ing at least 5% bet­ter fuel econ­omy than the 2015 fuel econ­omy stan­dards for heavy ve­hi­cles in Ja­pan.”

e Quon also has a Fuel Coach sys­tem that dis­plays driv­ing ad­vice to help driv­ers achieve im­proved fuel econ­omy.

UD says that its new model also o ers an up­grade in ve­hi­cle re­li­a­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity: “It’s eas­ier to main­tain, with a re­duced num­ber of parts re­quir­ing reg­u­lar re­place­ment and longer ser­vice in­ter­vals on gen­uine parts.”

Mark Strambi says that the new range will give this part of the world “ac­cess to mod­els not pre­vi­ously o ered…..which will signi cantly en­hance our abil­ity to o er our cus­tomers a com­pre­hen­sive o er­ing, backed up by the largest dealer network in Aus­tralia and NZ.”

Joachim Rosen­berg adds: “e new gen­er­a­tion Quon marks a new era for UD Trucks and fur­ther re­in­forces our po­si­tion as a se­ri­ous con­tender in the heavy-duty truck mar­ket.”


e new UD will have its Aus­tralasian un­veil at the Bris­bane Truck Show later this month

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