New UD com­ing

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

A MORE POW­ER­FUL UD TRUCKS FLAG­SHIP Quon model is sched­uled to go on the road in New Zealand early next year.

e early ar­rival of the stylish new Quon was an­nounced at the Bris­bane Truck Show, just a few weeks af­ter its launch in Ja­pan.

And yes, there is an 8x4 ver­sion of the new model….and the Quon does come with up to 460-horse­power/343kW – bring­ing some re­lief to UD fans who’ve been cry­ing out for more than the cur­rent 420hp/308kW max­i­mum rat­ing for NZ (and Aus­tralia).

In the make’s rst full up­date of its pre­mium heavy-duty model in 13 years, de­sign­ers have fo­cused on ve “es­sen­tial ar­eas that drive smart lo­gis­tics: Drive­abil­ity, fuel e ciency and re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment, safety, pro­duc­tiv­ity and up­time.”

UD Trucks says that the 420hp and 460hp 6x4s and the low­er­pow­ered 8x4 – each run­ning UD’s ESCOT-V1 AMT – will be launched on the NZ mar­ket late this year, or early next year. e 460hp 8x4 is not sched­uled to make it here un­til late next year.

UD Trucks NZ man­ager John Ger­bich says: “Our cus­tomers have been want­ing more horse­power than what we’ve got – and 460...it’s not go­ing to suit ev­ery­one, but it’ll suit the ma­jor­ity of our cus­tomer base.

“ere are cus­tomers that we’ve lost be­cause we didn’t have the horse­power – and hope­fully we’ll re­gain them back.”

UD hasn’t had an 8x4 in NZ for two years so its re­turn will “put us back there” in a for­mat that Ger­bich says ac­counts for around 40% of the mar­ket.

T&D

e new UD Trucks ag­ship is a com­plete up­date of the cur­rent model

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