Njilo shows his skills in Ja­pan

The driver from Clover was a win­ner in UD chal­lenge

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

UD fleet driver Al­fred Ngilo from Clover in KwaZulu-Na­tal, was named the Best Skilled Driver at the UD Ex­tra Mile Chal­lenge driver com­pe­ti­tion, which was held at the UD ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre in Ageo, Ja­pan, re­cently.

Although Ngilo didn’t win the over­all ti­tle, he did South Africa proud in this pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion that helps fleet cus­tomers get the most out of their UD prod­ucts and ser­vices. The com­pe­ti­tion is aimed at im­prov­ing driv­ing skills and re­duc­ing costs and down­time, and is based on three key el­e­ments: pre-in­spec­tion, fuel ef­fi­cien- cy and safety, and driv­abil­ity.

Dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, driv­ers us­ing the same UD Quester model, had to com­pete in a sim­u­lated trans­port de­liv­ery cy­cle and the team from Malaysia de­liv­ered the high­est prof­itabil­ity sta­tis­tics, giv­ing them the ti­tle.

Kishi Nobuhiko, UD Trucks se­nior vice pres­i­dent of brand and prod­uct, said: “The Ex­tra Mile Chal­lenge is not just a driv­ing com­pe­ti­tion, but it also pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity for driv­ers to test and hone their skills, re­fine their strengths and ‘go the ex­tra mile.’”

Ear­lier this year, Ngilo won the lo­cal leg of the com­pe­ti­tion by out­per­form­ing 20 other par­tic­i­pants, which re­sulted in him par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fi­nals in Ja­pan.

“Through this com­pe­ti­tion we aim to help en­hance driver ca­pa­bil­ity and re­in­force con­fi­dence in their own abil­i­ties, but also in the UD Trucks prod­ucts they drive every day,” said Gert Swanepoel, act­ing vice pres­i­dent of UD Trucks South­ern Africa. “We are very proud of Al­fred’s fan­tas­tic per­for­mance — he cer­tainly was a great am­bas­sador of his com­pany and his coun­try.”

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Al­fred Ngilo (sec­ond right), from Clover in KZN, was named the driver with the best skills at the re­cent Ex­tra Mile Chal­lenge driver com­pe­ti­tion in Ja­pan, and re­ceived his award from Kishi Nobuhiko (right), UD Trucks se­nior vice pres­i­dent of brand and prod­uct. With Ngilo are (from left), Der­ick Moima (UD demon­stra­tion driver), Ann Pien­aar (UD fleet sales man­ager) and Tony Amaro, de­liv­ery ser­vices man­ager from Clover.

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