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UD is turn­ing 80 and its lo­cal arm is cel­e­brat­ing with spe­cial edi­tion mod­els.

The Ja­panese truck maker, for­merly known as Nissan Diesel, started off pro­duc­ing two-stroke en­gines. It en­tered the truck busi­ness in 1940.

“The com­pany has been in busi­ness for 80 years and for half of its life we’ve been op­er­at­ing in Aus­tralia,” says UD Trucks Aus­tralia vice pres­i­dent Jon McLean. “We came here in 1973 and over those four decades we’ve built a solid cus­tomer base of loyal cus­tomers.”

Nissan sold the brand to Volvo Trucks in 2007 and the name was changed to UD three years later.

UD Aus­tralia is mark­ing the 80th an­niver­sary with spe­cial deals on its medium-duty Con­dor and heavy-duty Quon mod­els.

McLean says the spe­cial packs add about $12,000 worth of value to the trucks, which re­tain their usual prices. The big-ticket item is free com­pre­hen­sive in­sur­ance cov­er­age, which UD says could be worth as much as $8000 on its own.

Pack­ages come with telem­at­ics that al­low op­er­a­tors to keep track of the truck and com­pile a range of per­for­mance data (and in­cludes 12 months of free data cap­ture).

A re­vers­ing cam­era is also part of the deal on all trucks, as are pre­mium au­dio with 6.1-inch touch­screen, high-out­put speak­ers, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and voice com­mand.

UD is im­port­ing a Con­dor MK Tip­per from Ja­pan as a com­plete unit, rather than have the tip­per built lo­cally.

Another new vari­ant is the Con­dor 24 280 RAA, with fac­tory-fit lazy axle (an axle that is not driven but helps share the load).

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