DEALS ON CONDOR AND QUON AS MAKER MARKS 80TH ANNIVERSARY
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).