The Australian requirements for a prime mover on Aussie roads are unlike those anywhere else in the world. We are also a relatively small prime mover market in the greater scheme of things, but every truck manufacturer likes to have a photo in their boardroom of their prime mover hauling a road train on a dusty red road in Australia’s outback. It infers ruggedness, durability and strength.
Following on from the success of UD Trucks’ New Quon, launched in 2017, UD launches the eight litre Quon in the lead up to the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show. The new addition to the Quon range comes after a positive reception for the 11-litre Quon in the Australian media.
The transformation of Japanese designed trucks in the past 10 years shows the influence of European ownership, plus the perceived need by Japanese industry to open up to global ideas has taken hold in Japan. The big four Japanese truck makers no longer make a truck to suit Japanese buyers and then adapt it as an afterthought for export markets, the outside world is part of the initial design scope.
In Australia we have seen plenty of Japanese heavy duty trucks but there has never really been a true Japanese prime mover, with the new Quon from UD, Diesel News reckons we may finally have one.
The grand opening of the new Volvo national HQ saw the first Mack Anthem in Australia on the forecourt as the guests made their way into the event. The new facility was officially opened by Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Volvo Group Global President and CEO, Martin Lundstedt.
It is a new and interesting encounter, driving the new UD Quon. Climbing up into the cabin is a familiar experience. The original GW470, when it came out, was a sound prime mover design, and UD has retained the essential elements that made it work. Inside the whole look has been freshened up but the overall geography of the interior remains the same. Read more
Looking at the UD Quon redesigned, it is without major structural changes, but the feel is very different. It still has a similar look to the Quon models it replaces, but with just a bit more style. The grille is a much larger hexagonal shape and gives the truck a much more modern feel. This, and the decision not to launch the trucks in white only, means the UD coming down the road will not look like just another Japanese truck. Read more
The new UD Quon is the finished product, now ready for market and there’s a UD 8×4 on the way. Diesel News examines the new Japanese heavy duty and sees it personifies the relationship between the brands in the Volvo stable. Read more
A field trial of truck platooning in Japan shows how the new technology is spreading across the globe and sees a much more cooperative approach to the subject from the Japanese Government. Read more
Competitors from the Australian trucking industry consistently do well in international competitions featuring driving skills. This week a team from Australia won the UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2015 global final.
The team, consisting of Clint Sheppard and Herman Kaczorowski from DGL, claimed victory at the UD Experience Centre and test track, adjacent to the UD Trucks headquarters in Ageo, Japan. Teams from Australia, South Africa and Japan competed in a series of truck industry and logistic challenges. Read more