It has been a long time coming, but another Japanese truck maker, UD comes to the eight legger party. This is a configuration which makes a lot of sense, but Australian Design Rules had limited its potential, until now. Read more
The release of the latest UD shows just how much times have changed, there is only one transmission offered on the new UD Croner. In the past, a truck like this would be offered to market with a basic manual gearbox, and then, perhaps, a gearbox with more speeds or even an auto might be offered as an added option. Read more
The introduction of the UD Croner means it is all change for UD medium duty trucks as the integration of Volvo group technology across all of its brands and ranges becomes even more apparent. Read more
An announcement from Volvo Group and Daimler Truck sees two of the biggest truck makers in the world joining forces and getting really serious about fuel cell trucks. The two global giants are forming a joint venture for large-scale production of fuel cells with the aim of having heavy duty fuel cell trucks on the road in just over five years time.
This week has seen a new UD Trucks boss announced by Volvo Group Australia. Lauren Downs has been appointed as the new UD Trucks Australia Vice President of Sales, commencing in the role from May 1, 2020. Read more
The move from a long career using road trains in the Northern Territory to the relatively civilised Gold Coast and much smaller combination has meant a lot of differences in culture and operation for Spud Murphy. Read more
The level of sophistication included in the new eight litre Quon package puts it ahead of the Japanese pack in this segment of the market. The new truck sees the Volvo Group, taking the elements from UD with have seen the brand sell well in the 6 x 2 rigid segment, at the lighter end of the heavy duty market. We have seen UD prime movers transformed, and now we are seeing the rigid heavy duty market similarly changed. Read more
A non-binding Memorandum of Understanding between Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors has been signed to pave the way towards Isuzu taking over UD Trucks. According to a statement released the idea is ‘to form a strategic alliance within commercial vehicles in order to capture the opportunities in the ongoing transformation of the industry’.
The kind of truck on test in Diesel News this week is the workhorse of the trucking industry. Our assessment took the new UD Quon eight litre CD 25 360 out for a test drive including a climb of the Toowoomba range and a trip around the twist and turns in a number of urban delivery locations in Brisbane. This is the kind of work this truck can expect to be involved with in its normal working life. Read more