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UD Trucks launches new version of heavy-duty Quester

DUBAI, April 17, 2019

UD Trucks, a leading Japanese commercial vehicle solutions provider, today (April 17) launched a new version of the brand’s well-established heavy-duty truck in the Middle East, East and North Africa (Meena) region.

New Quester introduces a range of enhancements that will enable logistics companies across the region to tackle critical industry challenges and boost their bottom line through smart logistics.

Fuel efficiency, productivity, connectivity, and supporting and developing drivers are top priorities for fleets and transport companies in the Meena region and New Quester will address these challenges with new features such as Escot (Easy Safe Controlled Transmission) and UD Telematics.

To be introduced in fast-growing regions around the world, the launch of New Quester highlights UD Trucks’ unwavering commitment to “Going the Extra Mile” for customers’ businesses, said a statement from the Japanese company.

Building on proven robustness and reliability, New Quester introduces key features such as Escot automated manual transmission, engines with higher horsepower and user-friendly telematics to deliver greater fuel efficiency, productivity, driver efficiency, safety and uptime, it added.

Mourad Hedna, president of UD Trucks Meena, said: "The truck industry in the region is changing rapidly and customers are increasingly conscious of the total cost of ownership. With New Quester we have the ideal product to address these needs."

"Moreover, New Quester combines the best of three worlds: UD Trucks’ strong Japanese heritage and craftsmanship; Volvo Group’s innovative technology; and our strong local support for our valued customers, which we call our Gemba spirit," observed Hedna.

“We are humbled by the tremendous confidence and recognition that the Quester line has earned. With New Quester, we are looking forward to carrying on this legacy of being the truck brand that our customers want to partner with,” he added.

According to him, the New Quester aims to boost productivity and profitability for business owners and logistics companies, for whom a rise in fuel costs consequently increases operating costs.

"New Quester delivers enhanced fuel efficiency of up to 10 per cent over the current Quester. This is aided by the Escot automated manual transmission, lighter tare weight and optimised driveline, and is also affected by the operating conditions, driving behaviour and vehicle maintenance," noted Hedna.

Escot includes software which optimises gear shifting according to the engine revs, vehicle speed, loading weight and even road gradient. The smart system also includes a sensor that will select the optimum gear automatically instead of assuming a first gear selection, he added.

New Quester’s enhanced fuel performance also aligns with the increasing global focus on curbing fuel consumption and meeting environment-friendly regulations in relation to emissions quality standards, all of which effectively reduces the new model’s overall carbon footprint, said the statement from the Japanese truck maker.

New Quester introduces more driver-friendly features to make the driving experience more seamless and comfortable.

A game changer in the transportation business, New Quester with Escot automatically selects the optimal gear at the right time based on the operating condition. This takes away the need for manual gear shifting which, depending on the transportation operations, happens 1,000 to 1,500 times a day, it stated.

Escot’s automated gear selection also enables drivers to easily adapt to operating New Quester and better focus on driving with ease, it added.

A major highlight of the new model is these trucks are equipped with UD Telematics, which make it possible to connect directly to UD Trucks workshops to monitor and detect each vehicle’s condition and service needs before a potential emergency occurs.

Preventive maintenance analysis guides customers via monthly driving behavior and fuel consumption reports, ensuring higher uptime and optimised fuel economy over time, said the statement.

Owners of New Quester also enjoy increased uptime, with the clutch life span being 2.5 to three times longer when equipped with an Escot automated manual transmission as compared to a manual clutch, depending on operating conditions, driving behaviour and vehicle maintenance, it added.-TradeArabia News Service




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