GMC shows the 2016 Sierra All Terrain X – a special edition of the All Terrain model, featuring exclusive premium content that enhances off-road capability and an aggressive, monochromatic appearance.
The All Terrain X’s powerful attitude reflects a popular personalization trend among off-road enthusiasts, executed with the top-range refinement GMC has cultivated for years with models such as the Sierra Denali. Its premium package of monochromatic exterior trim and special equipment offers a customized appearance in a limited-edition model, complemented with GMC’s latest technologies.
The Sierra All Terrain package blends capability with unique style to make a statement on or off road. Highlights include:
4WD with Eaton locking rear differential
Z71 Off-Road suspension package with Rancho monotube shocks, high-capacity air cleaner, Hill Descent Control and underbody transfer case shield
Rear Park Assist
Unique grille with body-color surround and tinted chrome accents; body-color front and rear bumpers (rear bumper with corner steps)
All-Terrain-logo instrument cluster
Inclinometer in the driver information center.
The new Sierra All Terrain X is offered on the 2016 Sierra 1500 4WD crew cab/short box models with SLT trim. In addition to the standard All Terrain content, the “X” package includes:
265/65R18SL Mud-Terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT tires, designed for off-road competence in dirt, gravel and mud, with on-road composure in dry, wet and wintry conditions
18 x 8.5-inch black aluminum wheels
Sport side steps (black)
Bed-mounted sport bar (black) designed to support the accessory off-road LED lighting package
High-performance LED headlamps
Performance exhaust system, which bumps output of the 5.3L V-8 engine to 365 horsepower and adds an aggressive note
Body-color door handles and body-side moldings
Black exterior mirrors, belt moldings and B-pillars
Interior floor liners
Available colors: Onyx Black, Summit White, Stone Blue Metallic, Iridium Metallic, Crimson Red Tintcoat, Light Steel Gray Metallic.
In the British haulage sector a further transport company is placing its trust in the efficient and environmentally friendly hybrid technology from Fuso. The company “Evans European Transport”, which specialises in refrigerated transport and is based in Grimsby at the mouth of the Humber where it flows into the North Sea, recently placed its trust in the performance of the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid for food transport.
After several weeks of use an initial conclusion can be drawn in comparison with the other 7.49-tonners in the fleet which are also used for transporting refrigerated foodstuffs, but have a conventional diesel engine as their drive system. Managing director Colin Evans comments: “The Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid is considerably more efficient when out on the road than its diesel colleagues – not only with regard to fuel consumption, but also where the payload is concerned.”
In spite of the additional weight of the electric motor and lithium-ion battery plus the box body and refrigeration unit, the payload of the Fuso Canter 7C15 Eco Hybrid is nearly 3.5 t. This corresponds to over one tonne more than its diesel competitors in the Evans fleet. Colin Evans is impressed: “These are astonishing values, which not only save our company costs, but also relieve the burden on the environment when it comes to the CO2 emissions.”
The Canter with hybrid drive saves up to 23 percent on fuel compared with the conventional Canter model and with a moderate price increase it pays off within a few years. The drivers can play their part in this too: on the instrument panel a hybrid display shows the driver the current load status of the battery. In addition, the energy display makes it possible to see when energy is being used or recuperated. This means that the driving style can be continuously improved.
With its start/stop device, purely electric moving off and the “Duonic” dual clutch transmission the Canter utilises the finest and simultaneously robust technology. With its drive system, which is as low on exhaust gases as it is on noise, it is a natural in short-radius distribution in urban areas.
The ultramodern four-cylinder turbodiesel with 3.0 l displacement, 110 kW (150 hp) output and a maximum torque of 370 Nm originates from the Canter with conventional diesel drive. The BlueTec 6 engine corresponds to the Euro VI emissions level, its emission control combines exhaust gas recirculation, SCR engine technology with AdBlue injection and a particulate filter.
The electric motor has an output of 40 kW, the maximum torque is 200 Nm. Energy for the electric motor is provided by lithium-ion batteries. Its capacity is 2 kWh, the weight a mere 63.5 kg. Fuso grants an explicit warranty of ten years on all the fundamental battery components. The increased weight of all the hybrid components amounts to merely around 150 kg. This means that the payload of the Canter Hybrid with a box body is nearly 3.5 t, and the load-bearing capacity of the 7.49-tonne model as a chassis with cab is up to 4.8 t. This makes the Canter best-in-class when compared with conventional 7.49-tonne models.
For Colin Evans the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid is the first vehicle in his fleet with an alternative drive system. He trusts the well-proven Fuso powertrain engineering with over 20 years of hybrid experience. Back in 2010, at the end of a 350,000 km fleet test in London it was clear that the hybrid technology is an unproblematic and stable worker.
Truck makers are feeling confident for 2016 after last year saw registrations soar by 27% to a healthy 44,063 units. 2015 saw a rebound following the previous year, in which registrations were depressed by the impacts of Euro-VI introduction and European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval. Senior industry executives remain confident, however, that demand is now at a healthy and sustainable level.
Stuart Webster, Iveco Managing Director, said, “The news is generally good so far as UK plc is concerned. Inflation is low and under control, the deficit continues to fall, growth is going generally in the right direction, unemployment is at its lowest level for almost a decade and oil prices are low and likely to go even lower. Interest rates remain low and look set to remain that way well into 2016.” Webster predicts that between 42,000 and 43,000 trucks will be registered this year. Although that would be below 2015’s total, Webster describes it as “the real market norm.”
Ian Mitchell, MAN Sales Director, is more optimistic than Webster. He said, “We see the market for 2016 being broadly in line with 2015 at around 44,000 units.”
Ray Ashworth, DAF Managing Director, is bullish too. He said, “With the single exception of the Euro-VI ‘pull-through’ year of 2013, not since 1988 has the heavy end of the market been in such rude health. We’re certainly looking good for 2016.”
DAF was overall CV market leader once again in 2015, with a 26% market share, ahead of Mercedes-Benz and Scania.
Scania’s result was a 48.9% increase on its 2014 performance, and it is off to a flying start in 2016. It has won an order for more than 2,000 trucks from Eddie Stobart and its associated companies; the manufacturer’s largest ever European order. Martin Hay, Scania UK Sales Director, said, “We expect the confidence in the industry to continue, and do not expect to see any significant changes in the size of the market from 2015.”
The tractor unit market soared ahead by nearly 36% in 2015, with Mercedes-Benz finishing on top ahead of Scania. A record number of 6x2s made up the vast majority of registrations in the sector. The buoyant tractor unit market results contrasted with far more muted growth for 7.5-tonners, which increased by only 2.9% last year.
Keith Child, Isuzu Managing Director, thinks that the market for 7.5-tonners will increase during 2016. He said, “We may see demand for 7.5-tonners grow as some major fleets turn over existing vehicles as part of their scheduled replacement cycle.”
A vigorous construction industry helped push sales of multi-axle rigids upwards by over 20% in 2015, to 8,522 units. DAF led the way overall, although Scania registered more four-axle trucks. Whilst the strength of the construction industry has been a boon, manufacturers are wary of any slowing in the marketplace. Ian Mitchell said, “It will be interesting to see if demand for four-axle rigids continues at the same level this year.”
One factor that might affect rigid registrations in coming months is a bottleneck in getting chassis bodied.
“Body builders have been hit by the double whammy of recession when they lost people and skills and the advent of European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval,” said Stuart Webster. “They’re short of resources and finding it difficult to respond, which means restricted capacity and lengthened delivery times, particularly for tippers and other construction industry trucks.”
Manufacturers are also concerned that a lack of drivers will limit sales, as operators won’t buy trucks if they have nobody to drive them.
Webster said, “The industry is getting desperately short of drivers, and too little is being done to encourage new and younger drivers in. The working conditions put many of them off, and the legislation that rules their lives is deterring them from entering the sector.
“This is a crisis waiting to happen; and the time has come for the powers that be to take action at all levels.”
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has launched of its new 1.9-litre mHawk diesel engine. This engine, which has been derived from M&M’s existing 2.2-litre mHawk engine, will power the new Scorpio as well as the new XUV500.
According to the company, the new 1.9-litre engine will deliver 120bhp in the Scorpio and 140bhp in the XUV500, which is at par with the power output of the 2.2-litre mHawk engine.
Commenting on the launch, Pravin Shah, president & chief executive (Automotive), Mahindra & Mahindra, “This new engine, the development of which started in August 2014, is now ready for launch on both the new Scorpio and the new XUV500. We do hope that our customers would enjoy driving these vehicles which deliver the performance currently on offer on the 2.2-litre mHawk engines”.
Starting with the next model year, all F-150 EcoBoost models equipped with the 2.7L or 3.5L V-6 and Raptor will have the feature as standard. As with the current 2.7L models, the function can be manually overridden and the truck will automatically disable the feature when in four-wheel drive or when towing. Auto stop-start has been found to improve fuel economy as much as 10% in congested, urban conditions, when a significant amount of time is spent waiting at stoplights or stopped on congested highways.
Auto stop-start has been a common feature in European models for many years. Early iterations of the technology were panned for their crude, abrupt operation, causing many drivers to instinctively override the feature. However, Ford has been able to create one of the smoothest-operating auto stop-start systems in the business, thanks to the company’s expertise with hybrid vehicles.
Renault has produced its millionth second-generation Kangoo. Initially released in 1998 and then redesigned in 2007, the Kangoo is now available in two forms: a leisure activity vehicle for retail customers and an LCV for the brand’s business customers. The LCV comes in a choice of three sizes – the Kangoo Compact, Kangoo Express and Kangoo Maxi – as well as an electric version, the Kangoo Z.E.
In 2015, the LCV version represented 64% of overall Kangoo production. The same year, 90% of all Kangoos produced (PC + LCV) featured diesel engines, 7% had petrol engines and 3% were electric.
Including the Kangoo, Renault’s entire range of light commercial vehicles is made in France. The Trafic and Master vans are respectively manufactured in the Group’s Sandouville and Batilly plants, illustrating the know-how and competitiveness of its French production sites.
The Maubeuge facility also produces the Citan for Renault’s partner, Daimler.
Outside France, Japan is the final destination for the millionth Kangoo which features an Etoilé Blue finish.
Although France, Spain and Germany are the car’s three chief markets, its popularity is rising in Japan, where 1,679 Kangoos were sold in 2015, accounting for one-third of all Renault sales in the country. Only the leisure activity version is available in Japan, but the vehicle has been a constant crowd-pleaser since 1998. To ensure even greater appeal to Japanese customers, specific body colours and up to three limited editions are introduced each year.
And the Japanese do love their Kangoos! Every year, owners gather at the base of Mount Fuji for the Kangoo Jamboree. Last year, more than 1,000 Kangoos were present for the seventh edition of this event. Don’t miss the 2016 Jamboree in mid-May, which promises to be another unique and memorable gathering.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia continues its successful run, recording sales of 2,623 commercial vehicles in 2015, a 5.5 per cent increase from the 2014.
In 2015, as the producer of Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles and FUSO trucks, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia delivered to customers a respective total of 193 units and 2,430 units. In doing so, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has effectively increased its market share in Malaysia for both European and Asian truck segments.
Reviewing its 2015 performance, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles, Vice President, Albert Yee said, “Amidst challenging market conditions, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles has increased sales, market share, launched a new truck series, and simultaneously achieved significant milestones at our Pekan production plant. We concluded 2015 on a high note, securing several fleet deals with long-standing customers. Their belief in Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles and FUSO Trucks are a testament to the hallmark quality and service that we deliver. Customers are at the heart of our business and as a producer of leading commercial vehicle brands, we aim to meet their need for quality vehicles.”
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles celebrated several highlights in 2015 which included the production of its 25,000th unit in Malaysia. The celebration took place in October 2015 at the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Pekan production plant in Pahang. Subsequently, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles marked the delivery of the 25,000th unit in November 2015 to Landbridge Haulage Sdn Bhd.
In 2015, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia extended its FUSO product portfolio with the launch of new variants, the FM and FN series, in October. The FM and FN series is a succession to its predecessors which was launched in 2009. The new variants feature a complete new cabin design and new engine with more safety features such as ABS.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s commercial vehicle portfolio is designed for a wide range of applications. From long-distance to short-radius distribution transport, work on construction sites and rescue operations, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has supplied commercial vehicles to multinational corporations and a variety of organisations, including fire stations, waste management, hospitals and various other services.
On the after-sales front, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has continued to be steadfast in delivering absolute customer service and focused on providing the Best Customer Experience. As part of the promise to deliver Trucks you can trust, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia presents to Commercial Vehicle customers comprehensive after-sales support which includes various service packages.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has also worked towards updating its 24-hour breakdown system that is supported by its service centres. The Mercedes-Benz Malaysia nationwide network is strategically located, with 15 Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle and 57 FUSO authorized outlets around Malaysia.
In conclusion, Yee said, “As a first-class product, Mercedes-Benz trucks represent reliability and cost-efficiency that comes with a service quality of comprehensive expertise. As we progress in 2016 and into the future, we look forward to maintaining our momentum and to continue growing our business in Malaysia to deliver to customers, Trucks you can trust.”
Flexibility, economy, environmental awareness, practicality, efficiency, reliability – municipalities and operators in the waste-disposal sector, road maintenance services and in winter service demand high standards of our vehicles. These criteria are the focus of the MAN stand at IFAT 2016. Practical solutions can be found in hall C4 on the MAN stand – number 317 – at the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, water and raw materials management from 30 May to 3 June 2016 in Munich.
Efficiency in operation and vehicle maintenance begins for the entrepreneur and municipal operator with the choice of tailor-made vehicle/body combinations: MAN offers an extensive range from 7.49 to 41 tonnes in the TGL, TGM, TGS, and TGX truck series. This is because it is only through the close interaction of MAN chassis, the sector specific bodies and the additional equipment that the efficiency features really take effect.
The four vehicles showcased on the MAN trade fair stand represent flexibility through their combination with the body, environmental awareness as a result of the efficient Euro 6 emission control technology and economy thanks to a driveline designed specifically for sector requirements.
Flexibility – MAN TGM 13.250 municipal vehicle with interchangeable bodies
A road sweeper generally runs at the dry times of the year. If snow has fallen, the vehicle, which is comparatively expensive in terms of procurement and maintenance, stands idle. A winter service vehicle with its spreader unit is generally only used for a few months of the year. A tipper is used throughout the entire year for a variety of transportation tasks.
The solution: One chassis – three tasks. This variety of combinations represents flexibility: The chassis is in operation around the clock which ensures a high level of vehicle utilisation for the operator and provides municipalities with a return on their procurement costs.
As a swap body unit, the MAN TGM 13.250 4×4 BL all-wheel drive vehicle can accommodate a road sweeper or a tipper with winter service spreader fitted. MAN has prepared the vehicle so that the bodies can be swapped as quickly as possible. A road sweeper needs free installation space between the axles for the brush rollers, circular brushes and the suction shaft. MAN has therefore repositioned the Euro 6 exhaust system including the exhaust pipe, compressed-air tank and battery box on to a rack behind the cab. The diesel tank switches to the left-hand side which leaves space on the frame on the right-hand side for the sweeping unit. MAN provides a central tank for all consuming units in each body in place of individual hydraulic fluid tanks. Space is also available for this on the chassis.
The all-wheel drive not only ensures forward propulsion as a tipper when travelling off road, but also in winter when clearing snow. It makes ground clearance available under the frame for the sweeping and suctions equipment. The scope of delivery includes the winter service equipment with front mounting plate in accordance with DIN 15432, lane speed signal for the spreader, raised lighting and turn signals and orange revolving beacon on the cab roof.
A speciality of the TGM series with a gross vehicle weight of 13 to 15 tons and all-wheel drive is the standard air suspension of the rear axle. This makes the procedure of swapping between bodies that much easier. It ensures maximum protection of the load from bumps and keeps the driving level always the same. The advantage of the air suspension system becomes very apparent in the winter. Regardless of the load condition of the mounted spreader, the loading platform and spreading plate always remain at the same height. The spreading pattern does not have to be re-adjusted during the round once it is set.
A MAN TGM 13.250 4×4 BL in combination with two bodies will be exhibited at IFAT in order to illustrate the flexibility of the vehicle operation. A Faun road sweeper body and a Meiller three-way tipper will be positioned behind the chassis. The vehicle is fitted with a 9-gear manually operated gearbox.
Automated gear changing when sweeping – new with MAN TipMatic
As an alternative, in the future MAN will also offer the MAN TipMatic automated gearbox with specific gearshift program for road sweepers in the TGL and TGM series with the 250 hp Euro 6 engine. This removes the need for the driver to have to change gear. He is then able to focus on the traffic which is even more advantageous when street cleaning or clearing snow. The MAN TGM then moves with the usual speed of a truck between operation sites. The use of the rotary switch, located next to the seat and easily accessible, is straightforward: One turn selects forwards or reverse. An individual driving program is available for the road sweeper operation – this is labelled Ds.
Safe driving – ESP for two-axle all-wheel drive vehicles
As of now, MAN is offering ESP for two-axle municipal vehicles with optional all-wheel drive. The legislature only requires ESP for road chassis. However, tippers used for flexible operations in the builder’s yard are often ordered with all-wheel drive in order to be able to complete work away from the road. However, they spend most of the time travelling on sealed road surfaces. MAN’s commitment to also install ESP in the all-wheel drive versions of the TGM and TGS series, is further increasing safety.
Practicality – MAN TGS 28.400, tailored to winter service
The three-axle MAN TGS 28.400 brings together the aspects of traction, manoeuvrability and efficiency, and its chassis configuration has been developed in close collaboration with users. MAN offers an ex-works all-wheel drive chassis with steered and lifting trailing axle. For sector-specific equipment in winter service, the customer no longer needs to involve a partner in making the conversion. The third axle which is designed for a nine tonne load capacity, increases the payload and body length which is a real benefit in terms of the grit quantities that can be transported in winter service. The driver will appreciate the steered training axle which provides a high level of manoeuvrability for a vehicle which is around 8.5 metres in length. A real feature of this design is the turning circle which is two metres smaller (17.3 metre instead of 19.3 metres) when compared to a three-axle MAN TGS with driven tandem-axle assembly. Raising the trailing axle when unladen or with partial load reduces fuel consumption and tyre wear and thus contributes to efficient vehicle operation.
The scope of delivery ex-works also includes specific winter service additions such as front mounting plate and lighting, electrical interfaces for the body and for winter service hydraulic system and the preparation for fitting a camera, whose image feeds into the navigation screen in the instrument panel.
Public-utility vehicles need to be in operation throughout the year. This is because municipal and city yards, road and highway maintenance companies, and their subcontractors, clear snow, clean roads, and carry out repairs on the road surface, signs, and lighting, and also maintain the roadside greenery. MAN meets these requirements with vehicles from the TGL, TGM and TGS series with tipper body and winter service equipment, to which a loading crane may also be added. Flexible conversion for tasks in both summer and winter is therefore also possible.
This MAN TGS 28.400 6×4-4 BL is shown with a chassis with winter service equipment without body in order to display the sector-specific configuration.
Efficiency– MAN TGS 32.360 four-axle refuse collector
A four-axle refuse collector paves the way for maximum efficiency. When compared to a three-axle vehicle, the longer chassis with a higher payload can accommodate a body with a volume of 28 cubic metres; an increase of around six cubic metres. The centralisation of the network of disposal facilities such as dumps or thermal waste-processing plants extends the trips between collection areas and offloading sites. A larger capacity reduces the number of daily cycles with their time-consuming transportation runs.
The higher payload and optimal axle load distribution are additional advantages of the four-axle vehicle. The payload is a real benefit for example when emptying organic waste bins because a cubic metre of organic waste weighs more than a cubic metre of household waste or recycling.
In the TGS series, MAN supplies a 1+3 axle configuration in which the middle of the three rear axles is driven. The other axles are steered: a leading axle designed for an eight tonne capacity which can be lifted and the load removed, as well as a trailing axle with a capacity of eight tonnes. The wheel bases are 3750 / 1350 / 1450 millimetres. Further arguments in favour of this axle configuration are the high manoeuvrability and the reduced tyre wear.
On a collection round, the driver is constantly on the move, changing gear, braking, and stopping between loading points, which are typically only a few metres apart. In addition, each time he has to turn the hydraulic system for the emptying and pressing functions on and off. The driving profile in a collection round therefore fundamentally differs from other areas of operation for commercial vehicles. The gear changing element provided by MAN for rear loading refuse collector vehicles combined with the MAN TipMatic automated gear shifting makes life significantly easier for the driver. The control attached to the arm rest of the driver’s seat lies comfortably in the hand. By pressing the button, the driver is able to activate all body-related functions.
The chassis of the MAN TGS 32.360 8×2-6 BL shown at IFAT 2016 is intended for the body of a rear loading refuse collector.
Efficiency – MAN TGM 26.340 payload advantage in refuse collection
When comparing the MAN TGM and TGS series as the basis for a three-axle refuse collector, the MAN TGM really shows its strengths in terms of payload and cab. This is because efficiency is not only measured in terms of price – part of the total cost of ownership (TCO) – but also in terms of the ergonomics in everyday handling. The convenient step unit into the cab only involves two steps which is less than in the larger series. This becomes noticeable over the course of a collection round with regular getting on and off the vehicle. The 26.5 centimetre extension of the C cab is an advantage in terms of the space gained for the driver and both co-drivers.
The MAN TGM is designed for a gross permitted weight of 26 tonnes and starts a collection round with around a one tonne greater payload when compared to the MAN TGS. This represents an advantage in terms of flexibility when loading the 22 m³ body.
For IFAT 2016 and new to the TGM series, MAN is introducing a wheelbase of 4125 millimetres between the first and second axle. This configuration has been developed in response to practical requirements in order to optimize the weight distribution between all axles with respect to heavy emptying and the changing centre of gravity of the load over the course of a collection round. This also includes the steered trailing axle designed for a 7.5 tonne load. This benefits manoeuvrability in roads with lots of parked cars as well as in narrow side streets and in densely built urban developments.
The TGM 26.340 6×2-4 BL exhibited on the MAN stand displays the controls which make the operation of a rear loading refuse collector efficient. It is fitted with the sector-specific MAN TipMatic software, the halt brake and the control on the driver’s arm rest. The vehicle also includes a new generation of safety systems. These include the LGS lane guard system, the emergency braking assistant EBA2 and the emergency stop signal. At speeds above 60 km/h, the LGS lane guard system monitors the vehicle’s position with respect to the lane and warns the driver should he accidentally cross the lane markings. The EBA2 emergency braking system fitted by MAN even now easily meets the stricter legal requirements for Level 2 which come into force in November 2018 for newly registered vehicles. In the event of emergency braking, the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) activates not only the brake lights but also the hazard warning lights which flash rapidly (emergency braking flashing) and thus signal an emergency situation to vehicles behind.
Safer view – new large screen infotainment system
The need for large screens in the cab is evident in DIN 1501, the standard establishing the safety requirements for the operation of rear loading refuse collectors The driver uses this to monitor the vehicle environment, for example, when manoeuvring in reverse. In early 2016, MAN will introduce the new MMT Advanced infotainment radio. The 7-inch display is integrated in the instrument panel. This avoids additional screens being fitted which might impede the driver’s view of the road. One of MMT Advanced’s many functions is the recording of signals from two external cameras. These are activated either at the touch of a button by the driver or automatically through the use of predefined functions. The applications for this are wide-ranging, and not solely within refuse collection. One of the traditional camera monitoring tasks is also a view of both the spreading pattern and the functioning of the gritter.
Integrated solutions from MAN – including municipal leasing and services
Municipal leasing has become increasingly established among publicly funded waste disposal companies alongside purchasing – the traditional procurement procedure. Companies select between rental purchase, loan financing or “kilometre leasing”. MAN Finance’s leasing and financing services are tailored to sector requirements and are becoming increasingly popular. The leasing agreements are adapted to the long useful lives of public-utility vehicles. Terms of up to 96 months are possible. Alternatively, MAN Rental offers public-utility vehicles for rent.
MAN Solution’s integrated services offers solutions for municipal and private operators of public-utility vehicles for the economical and efficient implementation of the work and transportation contract. This impacts positively when taking into account the total cost of ownership (TCO). The extensive MAN ProfiDrive training opportunities are a key component of MAN Solution. It comprises theoretical and practical training, thus supporting the driver and the operator in safe and efficient use of their vehicle. The continuing training which is required by law under the German Professional Driver Qualification Act also forms part of the MAN ProfiDrive offer. MAN ProfiDrive has been advising drivers very successfully since 2014 using the ConnectedCoDriver. This is basically remote training for a period of one week and up to three months. The trainer focuses solely on the driver, the vehicle and the road profile. The aim is for the driver to develop a particularly economical style of driving on the road. MAN TeleMatics provides the technical tool. This gives the trainer insight into the driver’s style of driving.
MAN Service care is another example of support provided for operators of public-utility vehicles. Proactive maintenance scheduling is a particularly efficient way to reduce costs. Regardless of the service agreements offered by MAN, MAN service outlets and customers stay in touch via MAN TeleMatics in order to arrange maintenance appointments so that work for completion can be bundled together and in order to keep visits to the workshop as short as possible.
Tata Motors has appointed former Daimler executive Guenter Butschek as its CEO, two years after the death of previous chief Karl Slym. The 55-year-old executive is expected to join the company by Feb. 15, Tata Motors said this Monday in a press statement.
Butschek will lead Tata Motors’ operations in India and in international markets including South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and South Africa. Luxury UK unit Jaguar Land Rover will continue to be managed by its CEO Ralf Speth, the company said.
The appointment of the new boss comes at a time when Tata Motors’ core business has posted losses in five of the past seven quarters through September. The automaker has introduced new passenger vehicle models as it seeks to regain lost market share.
Between April and December, Tata Motors’ passenger vehicle sales in its home market of India fell 2 percent to about 112,030 while total industry sales rose 9 percent to over 2 million vehicles, industry data showed. To boost sales, Tata is focusing more on quality and design that it hopes will help shed its ‘taxi car’ image.
“Tata Motors is going through an exciting yet challenging phase and Mr. Butschek’s appointment comes at an opportune moment,” Cyrus P. Mistry, chairman of Tata Motors, said in the statement. “He brings with him rich global experience of growing organizations and developing new markets.”
Butschek worked at Daimler for more than 25 years before he was appointed chief operating officer at Airbus Group.
2016 promises to be a big year for Opal Auto Mart with a merger making it the largest extended warranty provider and administrator in the country.
Opal Auto Mart, with its recent merger with another leading extended warranty company provider EWP Services will be rebranded to Opal warranty, thus making Opal Warranty the largest extended warranty provider and administrator in Malaysia. In 2016, subject to all relevant authorities approval, Opal Warranty will be a wholly owned subsidiary of One Auto Group.
‘This merger is a godsend for owners of used and reconditioned vehicles. Opal Warranty will be able to provide support services through 200 workshops nationwide, “ proclaimed David Lee, the newly appointed CEO of Opal Warranty. “ Car owners will enjoy both convenience and peace of mind. “ He was also keen to stress that the merger also means greater financial stability for the company and car owners can be confident when purchasing an extended warranty from Opal Warranty. The combined assets, besides access to the larger number of workshops, will also allow Opal Warranty to make greater headway in the region. “ Apart from reaching out further to consumers in Malaysia, we are looking to make Opal Warranty a major player in South-East Asia, “ said Dato Billy Goh, Managing Director of One Auto Group of Companies.
Opal Auto Mart is a pioneer in this sector of the automotive industry as it first offered warranties for reconditioned (unregistered) vehicles in 2011. That move to formalize the warranty with the backing of a licensed insurance companies as underwriters highlighted the company’s philosophy. “ We don’t just pay lip service when we offer our warranties. Opal Warranty is a legitimate enterprise aimed at giving owners of older and reconditioned vehicles that all-important safety net which covers major repair bills, “explained David.
“ It is one thing for a company to offer a verbal warranty and quite another offering one which follows strict professional standards and is backed by licensed insurance companies, “ said David. All these will have a significant impact on the car buying and ownership experience in Malaysia. It will have far-reaching consequences as buying a used or recondition car with Opal Warranty will be almost as good as buying a new car. With its merger and combined network of 200 workshops nationwide and all programs are underwritten by licensed insurance companies in Malaysia, Opal Warranty gives you a peace of mind when it comes to mechanical breakdown assistance and coverage.
Opal Warranty’s online arm Cake (short for Cars & Bikes) Malaysia (http://www.cakemalaysia.com.my) will be the largest online portal for booking of your service appointment online. This online service is not just restricted to Opal Warranty customers. Anyone and everyone can use this ultra-convenient service to book a service appointment online at any one of the 200-plus workshops listed. “ Ease of use is something we want to build upon. Going to a workshop should be convenient and like most things today, be available as an online services, “ David said. In this respect, Opal Warranty has launched a brand new App which will allow consumer to book your service appointment at any of the authorized workshops with a few easy clicks of a button. You can download the Opal SOS app from App Store or Play Store for FREE.
On another note, AmGeneral Insurance Berhad (“AmGeneral”), one of the nation’s largest motor insurer has also appointed Opal Auto Mart as their Third Party Administrator for their Mechanical Breakdown Insurance program for used and reconditioned cars. AmGeneral is committed to providing caring insurance, support and services to customers. The general insurance company strives to provide their customers with peace of mind protection backed by progressive products and services. With this appointment, vehicles will be inspected, serviced and maintained by all 200 Opal authorized panel workshops nationwide.