Browsing Archive April, 2017

MARA Liner Signs Agreement for 27 MAN City Buses

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MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd (MTBM) has just announced it has signed an agreement with MARA Liner Sdn Bhd, to expand the existing fleet of myBAS Perlis as well as provide quality after sales service. The new MAN buses are based on the MAN 14.280 HOCL two-axle chassis and were built in cooperation with a local body manufacturer.

myBAS Perlis is part of the Stage Bus Service Transformation Program enforced by Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to provide better access to urban and rural communities. The service commenced operations in 2015 and to-date covers six trunk routes and four feeder routes, carrying an average of 1,200 passengers daily.

The signing ceremony between MTBM and MARA Liner and the handover of the 27 units of MAN A80 City buses were held at MARA Liner Perlis, in the presence of Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Bin Syed Jaafar Albar, the Chairman of SPAD, and witnessed by representatives of myBAS Perlis.

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Hartmut Mueller, Managing Director of MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd said, “We are delighted that MAN buses are selected to provide a highly modern and safe public transportation for the myBAS program. The superior quality and reliability of our vehicles have been crucial to this partnership with MARA Liner and we are very much looking forward to continuing our mutually-beneficial collaboration”.

The MAN A80 City bus for myBAS Perlis has a low entry design, making it extremely easy for passengers to board and exit, and can carry up to 41 passengers. The 10-metre bus is powered by a 280 hp (206 kW) diesel engine. Impeccably efficient and reliable for inner city transportation, it is also designed to be environmentally friendly with incredibly low fuel consumption and low noise emissions.

“The efficient fuel consumption and low life-cycle costs of MAN buses are among the main deciding factors for us when it comes to the vehicle of choice for the fleet expansion of myBAS Perlis. We are looking forward to an ongoing fruitful partnership with MAN, in enabling us to increase the quality of our service and create added value for our customers” said Zahrail Affenday bin Mohamed, Chief Operating Officer of MARA Liner Sdn Bhd.

As part of the 5-year contract with MARA Liner, MTBM will also undertake to provide technical competency and knowledge transfer to MARA Liner Service Center in Alor Setar through various the train-the-trainer apprenticeship programs.

Both MARA Liner Service Centers in Alor Setar and Kuantan are MTBM’s appointed service dealers. The partnership will also enable MTBM to provide more efficient and faster response to customers when it comes to after sales service and maintenance, via the MARA Liner network.

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Mitsubishi Reveals Triton “Desert Warrior” in the UK

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Mitsubishi Motors in the UK just showcased a one-off Mitsubishi Triton (also known as the L200 in the UK) that has been built in conjunction with Top Gear magazine at the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show held in UK last weekend.

Developed in secret by the world’s biggest-selling enthusiast magazine and codenamed ‘Project Swarm’, the totally unique Mitsubishi Triton took centre stage on the brand’s stand.

Fully exploring the potential of the Mitsubishi Triton, ‘Project Swarm’ was built in the style of a ‘Pre-Runner’ off-road vehicle – specially modified production vehicles that are beefed-up to ‘pre-run’ stages of off-road desert racers.

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Tom Ford, Associate Editor for Top Gear magazine, recently named as one of Top Gear America’s hosts, joined forces with renowned engineer Ralph Hosier of RH Engineering, best known for his work on National Geographic Channel show Supercar Megabuild, to transform his standard Mitsubishi L200 long-term test vehicle into one of the wildest Mitsubishi vehicles on the road.

While it still has the interior comfort of a production Triton, enhanced by a set of bespoke Cobra racing seats, the Desert Warrior has been made even more capable thanks to a range of additions, including an external roll cage, heavily modified suspension, oversized wheels with self-inflating tyres, long range LED lights and some extra kit that will be needed to negotiate some of the world’s harshest terrain.

Top Gear is planning to use the Mitsubishi Triton Desert Warrior for a very special upcoming challenge which will feature in the magazine, and online, and detail many of the trucks additional features.

Commenting on his radical Mitsubishi Triton, Tom Ford, said: “I’ve always had an obsession with ‘Pre-runners’ and this is my idea of the perfect desert truck. It’s a very serious truck but it’s got that little bit of theatre that makes me think it’s got something extra to it. It’s still an L200, but it has been made to be max-attack and it will not break. It’s exactly what I wanted – something that has the appearance of a Hot Wheels toy and is every bit as tough as it looks!”

Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “The Mitsubishi Triton is one of the most durable pick-up trucks available, but the Desert Warrior takes its toughness to a whole new level. In fact, its purposefulness and ruggedness has provided the inspiration for the Mitsubishi Triton Barbarian SVP, the first limited edition model to be created by our new SVP (Special Vehicle Projects) programme.”

 

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IVECO New Stralis NP runs 837 miles on just one tank of LNG

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An IVECO New Stralis NP has completed the famous 837-mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a single fill of liquified natural gas (LNG), demonstrating its viability as a genuine alternative to diesel vehicles. The New Stralis NP offers major benefits including ultra-low emissions, quieter operation and fuel costs which are around a third lower than diesel.

IVECO selected the route as the ultimate demonstration of range and versatility, with the New Stralis NP operating with a laden tri-axle trailer for the first 808 miles, only dropping the trailer at a truckstop in Redruth as the Land’s End Visitor Centre cannot accommodate 13.6m trailers.

Thanks to a proven Natural Power technology, heavy truck fleets can take advantage of a simplified after-treatment system, meaning there’s no need for EGR, SCR, AdBlue or particulate filters. Plus, the reduced cost of natural gas versus diesel translates into a lower total cost of ownership, whilst the driving experience is now on a par with the latest generation diesel-powered trucks.

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The New Stralis NP was powered by an 8.7-litre IVECO Cursor 9 Natural Gas engine which delivers the same output of 400 hp and 1,700 Nm torque as its diesel equivalent, resulting in an excellent power-to-weight ratio, power density and quietness of operation.

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DAF Unveils the New CF and XF Trucks

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DAF is introducing the new generation CF and XF trucks, which set a new standard in transport efficiency and driver comfort.

Thanks to new engine innovations, new drivelines and aerodynamic optimizations, fuel consumption is now 7% lower than before.

The new generation CF and XF also feature lower weight for increased payload and an updated interior and exterior design for the highest driver comfort and greatest appeal. These excellent new trucks provide our customers with the lowest operating cost and the highest uptime.

“Building on the excellent reputation for fuel efficiency, reliability and driver comfort the current Euro 6 product range has earned in Europe, DAF has developed a new generation of CF and XF trucks offering the best possible solutions for both the customer and the driver”, shared Preston Feight, DAF Trucks president. “Backed by industry leading services and a highly professional dealer organization, the new CF and XF trucks – entering production in summer 2017- embody an owner’s delight and the driver’s dream.”

Improved fuel efficiency, along with more power and torque at lower revs.

Class-leading fuel efficiency is the result of the fully integrated and innovative driveline that achieves optimum interaction between engine, after-treatment system, transmission and rear axles, for lowest total cost of ownership, fully aligned with the DAF Transport Efficiency philosophy.

The air management of the PACCAR MX engines has been further improved by applying a new and even more efficient turbocharger, a new EGR system and a new valve actuation design. Thermal efficiency has been enhanced by developing a new combustion system, including new pistons, injectors and injection strategies, while higher compression ratios are employed.

New highly efficient variable speed cooling-, steering- and oil pumps are used to achieve the lowest fuel consumption.

A key principle when developing the new drivelines was to reduce engine revs for best-in-class fuel efficiency. Maximum torque of the PACCAR MX-11 and MX-13 engines has been increased significantly and is already available from 900 rpm to allow down speeding of the engine. The top-of-the range PACCAR MX-13 engine produces 390 kW/530 hp and 2,600 Nm of torque at 1,000 rpm.

Highly-efficient rear axle designs

Rear axle designs have been further developed and reductions of down to 2.05:1 can be specified for driving at cruising speeds of 85 km/h at only 1,000 – 1,040 rpm, depending on driveline choice. The new generation of rear axle differentials features a completely new design of crown wheel and pinion, aimed at highest durability and efficiency as well as extremely low noise levels.

Application of low viscosity oils, lower oil levels in the rear axles and low friction wheel end bearings also enhance fuel efficiency.

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Efficient TraXon gearbox as standard

The latest generation of TraXon automated gearboxes are standard on the new CF and XF series with the 12 speed being standard and a 16 speed optional. Less friction losses, even faster upshifts and the extended use of EcoRoll contribute to lowest fuel consumption. Driver comfort is enhanced thanks to its quiet and smooth operation and precise clutch control. The increased ratio spread allows excellent maneuverability, even when faster drivelines are applied.

Advanced powertrain software features

The new CF and XF feature a completely new electric and electronic architecture. It introduces a new vehicle control unit for dedicated driveline integration, featuring enhanced EcoRoll and Cruise Control functionalities, such as Dynamic Cruise. Dynamic Cruise adapts the character of the cruise control to the different driving circumstances. Thanks to a further integration of Predictive Cruise Control (PCC) and EcoRoll, PCC can now activate EcoRoll sooner, when both technologies have calculated that vehicle momentum is sufficient to carry the vehicle in neutral gear over the top of the hill within a set speed bandwidth.

Industry-leading PACCAR Engine Brake performance

Next to engine performance, the performance of the PACCAR Engine Brake has been enhanced. Maximum braking power of the PACCAR MX-11 engine has grown from 320 to 340 kW. Braking power has increased 20% between 1,000 to 1,500 rpm. Maximum braking power of the MX-13 is no less than 360 kW and in the important 1,200 to 1,500 rpm range, braking power has increased up to 30%.

Aerodynamic Optimizations

In order to achieve lowest possible fuel consumption, vehicle aerodynamics have been improved thanks to a new sun visor design for the CF and XF. In addition, the new XF features wheel bay extensions and flow guides behind the grille for optimal aerodynamics around the truck and through to the engine bay. New grille closures reduce drag, and new gap closures between the headlight and corner deflector realize the best possible aerodynamics.

Up to 100 kilogram higher pay load

For the new CF and XF, DAF has developed a completely new and compact Exhaust After-treatment System (EAS), which results in more chassis space for components such as larger fuel tank, compressors, tool boxes or crane legs.

An advanced substrate technology allows for a 40% reduction in overall volume in the EAS unit. This is done without compromising backpressure, ash cleaning intervals or DeNOx efficiency. In fact, the compact box heats up faster allowing the engine to operate quicker and even more frequently in its most efficient fuel map.

The compactness of the EAS units also means that for special applications, DeNOx catalytic converter and Diesel Particulate Filter don’t need to be split anymore, which contributes to excellent overall efficiency.

Another advantage of the new ultra-compact EAS unit is that it is some 50 kilograms lighter. Thanks to additional measures like engine and chassis weight optimisation, the new CF and XF offer 100 kilogram more payload.

Maximum uptime

Service intervals of the new DAF CF and XF can be extended from 150,000 to 200,000 kilometer. Despite the compact dimensions of the new EAS unit, its capabilities are unmatched, resulting in ash cleaning intervals of up to 500,000 kilometer, which contributes to maximum customer uptime.

The enhanced Body Attachment Method supports the shortest configuration time, as the new design at the rear end of the chassis allows easy fitment of, for instance, tail lifts and dedicated prepared installation plates for boxed bodies and cranes.

DAF Connect fleet management system

DAF Connect is an innovative fleet management system, offering the operator real-time information on the performance of his vehicles and drivers.

Information on vehicle location, fuel consumption, mileage, fleet utilization and idle time are clearly presented in an on-line dashboard, which can be tailored to customer requirements. The user-friendly dashboard can be configured to provide comprehensive fuel reports with current and historical data that compares the fleet’s vehicles and drivers. The Live Fleet View feature provides all the information needed about the location of the fleet in order to enable optimal planning including distances, routes and driving time for the vehicle and driver. Operators receive self-defined alerts when deviations occur in areas like speed, route, location and fuel consumption so they can immediately improve fleet performance.

DAF Connect optimizes vehicle availability, reduces operational cost and enhances logistical efficiency. DAF Connect also allows the transport operator to effectively plan repair & maintenance and take advantage of tailor-made advice by DAF when using DAF Connect.

The new CF and XF: Drivers Dream

The new CF and XF remain the industry leader in driver comfort, thanks to their great accessibility, excellent interior space and many innovations that enhance comfort, user-friendliness, attractiveness and safety.

  • New interior trim
  • New Temperature and Climate Control (HVAC)
  • New Exclusive Line
  • Upgraded instrument panel and dashboard lay-out
  • Plug and play driver preference switches

From the moment you step inside, the new DAF CF and XF deliver the highest level of quality and driver comfort. New warm and tasteful colors on the dashboard, seats, curtains, mattresses, side and back walls give the interior a beautiful appearance in which every driver can appreciate the luxury and richness. The XF piano black decoration on dashboard and rear wall gives the interior extra appeal. The XF Super Space Cab remains the most spacious cab on the market with a total volume of more than 12.6 m3.

New temperature and climate control

The new DAF CF and XF feature a completely new automatic HVAC system which is very easy to operate. The system also contributes to the best fuel efficiency as the new smart controlled air-conditioning system consumes less energy by cooling the air down only as much as is needed to reach the desired temperature. Intelligent control of the evaporator is also used to avoid unnecessary air cooling. The new fully automated HVAC system uses residual heat from the engine for heating the cab during shorts breaks, which adds to fuel efficiency. The new temperature and climate control systems can also be operated using the new rear wall panel with temperature display for highest driver comfort.

New Exclusive Line

The summit of luxury and comfort is the new Exclusive Line, available for both the new CF and XF. The top-of-the range Exclusive Line is distinguished by the cognac colored dashboard, door panels (XF) and leather seats, as well as the stylish bright vents (CF). A leather steering wheel is standard on the luxurious CF and XF versions.

Enhanced Driver Information and user-friendliness

The instrument panel has been redesigned with new characters for a more modern and attractive appearance and enhanced clarity. The enhanced Driver Information Panel includes a tachograph countdown, displaying remaining driving and resting times.

This contributes to enhanced comfort and efficiency, as do the driver configurable switches (MUX), which allow the driver to position dashboard switches according to his/her preference. MUX-switches also allow optimal positioning of controls and switches for the operation of the superstructure or components like aggregates and crane leg supports.

Drivers will also benefit from the new interior light switch, positioned in the central part of the dashboard, while DAF’s great sliding table and unmatched storage space remain untouched. The new interior light switch stands out in user-friendliness with possibilities of dimming for ‘night drive’ and ‘relax’ modes. All speed related functions, including cruise control, predictive cruise control and adaptive cruise control are perfectly and logically grouped at the right side of the steering wheel.

Great looks

DAF has enriched the exterior styling with subtle and stylish elements, like the identity plate in the doorstep which welcomes the driver to the luxurious interior (XF). A new DAF nameplate with a redesigned DAF logo featuring chrome letters symbolize the trucks’ quality. Accents in the bumper and sun visor give the exterior an extra touch of richness, as do the decorative strips in the grille and the new grill mesh for the XF.

Start of Production

The new CF and XF will enter production in the summer of 2017 in 4×2 tractor (FT) and rigid (FA) configurations, the 6×2 tractor FTG and FTP with pusher axles, and the 6×2 rigid with single mounted trailing axle (FAR). Other excellent versions will follow in autumn.

“We have made the best trucks on the market even better”, commented Preston Feight, DAF Trucks president. “The new CF and XF further extend the current trucks excellent reliability, fuel efficiency and driver comfort. As part of our DAF Transport Efficiency philosophy we have again made major steps to further enhance vehicle efficiency by providing the lowest operating cost and the higher uptime for our customers. The new CF and XF represent Pure Excellence.”

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Hyundai Electric Bus on its way

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Hyundai Motor Company has announced it will reveal its first electric bus in South Korea next month ahead of its mass production run next year. The new bus will have a driving range of 260 kilometres that can be fully charged within one hour with a high-speed charger.

Hyundai plans to conduct trial runs of its electric buses in the second half of this year, with plans to roll out the mass-market models in the first half of next year for global sales. Hyundai plans to announce its plans for developing green commercial vehicles in the future, as part of the automaker’s broader EV push.

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Commercial Vehicle Makers Come Together to Promote Euro 6 Diesel in UK

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The UK’s commercial vehicle (CV) industry came together yesterday to demonstrate the vital role Britain’s 4.7 million goods and service vehicles – and the people who drive them – play in keeping the country running.

A special display of emergency response, utility and works vehicles at Birmingham’s NEC marked the opening of the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show, as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that some 1.8 million sole traders now depend on their vans for their livelihoods.

Small businesses and sole traders in particular are on the front line of the UK economy, providing services that are vital to our day-to-day lives. Further, thousands of emergency response vehicles look after our health and safety, buses keep millions of people across the country mobile, while utility and delivery vans and trucks together move three times more goods than water and rail combined – contributing some £27.5 billion to the UK economy. 

Almost all (96%) of these vehicles are powered by diesel, which delivers the high levels of efficiency and performance needed to transport heavy goods over long distances. On average, diesel vans use around 50% less fuel than petrols, meaning lower fuel bills for operators and affordable costs for consumers and taxpayers.

The commercial vehicle sector has invested heavily to ensure that the Euro VI diesel trucks and vans on sale today are the cleanest in history. The development of the latest low emission technology has resulted in Euro VI vehicles that have virtually eliminated particulates, while on-road tests of the latest heavy commercials show a 95% reduction in NOx over their older Euro V counterparts. These modern, low-emission vehicles play a critical part in improving air quality.

Businesses of all sizes across Britain rely on their fleet of commercial vehicles to perform tasks that keep the country running – and they are increasingly serving consumer demand for online purchasing. The UK is now the EU’s biggest online retail sector, with consumers here buying some £67.4 billion worth of goods and services online in 2016. Commercial vehicles transported 1.52 billion tonnes of goods across the UK in 2015 – including medicines, clothing and groceries.

Around 23,000 people are expected to attend the Commercial Vehicle Show, which opens its doors today at the NEC in Birmingham. Now in its 18th year, CV Show 2017 is the biggest event for eight years, with 460 companies exhibiting, including some of the biggest van and truck names on the market.

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Tata Motors expands electric bus fleet

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Tata Motors estimates the market electric and hybrid buses in India to reach 400-500 units in the next one year. To tap into the opportunity, which the company expects to grow in the coming years, it unveiled half a dozen vehicles running on alternative fuels.

The nation’s largest commercial vehicle maker expects electric and hybrid mass transportation to take off in Indian cities, in line with those like London, Beijing or Amsterdam, as they fight to control increasing air pollution.

There is a clear incentive for hybrid buses (which have both an electric motor and a conventional engine) from the government, giving the technology a head-start over electric vehicles, Ravindra Pisharody, executive director for commercial vehicle business, said. “We expect in the next year, there will be order for a minimum of 300-400 hybrid buses from various state transport undertakings.”

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Hino opens RM8 million Hino Total Support Customer Centre (HTSCC)

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Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the number one diesel truck maker and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty vehicles in Japan, has today officially opened its RM8 million upgraded Hino Total Support Customer Centre (HTSCC) which is set to be the catalyst for the company’s next level of business growth in the region.

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HTSCC, the first in the world outside of Japan is built with international standard specifications from Japan to assist its customers who need to comply with the Malaysia’s government Safety, Health and Environment Code of Practice (SHE COP).

HTSCC is built on a 39,600 square metre of land size. Hino aims for HTSCC to reach a capacity of 2000 trainings annually. These trainings are open for truck or heavy duty vehicle drivers who will be trained with highly ethical driving skills to reduce the number of accidents, complaints and summonses and ultimately to save precious lives and business costs.

Mr. Ken Iwamoto, Managing Director, Hino Motor Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said, “The upgraded facility reaffirms our commitment to continue our investment in Malaysia as we intend to make this facility as the catalyst for our local customers and those in the region. It will be a showcase of a tried and tested way to save lives, reduce accidents and business costs.

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“When road accidents happen, apart from the tragic loss of lives, not many people are aware of the cost to businesses. These costs can be in the form of repairing the said vehicle, the insurance paid out to the affected families, the domino effect and disruption to business flow when traffic came to a halt and most importantly the reputation cost to the said company or brand and the country in general.”

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Quoting Ministry of Transport statistics, he highlighted that road accidents cost Malaysia an estimated RM9.21 billion in the year 2016 with a total of 521,466 accidents recorded, an increase from 489,606 in 2015. Out of these road accidents, a total of 80.6 per cent were caused by human error. In 2016 itself, a total of 7,152 people died in road accidents in Malaysia, an alarming jump from 6,706 deaths in the year before.

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The upgraded facility is now built with more difficult obstacles for endurance and technical skill tests such as slopped road for hill driving, banked road for medium speed cornering, professional driving track, wet handing and panic brake facility as well as a 830 meter driving track.

The centre also comes with a maintenance service bay, an open space canteen and a gallery to increase customers’ and public awareness on the history of Hino as a company, its technological revolutions and product advancement. Hino has been established in Malaysia for the past 40 years.

“Apart from providing free training to drivers of HINO’s vehicle owners, we would also want to encourage the public at large who wants to be a professionally certified truck driver to participate in our training programmes.

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“When there are more professional truck drivers in the marketplace, we hope that such supply will spur companies, organisations and government agencies to put in place a mechanism and a requirement to hire only professional truck drivers certified by HTSCC.  This will not only level up the skills set required but also gearing up the entire transportation ecosystem into a new level of professionalism, with better service level and customer care,” emphasized Ken.

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For a start, HTSCC will offer extensive training courses to equip truck owners with product knowledge, safety and driving techniques. Hino’s training curriculum is inclusive of theoretical and practical courses. Its current curriculum encompasses:

i)              Safety & Eco-cien Driver Training

-       This programme highlights Hino’s philosophy of creating a healthy environment by reducing carbon dioxide’s (CO2) emission. Skills and techniques essential for safe and economical driving that will lead to increased business profitability will be taught.

ii)             Driver Familiarisation Training

-       This programme stresses skills and knowledge that ensure customers are familiar with vehicle periodic maintenance schedule, warranty and daily inspection.

iii)            Safety Driver Training

-       This one-day programme emphasizes on safety measures to be taken whilst on the road.

Hino intends to gradually increase the modules of its programme with additional four new courses which are:

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a)    Driver Trainer Training

b)    Driving & Human Reaction Training

c)    Night Driving Training

d)    Drivers Aptitude Test / Training

Drivers will be tested on fuel-efficient driving, safety driving, and driving training in different road conditions and situations as well as safe driving technique when driving at night.

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Plans have been set aside to also provide sufficient training to equip the drivers with knowledge on how and when to react in a conflict situation driving on the road and during emergencies in the near future, leading to a mindset change in prioritizing safety and ultimately helping vehicle owners save overall business costs and lives of their drivers.

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Hino is currently the number one brand amongst the truck makers in Malaysia with a market share of 35.7%.  At the end of 2016, Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) sold a total of 5,870 units of medium and heavy-duty vehicles. This year the company expects to sell more than 6,000 units of vehicles.

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Volvo Trucks Malaysia Launches FH Series

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Volvo Trucks unveiled the FH Series, its premium flagship truck, in Malaysia yesterday, offering best-in-class fuel economy, reliability and safety. Designed with the driver in mind and built to withstand the heaviest and most demanding operations, the Volvo FH is the ultimate long-haul that sets a new standard in transportation.

“The Volvo FH series is our latest premium flagship product that we believe will deliver exceptional benefits to our Malaysian customers. We have a long history in Malaysia and the addition of the Volvo FH to our product line not only strengthens our current leading position but also puts us in a good place to take advantage of future opportunities in long-haul transport,” said Mats Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

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Built for long-haul regional distribution and with superior torque and power, the Volvo FH series is highly capable of handling deliveries of over-sized loads over long distances. Equipped with technology that creates ultimate onboard safety, a more economical driveline and high uptime, the Volvo FH series pushes the limits on what a premium truck can offer.

“The Volvo FH has been driving progress for our customers and our company for more than 20 years. It is one of the most valuable products in our offering and the embodiment of our core values—quality, safety and environmental care. The introduction of the FH series raises the bar in innovative trucking solutions in Malaysia and gives our customers the golden opportunity to improve their productivity,” said Heléne Mellquist, Senior Vice President of Volvo Trucks International.

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Superior handling

The Volvo FH offers superior handling made possible with the revolutionary Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) technology that provides perfect steering stability at high speeds and total control at low speeds. This makes the truck less sensitive to crosswinds and very stable on uneven roads.

The Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) efficiently reduces the risk of skidding and rollovers. In risky situations, this feature engages itself by instantly reducing engine power and braking the truck and trailer.

Equipped with Volvo-patented stabilisers, shock absorbers that transfer load stress to the centre of the chassis and a suspension feature which prevents vibrations from spreading through the truck, Volvo FH takes handling to unsurpassed levels in the trucking industry.

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New technologies to maximize profitability

There is no doubt that fuel economy is one of the highest priorities for haulage firms today.  The Volvo FH is designed to save fuel and a number of components including the I-Shift with crawler gears make this truck one of the most fuel efficient in the world.

“Thanks to a transmission ratio of up to 32:1 (and up to 37:1 in reverse), I-Shift with crawler gears lets the truck move at speeds as low as 0.5-2 km/h providing total control and precision.  This results in better gearing, increased uptime and the ability to avoid accidents that can ruin your day and your productivity,” says Andrew Low, Product Manager, Volvo Trucks.

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Safety in a variety of ways

The all-new cab structure of the Volvo FH has undergone over a thousand simulated crashes in Sweden. This exceeds what any authority requires and Volvo Trucks does this with only one objective in mind: to create a truck that is as safe as possible for the driver, passengers and other road users.

Several key areas were in focus when designing the Volvo FH; with one of the largest cab volumes on the market, the truck provides an optimised working environment and relaxation area for the driver with a standing height of 220 centimeters.

The A-pillars, door and floor structure are all designed, together with the windscreen being bonded in place, to provide the best possible protection for the driver. The skylight, which floods the cab with natural light, also doubles as an escape hatch in the event of an accident.

The unique rear view mirror design and declining door panel all help contribute to the best visibility for a truck of this category and make the Volvo FH one of the safest trucks in the world.

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Built with drivers comfort and business profitability in mind

The ergonomic design of the Volvo FH allows good drivers the opportunity to work as efficiently as possible thus increasing their employers’ profitability. The Volvo FH comes with a spacious and comfortable cabin, a sizeable bunk, rear and exterior storages that can be tailored to customers’ needs.

Another new feature in the Volvo FH is I-Park Cool, an integrated parking cooler that provides superior cooling capacity without compromising in-cab space or fuel consumption.

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BYD Unveils Dynasty Electric Prototype in Shanghai

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Electric bus manufacturer and  BYD kicked off its annual gala yesterday with the promise to deepen its development of electric powertrains to provide greater green transportation solutions. The Shenzhen-based company, which used the event to celebrate a record five billion RMB profit in 2016, also unveiled the ‘Dynasty’ prototype vehicle created by its new Design Director Wolfgang Egger.

In addition the event at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center saw the launch of BYD’s electric and hybrid plug-in of the Song series, the Song EV300 and Song DM. Furthermore, Song 7-seater will debut at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show that begins on 19 April.

“The trend to go electric is already irreversible,” Wang Chuanfu, Chairman and President of BYD told the crowd of more than 2,000 attendees. “But where is the next growth area? There’s no doubt that it will be in consumer vehicles, most of them plug-in hybrid models.”

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BYD is preparing to make an even greater push internationally by investing in world class technology and expertise that advances its vision of creating an eco-system of quality new energy products. The five billion RMB SkyRail monorail that was launched last October, the appointment of Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio as brand ambassador in China for new energy vehicles, along with the recent hiring of two European automobile heavyweights underscores the company’s strategic global expansion.

“Joining BYD provides an opportunity to help a young brand develop its design DNA as it looks to expand its global footprint,” said BYD Design Director Wolfgang Egger. “This concept vehicle will take BYD’s consumer vehicles in an exciting new direction, with design cues like its dragon-inspired exterior drawing inspiration from China’s rich cultural heritage.”

BYD supports a concerted effort in mitigating climate change. Last year it used the C40 Climate Change conference in Mexico to call for a joint effort in reducing the global temperature by 1 degree Celsius.

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