Mercedes-Benz do Brasil has again won the tender for a large scale order of more than 300 buses.
Until the end of the year these city buses and touring coaches will be delivered to customers in Ecuador. A large number of those vehicles will be contributing to making public transport in the country’s largest cities more efficient, cleaner and quieter. The first bus units are already on the streets of Guayaquil, Cuenca and Ecuador’s capital Quito.
Also 70 touring coaches will improve the country’s long-distance connections. The robust and comfortable buses out of the plants of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil are well suited for Ecuadorian road conditions. An important factor for the buyer’s decision was the extensive Mercedes-Benz service stations network.
During the first three quarters of 2017 the bus sales of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil were on a rise. In South America (without Mexico) the brand with the star delivered around 9,500 buses to customers – 29 percent more than last year. Mercedes-Benz is the undisputed market leader in Brazil with a 51.7 percent market share (YtD 9/2017). Overall Mercedes-Benz is expecting the Brazilian bus market to keep recovering albeit slowly.
The cab paint shop and the new central building of the MAN Development Center are indicative of the commercial vehicle manufacturer continuing to invest in its main plant in Munich.
The Company has vowed to improve efficiency across all divisions while also rejigging its international production network as part of its program for the future. Each site received a clear and independent profile as a result, which went hand in hand with a hefty investment to modernize the site in question and perform capacity adjustments. The Munich-based commercial vehicle manufacturer will have invested around €2.4 billion in modernizing its sites by 2020.
The Company is to invest approximately €1.1 billion in Munich alone between 2015 and 2020 with the aim of making its main plant, which produces heavy-duty trucks, fit for the future. Along with building a new CHP plant and other projects like the expansion of the body shop, the Company has now put a new paint shop into operation attended by Munich’s deputy mayor, Josef Schmid.
“The new base coat line has a giant hall, which is symbolic of all the measures we have initiated here in Munich over the last few years. While under construction, the building’s cranes and scaffolding were a reflection of the relentless optimism prevailing at our Company, as well as its forward-looking approach.
The construction itself was an amazing feat of logistics. I am now pleased to say that the cab paint shop is working as planned, making a major contribution to protecting the environment here in Munich,” Joachim Drees, member of the Executive Board of MAN Truck & Bus and MAN SE, pointed out.
Josef Schmid, deputy mayor of the city of Munich, was clearly delighted as he pointed out: “Munich is an economic hub that thrives on its one-of-a-kind diversity. MAN is of key significance for the city’s industrial sector. In investing substantially in its Munich site, MAN is making a long-term commitment to the Bavarian capital, showing just how attractive Munich is for large companies.”
Scania Malaysia hosted the Asian Trucker Drivers Club recently for a session on safe driving techniques, in line with its intention of leading the shift towards enhancing lives through sustainable transport solutions.
The half-day session was an opportunity for the drivers to experience Scania’s Driver Training which teaches driving techniques and skills that will help them to be safe during their long arduous journey along the highways.
According to Scania Malaysia, training such as this serves as a reminder for the drivers to continuously practice good driving habits to not only keep them and other road users safe, but to also reduce wear and tear, stress and fuel consumption of the trucks.
Although the focus was on helping the drivers to upgrade their techniques, it was also an opportunity for the drivers to catch up with their peers over a good meal and have some fun playing with the Scania driving simulators before heading off to up and down the highways again.
“Truck drivers are the single most important asset for any operator in the logistics industry. They contribute to the highest standards of safe, fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly driving. So it was good to catch-up with them and also to help them continuously improve their driving skills,” said Ian Tan, Business Development Director of Scania Southeast Asia.
“Scania will continue to take lead in driving the shift in the industry towards a more fuel-efficient, environmentally-friendly, safe and smarter transportation system. The key approaches towards these goals were discussed with the drivers.”
“It was also a good opportunity to share with the truck drivers our vision of a sustainable future. We showed them the prospects of semi-autonomous platooning truck technology which can help increase safety, efficiency and productivity. We hope to inspire everyone about the future of transportation that is already changing,” added Ian.
The Asian Trucker Drivers Club on the other hand, is an initiative by Asian Trucker which serves as a platform to help elevate the drivers’ profession and image by providing suitable training, skills improvement and personal development seminars and workshops.
IC Bus has unveiled the IC Electric Bus chargE™, its new electric CE Series concept school bus developed with its alliance partner, Volkswagen Truck & Bus. The chargE was designed to give customers a zero-emissions school bus option while lowering the total cost of ownership and offering user-friendly options and features with diesel-like performance.
The company unveiled the chargE at the 2017 National Association for Pupil Transportation Annual Conference and Trade Show, and expects to launch its first unit as early as 2019.
“The chargE demonstrates how our alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus is allowing us to move even faster into electric powertrains and other advanced technologies, thanks to our ability to leverage both companies’ technology investments and components,” said Bill Kozek, senior vice president, Strategic Initiatives, Navistar.
“Additionally, our electric school bus is another example of how IC Bus is driving the future of school bus transportation by providing a wide range of powertrain solutions, including electric propulsion, propane, gasoline and diesel,” said Trish Reed, vice president and general manager, IC Bus.
The new chargE concept electric school bus incorporates a common group electric drivetrain from Volkswagen Truck & Bus that is quiet, does not produce any emissions, and can be built to address any school bus customer’s specific requirements. The range of the chargE can exceed 120 miles, while the powertrain can deliver up to 260 kW (about 349 peak horsepower).
“We’re proud to introduce our electric powertrain concept vehicle engineered to meet the demands of the 21st century school bus industry,” noted Reed. “As battery technology evolves, we continue to explore a variety of electric technologies to meet our customers’ needs in the final design of the CE Series electric-powered school bus.”
At the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta this past September, Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus Group announced plans to develop an electric-powered, medium-duty vehicle for Navistar’s Core (U.S. and Canada) market, which it also expects to launch as early as 2019. The chargE concept vehicle represents the second electric powertrain vehicle coming out of the alliance built with a common group electric drivetrain from Volkswagen Truck & Bus.
“We are embracing technology and innovation that make drivers safer and more satisfied, while providing the school bus industry with vehicles that are safe, reliable and efficient,” said Reed. “IC Bus leads the school bus industry in uptime through a powerful combination of manufacturing excellent products and having the industry’s strongest dealer network that keeps our customers’ buses on the road.”
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles (MBMCV) today signed a service contract with Syarikat Logistik Petikemas Sdn Bhd, a local integrated logistics service provider, formalising the renewal of its Repair and Maintenance (R&M) package.
The service contract, was signed by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Vice President, Commercial Vehicles, Mr Albert Yee; Senior Manager, After-Sales Commercial Vehicles, Mr Tan Kien Kee; and Syarikat Logistik Petikemas, Finance Manager, Mr Rafidi Abdul Rahman; Business and Development Manager, Mr Pandian Krishnan; and Senior Accounts Executive, Ms Umi Latifah.
The contract renewal entails an additional two years of service until October 2019 or 200,000km, whichever comes first. The renewal upgrades the previous contract, established in 2012, that consisted of a five year term and mileage of 600,000 km, whichever occured earlier.
“We are pleased that Syarikat Logistik Petikemas continues to trust our after-sales services to provide maintenance for their fleet of trucks. We remain committed to continue delivering peace-of-mind to our customers to enable their business to prosper,” said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles Vice President, Mr Albert Yee.
The R&M package includes full scope coverage, including service, repair and maintenance, wear and tear, electrical, preventive and proactive maintenance. Assuring comprehensive coverage at a fixed monthly payment, Petikemas can enjoy hassle-free business operations for the next two years.
MBMCV is confident that the partnership with Petikemas will achieve new milestones in the future. “Since the beginning of this partnership, our goal has been to maintain an excellent support system for Petikemas’ Mercedes-Benz truck fleet. We are confident that this extension of our after-sales services will suit their requirements and optimise the use of their fleet with maximum up time,” explained Yee.
“As a company that is involved in the haulage business, our trucks undergo severe usage due to the distance we cover everyday. It is important that we maintain our trucks in roadworthy condition always. Our ongoing partnership with MBMCV enables us to get the job done efficiently and in a timely manner,” explained Pandian at the signing ceremony today.
Syarikat Logistik Petikemas is MBMCV’s first service contract with a container haulage operation. The company purchased its commercial vehicles through authorised dealer partner, Cycle & Carriage Bintang Berhad, in 2012.
UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (“UMWT”) is extending its collaboration with Dealers to enhance operational excellence.
Key to this is the strengthening of retail operations from January 2018 where a majority of outlets currently owned and operated by UMWT will be transferred to existing Toyota Dealers. This allows UMWT to increase intensity on high value added upstream activities such as product development, marketing and dealer network support, while Dealers continue to dedicate themselves towards delivering customer satisfaction.
“It is essential for UMWT to continue achieving high customer satisfaction standards,” said its President, Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy.
“I am extremely excited about working even more closely with our Dealers to realise a shared vision for UMWT, which is to promise the concept of “Best In Town”, meaning a more focused one to one customer engagement. Although this arrangement signifies an important change for UMWT, our customers should rest assured that our service will not be compromised, and even get better in the future” he added.
The announcement promises an exciting phase of seamless support for UMWT’s significant customer base as well as allowing for a strong entrepreneurial spirit to create more value that benefits the local economy.
Jeep USA has just shown its long-awaited redesigned 2018 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. However, Jeep has decided to leave out most of the vehicles details under wraps until the Los Angeles Auto Show in late November.
The released pictures clearly show the iconic off-roader stays true to its previous design, retaining its ability to drop the windshield and remove the doors. As expected, a redesigned roof will provide additional rollover protection compared with the previous design; owners will still be able to remove the top.
Most of the styling changes in the new-generation JL Wrangler take place up in front, with redesigned headlights that retain their round shape, a slightly redesigned seven-slot grill, and new vertical LED daytime running lights mounted on the Wrangler’s trapezoidal fenders. The most distinctive new feature is a pair of matching vents located on the two front quarter panels, just behind the fenders.
FCA confirmed in a release Tuesday that the next-generation Wrangler will offer additional safety features and improved aerodynamics. Production of the JL Wrangler is to begin this week on a newly retooled assembly line at the automaker’s Toledo Assembly complex.
Scania, a leading global provider of sustainable transport solutions recently concluded the Top Team Malaysia 2017-2018. This bi- annual competition to find the best service team saw the team from Scania Malaysia Ipoh Branch crowned champion.
The team of five known affectionately as “Pendekar Penyu” led by Mohd. Faizal bin Abd. Aziz had undergone rigorous training for months prior to the competition. “To win this leg of the competition, we had to ensure our technical skills were top notch and no doubt that this would then be transferred to our daily tasks in servicing the vehicles,” said Mohd Faizal.
“The most interesting part of this year’s competition was the info stations on sustainability, particularly the autonomous vehicles system. We were excited by the thought of us learning about such futuristic systems and are looking forward to working on such vehicles,” he added.
For the very first time, info stations were set up at the Top Team event with its main focus on Sustainability. Championing sustainable transport solutions gave first-hand insight to the Top Team contestants on fuel-efficient technologies, alternative fuel & electrification technologies and safe & smart transport solutions such as the autonomous vehicle systems.
“With the rapidly changing transportation industry, business owners are continuously looking at various ways to increase productivity and maximising profitability. Scania continues to be ready to help our customers achieve that,” said Marie Sjödin Enström, Managing Director for Scania Southeast Asia.
“The Top Team Competition this year continues from previous years in enhancing the service skills of our service personnel. The technician’s work in maintaining the uptime of Scania vehicles will contribute to sustaining the growth of our customer’s business,” she added.
The Malaysia’s Scania Top Team competition is a national competition programme. Five local teams were put through theory and technical challenges, and judged on their competency in areas such as logistics, methodology and technical knowledge. At the same time, team discipline and the ability to work under pressure were also measured.
Scania Top Team developed from a national training event in Sweden into a global competition programme is held once every two years. This year is the 10th instalment to be organised at an international level, involving more than 8,000 participants from 65 countries.
The winning team from the national league will represent the country at the regional competition in September 2018. From the five regional leagues held around the world, 10 teams will be selected for the Top Team World Finals, which will be held in Sweden, where teams will compete for the total prize amount of 100,000 Euros.
RS Super Truck & Bus Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of S.R. Automobile Centre Sdn Bhd, marked another significant milestone with the recent opening of its new Tata 3S Centre in Bidor, Perak. This further augments DRB-HICOM Commercial Vehicles Sdn Bhd’s (DHCV) commitment as the distributor of Tata vehicles, to strengthen Tata’s presence in the Malaysian market.
RS Super Truck & Bus was appointed as the Tata 3S authorised dealer on December 2016. The opening of this new 3S facility will further improve sales and facilitate after sales support and needs of Tata vehicle owners in Bidor and neighbouring areas.
The new centre is located strategically in Bidor, making it convenient for customers from neighbouring towns. The spacious showroom can display up to six Tata vehicles at a time. The current variants on display are Tata Xenon Double & Single Cab Pick-up, Ultra 512 (GVW: 5,000kg), Ultra 1012 (GVW: 10,400kg), Prima 4×2 and 6×4 prime mover.
DHCV’s Chief Operating Officer, Chin Tan Hee said, “I am pleased to see the efforts that RS Super Truck & Bus has taken to promote Tata products through this new and spacious facility as well as develop various body applications for Tata vehicles, including Tata Xenon Tipper, Tata Xenon Box, Tata Xenon Food Truck, Tata Ultra Arm Roll and Tata Ultra Car Carrier. Other applications available include, Tata Ultra Bike Carrier, Tata Ultra Wooden Cargo, Tata Ultra Tipper and Tata Ultra Tanker.”
Mack Trucks today introduced a new multi-position seat for the Mack® LR model, boosting comfort and ergonomics for operators in right-hand stand-up/sit down drive configuration. Mack made the announcement during the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Developed with Sears Seating, the new seat was designed and engineered specifically for the Mack LR model. “Working with Sears Seating to offer a Mack LR model-specific seat will improve the driving experience for the LR model,” said Curtis Dorwart, Mack refuse product manager. “The new seat is more ergonomic, more comfortable and can help improve driver productivity.”
The enhanced multiple-position seat for right-hand operation LR cab configurations offers improved adjustability and comfort, whether seated or standing. Both the seat back and seat base offer adjustments, allowing drivers of varying statures to comfortably operate the truck and joystick controls. The new seat will be available in Q1 2018. The Mack LR model is built specifically to meet the challenges of refuse customers who require enhanced maneuverability, increased productivity and improved visibility. With both 6×4 and 4×2 configurations available, the Mack LR model works for customers with tight urban or open suburban applications. Several control options are also available, including left-hand drive, right-hand drive, dual-drive and left-hand drive with right-hand stand-up/sit down drive.
Mack’s 11-liter MP®7 diesel engine is standard in the LR model, delivering up to 355 hp and 1,260 lb.-ft. of torque. The LR model is equipped with an Allison RDS five-speed or six-speed automatic transmission.