Browsing Archive April, 2018

Hap Seng Takes Over Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s Commercial Vehicle Business

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Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Sdn Bhd has acquired the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles (MBM CV) business, both parties jointly announced today.

As such, this new business entity will be responsible for the commercial vehicle business, handling the import, assembly, wholesale distribution and aftersales service of Mercedes-Benz and FUSO commercial vehicles in Malaysia.

“The sale of our commercial vehicle business is aligned to the strategy of our parent company, Daimler AG, to strengthen the divisional structure by transforming this function into a legally independent unit. We are confident that this move will prove to be beneficial for both our passenger car and commercial vehicle business here in Malaysia.

For our passenger car business, we will continue our successful strategy of putting the customer at the centre of our activities,” said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia President and CEO, Dr Claus Weidner.

Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Sdn Bhd is wholly owned by Hap Seng Auto Sdn Bhd, itself under the diversified conglomerate Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad.

Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Sdn Bhd will be led by Roland Schneider, who brings with him 28 years of experience dealing with Daimler commercial vehicles in various functions.

Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad is a public company listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. It is a diversified conglomerate with six core businesses – plantations, property investment and development, credit financing, automotive, fertilizers trading and building materials.

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BYD Strengthens Position in Spain With 8 More Ebuses

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BYD is strengthening its position in the Spanish bus market. BYD and TUSGSAL, a public transport operator in Catalonia, Spain, signed a contract this week for the delivery of eight BYD pure electric 12 metre buses to the city of Badalona in Barcelona province.

It is the second Spanish order for BYD after being awarded the tender to deliver one 12 metre ebus to bus operator EMT in Valencia in April 2017.

It is the first pure electric bus fleet for Badalona. The eight ebuses are expected to be delivered in the beginning of 2019 and soon after delivery they will service routes in the city of Badalona.

Alfonso Suarez, Deputy Director and Secretary of the Board at TUSGSAL, said: “We are very excited about our first purchase of electric buses and delighted that BYD will supply them. It will be the first electric bus fleet in Badalona and we are looking forward to next year when we will start operating them.”

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe said: “Just a month after we confirmed the order of eight ebuses to Portugal, a new market for BYD, we are delighted to have confirmed this Spanish order.

Thanks to TUSGSAL, citizens in Badalona will benefit from improved air quality with the help of our buses.This development underlines BYD’s growing market expansion across Europe – in this case in the competitive Iberian peninsula”.

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Rusted Land Cruisers in Malaysia need this conversion

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Once upon a time a true workhorse that was rarely seen in urban areas, the humble FJ-40 today is much sought after by collectors just like the original Land Rover Defender.

Vehicle restorations in Malaysia can run from mediocre to showroom best. Truly excellent restorations like this one pictured here, particularly of specialty vehicles like the Toyota FJ Land Cruiser, are difficult to find, very expensive but they are indeed out there!

In order to distinguish a good restoration from a great one, or even a great one from an excellent one, it’s important to know what to look for. We know the FJ has a reputation for being rough and able to handle almost any road condition, but don’t underestimate the value of aftermarket add-ons that can improve your comfort! If you want LED head-lamps, much needed air-conditioning, or a suspension that will not rock your back bone. Your restoration shop/mechanic can make that happen, along with a host of other improvements like power disc brakes. These are very easy to add on and may end up increasing not just your comfort, but even the value of the vehicle should you wish to sell it later on.

Donor vehicle issues?

Here comes the biggest problem…..finding the right donor vehicle. You want to know your donor vehicle is legitimate and well taken care of; matching numbers on the engine and chassis with the JPJ registration documents are important! This is especially critical for cars like the FJ; there’s no reason why you should have to compromise.

At a minimum, your donor vehicles engine and gearbox should match the brand….so it should be a Toyota powertrain. If it doesn’t then best to avoid unless the price is hard to resist. There are plenty of FJs out there in excellent condition that can be restored to perfection.

Unmodified chassis. A car that has been decently cared for will have a chassis that is unwelded and has minimal rust. Extreme situations such as accidents, floods, or rollovers often require chassis work. Take your time and visit as many estates and small towns as possible

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Defender single cab gets Kahn treatment

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This classic Defender pickup 4×4 has been given a widebody kit that’s riveted onto the existing panels. British tuner ‘Kahn’ has also installed their custom X-Lander grille, fender vent mesh and a stainless steel hood with a big bulge on top of it.

The vehicle rides on new 1939 Defend Retro Dish wheels that have been painted in bright yellow, along with the steel protective plate at the front. This is in stark contrast to the overall paintjob, done in a traditional Keswick Green tone that Defenders are well known for.

Around the back, Kahn installed one of their twin crosshair exhaust systems that are integrated into the upper part of the mud flaps. As for the cabin, it’s unashamedly sporty, as twin racing-style Sports GTB bucket seats with integrated headrest have been installed. The seats are covered in quilted black leather and have a special tread embossed down the middle.

The Kahn-customized Defender pickup also has heavy-duty front & rear floor mats, billet steering wheel, machined aluminum pedals and detailing in Alcantara. Under the bonnet is a 2.4 TDCI 90 horsepower diesel engine. This conversion and the donor Defender can be yours on order. Be prepared to pay close to £28k or about RM180,000 before taxes, permits and shipping. Best you find a donor Defender right here in Malaysia and I will introduce you to a specialist who will be able to give almost the same conversion for a lot less money. Contact us at www.bigwheels.my and we will share their details

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UD Trucks To Offer Fully-Electric, Autonomous Trucks By 2030

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UD Trucks announced the launch of “Fujin & Raijin. Vision 2030.”— an Innovation Roadmap which aims to deliver a variety of solutions for Smart Logistics, including fully-electric and autonomous trucks towards 2030. The roadmap focuses on the key areas of automation and electromobility to address the challenges of a rapidly-changing world. True to UD Trucks’ vision to provide the trucks the world needs today, the innovation roadmap takes a step-by-step approach together with customers to offer commercialized solutions for select automation and electromobility applications from 2020, with a view toward full-fledged commercialization by 2030.

By 2030, demand for parcel delivery is expected to grow 50% compared to 2014. To meet this demand, the logistics industry faces significant challenges, including a responsibility to reduce CO2 emissions, the growing scale of online commerce, and driver shortages. UD Trucks believes that transformative innovations in automation and electromobility are key to overcoming these challenges and providing customers with the trucks that fit their needs.

“When delivering on our promise to provide the trucks and services the world needs today, we have always done things a bit differently from others in our industry. As we now look forward, we are convinced that the world needs Smart Logistics,” said UD Trucks Chairman Joachim Rosenberg during the roadmap’s announcement at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo on April 23.

UD Trucks takes inspiration for their innovation roadmap from the gods of wind and thunder, as depicted in the famous gold-embossed Japanese folding screen, “Fujin and Raijin.” UD Trucks’ progress in automation is inspired by Fujin, the god of wind, who symbolizes the power of movement, while its work in electromobility is inspired by Raijin, the god of thunder, who symbolizes the power of energy. With “Fujin & Raijin. Vision 2030.” UD Trucks is committed to developing smarter logistics solutions in these key areas, enabled by advances in connectivity and digitalization.

 

Automation
Automation will reshape the logistics industry, creating real-life benefits for both customers and society in terms of productivity, safety, energy and fuel efficiency. UD Trucks is now focusing on solutions for safe, low-speed automation in confined areas, including in-plant and harbor logistics. It is also exploring on-road Highway Auto Pilot and CACC (Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control) platooning technologies in the near term, and more highly-automated on-road vehicles in the long term.

Electromobility
UD Trucks is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its products. UD Trucks is now developing technologies necessary to create silent, zero-emission vehicles that maximize energy efficiency, payload capacity and mileage. As battery systems continue to evolve, UD Trucks is testing a variety of solutions, including battery EV, parallel HEV and Series HEV.

Connectivity and Digitalization
Connectivity through digitalization is the enabler of both automation and electromobility. In Japan, UD Trucks has around 45,000 vehicles connected through the UD Information Service, which uses data collected from each vehicle to help improve uptime. By analyzing digital data collected from customer driving behavior, UD Trucks also gains insight on how to design even safer and more dependable trucks.

“Since the launch of the New Quon in 2017, UD Trucks has moved steadily forward on its mission to drive the future of smart logistics. This new innovation roadmap represents a major leap forward for both the company, the logistics industry, and our society,” said Douglas Nakano, Senior Vice President of UD Trucks Technology. “We are committed to ensuring that our customers around the world feel the full benefits of the solutions and products we are developing, which will ultimately make life better for everyone in our society.”

Over the course of 2018, UD Trucks will conduct demonstrations of autonomous driving and electric drive prototypes, targeting field tests and customer trials ahead of Tokyo Motor Show 2019. It aims to have vehicles in actual daily operation by the year 2020. All activities will be conducted with a view toward full-fledged commercialization of fully-electric and autonomous trucks by 2030.

Step-by-step together with customers, UD Trucks delivers solutions for Smart Logistics.

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Range Rover Velar in Malaysia at RM529k

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Range Rover Velar which has just been launched nationwide brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the Range Rover family. Designed and engineered based on ‘reductionism’ and elegant simplicity, this new luxurious mid-sized SUV has a unique character incomparable with other SUVs in its class.

With a starting price of RM529,800 the Velar features pioneering consumer technologies such as the flush deployable door handles and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system which is the centrepiece of the Velar’s interior. The Touch Pro Duo features two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens integrated seamlessly behind secret-until-lit surfaces. These slim, intuitive displays work in harmony with the cabin architecture while adding an overall sense of modernity to the vehicle’s design. The Touch Pro Duo system allows the driver to multitask with greater safety by using two screens simultaneously. When travelling to a new destination, the lower screen can be used to make a call without losing the navigation on the upper screen. Other technology-advanced features include a Head Up Display**, Interactive Driver Display and Navigation Pro.

Winner of the Car Design of the Year at the 2018 World Car Awards, the Velar carries a progressive design featuring a seductive silhouette, flush deployable door handles, integrated rear spoiler as well as distinctive design cues from the front bumper to the rear of the vehicle, foil stamped grille and Matrix LED Headlights. The twin chrome exhaust finishers** that are integrated into the rear bumper, provide a subtle reference to the Velar’s power and performance.

Zooming into some of the Velar’s high-tech features:

  • Flush Deployable Door Handles

The flush deployable door handles are unique to the Velar in the Land Rover family. A futuristic feature, the door handles deploy when the vehicle is unlocked and the handles retract once the vehicle is locked. The door handles contribute to the low drag coefficient of only 0.32, making it the most aerodynamically-efficient Land Rover ever produced.

  • Matrix LED Headlights

The most slender ever to appear on a Land Rover vehicle, these boldly designed Matrix LED headlights produce a quality of light close to daylight, giving excellent illumination and reducing eye fatigue.

  • 3-inch Interactive Driver Display

The new Interactive Driver Display makes driving the Velar more interesting especially with four visual themes and a full-screen 3D navigation display.

Touted as a calming sanctuary, the interior of the Velar is uncluttered, exquisite in detailing and offers exceptional refinement with the use of premium and luxury materials. The instrument panel’s strong, horizontal beam is the defining element of the Velar’s interior architecture. It rakes back dramatically towards the windscreen to create the fastest angle of any Land Rover and underlines the Velar’s dynamic driving characteristics. The slender air vents reinforce the Velar’s reductive, technology-enabled design.

Fortified with the Sports-Command driving position, the Velar’s front seats balance its performance-oriented design and support with opulent comfort. Meticulously weight-optimised and designed to liberate additional interior space and legroom, the seats have also been carefully sculpted for ease of entry and egress to and from the cabin. Kvadrat highly durable wool-blend premium textile contrasted with Suede cloth is made optional for customers who prefer the option over the perforated grained leather for the P250 variant or perforated leather with suede cloth*** that comes with the R-Dynamic variant. Kvadart is Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-quality design textiles. The use of Kvadart premium textile in the Velar is unique to luxury SUVs of this segment.

***Depending on interior colour choice

The Velar’s body is built with aluminium-intensive monocoque using Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture. Aluminium alloys account for more than 81 percent of the body-in-white – a figure no competitor can match. Its light, stiff, aluminium-intensive body, together with double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension provides the perfect basis for agile handling, superior ride comfort and outstanding refinement. It also delivers exceptional levels of crash protection that the Velar has been developed to meet.

It is also one of the safest vehicles due to its comprehensive safety system that includes six airbags and a suite of technology advanced driver assistance systems including Head Up Display**, Navigation Pro System and Cruise Control Speed Limiter.

The Velar delivers exceptional composure and agility on-road, as well as class-leading capability off-road. The most significant of these is an intelligent, efficient, torque on-demand all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, which provides the optimum torque distribution to suit various road conditions. Depending on road conditions, it can make the transition from 100 percent rear bias to fully locked in only 165 milliseconds; transient torque delivery to the front axle can take as little as 100 milliseconds. This makes the AWD system incredibly responsive, delivering exceptional performance in all conditions.

Exceptional performance and efficiency comes from its Ingenium powertrain, that is matched to a smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics. The Velar is fitted with the P250 powertrain. It is the first of the two new petrol engines that develops peak power of 250PS and high maximum torque of 365Nm, which is maintained from just 1,200rpm to 4,500rpm. This means that the Velar can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds and return an impressive 7.6-litres/100km and 173g/km CO2 on the European combined cycle.

When purchasing the Velar, customers can choose from the following options:

  • Velar (P250) – RM529,800*
  • Velar R-Dynamic (P250) – RM588,800*

*Selling price is inclusive of 6% GST. Excludes Road Tax, Registration and Insurance. 

The Velar is available in eight exterior colours i.e Fuji White, Yulong White, Corris Grey, Santorini Black, Kaikoura Stone, Firenze Red, Silicon Silver and Carpathian Grey; five interior colour options of Ebony/Ebony, Acorn, Vintage Tan/Ebony, Eclipse/Ebony and Light Oyster/Ebony. The Velar (P250) comes standard with 20-inch rims while the Velar R-Dynamic (P250) comes with 21-inch rims.

Designed and engineered at Jaguar Land Rover’s development centres in the UK, the Velar is manufactured at the company’s Solihull production facility.

All vehicles distributed by Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia are compatible with the Malaysian climate, environment, fuel quality and meet the Malaysian emission standard. All Land Rover vehicles distributed by authorised dealers also come with Land Rover Care programme which includes a five-year warranty, five years’ free service and three years’ roadside assistance.  Please visit www.landrover.com.my for more information

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BMW X3 @ RM320k arrives to challenge the Volvo XC60 @ RM298k

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Meet The All-New, locally-assembled BMW X3. Only the xDrive30i Luxury variant will be available for now and the asking price starts from RM320.00.

The new BMW X3 elevates the already bold dynamic design language of its predecessor to new, even more eye-catching territory. The third generation of the pioneering premium mid-sized Sports Activity Vehicle treads a familiar BMW X family path in combining rugged off-road looks with sporting presence. The exterior dimensions of the BMW X3 may be largely unchanged, but its five-centimetre- longer wheelbase, long bonnet and short front overhang with even more finely balanced proportions – which emphasise the perfect 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle – give it the edge over its predecessor.

At the front end, the “three-dimensional” kidney grille treatment and foglamps featuring a hexagonal design for the very first time on a BMW X model, underline the confident character of the BMW X3. The SAV features LED headlights with low-beam and high-beam, side lights and cornering lights. The BMW X3 also features high-beam assistant which switches head lights to high beam automatically when needed.

The underbody protection in Frozen Grey and high-gloss Chrome. The BMW X3 sits on 19” light alloy wheels Double Spoke bicolour Ferric Grey.

The cargo space offers versatility as it can be expanded from 550 litres to 1,600 litres when the seats are folded down. The Comfort Access with contactless boot operation allows for added user-convenience with keyless access to the vehicle, including contactless access to the tailgate.

The BMW TwinPower Turbo 2.0 in-line four-cylinder petrol engine capable of generating a maximum output of 252hp and 350Nm of torque sits at the heart of the BMW X3. It comprises of TwinScroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and Valvetronic fully variable valve timing. With an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, the BMW X3 is capable of sprinting from 0-100km in 6.3 seconds at a top speed of 240 km/h.

With the intelligent lightweight construction, the BMW X3 is up to 55kg lighter than its predecessor, which translates to superior dynamic performance and outstanding efficiency. With that in mind, the BMW X3 also has the lowest aerodynamics with a Cd factor of 0.29.

Furthermore, the standard Driving Experience Control switch allows the driver choose between various configurations – i.e. ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes, all of which are designed to make the vehicle more dynamic, more comfortable or more efficient to drive.

 

The dynamic handling qualities of the BMW X3 are rooted in its ideal 50:50 weight distribution. Complementing the off-road capabilities of the  BMW X3 is Hill Descent Control which helps maintain the SAV at a steady pace when driving down a steep incline.

With the Luxury Line, the BMW X3 offers leather upholstery, a Sensatec-covered instrument panel with contrast stitching and Dark Oak fine wood interior trim strips with accent strip in Pearl Chrome. The BMW X3 also comes with 6 ambient light colours tones (orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue and white) with selectable contour and mood lighting.

The BMW X3 also features a rear camera, with Park Distance Control which provides an acoustic and visual (distance only) warning of the obstacle behind the vehicle. To assist the driver further, the Parking Assistant aids with automatic parking into parallel and lateral parking spaces.

In the BMW X3, the new Multifunctional instrument display with Black Panel technology replaces the traditional gauge cluster which has been a common fixture in the page. Besides displaying a breadth of information such as navigation, the three different driving modes – ECO PRO, COMFORT, and SPORT – and their specific displays have their own colour scheme and graphic style.

The 10.25-inch Central Information Display is located above the instrument panel of the BMW X3 with touch control functionality, providing a quick overview of the most pertinent information and offers users intuitive access. With the BMW ConnectedDrive, owners will have seamless connectivity to their car and the world outside. To further enhance driver experience, the BMW X3 also comes with the Welcome Light Carpet, creating a sophisticated atmosphere when approaching the vehicle.

In terms of external colour offering, the BMW X3 offers new and bold colours of Terra Brown, Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver and Alpine White. On the interior, the Leather Vernasca Black is best paired with Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver and Terra Brown; whereas the Leather Vernasca Mokka is best paired with Alpine White and Black Sapphire. The All-New BMW X3 will be available at all authorised BMW dealerships nationwide from Wednesday, 25th April 2018, with deliveries commencing in July 2018.

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Isuzu Malaysia Brings Local Truck Bodybuilders Together

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In its bid to further expand the market share of its commercial vehicle line-up, Isuzu Malaysia recently conducted a special gathering session for Isuzu truck bodybuilders, from 13th to 14th April 2018, at the Ombak Villa in Langkawi, Kedah.

21 bodybuilders from all over the nation attended the gathering session, which gave them an exclusive opportunity to grasp latest Isuzu commercial vehicle updates and in-depth product training. Also in attendance were Isuzu Malaysia’s Chief Executive Officer, Koji Nakamura, and Chief Operating Officer of Commercial Vehicle Division, Mikio Tsukui, in addition to representatives from the Isuzu Malaysia head office.

The event, which was last held in 2014, allows Isuzu Malaysia to reconnect with their business partners to gain continuous support in market expansion, aside from promoting the ‘Isuzu Way’ of practising great efficiency in operational aspects, ensuring excellence in Customer Satisfaction.

The bodybuilders are specialised in supplying local businesses with the most suitable commercial vehicle fittings and configurations to meet various business needs and functionalities, while adhering to legal and safety requirements.

During the event, the bodybuilders received first-hand knowledge on new products and existing model line-ups, aside from detailed presentations and information sharing on the ELF, FORWARD and GIGA-model trucks. The event also provided Isuzu Malaysia the opportunity to effectively collect information on Isuzu chassis modification.

During the session, Chief Executive Officer, Koji Nakamura, shared his exuberance for the gathering as it allows Isuzu Malaysia to maintain its longstanding relationship with bodybuilders and business partners, while offering an avenue for collaborative sharing of information and knowledge on commercial vehicle specialisation. This is in line with the company’s quest to offer businesses a full range of commercial vehicle products to suit a variety of trade and industry needs.

“As the best-selling truck brand in Malaysia, Isuzu‘s success is largely credited to its reputation as a high-quality, reliable and efficient truck manufacturer. In order to maintain our position of being the No. 1 preferred brand for commercial vehicle, we need to fully understand the needs of our customers, while maintaining a strong and trustworthy relationship with our business partners to deliver customised commercial vehicles that will serve its intended purposes,” said Nakamura.

For more details on Isuzu’s range of vehicles and services, please call 1-300-88-1133 or visitwww.isuzu.net.my.

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Volvo Trucks’ First All-Electric Truck Unveiled

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Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use – the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications.

Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. With this introduction Volvo Trucks takes the lead in solutions for electrified goods transport in cities.

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Facts:

  • Fully electrically-powered truck for distribution, refuse collection and other applications in urban conditions, GVW 16 tonnes.
  • Driveline: 185 kW electric motor, max power/130 kW continuous output, two speed transmission, propeller shaft, rear axle. Max torque electric motor 425 Nm. Max torque rear axle 16 kNm.
  • Energy storage: 2-6 lithium-ion batteries, totalling 100-300 kWh.
  • Range: Up to 300 km.
  • Charging: AC charging via the mains grid (22 kW) or DC fast charge via CCS/Combo2 for up to 150 kW.
  • Recharging time: From empty to fully charged batteries: fast charge 1-2 hours (DC charging), night charge up to 10 hours (AC charging) with maximum battery capacity of 300 kWh.
  • The first two Volvo FL Electric trucks will be operated by refuse collection and recycling company Renova and haulage firm TGM.
  • The Off Peak City Distribution project studied the effects of goods transport at night in central Stockholm. By avoiding peak hour traffic the trucks were able to do their jobs in one-third of the time compared to daytime operation.

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“We’re immensely proud to present the first in a range of fully electrically-powered Volvo trucks ready for regular traffic. With this model we are making it possible for cities that aim for sustainable urban development to benefit from the advantages of electrified truck transports,” says Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks.

“In order to make the transition secure and smooth, we will offer holistic solutions based on each customer’s individual needs regarding driving cycles, load capacity, uptime, range and other parameters. Such a solution may encompass everything from route analysis and battery optimisation to servicing and financing. Volvo Trucks works closely with several suppliers of charging equipment. The aim as always is to offer customers high uptime and productivity,” says Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks.

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The first trucks in the Volvo FL Electric range are now entering regular operation with customers in Gothenburg, the home of Volvo Trucks.

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Tenaga Nasional Berhad adds more UD heavy-duty Quester trucks to its fleet

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UD Trucks and sole distributor partner Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE) are pleased to announce that Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) Fleet Management Department has placed an order of nine units of heavy-duty UD Quester 8-litre rigid trucks recently, bringing to a total of 40 UD trucks that are now in the fleet of the country’s largest electricity utility provider.

A momentous truck handover event to mark this milestone was recently held at the headquarters of TNB, with attendance from all the companies’ management teams who took part in the truck key handover ceremony to TNB’s officials to celebrate the occasion.

Filip Van den Heede, Managing Director Hub Malaysia, UD Trucks commented at the handover event, “As a highly valued customer of ours, we are very glad and honored that TNB, whose core business is to provide electricity to nationwide and is a key contributor to nation building, has decided to purchase another nine units of the heavy-duty Quester. TNB’s choice is a testament of UD Truck’s reliability. Quester is made to fit all the needs of Malaysian customers and their logistics demands, with versatility, uptime and safety in mind. It is a truck designed for reliability and built with robust and quality components to deliver extra productivity and superior uptime. We are confident that TNB and Malaysia’s electricity supply will benefit greatly from these trucks.”

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Echoing Van den Heede’s delight, Wong King Yoon, Chief Executive Officer, TCIE also said, “This truly highlights a successful relationship with a valued customer based on our brand promise to go the extra mile, which comprises quality products and strong aftermarket support that we have been providing. We are highly appreciative of the confidence TNB continues to give us.”

TNB’s activities represent the entire electricity production and supply value chain. These nine newly purchased UD Quester trucks comprised of seven units of 18-tonne trucks and two units of 24-tonne trucks which will all be used by TNB as mobile generator sets to support the national electricity needs in case of any breakdown, standby and planned shutdown. All the trucks will be allocated at TNB’s Fleet Management Department branches across Peninsula Malaysia.

Speaking on the truck purchase, Mohammad Anas Ibrahim, General Manager, Core Operation & Shared Services, Fleet Management Department, Tenaga Nasional Berhad said, “TNB’s role as the nation’s electricity provider is to ensure that customers are connected with power from power plants through a network system made up of transmission lines, substations and distribution lines. It is via this reliable system that TNB supplies electricity to Malaysians consistently and continuously, as well as ensuring there is always a balance between demand and supply. If any case of electricity breakdown happens, it needs to be resolved quickly by having mobile generator sets as immediate backup.

“As such, we need reliable and versatile trucks that can used as mobile generator sets and which can be deployed quickly for a solution.  This will enable us to minimize electricity disruption to our customers and continuously stay committed in supporting the country’s electrical needs” said Mohammad Anas, who represented Datuk S. Viswanathan, Senior General Manager, Fleet Management Department, Tenaga Nasional Berhad during the handing over ceremony.

“Apart from robust and versatile trucks, we also need fast service maintenance support. TCIE’s aftersales service department has been very attentive and they have always provided fast response to any of our enquiries. As such, we believe that UD Trucks and TCIE are strong partners who will take good care of TNB’s needs, allowing us to concentrate on our core operations with peace of mind.”

He added that TNB Fleet Management Department bought its first UD truck in 2006 and has plans to purchase more light and medium-duty trucks this year to replace other older trucks in its fleet, with the objective to increase operational efficiency.

Tan Chong Industrial Equipment has an extensive network of 43 services centers and dealerships nationwide. Any purchase of UD trucks will be supported by UD Extra Mile Support services which includes UD Genuine Service and Parts, UD Driver Training, UD Telematics and UD Trust Service Agreements for customers.

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