Browsing Archive May, 2019

Tata Intra Compact Truck Makes Global Debut In India

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Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer today launched a range of new generation ‘compact truck’ – the Tata INTRA.

With a 2512 mm x 1602 mm load body length, the Tata INTRA comes in two variants- V10 and V20.

While the INTRA V20 comes with 1400 cc DI Engine with 70 hp, the INTRA V10 is powered by the 800 cc DI Engine delivering 40 hp.

The vehicle has a standard power steering fitment and with low turning circle radius of 4.75m, ensuring easy manoeuvrability even on narrow and congested roads.

The power train is tuned to suit various duty cycles using Gear Shift Advisor or economy switch, leading to enhanced fuel efficiency. the INTRA also has a 5-speed gearbox with cable shift mechanism.

The Tata INTRA also has a boltable full forward robust body shell cabin and has been intelligently designed with a smart nose along with seatbelts with ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor).

Built on a hydroformed frame, the INTRA is comparatively lighter. The smartly engineered cabin space, improved ergonomics and low NVH levels.

Other key features include a phone charging point, electronic instrument cluster, big headlamps, a large windscreen, a lockable glove box, storage on dashboard & door trims, headrest for comfort while driving, pre-fitted music system, and AC in the premium version to enhance the fatigue-free driving experience.

The gear lever is mounted on the dashboard making longer drives comfortable and tireless for the driver. Last but not least, the front and rear rigid axles and leaf springs ensure superior load carrying capability and low cost of maintenance.

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Truck axle breaks and hits car

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This has just happened in Sibu Sarawak. A trailer running along Rantau Panjang ‘lost’ its rear axle and it went flying in the air and hit a Toyota Vios smack on the front windscreen.

There has been no report of any injuries but this could have been a fatal accident if it was a busy road and the axle had hit a motorcyclist. This is why proper checks must be conducted on old commercial vehicles and their road worthiness as they are on the road for hours a day, seven days a week and with little care and money put into maintenance.

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Truck topples along PLUS highway

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We have just received news of a truck toppling over just after the Sierramas overheard bridge in Kepong in the direction to Kepong. Traffic is crawling along the PLUS E1 highway from the Sungei Buluh toll plaza since 3.08pm today.

Please take note and make the necessary adjustments to your journey as this truck is not going anywhere in the next hour or so.

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Scania Supplies Another 520 Trucks To Chinese Concrete Machinery Supplier Zoomlion

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Scania has agreed with Zoomlion Concrete Machinery China to deliver another 170 vehicles for truck mounted pumps. This order is in addition to the 350 vehicles delivered earlier this year.

“We have a long-standing collaboration with Zoomlion, the world-leading manufacturer of concrete machinery, dating back more than ten years,” says Alexander Vlaskamp, Head of Trucks at Scania. “It is certainly gratifying that our products are meeting the high standards demanded by Zoomlion.”

The latest order is for 150 Scania P 450 8×4 trucks, for 56-metre pumps, and 20 Scania P 450 10×4 trucks for 62–67-metre pumps.

Since the collaboration was first established in 2007, Scania has delivered 3,300 vehicles to the Chinese manufacturer with exceptional deliveries in 2012 of 1,350 vehicles.

Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co, based in Changsha, Hunan Province, is one of the world’s largest construction machinery enterprises with a broad range of products for agricultural, construction, energy, environmental and transport applications.

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Mercedes-Benz Zetros Awesome Truck

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The Zetros is probably not the first model that comes to mind when thinking about the Mercedes-Benz truck range in Malaysia.

Flying under the radar somewhat, despite its versatility, the Zetros could be a vehicle you see more of in coming years in Malaysia as the mining and plantation boom hits harder in the outskirts.

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Outstanding traction, supremely mobile, tough in the taking: Zetros, the off-road specialist for extreme terrain, is the solution for the future when coping with exceedingly difficult conditions way off sealed roads. Decades of off-road know-how and innovative technology combine to produce this modern truck concept for carrying out extreme operations and it impressively continues the legendary tradition of conventional trucks.

Whether custom-built solutions are needed for disaster intervention, fire departement, municipal work, agricultural use, the energy or contruction sectors, the Zetros is ready and waiting.

The Zetros is available as a 4×4 or 6×6 and runs a 7.2-litre six-cylinder with 330hp/1300Nm, with low range gearing and front and rear locking diffs.

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JAC offers servicing from as low as RM80.00

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With a team of highly competent technicians and Service Advisors, your JAC truck will be attended to promptly to rectify the problem without any unnecessary waiting time. This will ensure a continues running of your business. 

With the right servicing parts. The most skilled technicians. Top-quality workmanship. The MPIRE Group that manages JAC Motors will help you get the most from your truck. The aim is to lower your cost of ownership and offer greater operational control for you.

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Was there a Fuso Canter recall in Malaysia?

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In August 2018, last year, there was a recall of more than 14,000 Fuso Canter trucks sold in Australia after a possible airbag issue was identified.

The recall is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and involves Fuso Canters sold in Australia between the 1st of March 2011 and the 30th of November 2017. This recall notice advises that the wiring harness of the SRS electronic control unit could become severed if the vehicle is in a severe collision.

What are the hazards?

If the SRS electronic control unit is severed in a collision it may stop the airbag deployment signals from being transferred to the modules.

In the worst case scenario the airbag may not deploy, posing a greater risk of injury to the vehicle occupant in an accident.

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Apollo Tyres Opens its First Tyre Service Centre in Malaysia  

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Apollo Tyres has just launched its first Apollo Truck Tyre Zone (ATTZ) in Malaysia, a one stop solution centre for tyres on commercial fleets. The opening of the new centre is in line with Apollo Tyres’ focus to provide its consumers with convenient access to its extensive services.

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Equipped with modern automotive technologies, the centre will be managed by Sin Chu Hin, a tyre specialists in the southern region of Malaysia. The partnership, which is also the first one for Apollo Tyres outside India, will enable the delivery of quality products and services to the Malaysian market.

Speaking at the inauguration of Apollo Truck Tyre Zone in Malaysia, Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “Apollo is committed towards bringing the best of our products and services to our customers. This state-of-the-art truck service centre brings together Apollo’s extensive experience in truck and bus radials along with Sin Chu Hin’s 80-year long local experience for a range of services and solutions for our fleet customers in Malaysia, further cementing our steadfast commitment to the Malaysian automotive industry. “

Apart from providing application-based tyre recommendation, the ATTZ would be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including a computerized truck tyre alignment machine, automatic tyre changer, nitrogen inflator and would offer end-to-end tyre related services for trucks and buses. These services are expected to reduce customers’ maintenance cost and fuel consumption. Taking the development in the dynamics of the vehicle platform, the ATTZ also has a training centre to guide its consumers through their purchase decision.

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“We see a vast opportunity in Batu Pahat – a thriving business destination at the tip of Peninsular Malaysia that would offer the convenience to our customers, especially truck radials. The ATTZ is in fact the first of several truck service centres that we are planning to open in partnership with our valued business partners in the ASEAN region,” added Shubhro Ghosh, Group Head, ASEAN, Middle East and Africa region for Apollo Tyres.

In conjunction with the grand launch and the upcoming Hari Raya festive period, Apollo Tyres is offering its customers with exclusive vouchers with every purchase of its tyres. The ATTZ will also offer special service packages for all types of fleets in the market.

The centre will remain open from Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 7 pm, to suit the needs of customers, especially those travelling from far distances. To make an appointment or to find out more about the services and facilities, customers can contact ATTZ (on 07 – 415 2682) or visit them at (No 2, Jalan Kolek, Kawasan Perindustrian Tongkang Pecah, 83010) Batu Pahat, Johor.

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks Puts Another Fully-Electric eActros onto the Streets of Europe

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks has sent another fully-electric eActros onto the streets.

The heavy-duty truck will now be put through its paces in regular operations; primarily transporting foodstuffs in the inner-city traffic of Frankfurt, Germany.

With a daily travel route distance of  around 200 km, the 25-tonne truck will be driven once a day, making full use of its range of around 200 km with a single charge. The batteries will be charged overnight.

The energy powering the eActros comes from lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 240 kWh. Depending on the available capacity, fully charging takes around two hours (at 150 kW). The truck features a refrigerated swap-body from Schmitz Cargobull, which allows for energy-efficient transport of the chilled produce.

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Rigterink, one of 20 customers from various sectors who have integrated the electric truck into their fleets, will operate a near-series version of either the 18 or 25-tonne variant for around a year and will test the respective vehicle for its suitability in daily operations.

The aim is to make emission-free and quiet driving in urban areas possible with heavy-duty trucks from 2021 onward. The test series is broken down into two phases, each with ten customers. The first eActros of the so-called “innovation fleet” is in operation with a customer since September 2018.

The development and testing of the heavy-duty electric truck in short-radius distribution operations is sponsored as part of the “Concept ELV²” project to varying degrees by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

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Mercedes-Benz EQC Priced From Euro 60k  

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What Is The Range?

With its seamless, clean design and colour highlights typical of the brand, the Mercedes-Benz EQC is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. In combination with the extensive services and a range of 445 – 471 km (NEDC), it makes electric mobility convenient and suitable for everyday use. The charismatic EQC impresses with the sum of its attributes.

With its effortlessly superior driving impression, high level of acoustic comfort and exciting driving dynamics, the EQC displays all the brand’s hallmark attributes – the Mercedes of electric vehicles.

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How Much?

Prices for the Mercedes-Benz EQC start at €71,281 (including VAT and local European delivery costs) for the already generously equipped base version. Its net basic price of less than €60,000 (for export before delivery and taxes) makes it eligible for an environmental bonus in Germany – regardless of individual equipment.

Start of production? 

The first EQC has just rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. There it is being produced on the same line as the C-Class Saloon and Estate as well as the GLC and GLC Coupé – digitally, flexibly and sustainably. Production of vehicles with various drive systems can be adapted variably and efficiently in line with market demand. This approach is an ideal way to ensure the best possible use of capacity at the plant, and guarantee high Mercedes-Benz production and quality standards.

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Digital solutions such as sophisticated mobile devices, driverless transport systems and the ‘paperless factory’ assist the assembly team. Production staff are irreplaceable, even in the age of electric mobility. The use of Big Data and artificial intelligence assists with predictive maintenance, for example. This means the fact that the company made investments in maximum flexibility and hi-tech equipment offering trend-setting Industry 4.0 solutions at an early stage is paying off.

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When the body, suspension and powertrain come together in automobile assembly, this is referred to as the “marriage” – in the case of the EQC this is when the two powerpacks are installed in the body. One major innovation is the so-called battery joining centre. The second “marriage” takes place here: This is where the EQCs are recognised as electric models with the help of data tags attached to the body, and equipped with a battery. The body is suspended from a carrier and deposited on a frame. Support arms raise the battery to the vehicle’s floor from below. An employee monitors the automatic bolting in place.

Battery production network

Alongside Bremen, the Sino-German production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) will start production of the EQC this year – for the local market in China. As it does for the C-Class and the GLC, Bremen acts as the centre of competence for production of the EQC in other locations. BBAC is part of the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Other production locations for future Mercedes-Benz EQ models are the Mercedes-Benz plants in Rastatt (Germany), Sindelfingen (Germany), Tuscaloosa (USA) and Hambach (France).

The batteries for EQC production in Bremen are produced by wholly owned Daimler subsidiary Accumotive at its site in Kamenz (near Dresden) and delivered partly charged. These batteries are kept near the production line and then delivered to the line flexibly on demand using driverless transport systems. Local battery production is a major success factor in the electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The production network for the mobility of the future is well positioned.

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