Browsing Archive July, 2019

Pickup trucks getting to big for parking spots

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Pickup truck drivers are finding it increasingly hard to give other cars enough room when they park due to modern trucks getting wider by a foot on average despite car park spaces remaining the same size as the 1980’s. This leads to frustration among drivers and can result in angry notes being left on windscreens, as well as many bumps and scrapes in tight car park spaces.

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However, if parking spaces were made bigger there would be less available car park spaces for drivers to use, which would also cause an inconvenience as there are more cars on the road than ever before, all battling for somewhere to park.

Our vehicles have definitely bulked up over the past few years. They’re as much as 25% wider than they were when many car parks were built ­ and the most recent town council guidelines on space size date right back to the 1990s, when cars were definitely slimmer. There has been a huge surge in big 4x4s and SUVs and they’re all trying to cram themselves into our shrinking car parks.

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TOYOTA HILUX OWNERS IN KLANG GET A NEW 2S OUTLET  

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UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the sole importer and distributor for Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, recognizes the importance of having a comprehensive service network for its Toyota customers.  Recently, a new Toyota 2S centre located at Klang, Selangor was opened.  Operated by PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd, the centre offers aftersales services to Toyota customers and owners in Pandamaran, Bukit Tinggi, Bandar Botanik, and other nearby areas.

PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd has been an authorised Toyota dealer since 2015 with a sales outlet located in Bukit Tinggi, Klang. Over the past four years, as its sales have grown along with its customer base, it has made new investments to expand its facilities to raise the quality of services. This has led to the establishment of the new 2S outlet.

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The service centre is equipped with 19 service bays with trained personnel to ensure that customers’ vehicles are promptly attended to. It is also equipped with diagnostic equipment and the necessary Special Service Tools to maintain Toyota vehicles. While waiting for their vehicles to be serviced, customers can relax in the lounge which has amenities for their comfort and convenience.

Commending PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd on their commitment to provide Toyota customers with high quality aftersales services, UMW Toyota Motor’s President, Ravindran K. said, “PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd has been our business partner since 2015 and has provided good services to customers. We are delighted to see that with the growth in their business, they have made the decision to upgrade their facilities to enhance their aftersales services. This has truly reflects the Toyota “Customer First” philosophy where priorities and value-added services are prepared for our customers’ convenience.”

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PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd is located at PT 7420 Jalan Kim Chuan, Pandamaran, 42000 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.For enquiries, please call 03-3323 9398 (Sales) or 03-3385 2381 / 010-396 0468 (Service). Information on Toyota vehicles and the locations of outlets nationwide can be found at toyota.com.my.

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Is Kia Planning On A New Segment Player?  

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The pickup truck market in North America and Asia does not seem to be slowing down, just like the SUV segment. So, it is probably time for SUV brands with no pickup trucks in their lineup to start thinking about it as the platform and technology from a SUV can easily be put into production as a pickup truck to cater to lifestyle buyers.

Kia Motors America (KMA) in 2016 unveiled a cutting-edge vision for a full-size SUV at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Called the ‘Telluride’, it was a striking three-row, seven-passenger, luxury SUV concept that featured a modern and upright shape, muscular stance, and state-of-the-art technology to care for its occupants.

Purely conceptual, the Kia Telluride was based on an existing platform and reveals the brand’s interest in potentially offering a premium SUV positioned above the current hot-selling Sorento 3-row SUV.

Now, with the same platform, Kia is able to produce this compact large pickup truck for the North American market, which could also see interest in Asia as we have seen with the Ford Raptor.

At 70.9-inches tall, 79.1-inches wide and 196.9-inches long, the Telluride SUV is 4.4-inches taller, 4.7-inches wider, and a sizable 9.5-inches longer than the current Sorento.

Underpinning the Telluride is a modified Sorento chassis with a wheelbase stretched 11.9 inches to 121.3 inches, giving Telluride a dominating presence. It’s modern and muscular appearance is accentuated by flared fenders stretching around massive 22-inch five-spoke wheels.

The Telluride’s front fascia incorporates a much larger version of Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, and its menacing face brings an attitude all its own with recessed quad-LED headlamps, pronounced horizontal LED indicator lights, and an aggressive polished-metal skid plate below the bumper. In the rear, thin vertical taillights align with the modern design language of the SUV, while consistent styling cues across the front and rear door handles, hood scoops and dual exhaust tips enhance the vehicle’s solid appearance.

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TNB Adds 6 More UD Croner Trucks to Its Fleet

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UD Trucks and its sole distributor partner Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE) are pleased to announce that Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s largest electricity utility supplier for businesses, homes and industries, has recently purchased six units of UD Trucks’ medium-duty Croner, bringing to a total of 78 units of UD Trucks vehicles the power company currently owns.

A vehicle handover ceremony was held recently at the headquarters of TNB to officially mark the delivery of the trucks and it was attended by the senior management teams of TNB Fleet Management Department, UD Trucks and TCIE. The trucks would be used to transport diesel fuel to refuel TNB’s mobile generator sets during operation at site.

Dato’ S. Viswanathan, Head of Fleet Management Department, TNB shared in a short speech during the truck handover ceremony, “As the national electricity provider, TNB has an important role in ensuring that customers get reliable supply from our system network. The acquisition of UD Trucks’ medium-duty Croner would serve as support trucks to transport diesel fuel for mobile generator sets that would be mobilised in the event of unexpected disruption. We need to quickly deploy mobile generator sets to minimise the duration of an outage. These mobile generator sets, which are equipped on trucks including on UD Trucks’ heavy-duty Quester, need to be stationary and operational on-site and must be refuelled from time to time to keep them going.”

Last year, TNB purchased nine units of the heavy-duty UD Quester trucks, which comprised of seven units of 18-tonne trucks and two units of 24-tonne trucks that are now being used as mobile generator sets deployed across the country.

Steve Hedouin, Managing Director, UD Trucks Hub Malaysia & Oceania said, “UD Trucks feels honored that TNB has decided to purchase UD Croner to provide the support for the mobile generator sets. UD Croner was specifically made for growth markets like Malaysia, with versatility, uptime and safety in mind. It is one of the most fuel-efficient trucks in its category as it combines a new engine series and a more aerodynamic cab design. This truck was built and designed to deliver extra productivity and superior uptime and we truly believe that UD Croner will serve TNB’s needs well.”

According to TNB’s Fleet Management Department, there are positive feedback from their drivers on UD Croner which include easy drivability and comfort over long distance, strong safety alert features, fuel-coaching system that helps to improve driving behavior by prompting the driver to use optimal revs and reduce unnecessary acceleration and TCIE’s fast aftermarket service response.

Jaclyn Loy, Chief Operating Officer, TCIE added, “We would like to thank TNB for putting their solid trust and confidence in UD Trucks and TCIE to provide reliable transport solutions. 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 to TNB.”

TCIE 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 Services and UD Trust Service Agreements for customers.

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Mercedes honours its classic G-Wagon and Unimog  

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The Mercedes-Benz Unimog celebrates its 70th anniversary with an updated model that looks better than any Hummer to enter the market.

Then the ultimate luxury off road vehicle that is a statement killer, the Mercedes G-Wagon is celebrating its 40th anniversary of being the vehicle of choice for basketball, baseball and football players and their pop star wife’s.  However, we suggest, if you want to show the world you have loads of money, then a Unimog is what you should be driving.

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Press Release: Vehicles that rise to top form in extreme terrain, have captivated with amazing technological feats for decades and have a dedicated worldwide fan base in their corner. Mercedes-Benz has no less than two of them.

What the G-Class is in the passenger car sector, the Unimog is among commercial vehicles. And while the G-Class is celebrating its 40-year anniversary this year, the Unimog can look back on a tradition that spans more than 70 years. Enough reasons to bring both of them together for a summit.

There are vehicles that whet the appetite for adventure and arouse the childlike urge to play in every adult: The Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the Mercedes-Benz Unimog are among them. As unique characters, they both have been taking their very own path for many decades. And this path often starts where others already have reached the end of theirs – thanks to their off-road capabilities.

Both of them have already repeatedly demonstrated their reliability and ability to get anywhere at the Dakar Rally and other events. In addition, the Unimog and the G-Class share maximum robustness and durability as well as the tremendous model variety, with which they fulfil virtually any customer request.

No wonder that they also cut a splendid figure in Hollywood: In the blockbusters “Jurassic World” of 2015 and “Transformers: The Last Knight” from the year 2017, the two icons even shared the screen. The current G-Class celebrated its world première in Detroit in January 2018 with Arnold Schwarzenegger on stage. In addition to the G-Class, the superstar once also had a Unimog sitting in his garage.

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Hyundai Tucson modded for African markets

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Hyundai in South Africa was selling this special ‘Hyundai Sport’ version which appeared two years ago, before the general facelift. This was limited edition and dues to its success the Hyundai brand division has decided to continue to offer it across the rest of Africa and maybe even some Asian markets.

The car was chosen with the same exterior package that it had before and before the facelift: redesigned bumpers, new thresholds and two double ends of the sports exhaust (PL TGCRDI Quad Sports Exhaust). 19-inch black jets are also part of the transfer, and the roof railings are no longer silver but black.

The Sport version is based on the top level Elite equipment, which includes, among other things, LED headlights, upholstered leather seats and the front ones are electrically adjustable, multimedia system with touchscreen, rear camcorder, panoramic sunroof, angle monitoring system death, automatic climate control and cruise control.

Under the hood there is a 2.0-liter and four-cylinder CRDi diesel engine, which was chosen with a Stage 1 Performance Enhancement that increased its power from 178 to 204 horses, and the torque from 400 to 460 Nm.

The gearbox to which the aggregate is coupled is an eight-speed automatic. Working only in combination with front-wheel drive can make 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds, while the maximum speed stops at 201km/h.

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The second engine on offer is a 1.6-liter TGDI, same as four-cylinder and optimized by a performance kit, to produce 204hp but a maximum torque of 300Nm. The gearbox in this case is a seven-speed robotized and double-clutch, which in combination with a front-wheel drive can accelerate the car from place to 100km/h in 8.9 seconds and up to the same maximum speed.

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Tata Motors Showcases Futuristic Public Transportation Solutions in India

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Tata Motors showcased seven new public transportation vehicles at the Prawaas 2019 exhibition in Mumbai, India. .

The exhibition, which is a biennial event, saw various companies displaying new technologies, innovations, products, and services in the passenger transportation sector.

This year, Tata Motors displayed the Magna 1623, Starbus 1212, Cityride 1515, Winger 9 seater, Compact Patient Transport Ambulance on Tata Magic, Tata Hexa SUV, as well as the Ultra Electric Bus.

According to Tata, these buses come with enhanced fuel economy and a longer service life. Apart from the Ultra Electric bus displayed at the event, the company has also developed a range of sustainable mobility solutions such as Hybrid, Fuel Cell, LNG and Articulated buses to meet the future transportation needs of the ‘Envisaged Smart Cities’.

Mr. Rohit Srivastava, Vice President and Product Line Head – Passenger Commercial Vehicle, Tata Motors said “Rapidly growing cities have led to an upsurge in the demand for efficient public transportation in all parts of the country, urban as well as rural. The Buses manufactured by Tata Motors have always adhered to this increasing demand while ensuring best in class products to suit the travel requirements of passengers and drivers alike. Our priority is to provide efficient, clean and affordable value propositions to our customers without compromising on safety and the comfort levels of the passengers. The vehicles displayed at Prawaas 2019 is a testimony of our in-depth understanding of the Indian market.”

Mr. Sandeep Kumar, Head Sales & Marketing – Passenger Commercial Vehicle, Tata Motors adds, “Being the market leader, over the years Tata Motors has pioneered technological innovations and safety features in the bus segment. Prawaas 2019 is an excellent platform to exhibit our broad range of products to our customers and various stakeholders. At this event, we want to showcase that sustainable transportation solutions will be one of the key fundamentals in our strategy going forward and Tata Motors will continue to progress in the mass transportation space while keeping the right balance between sustainable growth, customer satisfaction and profitability.”

Tata Motors, with its extensive range of mass transportation solutions, enjoys a market leadership position in buses in India (with market share in excess of 38% in India). In the financial year 2018-19, the bus industry grew by 10% compared to the preceding year, due to the increasing need for qualitative public transport in cities as well growth in the tourism sector. To support the steady demand, Tata Motors will continue to indigenously develop vehicles with enhanced passenger comfort and technological advancements, revolutionizing mass transportation in India.

The company has a wide reach in the remotest parts of the country ensuring timely after sales service to all customers. The plan for the current financial year is to bolster sales and service network further by adding channel partners. Customers can benefit from a host of excellent aftermarket support through value added services under the umbrella of ‘Sampoorna Seva’ including a 24X7 breakdown assistance, Tata Zippy, AMC packages for various applications, Skoolman as a telematics service, and Delight – the Tata Motors loyalty program.

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Isuzu Truck UK has just delivered its 1,000th Driveaway pre-bodied vehicle

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Commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Truck UK has just delivered its 1,000th Driveaway pre-bodied vehicle to East Midlands company Carrier Landscapes. This milestone 3.5 tonne Isuzu means that the Melton Mowbray based business now runs 45 Isuzu trucks in its 80-strong commercial vehicle fleet.

Since they were first launched, Isuzu’s Driveaway range of pre-bodied trucks now cover models from 3.5 tonne to 7.5 tonne GVW and commenting on reaching the 1000th Driveaway landmark, Richard Waterworth, head of sales at Isuzu Truck UK said, “It is fitting that such a devotee of the Isuzu brand, Carrier Landscapes, are the recipients of this special milestone vehicle as they have been a long-term supporter of Isuzu for many years. Our Driveaway programme has proved to be incredibly popular with our customers and by consistently adding new models to the range, we now have a comprehensive selection of the most sought-after vehicle specifications in various GVW categories. This enables our customers to reduce the lead time and costs for fleet replacements and additions.”

Carrier Landscapes predominantly run 3.5 tonne Isuzu Grafter rigids within its fleet, and the milestone Isuzu is one of the new Grafter Green N35.125 models specified with a Driveaway dropside body.  Carrier Landscapes also run four Isuzu 7.5 tonne rigids as well as its Isuzu Grafters.

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McLaren F1 team uses Volvo for all its haulage

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Volvo Trucks is pleased to announce a two-year extension to their partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 team, which will see Volvo Trucks continue as an official supplier providing essential transport solutions and logistics support for both race team and hospitality operations.

Volvo have been the official supplier of trucks to the Formula 1 team since 2016, with the latest state-of-the art Volvo FH-540 13-litre trucks supporting the ever-changing logistical requirements of the team at Grand Prix locations all over the globe.

Over the last three years, McLaren have benefitted from Volvo’s class-leading transport solutions that offer fuel-efficient, torque-strong performance, responsive engines and comfortable cabs. New features on the latest batch of 24 vehicles will now include Volvo’s new I-See predictive cruise control system and a faster 2.31:1 differential ratio.

Volvo’s logistics and transportation capabilities are essential to the effective running of theEuropean leg of the F1 circuit which sees the McLaren Racing team travel to nine countries. Now, using I-See with its new cloud-based mapping system combining all Volvo’s latest technology,McLaren will not only substantially reduce its fuel consumption, but also reduce its environmental impact, without compromising drivability.

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Loch Shiel Garage takes delivery of a high specification Volvo FM recovery vehicle

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Fitted with bodywork by Dave Bland Engineering and supplied by Kevin Fraser, Transport Solutions Executive at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, the 26 tonne rear-steer tag axle FM ispowered by Volvo’s D11K engine rated at 410hp, which drives a 12-speed I-Shift automated gearbox. The Globetrotter-cabbed 6×2 rigid also boasts a 6m wheelbase chassis to accommodate the four-car recovery bodywork. To cope with a variety of loading conditions, a nine tonne front axle and full air suspension were also selected.

The all-steel, 12,000kg Dave Bland Engineering recovery bodywork offers a maximum carrying capability of four cars, with a 30 foot platform complemented by a 2.5 tonne capacity top deck. Also included within the specification is a 4,000kg spectacle lift and 48-inch rear power out ramps. A gearbox driven PTO supplies power to a 14,000kg remotely-controlled, hydraulic winch. Other operational items such as work lockers, airlines and tow balls are all present, alongside a comprehensive array of additional work, strobe and marker lights.

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