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MBM CV Delivers 24 Fuso Trucks To Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd

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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles (MBM CV), authorised distributor of FUSO trucks in Malaysia, together with authorised FUSO dealer, Vista Wheels Sdn Bhd, officially delivered 24 FUSO trucks to Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd, the only and largest privately-owned oil refinery plant in Malaysia.

“As a long-time trusted partner of the nation’s haulage and logistics industry, MBM CV is pleased to continue our on-going pledge to the Malaysian market. Our commitment in providing trucks of the highest quality, while offering reliability and economic efficiency is of the utmost importance to us and to our customers. We are absolutely pleased that Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd has placed their confidence in our highly reliable and economical commercial vehicles and extensive service network. It is a trust that we greatly value and appreciate deeply,” said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Vice President, Commercial Vehicles, Mr Albert Yee.

A FUSO customer since 2011, Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd’s recently purchased fleet of 24 FUSO light-duty trucks comprise primarily of the FE71PB and FE83PG series. The FE71PB series is commonly used for short distance distribution and inter-state logistic transportation while the FE83PG series is suitable for unpaved or rougher terrain. MBM CV’s authorised FUSO dealer, Vista Wheels Sdn Bhd, will provide extensive aftersales support and vehicle maintenance for Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd’s FUSO fleet which travel routinely to its branch offices nationwide.

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Speaking at the handover ceremony of the latest five FUSO trucks, Vista Wheels Sdn Bhd, Managing Director, Mr Book Lim Guan, said, “In the haulage industry, we understand that customers require vehicles that are safe, durable and perform well under pressure. Peace-of-mind is what customer’s look for, and together with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles, we are proud to deliver the highest level of quality and service to Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd.”

“As a company that relies heavily on the transportation of used oil and a one-stop provider for waste management, our trucks needs to be in a tip-top condition. We depend on consistent aftersales service for our fleet that is reliable and most importantly, with absolutely minimal downtime. We are on track for positive growth this year, so it is only natural that we look to MBM CV to deliver the necessary services in expanding our FUSO truck fleet,” said Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd, Operation Director, Mr David Ng.

Established in 2008, Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd’s primary business is to provide an integrated solution of waste management and recycling used engine and other mineral oils for companies. A member of the EXSIM Group Of Companies, Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd is currently on an aggressive expansion drive, with plans to open their 12thfactory in Labuan this year. Todate, FUSO trucks make up 90% of the company’s 61 units of the commercial vehicle fleet. Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd is set to further expand its fleet by year end.

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Continental Develops Sensor to Adjust the Height For Buses

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Continental has developed a sensor that is able to measure the height and pressure of air springs using ultrasound.

With the Ultrasonic Height and Pressure Sensor (UHPS), it will be possible to adjust the height of vehicles electronically, thereby improving the efficiency of urban buses.

Thanks to their extremely heat-resistant material, the air springs featuring the sensor technology are equipped for use with current and future generations of engines. Continental is presenting the new development for the first time at the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles in September in Hanover.

The new sensor technology minimizes energy losses and improves efficiency, particularly for urban buses. Drivers are constantly having to adjust the ride heights of their buses throughout the day due to speed bumps, uneven surfaces and height differences at bus stops. Up to now, this has generally been done mechanically and, for most vehicles, at a uniform ride height with only one possible target value. To lower one side of the bus at bus stops, the air had to be completely let out from the spring. With the UHP sensor, the air springs are now controlled electronically and automatically.

Using ultrasound, the sensor measures the current height and pressure in the air spring and sends the values to the electronic control unit, which automatically opens or closes the air spring valves. Target values are pre-set in the electronic control unit, and drivers can pre-select these values before they start to drive depending on whether they are driving in the city or on the freeway. Continuous monitoring between the control unit and the spring maintains an appropriate ride height, which means that the electromechanical control valve does not respond to every trigger. The advantage of this is that the height and pressure can be determined precisely. This function prevents energy from being lost unnecessarily when the bus is lowered or raised. With this solution for air springs, Continental is a pioneer in the market.

Meanwhile, the developers at the technology company are already thinking ahead. The next step is for the air springs to send signals via the sensor technology in the event of overload or faults, enabling anticipatory maintenance. This will reduce unforeseen defects and thus vehicle downtime, as well as the risk of accidents, which will improve road safety.

Continental is also a pioneer when it comes to material composition. Due to the larger exhaust systems of the low-emission Euro 6 engines, the air springs in urban buses are closer to the engine or other heat sources than before and are therefore exposed to extreme temperatures. The experts at Continental have developed a material that is heat-resistant – even under these conditions – specifically for this purpose. Thanks to this property, the air springs are able to withstand over two million load cycles despite the high temperatures.

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Volvo Trucks Strengthens its Electromobility Offer

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Volvo Trucks is now reinforcing its electromobility organisation with the arrival of Edward Jobson, who will serve as Vice President of the new Electromobility function.

In his new role he will develop and lead work in Volvo Trucks’ unified function for development of electrified solutions for goods transport – Electromobility.

Edward Jobson comes most recently from a position as Chief Engineer at Volvo Buses and has long and renowned experience of sustainable transport and electromobility.

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Edward Jobson has a Master of Science degree from Chalmers University of Technology and a PhD from ETH in Zürich, and has been Associate Professor at Chalmers.

In spring 2018 Volvo Trucks introduced two all-electric trucks for urban operations – the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric.

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Daimler’s Electric Truck & Bus Vision  

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Daimler has a bold vision of electrification of its entire commercial vehicle portfolio – all of the truck and bus models of all brands around the world will be electrified.

The turn towards EVs began several years ago with several pilot projects that now spread to various brands and models. All of those vehicles were developed and are tested with series production in the next few years in mind. The electrification will cover major markets and step by step is expected to expand to new models and brands.

To keep costs under control, Daimler intends to develop global electric vehicle toolkit under its E-Mobility Group, so that all of the brands will be able to simply use the general powertrain components in their specific products.

A major task for the broad electrification approach will be development of all the surrounding services, including depot and on-the-road charging (using CCS Combo fast chargers). In the hands of Daimler is the Fuso brand too, which is testing the small electric truck eCanter.

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ISUZU MALAYSIA APPOINTS NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER  

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Isuzu Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (IMSB) has appointed Atsunori Murata as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). He will be overseeing all operational aspects under the Commercial Vehicle Division.

Revealing the appointment during a recent media event, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Koji Nakamura said, “Atsunori Murata has held diverse leadership roles throughout his employment with Isuzu Motors Japan, with experience particularly in sales and business development, product planning and operations. I believe that his extensive experience will prove to be a vital advantage to this organisation, in order to maintain Isuzu Malaysia’s position as No. 1 preferred Commercial Vehicle (CV) in this country”.

Murata has been with Isuzu Motors Limited since 1998. He brings with him 20 years of experience in international sales and business management, having had the opportunity to serve various markets such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, EU countries, and the United Nations. Furthermore, Murata cultivated vast experiences in coordinating business, sales and aftersales planning, corporate finance management and manufacturing coordination for commercial vehicle during his secondment to Isuzu Trucks South Africa in 2010, and Isuzu Motors Sub Saharan Africa in 2015.

Upon returning to serve Isuzu Motors Japan, he was tasked as Chief Coordinator for the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, aside from coordinating other automotive events that required his expertise and knowledge.

“I am thrilled to join Isuzu Motors Malaysia, and look forward to taking on this new challenge. I have been privileged to coordinate and manage automotive business units on a global scale, and I will do my very best to bring Isuzu Malaysia to the next level in the local automotive industry”, he said.

In addition to Murata, new faces who recently joined Isuzu Malaysia, under the After Sales Division (ASD), include Ryo Kakogawa as Chief Operating Officer (COO); Katsushi Shimauchi as Senior Advisor for Service Marketing; and Yuji Shinya as Advisor for Parts Operation.

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Uber Decides To Halt Self Driving Truck Technology Development  

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Uber will stop developing self-driving trucks, the ride-hailing company said this week, seeking to focus its autonomous-vehicle technology solely on cars. Through its acquisition of Otto in 2016, Uber had sought to disrupt freight hauling with self-driving trucks and Uber Freight, its smartphone app that connects truck drivers and shippers.

Uber Freight, which has seen “rapid” growth, is unaffected by the decision, the company said. Trucking has been viewed by transportation experts as a natural application for self-driving technology because of the relative predictability of highways compared with busy city streets.

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Uber had unveiled plans earlier this year to integrate manual trucking with self-driving trucks by deploying the former for short hauls and the latter for longer distances.

San Francisco-based Uber faces competition from Silicon Valley companies including Tesla and Alphabet Inc’s Waymo as well as traditional automakers such as Ford and General Motors in the race to bring self-driving cars to the market. Uber said it will move employees working on self-driving trucks to other internal roles within autonomous vehicle development.

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Suzuki’s NEW Vitara Might Come To Malaysia

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Suzuki is pleased to announce the introduction in September of its 2019 model which incorporates numerous visual, technical and specification upgrades. Vitara has enjoyed strong UK sales success since launch in 2015 and it is currently the most popular model in the Suzuki range.

Firstly, Vitara will be available with both 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo charged petrol engines as introduced in the S-Cross model range late last year and these will replace the 1.6-litre petrol engine. The highly acclaimed Boosterjet engines provide more power and torque, greater efficiency and offer lower emissions too. SZ4 and SZ-T grades are equipped with the 1.0-litre 111PS Boosterjet engine and ALLGRIP four wheel drive is available optionally on the SZ-T with manual transmission.

 

SZ5 models are equipped with the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine which offers a power output of 140PS and 220Nm of torque is available from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm. WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures for both engines will be available closer to the launch date.

The latest Vitara will also offer various design updates, two new colours and the availability of new technology and advanced safety equipment.

For the exterior, new design alloy wheels are available, a redesigned front grille and lower bumper is utilised and the rear of the car features new design and distinctive LED combination lamps. For the interior, the upper instrument panel now incorporates a soft touch material for added quality and the instrument cluster has a new design with colour central information display.

The 2019 Vitara will be the most technically advanced Suzuki to date and new safety technology available as standard equipment on the SZ5 model will include Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Traffic Sign recognition, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear cross traffic alert.

 

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Scania Malaysia To Support Future Leaders in Sustainability

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To support the growth of future sustainability leaders Scania Malaysia has established a fund to motivate and assist primary schools in Malaysia start up curricular activities, extra-curricular activities or projects that focus on sustainability.

The “Master Sustainability By Scania” fund will be kicked off by Scania Malaysia and will continuously be replenished by a portion of vehicle sales revenue.

With the availability of the fund, the leading provider of sustainable transport is now calling on primary schools in Malaysia to share their ideas for sustainability, which will then be evaluated to get support by the fund.

“For Scania, doing the right things and doing things right is key. We can achieve a sustainable transport system and a responsible business by contributing to economic and social development without jeopardising human health and safety or endangering the environment”, said Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Marie Sjödin Enström.

“The world population currently faces challenges with regard to climate and resources. This will have a tremendous impact on future generations which is why we should begin to change the ways in which we view our industries and lifestyles. One way of doing so is by facilitating the growth and nurture of young students to master sustainability” said Marie.

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“Today’s young generation possesses vigour, awareness and creativity which provides them with greater potential to become future sustainability leaders. To inspire and support their growth in sustainability, Scania Malaysia is calling on primary schools in the country to share their ideas with us on ways to save Mother Earth.”

Schools are invited to submit their sustainability project and/or activity ideas by emailing Scania Malaysia at smyenquries@scania.com.

“We want to nurture tomorrow’s sustainability leaders today with a long term goal to continue building awareness of sustainability. What better way than to support the ideas of the young who are already setting the global trends and are aware of the need to address how we interact with the environment.”

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Nissan Navara VL Plus Now with Intelligent Around View Monitor

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Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) today introduced a new addition to the Navara model line-up, the Nissan Navara VL Plus, with Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) technology and enhanced safety features.

The new Navara VL Plus is equipped with Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM), a Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) technology which uses 4 cameras to provide a 360° bird’s-eye view of the vehicle for easier navigation in tight spots and tricky parking situations.

7 SRS Airbags (dual front, side and curtain airbags, as well as driver knee airbag) are also included for added protection, while the new Digital Speedometer housed within the Advance Driver-Assist Display offers more driving convenience.

“Imagine a whole new driving experience, moving through life with more excitement, confidence and connection to the world around you. Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) offers that through Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM), which is available on our 3 best-selling models; X-Trail, Serena S-Hybrid and now the Navara”, said Mr Christopher Tan, Sales and Marketing Director of ETCM.

The Navara VL Plus remains unchanged in delivering a dynamic driving performance; with a 2.5 litre turbo intercooler diesel engine that outputs 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque, and fitted with a first-in-class 7-speed automatic transmission with manual mode for an invigorating drive.

Additionally, the Navara is the first Japanese pickup in Malaysia with a Multi-Link Rear Suspension System that offers an unprecedented driving comfort and handling, similar to SUVs. Along with Zero Gravity Inspired Seats, comfort is further enhanced as it eliminates driver fatigue on long journeys. Whether for recreational or business use, the Navara is a reliable double-cab pickup that can accommodate a full payload of one tonne.

 

The new Nissan Navara VL Plus comes with 5-years or 150,000km (whichever comes first) warranty, and is also available in the aggressive Black Series package.

The Navara VL Plus will make its appearance in the upcoming Nissan Nationwide Test Drive Carnival at selected showrooms over 2 weekends (4 th to 5 th August and 11 th to 12 th August), starting from 10am to 8pm. Members of the public are invited to visit the Nissan Nationwide Test Drive Carnival and be the first to experience the new Navara VL Plus.

Attractive deals, prizes and activities are offered in the carnival, including the fun and engaging Nissan Nurtures Nature eco-friendly activities that are centered around the 3R environmental philosophy: Reduce, Recycle and Reconnect:

 Reduce – Herbs planting activity; grow your own herbs, bring more green into homes
to reduce Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and produce more Oxygen (O2).
 Recycle – Transform waste into useable items; a showcase of using a used tyre that
can be creatively made into a rustic furniture.
 Reconnect – Retreat to nature allowing its serenity to refresh, rejuvenate and re-
energize the body and mind. A series of Eco Talk will be introduced to educate
owners and customers on why and how we could play a role in contributing back to
the environment.

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Foton Auman EST Heavy-Duty Commercial Prime Mover Arrives  

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Angka-Tan Motor Sdn Bhd (ATM) – a subsidiary of Warisan TC Holdings and a member of Tan Chong Group – has recently launched and unveiled the all-new heavy-duty commercial prime mover – Foton Auman EST (Energy Super Truck) series.

Manufactured by Beijing-based Foton Daimler Automotive Co. Ltd, the all-new Auman EST truck is part of the Foton Super Truck Series that are fully-equipped with advanced mobility technologies leading into the future.

The all-new Auman EST series were built by a combination of globally-renowned and best-in-class technologies from the United States (U.S), Germany and China. It is powered by U.S-based Cummins Inc.’s clean, efficient and dependable Cummins ISG 12-litre engine, Germany-based ZF’s latest innovative TraXon transmission and Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive’s application of European technology into its newly styled body.

The combination of these technologies make Auman EST fully capable in carrying out highly demanding operations while maintaining high standards in uptime, fuel efficiency and safety over long distances in the day-to-day routines of fleet and trucking operations.

The Auman EST was manufactured in global digital paradigmatic factory with TOS+ (Truck Operating System) management system, advanced manufacturing capabilities and technologies. The truck has undergone rigorous testing regimes and on-road testing in various road condition, temperature and altitude took it to the limit so as to ensure its superior quality, durability and performance.

A smart and high-quality truck for maximum efficiency

Loaded with revolutionary technologies, the all-new Auman EST is a highly intelligent truck that is efficient with fuel conservation, safety aspects and productivity. The truck is also fitted with advanced, modularized architecture platform of CAN-Bus technology which integrates all complex components through the truck’s ECU (Electronic Control Unit), enabling ease in fault diagnosis, improved safety and fuel consumption.

Additionally, the I-Telligent System-Load Based Speed Control (LSBC) controls the engine revs according to load, road condition and vehicle speed to improve fuel consumption. This also makes the truck very stable and easy to handle on uneven roads.

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Highly fuel efficient for positive bottom line impact 

Fuel economy isone of the priority factors for companies in the logistics and haulage business. The Auman EST provides exceptional fuel efficiency through a variety of ways. The advanced Cummins ISG engine improves fuel consumption and emission significantly. Its high torque with low revs and a wide RPM range increases transmission efficiency and fuel economy by 2%. 

The lightweight and compact yet powerful Cummins engine, aluminium-alloyed ZF’s 16-speed transmission, fuel tank and other lightweight materials all contribute to the best possible minimal usage of fuel. In addition, the newly-designed body optimizes aerodynamics, low drag and low rolling resistance to ensure that fuel efficiency is further maximized.

Safety at its uncompromised best

The Auman EST has undergone stringent and harsh crash tests in accordance with the European standard and regulation (UNECE R-29-03).

A host of features that render this prime mover one of the best in class in safety include the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR) which configure intelligently to minimize the potential of skidding. Furthermore, the powerful engine compression braking technology (iBrake), with a maximum braking force of up to 370 horse power, allows the ECU to intelligently control each braking system according to operating conditions.

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The cabin is equipped with a large solid bumper, LED day running light, high intensity headlamp and an anti-mud angle plate, the all-new Auman EST also significantly improves driver’s vision especially during night driving, further increasing safety on the road.

Extra comfort for drivers

Built with the driver in mind, the all-new Auman EST boasts great ergonomic interior layout, with highly spacious and high-roofed cabin for driving comfort and movement. Other key features for comfort and safety include adjustable steering wheel, user-friendly dashboard for practicality and convenience, air-suspension driver seat for lumbar support, electric adjustable rear-view mirror and roof window, and ultra-wide twin sleeping bunk beds.

The truck’s full air suspension cabin also meets European standard in terms of good quality sound proofing to reduce interior noise, which effectively improves driving comfort and focus. For ease of maintenance, the cabin can also be tilted to 70 degrees.

The Auman EST truck is now available in three different models for customers in Malaysia. In addition to comprehensive aftersales support of 18 service dealers, customers of Auman EST will also enjoy 4 years warranty with unlimited mileage – the highest warranty in the local truck market. In conjunction with the launch, Angka-Tan Motor Sdn Bhd will be offering a special price for the first 30 units booked before 31 August 2018.

For more information, customers can contact Angka-Tan Motor Sdn Bhd at 603-56386888.

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