Browsing Archive March, 2016

Atego Trucks Delivered To Audio Visual Specialist

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has delivered an Atego 15-tonne truck to UK based audio-visual company Creative Technology. The Atego 1524L is the third such 15-tonne rigid purchased by the company, and is fitted with a six-metre GRP box body by Solent Bodybuilders of Fareham, who also fitted the cab roof-top air deflector and side wings, as well as a Ratcliff 1500 kg column tail-lift.

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FIAT unveils new Talento

Fiat has expanded its Professional lineup with the new Talento, the model that is the link between Doblò Cargo and Ducato.

According to Fiat, the Talento lineup  allows Fiat Professional to cover new volumes and loading lengths and provide comprehensive, satisfactory answers to all professional transportation needs.

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From the style standpoint, the new Talento is compact and well-proportioned: the forward stretching windscreen pleasantly connects to the short bonnet and the overall effect is one of an imposing but dynamic front end.

The design is horizontal with bold, clear-cut lines in tune with the new family feeling of the Fiat Professional range and enhances the width of the vehicle and its loading capacity, clearly suggested by the square-shaped rear end, while conveying an idea of dynamism and stability. The new model is equipped with reliable, powerful and cost-effective turbo and twin turbo diesel engines delivering powers up to 145 HP.

Talento – with its transparent, complete line-up – and Fiat Professional – with its comprehensive ranges and organisation dedicated to professionals – have all the answers for customers seeking ever more specific solutions.

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Isuzu Rigids Delivered

Isuzu Trucks have delivered 5 units of Forward 7.5-tonne trucks to Hannah Foods in England. The Forward N75.190 rigids are fitted with multi-compartment Solomon refrigerated bodies with movable bulkheads and Carrier Transicold Supra MT refrigeration systems.

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Daimler drives connected truck development

Daimler is accelerating development of semi-autonomous trucks linked through the internet to other vehicles and transport infrastructure by investing around €500 million (£395 million) over the next four years.

A new Daimler commercial vehicles business unit, Digital Solutions & Services, has been set up to integrate all the group’s worldwide activities related to “connected” trucks. The new unit, based in Stuttgart, goes into operation on 1 April.

The news was announced this week by Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler Head of Trucks & Buses, in Düsseldorf at a demonstration of the capabilities of the latest version of the Mercedes self-driving truck system, called Highway Pilot Connect.

Three wi-fi connected, Mercedes Actros articulated truck combinations were authorised to drive in “autonomous” mode in a platoon on the A52 autobahn near Düsseldorf. A platoon like this could improve overall fuel economy of the three trucks in aggregate by up to 7% while cutting occupied road space by half and improving road safety, it is claimed. But Daimler claims this represents only a small fraction of the potential benefits of connected commercial vehicles.

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Bernhard said, “We are connecting the truck with the internet, making the truck the mobile data centre of the logistics network.

“The connected truck can provide the real-time information that is now lacking. It connects all those involved: drivers, schedulers, fleet operators, workshops, manufacturers and insurance companies or authorities. They receive information in real time which was previously unavailable: about the condition of the tractor unit and semi-trailer, traffic and weather conditions, parking availability at motorway service stations, rest areas and much more.”

On average in Europe, trucks spend only about one third of the time being driven, according to Daimler research. The rest is unproductive waiting time, with the driver asleep, or waiting to load or unload, or stationary in traffic. Bernhard is convinced that exploiting truck connectivity can have a dramatic effect on this inefficiency.

“If you ask me to blueprint the ultimate connected truck, I’d say the truck will always be driving, always fully loaded, never stuck in a traffic jam, never failing, and has a happy driver,” he said.

“There will be no paperwork, no accidents, no breakdowns. I am well aware that we might never completely get there, but it’s the direction we’re taking. At full speed.”

With around 365,000 trucks, buses and vans worldwide already employing its in-house telematics systems – FleetBoard in Europe and Detroit Connect in North America – Daimler claims to have more connected commercial vehicles at present than any rival.

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Renault Master gets Euro 6 engine

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The Renault Master from Renault Trucks is now available with a Euro 6 engine. Available in 2.8 to 4.5 ton versions and with engines of 110 to 170 hp, the Master offering maintains its diversity, perfectly satisfying demands in fields such as construction, passenger transport, parcels delivery and also controlled temperature transport with specific packs.

To comply with the regulations, the vehicle incorporates SCR de-pollution technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology which has been used by Renault Trucks on its HGV ranges since 2009.

The SCR system, combined with the injection of Adblue into the exhaust gases, brings about a major reduction in polluting emissions. The 22 L Adblue tank on the Renault Master provides an operating range of up to 12,000 km. To avoid any risk of confusion when filling this tank, it is located on the opposite side to that of the Diesel tank.

This new Master offering, available from 2.8 to 4.5 t and 110 to 170 hp, qualifies for double Euro 6 registration in the Light Duty and Heavy Duty categories. This enables it to incorporate heavy bodywork, such as a cherry picker, for example. Renault Trucks can also supply factory fitted bodywork: flatbed, van body or tipper.

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Still with the aim of improving driver comfort, the new Renault Master can be equipped with the Media Nav 2.0 system, which incorporates a 7” tactile navigation screen and an audio system with land-based digital radio, jack plug, USB Bluetooth® connection and a hands-free telephone kit. The system’s cartography can be updated by connecting to a specific website. For added security, it also offers the option of automatically switching headlight settings (from high beam to low beam when a vehicle is detected less than 600 m away) as well as a camera and reversing radar to ensure that maneuvers are carried out under optimal safety conditions.

To further reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as improving overall vehicle performance, the Renault Master comes fitted with the Eco-Mode system which, by reducing engine torque, contributes to lower consumption. This operates in conjunction with the Stop&Start system which automatically stops the engine when the vehicle is waiting at a traffic light. It is also equipped with bi-turbo technology, enabling low-pressure turbo and high-pressure turbo to be operated in turn, or simultaneously, to deliver greater torque at low engine speeds (380 Nm from 1500 to 3000 rpm). In addition, the Renault Master boasts the Driver Assist system, which informs drivers of the best moment to change gear.

Finally, since Renault Trucks considers service to be an integral part of its vehicles, the Renault Master offers services corresponding to its everyday functions. For example, the Fast & Pro dedicated service centres provide clients with an area entirely devoted to LCVs, minimising downtime during vehicle repairs and carefully controlling costs. Once again, this enables Renault Master clients to benefit from everything Renault Trucks expertise has to offer when it comes to SCR and Adblue® technologies, already tried and tested on its HGV range. Renault Trucks service quality also covers the Start & Drive servicing contracts offering 4 different degrees of coverage, together with optimised financing and insurance.

The Renault Master belongs to the Renault Trucks Distribution range, the largest of its kind on the market, incorporating the Renault Maxity, the Renault Trucks D Cab 2m, the Renault Trucks D and Renault Trucks D Wide and D Access.

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Higher Safety With Vision Panels

DAF, MAN and Volvo are among several truck manufacturers preparing their latest improvements for passenger door glazing to satisfy the London “Safer Lorry” scheme proposals on “vision panels”.

Three MAN dealers in the UK now offer retrofitted additional windows to the lower nearside door panels on the cabs of TGX, TGS, TGM and TGL trucks.

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Nick Handy, MAN Truck & Bus UK Sales Engineering Manager, said, “We take the issue of vulnerable-road-user safety very seriously and have been looking at the best methods to offer this solution to our customers post-registration to enable nearside direct vision to be increased.”

Volvo trucks on display at the CLOCS event next week will include a low-entry cab FE 6×2 rear-steer tipper and an N3 (on-road specification) FM 8×4 tipper with additional window in the passenger door. Volvo is also showing a four-camera, cyclist-proximity warning system.

One selling point of the additional door window offered by DAF Trucks and designed by Cheshire-based Astra Vehicle Technologies is that it allows the standard door window to be lowered far enough to give the driver access to the nearside door-mounted mirror.

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DELIVERY OF SCANIA TRUCKS SIGNALS STRONGER BUSINESS CONFIDENCE

Scania Malaysia has just delivered two units of Scania P360 LA 4×2 MNA trucks to Circular Agency Sdn Bhd (CA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Malay-Sino Chemical Industries Sdn Bhd, which is part of the Batu Kawan Berhad group. The keys to the Scania trucks were handed over by Pre-Sales Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Tom Kuiphuis to the Managing Director of Batu Kawan Berhad, Dato’ Lee Hau Hian. Also present at the handover were CA’s General Manager Tan Boon Chye, CA’s Service Support and Maintenance Manager Karunakaran a/l Ganapathy and Internal Auditor Manager of Batu Kawan Berhad, David Ng Weng Kiang.

“Circular Agency has always emphasised the importance of safety, health and environmental care when the company is transporting chemicals produced by the Group. That is why we ensure we have good quality trucks in our operations,” Dato’ Lee stated.

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It was after careful consideration that CA chose the Scania trucks mainly due to their performance, fuel economy and safety. Apart from meeting the high standards that CA practices, the Scania trucks are also environmentally-friendly and will also, in the long-term, contribute to the total operating economy, giving the best returns on the investment.

The two Scania trucks comes with 2 years free Maintenance, 2 years free Scania Assistance and 10 years free Scania Fleet Management.

Scania Maintenance is part of a range of maintenance services provided by Scania Contracted Services. The trucks will be maintained by the Scania Malaysia service centre in Ipoh. Scania Assistance allows Scania to track and follow-up on the status of any customer’s case from start to completion; keeping the customer informed throughout the entire process. This allows the customer to plan and reorganise their fleet movements better in the event of a particular vehicle needing assistance. Scania Fleet Management is a set of services that connects the vehicles with customers’ office through a communicator device. Scania customers will get vehicle data, fleet position and reviews of driving performance. By just focusing on these details Scania customers can make informed decisions and take the necessary actions to increase the productivity of their fleet. Vehicle and driver performance can save up to 10% in fuel economy if Scania Fleet Management is used together with Scania Driver Support, Driver Training and Coaching services.

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The trucks are also equipped with Scania Opticruise transmission technology that gives drivers a comfortable handling of the truck for the best safety and fuel economy while reducing clutch and synchromesh wear.

“At Scania, we continue to put our customers’ operations at the centre of the entire value chain. Scania’s wide range of quality products and services are constantly improving and optimised for our customers’ needs,” said Tom. “The addition of Scania Maintenance, Scania Assistance and Scania Fleet Management strengthens Scania’s total solutions to help our customer achieve the best profitability.”

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Electric double deckers take over the streets of London

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The streets of London recently welcomed the arrival of a global first – a completely emissions free pure electric double decker especially designed and developed for Transport for London (TfL) by BYD.

Held at City Hall, the event saw Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy Matthew Pencharz formally receive the first bus from Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe. This vehicle is one of a fleet of five which will shortly be entering service on Route 98 operated on behalf of TfL by Metroline. BYD is working with TfL and Metroline on an introduction programme which includes driver training and the installation of fast charging equipment at Metroline’s Willesden Bus Garage in north London.

The 100% BYD designed and developed vehicle is 10.2m long, features full air conditioning and offers seats for a total 54 passengers with a further 27 standees spaces (total passengers: 81). The BYD Iron Phosphate batteries deliver 345 kWh of power and can run for up to 190 miles of typical urban driving according to the internationally recognised SORT test conditions. Recharging takes just four hours and can be completed overnight using low cost off peak electricity. This is more than enough to handle most daily duty cycles.

“The Mayor of London challenged us saying that he did not believe an electric double decker was technically feasible but we took up the challenge and in less than two years created the bus Londoners can see today”, said Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe. “This is not a hybrid bus but a totally emissions free product which will give London a world leading position in its efforts to improve air quality”.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director for Surface Transport, said: “BYD are a brilliant supplier. They lead the world in electric bus technology and we thank them for their efforts to make this new double decker a reality”.

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Truck & trailer coupling and uncoupling safety issues

Two years of work by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) working group including trade associations, trade unions, traffic commissioners and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), is about to result in publication of new guidance on safe trailer coupling and uncoupling procedures.

The new, free HSE guidance will replace a similar publication dating back to 2006 and will focus more on driver training, including a pictorial guide to the safest trailer coupling and uncoupling procedures.

One of several new recommendations is that there should be a standard position on semi-trailers for the park-brake valve, making it easier for drivers to locate. It is recommended that the valve should be mounted on the nearside front of the chassis side-member, forward of the trailer landing legs.

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A persistently high number of accidents and incidents involving truck and trailer runaways has prompted the HSE working group’s action.

Many drivers simply do not understand how trailer parking brakes work. And failure to apply the tractive unit and/or trailer parking brakes is the primary cause of runaway incidents.

Many of the drivers surveyed mistakenly believe that there is no need to apply a trailer parking brake after the red (emergency) airline between unit and semi-trailer has been disconnected.

Truck operators and drivers are often reluctant to talk publicly about incidents and accidents involving dropped or miscoupled semi-trailers. However, the HSE revealed ten years ago that it had investigated 24 fatal and serious accidents involving drivers engaged in trailer coupling or uncoupling between 1986 and 1996.

Nobody has suggested, however, that the frequency of tractor/trailer miscouples could be blamed mainly on shoddy maintenance, or on inadequate design or construction of couplings.

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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles 2015 Diamond FUSO Contest Finale Winner

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd, authorised distributor of FUSO trucks in Malaysia, has announced the 2015 winner of its popular Diamond FUSO Contest. Last year, over 2,500 entries contested for a chance to win the grand prize worth RM236,888.

In the grand final draw, Metfab Engineering Sdn Bhd was named the grand prize winner, taking home the coveted Mercedes-Benz GLA 200. A FUSO customer since 2014, Mr Vincent Teh said, “I am absolutely delighted that I have won the biggest prize of the night, and I am excited to drive the Mercedes-Benz GLA 200. Thank you to MBM for the 2015 Diamond FUSO Contest. I have been a supporter of FUSO trucks and have found them a reliable vehicle for the long distance journeys that is required of my business. I look forward to investing in more FUSO trucks in the future.”

MHP-Miracle Health Products Sdn Bhd, Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia (LKIM) and SDS Bakeries Sdn Bhd also emerged winners, taking the first, second and third place prizes of holiday vouchers worth RM30,000, RM25,000 and RM20,000 respectively. In the grand final draw, a total of 41 customers won prizes valued at RM373,888.

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“The Diamond FUSO contest started in 2006 and was created to acknowledge our valued customer base. The contest also serves as a platform for us to engage with customers and demonstrate our appreciation for their loyalty to the FUSO brand.  Since then, the contest has become more and more popular.  When we started the contest in 2006, we received about 1,000 entries, and this year we had more than 2,500 entries.”

“Each year our dealers, staff and customers look forward to this contest.   As the number of entries increases so too does the realisation to each FUSO truck owner that a good vehicle can be ‘driving your business’ to greater heights.  Congratulations to all the winners of the Diamond FUSO contest, and we thank everyone for their participation,” said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles Vice President, Mr Albert Yee.

The 2015 Diamond FUSO contest comprised two categories. The mini draw was open to all FUSO trucks registered between December 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015; while FUSO trucks registered between December 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015 were eligible for the grand final draw.  Throughout Diamond FUSO contest, a total of 74 lucky customers have won prizes valued at approximately RM480,000.  Held at The Royal Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, the grand finale award and dinner was attended by 650 guests, which included customers, dealers and employees of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.

Following enthusiastic response from customers, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will continue the FUSO Diamond Contest with the first mini draw set for July 2016.  Trucks registered between January 1, 2016 and December 1, 2016, will be eligible to enter this year’s contest and vie for RM480,000 worth of prizes.

FUSO offers two vehicle types to the Malaysian market, light duty and heavy duty trucks, which represent quality, economic efficiency and committed services. Supported by a 45 services centres nationwide, FUSO after-sales support continues to give peace of mind and convenience to customers.

Financial partner, Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia, currently provides an interest rate starting from 3.08%, with a minimum down payment of 15% to acquire a FUSO vehicle. This offer is applicable for 2016 stocks of model: FE71PB, FE83PE and FE83PG with tenure of 3 to 7 years. The campaign period began in March 1, 2016.

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