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Renault Trucks Unveils Urban Lab 2 Laboratory Distribution Vehicle


Renault Trucks has introduced the Urban Lab 2 – its laboratory distribution vehicle developed with six partners under the collaborative EDIT (Efficient Distribution Truck) project.

Combining innovative technology in aerodynamics, hybridisation of the engine, tyres and vehicle-infrastructure communication, fuel consumption savings of 13% have been achieved.

Whereas Optifuel Lab 1 and 2 were experimental vehicles dedicated to Research and Development for Long Distance transport, Urban Lab 2, designed using a 19-ton Renault Trucks D WIDE Euro 6, targets the urban and regional distribution sector. The truck features a range of technology developed with six partners, namely Valeo, Lamberet, Michelin, BeNomad, INSA Lyon (LamCoS) and IFSTTAR (LICIT). Urban Lab 2 is the result of the EDIT (Efficient Distribution Truck) project, financed by the Single Inter-Ministry Fund, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region, Métropole de Lyon, Ain Department Council and the FEDER.

The aim is to offer accessible innovation by 2020, focusing on four key areas: aerodynamics, the drive chain, connectivity and tyres.

To reduce the aerodynamic drag of the Urban Lab 2 – and therefore its fuel consumption – engineers worked on airflow throughout the vehicle. Lamberet and Renault Trucks adapted the cab, chassis and refrigerated body to the recommendations of aerodynamic specialists, whilst meeting the regulatory and operating requirements of controlled-temperature transport. The first step involves reducing the front surface area: “The refrigeration unit is normally located above the cab”, explained François Savoye, Energy Efficiency Strategy Manager at Renault Trucks.

“On Urban Lab 2, we decided to position it in the wheelbase of the vehicle to free up space overhead and optimise the body/tractor link to lower the body and improve airflow. This meant we could incorporate a roof deflector shaped to provide seamless continuity with the body. Redesigning the interior architecture of the refrigerated body has made a marked improvement in the shape of the roof, without adding to the height. As for the sides of the vehicle, these are fitted with textile side deflectors. “We have used a PVC-coated textile for the first time”, François Savoye added. “When stretched and fitted on the side protectors, it provides a light, effective and economic system.”

Lateral airflow is also boosted by streamlined wheels and the fitting of rear deflectors that are perfectly in keeping with the architecture and continuity of the tailgate. These deflectors are angled so as to reduce depression in the slipstream of the vehicle and do not require any manual operation when handling the doors. The access step is completely covered thanks to a mobile guard opened by door extensions that provides a seamless continuity between the upper and lower sections of the cab. Ground clearance is optimised by the addition of flexible components, thus optimising air flow in the understructure. Lastly, replacing wing mirrors with a system of profiled cameras and internal feedback screens also helps reduce vehicle air resistance.


To reduce fuel consumption, Urban Lab 2 also proves innovative in its engine design, with a system combining Stop&Start and micro-hybrid technology, developed in partnership with Valeo. The Stop&Start system cuts the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt, at a red light for example, thereby reducing fuel consumption. In addition, the micro-hybrid system recovers “free” energy, such as energy generated during foot lift or braking, via a high-power (48 V) reversible electric machine. This energy can be used to drive the electrical accessories of the vehicle or reduce the mechanical power required by the thermal engine. Renault Trucks has also been working with the Lyon INSA to reduce friction in the front face of the engine in order to optimise the overall efficiency of the micro-hybrid system.

For Renault Trucks, drivers play a key role in reducing fuel consumption. This is why Urban Lab 2 features technology to help them with their driving by connecting the vehicle to infrastructures. Working with the company BeNomad, engineers have developed special navigation software that to provide this connectivity. For each journey, the GPS proposes the route that is the most efficient and uses the least fuel, estimating both the predicted journey time and fuel consumption. This software has been configured to take not only fuel consumption into account, but also, and above all, the operational constraints of a distribution vehicle.

Lastly, Urban Lab 2 is connected to infrastructures to optimise driving through green lights. When Urban Lab 2 approaches traffic lights, it receives information from the lights and the system calculates if it is more efficient to brake or accelerate, when conditions and regulations allow it to do so. This therefore limits the amount of stop-start driving, which has a highly negative impact on fuel consumption.

The traffic modelling expertise of LICIT has helped Renault Trucks to effectively integrate the effect of traffic on fuel consumption.

Already a partner on the Optifuel Lab 1 and 2 projects, Michelin is once again working with Renault Trucks to develop energy-saving tyres specially designed for distribution vehicles. “The objective of these tyres is to further reduce rolling resistance, without negatively impacting other performance criteria, such as safety, grip or longevity”, explained Jean-François Cordonnier, Truck Pre-development Manager at Michelin.

To this end, Michelin has deployed its wide range of technologies, in particular Infini-Coil technology, to guarantee tyre endurance and safety. Firstly, the self-generating tread ensures a lasting grip throughout the life of the tyre and secondly, silica is used as a reinforcing agent in the tread to improve the compromise between longevity and rolling resistance.

Finally, Renault Trucks and its partners have set themselves the ambitious target of reducing fuel consumption by 13% compared to an equivalent Renault Trucks D WIDE. The vehicle was tested for the first time on a closed circuit in November 2016 and will be roadtested in Bordeaux from February 2017 onwards. The results will be presented at the end of the project, scheduled for 2018.


Flying Passenger’ marks another world first for Volvo Trucks

The Flying Passenger’ marks another world first for Volvo Trucks. In the latest Live Test, a Volvo FH tows a paraglider up a mountain pass in Croatia in a precision stunt never tried before. The truck driver has to maintain a high cruising speed to keep the paraglider in the air. The test highlights the performance of Volvo Trucks’ unique powertrain, fitted with I-Shift Dual Clutch.

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Volvo Trucks is back with yet another spectacular Live Test. During the breath-taking ride, the Volvo FH tows the paraglider up a steep mountain road and under the narrow opening of an overhanging bridge. The tight space calls for high precision driving at a constant cruising speed without any room for error. The test was set up to demonstrate Volvo Trucks’ unique powertrain, fitted with I-Shift Dual Clutch, enabling excellent performance whilst at the same time considerably lowering fuel consumption.

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“Driving on high gears and securing seamless gear shifting is an important factor for fuel efficiency. The I-Shift Dual Clutch enables smooth driving whilst staying in high gears and low revs,” says Staffan Wendeberg, Product Manager FH and Long Haul at Volvo Trucks.

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In addition the unique gearbox has an important impact on productivity. I-Shift Dual Clutch provides power shift gear changes that ensure the engine does not lose any torque when changing gears under tough conditions.

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“Meeting deadlines and keeping fuel consumption low, even when driving uphill and on winding roads, are key elements to success for many of our customers. This test is the perfect way to challenge our recently updated powertrain. ‘The Flying Passenger’ illustrates in a very concrete and visual way what Volvo Trucks’ performance and driveability is all about” says Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks.

‘The Flying Passenger’ is the latest instalment in Volvo Trucks’ Live Test series. Previous global successes include ‘The Epic Split’, ‘The Hamster Stunt’ and ‘Look Who’s Driving’. All in all, the Live Test series has been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube.

The challenge was shot in the Dinaric Alps in Croatia on closed-off roads and under strict safety supervision.

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‘The Flying Passenger’ will premiere on November 29th on Volvo Trucks’ digital platforms

In Volvo Trucks’ new Live Test – ‘The Flying Passenger’ – a paraglider and a Volvo FH are about to go on a breath-taking journey. The truck needs to keep the paraglider in the air while giving it a lift uphill, on winding mountain roads, so to succeed the truck must maintain speed.

Volvo Trucks’ unique powertrain with I-Shift Dual Clutch promises excellent driveability while maintaining low fuel consumption. In Volvo Trucks’ upcoming challenge, the performance of the powertrain is put to the test by connecting a paraglider to a Volvo FH in, what is believed to be, the world’s first stunt of its kind to involve a truck and a paraglider.

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“Any truck driver knows how difficult it is to maintain cruising speed in hilly terrain. In order to do that, you need an engine and gearbox that enable extraordinary driveability,” explains Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks. “‘The Flying Passenger’ is a test that demonstrates both the outstanding performance and efficiency of our enhanced powertrain.”

The Volvo FH used in this Live Test is equipped with Volvo’s unique powertrain, consisting of the enhanced D13 Euro-6 engine and I-Shift automated Dual Clutch gearbox. The dual clutch technology provides power shift gear changes that ensure the truck loses no momentum while changing gears under tough conditions.

“Driving in high gears and securing seamless gear shifting is an important factor for fuel efficiency. The I-Shift Dual Clutch enables smooth driving while staying in high gears and low revs,” says Staffan Wendeberg, Product Manager FH and Long Haul at Volvo Trucks.

The upcoming challenge is the latest instalment in Volvo Trucks’ extraordinary Live Test series, where the truck’s features and capabilities are put through extraordinary tests. Previous global successes include ‘The Epic Split’, ‘Look Who’s Driving’ and ‘The Hamster Stunt’.

The film will premiere on November 29th on Volvo Trucks’ digital platforms.


Malaysia team wins first prize at UD Trucks’ Extra Mile Challenge 2016

On November 22, the finals of the Extra Mile Challenge 2016, the UD Trucks’ global competition for UD Quester drivers this year, took place at the UD Experience Center at the UD Trucks headquarters in Ageo, Japan. Four regional champions from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Africa competed, with the Malaysia team winning top honors. 1455_IMG_5588_K

Based on UD Trucks’ brand promise, “Going the Extra Mile,” the Extra Mile Challenge demonstrates how customers can make the most out of UD products and services. The competition focuses on three key elements; pre-inspection, fuel efficiency & safety, and drivability, to improve driving skills and reduce both costs and downtime.

2499_DE2A9259_K_highFor the challenge, drivers representing each country compete in a simulated transport delivery cycle. Each practical station is judged by the following criteria: revenue, fuel efficiency, uptime & maintenance cost, and driving safety. The winning team claimed the highest profit based on transport calculations. The Extra Mile Challenge demonstrates how UD Trucks not only helps achieve further business success, but also strengthen driving capability and confidence, contributing to safer roads and motivated drivers.


The day culminated with a special award ceremony and announcement of the competition results. The Thailand team won “Best Fuel Efficient Driving”, while the Malaysia team won “Best Pre-Check Inspection” while the South Africa team was awarded “Best Driving Skill.” The overall champion of the competition was the Malaysia team.


During the award ceremony

“It is an honor to have won this award at the finals in Japan. This is a milestone in my career as a driver. I have been driving Quester over one year already, which made me feel confident when I was driving the Quester truck during the competition,” said Yuzairi Bin Ibrahim, the winning driver from ASAC LOGISTICS SDN.BHD. Tan Seong Teik, the managing director of ASAC LOGISTICS, continued that, “This event is a great opportunity not only for the participating driver but also for our company to spread this achievement and motivate other drivers in our company back in Alor Setar, Kedah, north Malaysia.”

2435_DE2A9197_K_high The Extra Mile Challenge also proves how the UD Trucks’ “Gemba Spirit” – the professional, passionate and dependable spirit at the heart of UD Trucks – is aimed for our customers. Kishi Nobuhiko, UD Trucks Senior Vice President, Brand and Product, commented that, “The Extra Mile Challenge is not just a driving competition, but also provides a great opportunity for drivers to evaluate their skills, refine their strengths and ‘go the extra mile.’ UD Trucks is committed to improving our customers’ businesses at their ‘Gemba’ regardless of the countries. Through this competition, we aim to help enhance driver capability and confidence, in addition to providing excellent products and services backed by our value of Ultimate Dependability.”



Volvo Launches World’s Largest Bus Capable of Carrying 300 People


Volvo has launched the world’s largest bus chassis at the FetransRio exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The new biarticulated chassis, Gran Artic 300, is 30 meters long and can carry up to 300 passengers.

“We are leaders in vehicles for high-capacity transportation systems, Bus Rapid Transit, and now we introduce the world’s largest bus chassis. This vehicle will provide more efficient transportation systems, offering a higher quality for the passengers and improved cost efficiency for the transport operators”, said Fabiano Todeschini, head of Volvo Bus Latin America.

The new Gran Artic 300 has been developed in Brazil especially for BRT systems – high demand transportation systems where buses run on dedicated lanes. The bus will be able to carry up to 30 passengers more than the preceding model. One biarticulated bus of the model replaces three standard vehicles.

At the FetransRio exhibition, Volvo also unveils a new 22 m articulated chassis, Super Artic 210. In addition to the higher transportation capacity, 210 passengers, it is equipped with five doors. The extra door facilitates boarding and alighting and also enables a better passenger distribution inside the bus. The vehicle is built on only three axles.

The high-capacity buses reduce the number of vehicles operating in the bus corridors, leading to an increased average speed of the system as well as reduced emissions.

Volvo is a pioneer in the development of vehicles for BRT systems and recognized as the market leader. The company has delivered more than 4,000 buses to the BRT-systems of Curitiba, Bogotá, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and San Salvador.

“We are proud to say that the world’s largest bus is a Volvo and that it was developed in Brazil”, said Idam Stival, Sales engineering coordinator, Volvo Bus Latin America.

Volvo’s bus range for high-capacity urban transportation systems:

Chassis model:     Length:     Passenger capacity:

Artic 150                     18.6 m         150

Artic 180                     21 m            180

Super Artic 210         22 m            210

Gran Artic 300          30 m           300


Hofele Design Gives Land Rover Defender A New Facelift

German tuner Hofele Design GmbH has decided to offer drivers a new, deluxe edition before the termination of production of Land Rover Defender. The special edition is named Silver Bear characterized by LED daytime running lights, sleek front with Hofele mask, rear Hella LED lights and much more.


The Silver Bear comprises LED daytime running lights, LED turn signals, round LED rear lights, aluminum hood, chrome spare wheel hard cover, chrome-plated exhaust tail pipes, 20 inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires, electrically adjustable side mirrors, power windows for the rear doors, and a luxe up interior featuring Bentley-style “diamond quilted” leather also known as double diamond-stitching.




Action Mobil Off-Road RV, The Ultimate Lifestyle Vehicle

The Action Mobil Off-Road RV lets you explore the unknown. And when you decide to call it a day, simply park at the location with the best view of the sunset while breaking open that great wine you had been saving just for the right moment. Built on 2, 3 or 4 axle-platforms, there is literally no limit to where you could go. Be snow, sand or rocks, the action mobile is up for the challenge.


Remember the massive trucks that partake in the Dakar Rally? Well the Action Mobil has the same bad-ass, rugged look from the outside. The only difference is that this one has a fully-equipped kitchen inside, just incase there is need for hot chocolate. It even has a sofa, changing area and beds inside to have a comfortable breakdown (a distant possibility). And while you park in the middle of nowhere and find yourself in a bit of an adventurous mood, activate the motorcycle lift located at the rear of the truck to lower your dirt bike and create your very on customised off-road track, right where you need it.


And just like a true motor home, everything is customisable. So when decorating, sky is the limit. You could have a chandelier in there if thats what you are into, although, it might get a bit difficult to get it insured.



MAN TGX D38 trucks just for the Australian market

After more than 18 months of local research, testing and development, MAN Trucks has released its all-new TGX D38 truck to the Australian market at launch events in Brisbane. The TGX flagship aims to establish the European brand as a major player in the 15-litre, heavy-duty truck market.

Before an industry elite, including Penske Corporation Chairman Mr Roger Penske, the striking matte black D38 was unveiled as the newest TGX flagship, and the first high horsepower MAN model that meets the demands of long distance transport in B-double applications.

The D38 engine has been optimised for Australian conditions and features a tailored powertrain designed for the most demanding transport tasks, with a six-cylinder inline engine with 15.2 litre displacement. The new engine further enhances the MAN range and introduces a new horsepower class of 560 hp at 2,000 ft-lb, producing maximum torque from as low as 930 rpm, which ensures the focus is efficiency.

With total cost-of-ownership savings delivered through a range of patented MAN technologies, the D38 has an automated manual 12-speed Traxion Transmission shifting system, with three new fuel saving modes and GPS-controlled cruise control from MAN EfficientCruise, which uses saved topographical map data to detect route gradients and optimise fuel consumption (route dependent).


Hyundai Grand Starex Royale Facelift Launched

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Family favorite MPV, the Hyundai Grand Starex Royale, has been given a makeover, featuring an exciting new look, making its presence on the road even more distinct and bold.

The most evident cosmetic change to the exterior is the front chrome grille that carries an entirely new and original look. “The all new Grand Starex Royale 2017 facelift comes with a superior bold look that can best be described as daring, fearless and brave,” said Mr. Lau Yit Mun, Managing Director of Hyundai Sime Darby Malaysia (HSDM).

“Breaking away from the previous design and identity, the aero dynamic side cladding and bent high glossy black sculpture rear design sees the Starex being transformed totally,” Lau added.

While the earlier version has a more traditional grille that sits just above the front bumper, the 2017 facelift has a grille design that continues downward and become part of the bumper design. This naturally add changes to the fog lights on the front bumper. While the Grand Starex Royale wins hands down as a favourite and affordable family MPV, the new design will also be equally appealing to the younger generation, which makes it an ideal MPV for everyone. Overall it is suitable to all Malaysian.

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Hyundai first produced the Grand Starex Royale in 1997 which made its debut in the Malaysian market in 1998. Since its inclusion into the Hyundai product range, the Grand Starex Royale has not stayed docile and has grabbed numerous car awards in its category, both locally and abroad.

With the 2017 facelift, The Grand Starex Royale maintains its industry-leading powerhouse – the advanced 2.5-litre CRDi diesel engine coupled with a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) and a turbo intercooler.

This engine unleashes a potent maximum power output of 125 kW (170PS) at 3,800 rpm and a massive maximum torque of 392 Nm (40 kg-m) at 2,000 to 2,500 rpm for instantaneous response and exhilarating performance.

Other standard features that the Grand Starex Royale is most loved for are Cruise Control, Safe Drive Recorder and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP).

The Grand Starex Royale 2017 facelift maintains the best value for money for a large and modern MPV in Malaysia, with the Grand Starex Royale Deluxe 2.5GLS Diesel (A) VGT attractively priced at RM168, 888 (OTR with roadtax and insurance) in West Malaysia.

The vehicle comes in four colours – Creamy White, Timeless Black and Hyper Silver – and viewing, booking and test-drive is available at all Hyundai showrooms nationwide from December 2016 onwards.

Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors offers a five-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) extended warranty on all its new passenger vehicles. A 24-hour road assist service is also now available for new and existing Hyundai vehicles.

For further information on the new Grand Starex Royale, call HSDM Customer Careline at 1-300-13-2000 (office hours).


Jeep Compass for 2017 Revealed

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass expands the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes that includes legendary and best-in-class 4×4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.


A truly global all-new compact SUV, the 2017 Jeep Compass will be manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world. The 2017 Jeep Compass is available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.

Best-in-class off-road capability with two leading 4×4 systems

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass delivers best-in-class off-road capability, courtesy of two advanced, intelligent 4×4 systems, each of which can send 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel:


  • Jeep Active Drive – full-time 4×4 system
  • Jeep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4×4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition. For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control on Trailhawk models.


Compass features a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU), in order to provide 4×4 models with enhanced fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems instantly engage when 4×4 traction is needed.

Jeep-Compass-2017-4Trail Rated Jeep Compass Trailhawk

For those who seek adventure off the beaten path, the Compass Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with:


  • Standard Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 20:1 crawl ratio
  • Selec-Terrain with exclusive Rock mode
  • Increased ride height of almost one inch, skid plates and Jeep signature red front and rear tow hooks
  • Unique fascias with 30-degree approach angle, 24-degree breakover angle and a 34-degree departure angle
  • Hill-descent Control
  • Aggressive 17-inch off-road tires
  • Up to 19 inches of water fording
  • Up to 2,000-lbs. towing capability
  • Superior on-road driving dynamics


FCA’s “small wide architecture,” a fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive Koni frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering combine to deliver superior on-road driving dynamics in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.

Compass boasts a rigid foundation. The upper body structure and frame are engineered as a single unit for a stiff and more mass-efficient structure, and it is designed and built with an extensive use of high-strength steel and liberal use of structural adhesives. More than 65 percent high-strength steel is used for maximizing vehicle dynamics and crash performance while optimizing weight efficiency.


Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains

A total of five engines – three gasoline and two diesel – will be offered, depending on the market worldwide. The proven, fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine will power the Compass, delivering up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg).

2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2

Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of FCA’s 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 engine with the MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic, fully variable valve-actuation system.


The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is the only compact SUV to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission, enabling the vehicle to optimize engine output and for aggressive launches and smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds. The nine-speed transmission is standard on all Jeep Compass 4×4 models.