Browsing Archive May, 2017

400 Brand New Iveco Euro 6 Trucks for the Swiss Army


Iveco Defence Vehicles has signed a delivery order with the Swiss Armed Forces for 400 trucks to be supplied between 2017 and 2021.

This is the third frame contract between the two parties, following previous agreements in 1996 and 2006. It confirms a long established and trusted cooperation between Iveco DV and the Swiss Armed Forces, enhancing the brand’s position as a key industry supplier.

As with previous contracts, vehicle drive configurations will comprise a range of variants, including 4×2, 4×4, 6×2, 6×6, 8×6 and 8×8 vehicles from the new Stralis and Trakker ranges, which will be supplied with a range of different equipment, some with protected cabins. The high level of technology fitted in the vehicles, together with the extended use of civil COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) components are fundamental to ensuring the required safety and operability of the fleet. All vehicles will be fully-compliant with Euro 6 emissions regulations and fit for Single-Fuel-Operation.

Iveco DV will provide ongoing support, project management and engineering services to the Swiss Armed Forces in close partnership with Iveco Switzerland.

The new fleet of vehicles joins the current EEV-truck-generation, which Iveco DV has delivered to the Swiss Armed Forces over the past five years. These consist of 1,200 heavy trucks, over 1,000 of which have successfully served in operation in the last three years, a result that is in-line with the program planning.


Nokian Tyres Releases New Winter Tyre for City Buses


The city streets are a hostile environment for bus tyres. Breaking, chafing, cornering and curb-scratching – added with slippery cobblestones and icy, snowy winters. Day in, day out. The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus is up to the challenge.

The city buses must be on schedule regardless of the weather. Rain, snow or ice – the city never sleeps. The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus is designed to endure the wear and tear of city streets, and get there on time, even on snow and slush.

“This is a full-fledged city tyre with a deep, aggressive tread pattern and reinforced sidewalls”, says Teppo Siltanen, Product Manager at Nokian Heavy Tyres. “It has plenty of sturdy rubber.”

Safety and grip

An important safety feature is that the sidewalls also feature their own wear indicators. When the notches wear out, the tyre needs replacing. Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus is also quiet and comfortable to drive, which adds to safety and comfort.

In Nokian Tyres product naming, Hakkapeliitta means top-of-the-line winter features. Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus lives up to its name with excellent grip on snow and ice, indicated by the 3PMSF marking. “The tyre has efficient siping that keeps its grip even when worn”, says Siltanen. “What’s more, the shoulder and groove edges are designed for good mobility even on snow and slush.”

Durable around the year – or two

Often good winter properties mean soft rubber that wears out soon. That’s definitely not the case with Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus and its even wear pattern. “We have tested the tread since 2015 in real city buses, and they are still in use”, Teppo Siltanen proudly points out. “That means the tyres can be used in two-year rotation.”

Superior winter grip doesn’t rule out good summer properties, either. Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus has a good wet grip and doesn’t mind the hot tarmac. This makes it an ideal choice for city bus use in Nordic and Alpine regions.

Economy with retreading

Sensible tyre management is an important part of running a profitable transportion business. When Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus wears out, its sturdy carcass can be retreaded with the compatible Noktop City tread. This means considerable savings in tyre costs.

Main features:

  • All-position tyre for city bus use
  • Protection against curb scratching with reinforced sidewalls
  • Better mileage thanks to minimal heel/toe wear
  • Good grip even when worn with Spiral Sipe System
  • Approved winter grip with the 3PMSF marking

Is This Truck Handsome Or Not?


This new Ranger variant looks different because it has been given an urban look with all the chromed visuals replaced with matt black and gloss black finish. Ford has also added ‘Roof Rails’ and the FX4 gets a new exterior colour scheme (Painted Front Grill, Rear Bumper, Exterior Mirror, Fog Lamp Bezel and Door Handles).


The FX4 also gets a new interior colour scheme (Dark Dashboard Panel, Steering Wheel and Door Panels). Then the round up the new treatment, the exterior gets 18-inch wheels, special FX4 Decals and a pair of unique side steps and a new front sports bar.


Ford Ranger FX4 Specifications

Engine: 4-cylinder/16v Turbo Diesel

Power: 160bhp @ 3200rpm

Torque: 385Nm @ 1600-2600rpm

Capacity: 2198cc

Transmission: 6-speed Auto

Price without insurance is RM 121,888.00 for Peninsular Malaysia.



Your LAND ROVER DEFENDER needs a tune up like this

Here is a very modern interpretation of the classic Defender. On the design front, the Kahn Design Defender 90 gets the usual signature touches of the Chelsea Truck Company in the form of wide wheel arches that has integrated air vents and bolt apertures.


You will also find X-Lander grille that looks butch, classy and captivating at the same time leading to an unmistakable stand out appearance. Since, the Defender was epitome of rugged strength, the Kahn Design Defender 90 gets a classy stainless steel front bumper that wears Tron Ring lights.


The vehicle gets an aluminium sump guard while the mesh bonnet vents gets classy Shadow Chrome headlights bonnet vents. Further additions include toughened rubber mud flaps, presence of dark tinted glass for privacy, obvious addition of Chelsea Truck Company branding along a large spare wheel cover.


On the mechanical front, the Kahn Design Defender 90 gets updated suspension with new gas shock absorbers and a new steering damper. The thick vastness of rubber with 275/55/20 specs adorns the 9×20-inch Mondial alloy wheels. Moreover, these alloys are finished in Volcanic Black suiting the impressive stance. Furthermore, addition of Chelsea Truck Company’s own power module means the 2.2-litre turbo diesel now makes 170bhp. This module can be easily fitted to the OEM engine connection points.


On the creature comfort side, the rugged Kahn Design Defender 90 interior has a pair of heated GTB sports seats up front and wears premium quality quilted and perforated leather. The same material adorns the rear seats as well which translates into a luxurious cabin that fits 5 people in utmost comfort. Now all that is left is the money and the person to execute this build.




MAN Establishes First Service Centre in Mauritania


At a site covering 3,200 square metres, SMA, as the exclusive and official MAN partner in Mauritania, is offering owners and drivers of MAN vehicles a workshop comprising two repair lines, a replacement parts store stocking 700 different items, a special clean room for engine repairs, a showroom and a sales office. In addition, three all-wheel drive service vehicles are available, which are suitably equipped to provide MAN customers working at mines and opencast mines located in the northern part of the country some 700 kilometres away, for example, with breakdown assistance and on-site repairs with the least possible delay.

SMA was able to meet the structural conditions required for the opening of the workshop in an impressively short space of time: it took just twelve months from the establishment of the partnership in May 2016. Adel Lünz, Head of MAN Center NWC Africa highlighted the extraordinary levels of cooperation: “We are completely satisfied. SMA has shown itself to be a robust and ambitious partner that has invested a great deal in order to pro-vide MAN customers in Mauritania with a top-quality service.

On the occasion of the grand opening, the MAN TGS 40.400 6×6 was pre-sented to an audience comprising around one hundred invited guests and customers from the mining and opencast mining sectors and the transport and logistics sector. This robust all-wheel drive vehicle is perfectly suited to the demands of tropical countries.

“Today is an historic day for us, and we are incredibly proud to see so many guests here celebrating with us,” said Brahim Ahmed Salem Ghadda, Chair of the Supervisory Board at SMA. The customers were joined by the Mauri-tanian Minister of Economic Affairs, Naha Mint Hamdi Ould Mouknass, the Mauritanian Transport Minister, Seyedna Ali Ould Mohamed Khouna, and the Permanent Representative of the German Embassy in Mauritania, An-dreas Dauth, who was invited to cut the ceremonial ribbon.


There is a Global Takata airbag recall for UD Trucks, Malaysia How?

Yes, airbag recalls also affect truck and busses and now the massive Takata Global Airbag Recalls have landed in the commercial market. This new recall affects owners of some UD Trucks which means they will be required to go back to a UD dealership to have the airbag issue attended to.


Affected trucks for the moment include the UD Quon and Condor models which were manufactured between the 1st of August 2011 and the 29th of April 2016. We wonder if Malaysian UD truck owners have been informed of this or not?



Iveco Bus Delivers 210 Buses in Kazakhstan


Iveco Bus has delivered the first batch of Urbanway buses to Astana LRT LLP, the municipal transport company of the capital city of Kazakhstan.

This is the first delivery in a contract for the supply of 210 Urbanway Euro VI and Urbanway Hybrid 12-meter and 18-meter buses for the city’s public transport system.

IVECO BUS is the European leader in the alternative fuel collective passenger transport market, offering the most extensive range of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), hybrid and electric vehicles in the industry. This makes IVECO BUS the perfect partner for the city of
Astana, host city of Expo 2017, whose Future Energy theme will focus on “exploring strategies, programs and technologies aimed at sustainable energy development, promoting energy security and efficiency and encouraging the use of renewable energy.”

The delivery took place during an official ceremony held on May 15 in Kostanay, Kazakhstan in the presence of Mr. Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Valfré di Bonzo, CNH Industrial Country Manager for Central Asia and
Government and Institutional Relations Manager for Russia, Belarus and Central Asia, Mr. Lavrentyev, Chairman of Allur Group of Companies and Mr. Semeybayev, CEO of SaryarkaAvtoProm LLP.

The 210 Urbanway buses will join 358 IVECO BUS Citelis Euro V buses already operating in the city’s fleet. They will begin operation by providing efficient and sustainable mobility during Expo 2017, which will run in Astana from June to September 2017, and will then

serve the city’s public transit system for years to come. The completion of this contracted delivery will position IVECO BUS as the segment leader in the Kazak market with a total of 570 buses operating in Astana.

Sylvain Blaise, Head of IVECO BUS, commented: “This second agreement for the supply of IVECO BUS vehicles to the city of Astana’s public transport fleet demonstrates our ability to meet the requirements of cities to reduce urban pollution, which has become a key concern for public authorities around the world. IVECO BUS proves that it is the ideal partner for cities that are aiming to develop a modern, efficient public transport system that respects the environment and the health of their inhabitants.”

The Urbanway Hybrid buses use up to 30% less fuel than conventional buses. They reduce CO2 emissions by 33% and nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 40% compared to diesel buses. This means 25 tons less CO2 every year for a standard bus and 37 tons for an articulated bus –
that’s more than twice the tare weight of each vehicle.

The Urbanway Hybrid buses combine an electric traction system with a Euro VI internal combustion engine and a latest-generation lithium-ion battery pack. A smart power management system optimizes fuel consumption and emissions during movement, while
excess braking energy is preserved in a storage system. The benefits of these buses include the “Arrive & Go” function that allows for 100% electric operation when approaching and leaving bus stops. It also temporarily disables the generator, eliminating vibration and
reducing noise levels by more than 50%. The result is a completely silent and emissions-free approach and departure from bus stops.

IVECO BUS’s hybrid technology has proved to be extremely successful, and this ‘citizen friendly’ transport solution has been adopted by cities such as Madrid, Milan and Paris for their public transport systems, positioning the brand as leader in Europe’s sustainable bus

The Urbanway buses are the first from IVECO BUS to feature its breakthrough HI-SCR Euro VI technology, which does not use Exhaust Gas Recirculation, maintaining the vehicles’ excellent fuel efficiency. This low-floor city bus integrates the new IVECO Tector 7 and
IVECO Cursor 9 engines on a fully redesigned structure that combines superior resistance and weight reduction.

The 210 Urbanway buses for the city of Astana are manufactured at the IVECO BUS plant in Annonay, France, while the final assembly is performed locally in Kostanay at facilities belonging to IVECO BUS’s partner and distributor SaryarkaAutoProm (SAP). SAP is also
maintaining the city of Astana’s current fleet of IVECO BUS vehicles, and is providing technical and service support to the Urbanway buses, ensuring they all deliver the most efficient and environmentally sustainable performance throughout their lifecycle.


Shell Lubricants wants to work closer with logistic operators

Shell Lubricants Malaysia shared valuable insights on how to achieve lower cost per kilometre with fleet owners at the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) 2017 which was held on 18th May – 20th May 2017, at the Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC) in Kuala Lumpur,

MCVE is the largest exhibition dedicated to commercial vehicles in South-East Asia with presence from key industry players on-site. As the market leader in Malaysia, Shell Lubricants Malaysia again participated in the event and showcased the Shell Driveline products (Shell Rimula, Shell Spirax and Shell Gadus) and how these products can help the business owner in reducing their total cost of ownership (TCO).

According to Shell Lubricants Marketing Manager – Malaysia and Singapore, Alex Lim, the company presented key findings from the TCO Fleet Paper developed by Shell Lubricants based on results of an international survey conducted among 395 decision makers in the fleet sector in eight major countries all over the world. Summary findings revealed that many fleet companies underestimate on the importance of effective lubrication in helping to reduce costs and improve equipment productivity. Instead, lubricants are often the first to be considered when cutting costs.

At Shell, TCO is defined as the total amount spent on a vehicle or equipment, including cost of acquisition and operation over its entire working life; as well as the costs of lost productivity during downtime.

More than half of fleet managers and owners who took part in the survey did not consider the correlation between quality lubricants and TCO. Two-thirds of the survey respondents did not consider that using a better oil would help reduce unplanned and costly downtime. Only half of them would consider the lubricant’s performance as an important purchase consideration. This is where and how Shell products come into place and help in lowering the costs, added Alex.



Question (Q): Tell us about the key findings of the survey on the fleet sector.

Alex Lim (AL): Summary findings reveal that many fleet companies underestimate the importance of effective lubrication in helping to reduce costs and improve equipment productivity. Instead, fleet companies often compromise on lubricants in times of optimisation:

  • More than half of the respondents admitted that concessions to lubrication had led to costly breakdowns.
  • More than half of fleet managers and owners who took part in the survey did not think that higher quality lubricants would help in lowering maintenance costs.
  • Nearly two-thirds of them did not think that using a better oil would help reduce unplanned and costly downtime.
  • Only half of them would consider the lubricant’s performance as an important purchase consideration.
  • One in three believed that unplanned downtime has cost them more than RM435,0001 while one in five said that they have lost more than RM1 million1 over the last three years.  That is a lot of money, especially in challenging times.

Q: What are the reasons for this?

AL: The correlation between vehicle lubrication and vehicle downtime, maintenance costs and fuel costs is greatly underestimated because the benefits of using higher quality lubricants are often overlooked and misunderstood. Higher quality lubricants comparably cost more upfront, but in the long run, usage of high quality lubricants will help reduce breakdowns and downtimes which in turn, lowers the total cost of ownership.

Q: How can a lubricant manufacturer like Shell help overcome this lack of understanding?

AL: At the MCVE 2017, we shared findings of the Shell Lubricants TCO Fleet Paper with our customers to help them better understand the important role that lubricants play in helping to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO). At Shell, we define TCO as the total amount spent on a vehicle or equipment, including cost of acquisition and operation over its entire working life; and also equally important, the costs of lost productivity during downtime. We hope the details of our white paper will enable key decision makers in the fleet sector decide what is best for their business longevity.

Q: What should a fleet owner or operator do?

AL: With fuel costs amounting to as much as 39% of total fleet operating costs, a lubricant that helps deliver even a small increase in fuel efficiency has the potential to greatly impact total cost of ownership.

It is all about making smart decisions.  First, always choose the right lubricant or grease.  Second, implement effective lubrication management2 as even the best lubricants cannot perform if they are not managed properly.  Always ensure that employees are properly trained to handle lubricants, manage the right place and amount for optimum storage, and carefully deploy lubricants for use.

Q: What can Shell offer to those who are keen to lower their TCOs?

AL: At Shell, we can help businesses improve vehicle reliability and lower maintenance costs through effective lubrication, thereby, lowering costs per kilometre. From 2011 till 2015, we have delivered RM605 million3 in savings to customers worldwide by offering a complete range of the most advanced lubricants and greases for the entire driveline.


We have a 260-strong team of Shell Technical Experts to assist customers in identifying lubricant-related issues and resolve them.   We also have a full portfolio of value-added services to help in lubrication management.


MAN Equips City Buses with Increased Rollover Resistance


The increased stringency of the requirements of the UN ECE R66.02 concerning superstructure strength does not just affect coaches, it also applies to Class II transit buses, i.e. intercity buses. From now on, all city buses at MAN Truck & Bus will be equipped with increased rollover resistance, including Class I city buses. “We want to be able to offer the highest degree of safety for the passengers travelling on our transit buses, regardless of the vehicle class,” stated Rudi Kuchta, Head of Bus Sales at MAN Truck & Bus.

A key element of the regulation, which will apply to all newly-registered Class II and III buses with effect from 09 November 2017, is the definition of a survival space in the event of a rollover. In the event of such an incident, the structure must be able to absorb a substantially increased amount of energy in order to maintain the survival space for passengers.

In order to satisfy the legal requirements, MAN is incorporating components manufactured from high-strength steel into the vehicle skeleton. These produce the necessary superstructure strength and play a major part in ensuring that the energy resulting from a vehicle crash can be optimally absorbed. This has minor impact on the interior fittings.

MAN also attaches a great deal of importance to safety while driving. For that reason, ABS is also included as standard for transit buses, and the following are available as options: ESP in solo vehicles, automatic lights and wipers and tyre pressure monitoring (TPM).


Isuzu Launches New Flagship Service Centre in Shah Alam

Building Exterior

In an effort to offer an elevated level of comprehensive, efficient and professional after-sales care to its growing customer base, Isuzu Malaysia established a new flagship after-sales facility in Shah Alam, Selangor offering Isuzu vehicle owners and users with a new level of proficient and timely vehicle care.

Operated in partnership with Automotive Corporation Malaysia (ACM), a subsidiary of DRB-Hicom Bhd, the Isuzu Service Center (ISC) will be managed by a team of Japanese technical representatives from Isuzu Motors Limited, Japan supported by technicians who possess Isuzu’s i-Mec certification.

Service Bay

The new facility that also houses the Isuzu Technical Centre where trainee mechanics are developed was officially opened by the Chairman of Isuzu Motors Limited Susumu Hosoi and Group Managing Director of DRB-Hicom Dato’ Sri Syed Faisal Albar Syed Ali Rethza Albar.

According to CEO of Isuzu Malaysia Kenji Matsuoka, the Isuzu Service Center presents Isuzu with a platform to realize its corporate objective of fostering enhanced relationships with customers by effectively supporting their total ownership needs.

Emissions Tester

“Isuzu vehicles continually endear themselves due to their superior fuel efficiency, durability and reliability. With over 10,000 new Isuzu vehicles being registered every year in Malaysia, we hope that the ISC will be able to offer additional support to our dealer network and growing customer base by offering efficient and meticulous after-sales service” said Matsuoka.

By strategically locating the ISC in the central region close to the confluence of the major highway network and the logistics gateway to the country’s premier port, the facility is particularly suited to serve long-haul trucks as they ply the backbone of the country.

Dr Mobile

One of the key objectives of the ISC will be to provide quicker turn-around of vehicles calling in for service as a means of cutting vehicle down-times through a more competent workforce, greater parts availability and a more comprehensive facility that boasts of 16 work bays. “In doing so, we further hope to encourage a stronger maintenance, safety and environmental care practice among truck operators to call in to authorized service centres for periodical maintenance,” added Matsuoka.

The spacious 2-acre facility which will be completely equipped by the third quarter of 2017 will feature high-capacity hoists capable of raising medium and heavy-duty trucks, calibrated brake testers, exhaust emission measuring devices, tyre alignment and wheel balancing machines that will prepare commercial vehicles for their PUSPAKOM inspections. It will also have a spectrum of proprietary diagnostic equipment to troubleshoot or tune the latest range of Isuzu vehicles that feature powerful and efficient commonrail engines.

The Isuzu Service Center opens on Mondays to Fridays from 8:30am to 5:30pm while on Saturdays from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The facility also houses the 24-hour Isuzu Dr. Mobile breakdown service that is contactable through the Dr. Mobile hotline at 1-800-88-8000.