Browsing Archive June, 2017

Mercedes-Benz keeps it fresh with off-road milk tanker

With over 38 million tons, Brazil was the third biggest producer of cow’s milk in 2015 and its growth continues. To get the milk onto the breakfast tables or to processing facilities while it is still fresh, about 500 trucks of the milk transporter “Vía Lácteos” make daily tours to remote farms not just on tarred roads but also on rough and narrow slopes. The trucks used for this purpose have to be comfortable in on-road and robust in off-road terrain.


Such a truck was developed in close collaboration with the “Custom Tailored Trucks” department of Mercedes-Benz do Brasil and Vía Lácteos. The comfortable on-road Atego was enhanced with a “Robustness Package” to enable easy navigation of all challenges of the prairie. The Robustness Package includes a three part front bumper, which significantly increases the ground clearance, a protective metallic grill for the headlights, newly positioned direction lights for narrow turning maneuvers and a metal entrance step. Vía Lácteos has already ordered the first units, customers in the mining and waste industry show great interest as well.


MAN offers 2 year warranty on Service & MAN Genuine Parts

MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd (MTBM) has extended its warranty period for its parts and services from one year to two years. The extended warranty applies to all repairs carried out in MAN service centres from 2017 onwards, including any MAN Genuine Parts, MAN Genuine Parts ecoline and MAN Genuine Accessories installed as part of the repair work. In addition, the two-year warranty covers any service work connected with the fitting of spare parts. The scope of service is identical to the previously valid one-year warranty.

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Thayalan Subramaniam, Head of After Sales, MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd said, “MAN Genuine Parts are characterised by their quality and precise fit. Combined with the qualified and professional work at MAN service centres, they ensure reliability: reduced downtimes and a longer service life. By extending the warranty period to two years, this means double the security for our customers”.


MAN cover the following costs as part of a warranty case:-

  • Costs for work time and spare parts directly related to the repair of the defect or to the exchange of faulty parts.
  • Installation and removal costs are covered if the original scope of delivery also included the installation of the part.
  • Certain additional costs are covered after inspection as a gesture of goodwill, e.g. towing charges, night time/weekend charges, on-site repairs of stranded vehicles (journey to breakdown location, mobile workshop vehicle, etc.), and courier costs.

MAN to Develop New Hybrid Bus


Under the umbrella of the EU’s “Horizon 2020″ project, the ECOCHAMPS project develops hybrid technology for passenger and commercial vehicles. The aim of this consortium, which consists of a total of 26 partners, is to develop an efficient, compact, robust and cost-effective hybrid driveline for the various intended purposes.

As one of the partners involved, MAN is constructing a hybrid bus that should be up to 20 percent more efficient in the drive line. “In the city bus segment in particular, we are seeing huge potential for using eMobility applications. However, the Total Cost of Ownership plays an especially significant role for transport operators and carriers,” explains Dr. Götz von Esebeck, Head of eMobility at MAN Truck & Bus.

“For this reason, we are working continuously to find both technical and economic improvements for our solutions.” For this, the company is, for example, promoting the standardisation of components as well as considerations of how high-volume passenger vehicle components can also be used in commercial vehicles. This will essentially require the technological building blocks to be available both for trucks and buses.

In essence, MAN sees the hybrid drive as a meaningful addition to its product portfolio at this time. Hybrid buses can make a valuable contribution to low-emissions traffic both as a bridging technology until purely electric transit buses are introduced onto the market and as an addition to the vehicles used currently, for example in shuttle traffic bringing passengers from non-urban areas into inner-cities.

Furthermore, in vehicles with conventional drives, hybrid technology can also contribute significantly to both environmental protection and economy, by recovering braking energy, saving it for a short period, and using it for auxiliary drives, for example. For this very reason, as part of this project, MAN is developing a concept for a basic vehicle with electric driveline. Depending on customer requirements, different energy sources can then be integrated, for example a diesel generator or a fuel cell. This will also make it easy to add additional storage capacity to a purely battery-electric vehicle which is charged in the depot.

MAN will present this basic hybrid bus, developed as part of the ECOCHAMPS project, to the public in Q4 of 2017.


Nissan Pathfinder, even with a 3.5 V6 could do well here

2017 Nissan Pathfinder ups adventure-ready credentials with aggressive new exterior styling, increased power and towing capability, advanced driver assistance features.

Major redesign includes bold new front end with signature boomerang-shaped headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and available LED headlights.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Around 43% of the new engine’s components were carried over from the proven 2016 Pathfinder engine – including critical systems like the aluminum-alloy block, exhaust valve timing control and intake manifold collector. Horsepower for the new Pathfinder V6 is now 284 hp at 6,400 rpm (from the previous 260 hp) and torque is now rated at 259 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm (up from 240 lb-ft). And, while adding more horsepower and torque, Pathfinder fuel economy remains 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined for 2WD models (estimated).


From the “something borrowed” category (from other existing Nissan engine designs) came 32 percent of the final components – parts new-to-Pathfinder like the variable displacement oil pump and electronic control module. And that left around 25 percent for new components and technologies, creating what is officially known as the VQ35DD engine.

Enhanced user friendliness features range from Motion-Activated liftgate to updated vehicle connected services.

nissanpathfinder_2New advanced driver assistance technology includes Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control and Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection.

Pathfinder, one of Nissan’s best known and most popular nameplates in its nearly 60-year history, is reborn for the 2017 model year with more adventure capability, a freshened exterior look and enhanced safety and technology – pure Pathfinder taken to a higher level of performance and style.

The seven-passenger 2017 Pathfinder is offered in 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive configurations and a choice of four well-equipped grade levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum.


INFOGRAPHIC: 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Overview


Daimler Buses to 3D Print Spare Parts


Daimler Buses is exploiting the benefits of 3D printing to meet customers’ special requirements and produce small batches and replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands.

As a technology leader in the bus and coach sector, Daimler Buses is making use of the advantages of this cutting-edge digital component and production technology.

At the current point of time it is already possible to print complex parts located in the bus interior in a single step, which formerly consisted of several and in some cases even moving components.

In this field Daimler Buses is drawing on over 25 years of experience with 3D printing processes in truck and prototype construction.


3D component production enables perfect solutions in response to the enquiries which are received on a daily basis from customers who are seeking special equipment features or waiting for a corresponding replacement part.

“In the medium term, we see digital production technologies as harbouring vast potential to enable us to address market and customer requirements in a flexible manner while at the same time minimising investment risks,” says Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses.

3D printing provides the bus division within the Daimler Group with a means of responding swiftly, flexibly, economically and ecologically to individual customer requests and requirements for replacement parts. In top quality and with low production costs: the 3D parts correspond to the injection moulding standards stipulated by Daimler AG, while avoiding the costs relating to tool production, component storage and the disposal of surplus materials.

The potential of 3D printing is manifest in the area of special customer requests and replacement parts at Daimler Buses, where some 780 components have been printed for customer vehicles to date. In addition, more than 150 different replacement parts for buses are currently being scrutinised and validated with regard to their feasibility as 3D printed parts.


Hummer H1exported to China for USD60,000

We all thought that the classic Hummer H1 was retired for good but now we fund out that this original troop transport vehicle is simply not dead! As early as 2006 GM had discontinued the Hummer H1, then in 2013 it came back to the market as a kit vehicle for the price of 60,000 US dollars. hummer-h1-humvee-c-series-kit-1_0

Now U.S. Autobauer VLF Automotive, led by former GM manager Bob Lutz and designer Henrik Fisker, have decided to enter the Humvee business for export.

They are equipping the kits for Hummer H1 alias Humvee C-Series Kit with three 6.5-liter V8 diesel or a 6.2-liter V8 petrol engine.

However, the H1 replica can not be sold in the USA due to the new small-series production law. Only the replicas of crash tests and environmental regulations, the originals of which were last built 25 years ago, are excluded.


VLF Automotive is cooperating with Humvee Export, a group of five people already exporting Humvee kits to other countries and they have started exports to China and soon it will be on sale in Africa. This is a possible business opportunity for a Malaysian to sell in the ASEAN region….especially in left hand drive nations like Vietnam, Laos and for the super rich in Indonesia.

It will be available in the three equipment lines Bravo, Charlie and Delta as well as the four finishes black, white, olive and gray.


Toyota C-HR’s success story in Europe…could it happen in Malaysia?

Toyota aimed its boldly styled C-HR at the European market, and so far, that focus appears to be paying off. Since the C-HR’s introduction early this year in Europe, it has become the Japanese brand’s third-largest seller in Europe and has established itself as a top contender in the fast-growing compact SUV/crossover segment. toyotac-hr2

Nissan’s Qashqai, with 75,114 European sales in the first quarter, according to figures from JATO Dynamics, is the segment sales leader. The C-HR, with 31,888 units sold, figures strongly in the mix with the Ford Kuga (40,033), Renault Kadjar (29,474) and Seat Ateca (21,707).

toyotac-hrToyota has said it expected to sell 100,000 C-HRs annually in Europe and early demand has strained production at the company’s plant in Sakarya, Turkey. The same might be seen in Malaysia when the C-HR arrives later this year.


Waymo now wants to develop self driving trucks

This new Google company led by CEO John Krafcik, exists under the Google parent company Alphabet. Waymo is responsible for developing self-driving technology and will explore opportunities in trucking, logistics and automaker partnerships.

Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit Waymo is now working on developing self-driving trucks. Waymo, which is looking to expand its self-driving car efforts, expects autonomous vehicles to be able to take over longer distance trucking in the coming years, while allowing human drivers to handle local pickup and delivery routes.

“We’re taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck,” a Waymo spokesperson said in a statement.

Other companies have also been working on self-driving trucks. Ride services company Uber Technologies is working on autonomous trucking through its Otto unit, which it acquired last year.



Bosch to Offer Parking Solution for Logistics Companies


Bosch is now offering logistics companies the option of sharing available truck parking spaces on their secured premises with other forwarding companies.

It functions according to the same principle used successfully by marketplaces offering accommodation, and is a win-win situation for both parties. The aim is to provide better protection for truck drivers, vehicles, and freight in the face of over-crowded rest stops and to make it possible for truck drivers to plan where they are going to park. Bosch is therefore expanding its concept to offer truck parking spaces on forwarding company premises in addition to truck stops.

The partner in this pioneering project is international transport and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss. The Bosch logistics partner already rents out ten truck parking spaces at its logistics center in Maria Lanzendorf near Vienna. From August 2017, truck drivers can now reserve these spaces using the Bosch Secure Truck Parking platform.

If the pilot is successful, Gebrüder Weiss plans to link further branch offices in Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria to the platform. Secure Truck Parking from Bosch aims to establish a Europe-wide network. “As a full service logistics provider, we want to make supply chains as secure as possible. With the Secure Truck Parking platform, we are networking information about free parking areas with drivers and forwarding companies, thereby optimizing the transport process,” says Alexander Horak, Head of Industry Vertical High-Tech at Gebrüder Weiss.

“Forwarding companies are supporting one another by sharing parking spaces, much in the same way as carsharing participants share cars. If this example catches on, the lack of truck parking spaces could be alleviated quickly and cost-effectively,” explains the responsible Bosch Project Leader Dr. Jan-Philipp Weers.

Safety and comfort at the forwarding company depot

In Maria Lanzendorf, plant security keeps an eye on the parking area and the depot has a video surveillance system. Gebrüder Weiss opens its cafeteria to the truckers parked on its premises. Drivers also have access to sanitary facilities with showers.

The Secure Truck Parking platform can connect different access control systems, from the control of barrier systems and rolling gates to reception parking. This model involves personal registration at reception in the forwarding company depot. Because reception is manned around the clock, the truck driver can pick up the smart card needed to use the infrastructure, e.g. the sanitary facilities, at any time.

Bosch seeks partner forwarding companies

Bosch wants to establish a Europe-wide network for Secure Truck Parking and is seeking additional logistics companies as partners. Interested forwarding companies looking for secure parking options or wishing to add their own parking areas to the network can contact Bosch Project Leader Dr. Jan-Philipp Weers (Phone +49 69 7562-1734 |

Background information

Around 14,000 more parking spaces are needed for trucks in Germany. Truckers frequently have to approach several parking areas before finding a space or look for unsecured parking away from the highway. This results in more accidents and more freight theft. The Bosch Secure Truck Parking webbased booking platform records truck parking space occupancy in real time. Forwarding companies and truck drivers can reserve parking spaces along their route in advance or while on the road using an online portal or app. The parking areas are equipped with Bosch security systems and video surveillance. Following a successful pilot run at the employee parking lot at the Bosch site in Karlsruhe, Bosch plans to launch the booking platform in August 2017.


Hyundai Elec City is an electric bus good for 290km range

All-new Hyundai Electric City bus, freshly unveiled from the Hyundai Truck & Bus Mega Fair in Korea. It’s equipped with a 256 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, apparently good for up to 290 km (180 miles) of range and a 240 kW electric motor; giving Hyundai’s plug-in bus almost 60 miles more range than the all-electric Ioniq passenger car.

Fast charging capability enables the Elec City to fully recharge the battery in just over an hour.

Hyundai intends to begin production and sales of the Elec City in 2018. Can it compete against the like of BYD’s eBus empire outside Hyundai’s domestic market? We will soon find out!

“Elec City provides a glimpse into the future of the public transportation. The bus demonstrates the suitability of Hyundai Motor’s pioneering fully-electric powertrain for commercial application.

On the road, Elec City boasts best-in-class driving range. With a 256kwh lithium-ion polymer battery, the bus can drive 290km (180 miles) on a single charge. Furthermore, it features a variety of safety- and human-centered facilities, such as Around View Monitoring and a Full Color Digital Cluster.”