Browsing Archive October, 2017


Isuzu Malaysia CEO_ Koji Nakamura

Isuzu Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (IMSB) has recently appointed Koji Nakamura as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will be overseeing all operational aspects, including sales, after sales and finance.

Revealing the appointment, the exiting CEO, Kenji Matsuoka, said, “Koji Nakamura has years of extensive experience, which include strategic planning, sales and operations, in addition to helming diverse leadership roles in the competitive automotive industry. I am delighted that I will be passing over the reins to someone with such excellent aptitude, high optimism and fresh perspective to lead this organisation”.

Kenji Matsuoka has held the position of CEO since 2015. During his term, Isuzu Malaysia saw great improvements, from previously being ranked at No. 7, to No. 6 in Malaysia’s top automotive company by volume. Under his direction, Isuzu successfully maintained its position as the No. 1 preferred truck brand in Malaysia. The Isuzu D-Max’s market share also saw a positive improvement of 3.8%, from 10.9% to 14.7%, in the past year.

“Throughout my tenure at Isuzu Malaysia, the company has experienced immense growth for which I am tremendously proud of”, Matsuoka said.

The dynamics of the current Malaysian automotive market is set to pose a welcome challenge for Koji Nakamura. Recently, Isuzu Malaysia boldly introduced their flagship Isuzu Service Center located at Shah Alam, despite the market’s challenging conditions of late.

“There are always opportunities to grow the business in any economic climate. I believe that my team is capable in realising our vision and subsequent growth in the coming years. My task at hand is to focus on improving our operational best practices, as well as intensifying vehicle sales”, he added.

Nakamura’s vast experience spans more than 25 years, which also includes a leading management role in Isuzu Asia Pacific. Furthermore, he has extensive knowledge and understanding in managing various different markets, especially in running large automotive markets such as India and Thailand.

Aiding him will be Mikio Tsukui, COO for Commercial Vehicle Division, and also Masayuki Suzuki, COO for Light Commercial Vehicle Division.

“I am very excited to take up this new challenge. I have been privileged to 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.

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Iveco Strengthens Leadership in LNG Trucks Industry

Iveco has solidified its leadership in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power solutions for the transport sector with the unveiling of its new Stralis NP (Natural Power) 460, the most sustainable truck ever for long-haul transport.
Further demonstrating its ability to offer a full-range of alternative power solutions for the transport sector, IVECO, the commercial vehicles brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI), has unveiled the new Stralis NP (Natural Power) 460 at its heavy trucks center of excellence in Ulm, Germany. Classed as the most sustainable truck ever, the Stralis NP 460 delivers performance and productivity for all long-haul missions with the ability to achieve close to zero emissions on bio-Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), cutting CO2 emissions by up to 95% when running on compressed or liquefied biomethane.
The Stralis NP 460 is fitted with the most powerful pure gas engine on the market, the IVECO Cursor 13 NP engineered by CNH Industrial’s powertrain brand FPT Industrial, which is protected by two patents. The new range maximizes the environmental advantages of natural gas, the most eco-friendly fuel for internal combustion engines and a mature solution for sustainable transport available today. Low-emitting and quiet, while remaining powerful, the Stralis NP 460 contributes to improving air and noise quality on roads and in urban areas. This proprietary technology delivers a 99% reduction in Particulate Matter, a 60% reduction of Nitrogen Oxides and a volume level of less than 71 decibels, in comparison with the current Euro VI limits. In terms of autonomy, the truck’s double LNG tank version ensures a record range of up to 1,600 kilometers.
IVECO has pioneered natural gas transport for more than 20 years, making its commercial network among the most experienced in the industry, supporting a running parc of 22,000 natural gas vehicles across Europe. Some of Europe’s largest transport providers, including Jost Group with a 500-strong order and Jacky Perrenot Group with an order for 250 units, have put their trust in IVECO and the Stralis NP for their fleets.
CNH Industrial’s commitment to natural gas has seen Israel choose the Company as a strategic partner as the Country works to transform its overall energy structure to gas. Furthermore, IVECO recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japanese transport and logistics operator Ryobi Holdings to support the development of sustainable natural gas transport of people and goods in Japan.

UD Trucks Showcases New Lineup of Heavy-Duty Trucks at Tokyo Motor Show


People depend on logistics, and logistics depend on people. That is why UD Trucks focuses on one simple goal at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show: Create the “best truck for all drivers!”

At Tokyo Motor Show 2017, UD Trucks will spotlight a lineup of all-new Quon and Quester heavy-duty trucks, launch the all-new Quon tractor model and reveal an 8-liter downsized engine. UD Trucks continues to broaden its heavy-duty product lineup to better meet the needs of the transport industry, underscoring its goal of becoming the leading Japanese heavy-duty truck provider.

UD Trucks is passionate about solving the challenges customers are facing. This passion, “to provide the trucks and services the world needs today,” has driven its commitment to innovation for over 80 years. In a time of severe driver shortages, UD Trucks is committed to listening to customers and truck drivers, and tackling issues together to create the best truck for all drivers.

Innovations as the challenger
The history of UD Trucks is a history of challenges and innovations. Since its foundation in 1935, UD Trucks has always aimed to go the extra mile, providing smart and modern products and services in each era. In 2004, UD Trucks launched the heavy-duty truck Quon, featuring a revolutionary urea SCR system that answered the dual need for better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. In 2010, UD Trucks introduced the cutting-edge electronically controlled automatic transmission, ESCOT-V, marking a drastic improvement in drivability, safety and fuel efficiency.

Promise to provide the “best truck for all drivers!”
UD Trucks consistently commits to realizing its promises. At Tokyo Motor Show 2013, UD Trucks showed the “Quon Fuel Demonstrator” as proof of its promise to improve fuel efficiency by 10% over existing models. That promise was realized with the launch of the all-new Quon in 2017. Furthermore, the company committed to downsizing the engine to further improve payload and fuel efficiency. The UD Trucks booth this year will display the fruit of this labor—the downsized 8-liter GH8 engine, to be launched in late 2018. At the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015, UD Trucks presented the “Quon Vision” as a symbol of its commitment to go the extra mile for smart logistics, with innovation in 5 essential feature areas, all realized on the all-new Quon.

At Tokyo Motor Show 2017, UD Trucks will showcase the products and services that realize its promise to create the “best truck for all drivers!”

The all-new heavy-duty Quon—UD Trucks’ flagship truck
“Innovation that puts people first” is the concept behind UD Trucks’ new flagship heavy-duty model Quon, which meets the needs of the times through smart technology and human design. All-new Quon represents innovation in five essential areas—drivability, fuel efficiency, safety, productivity, and uptime—and is the next generation truck for the era of smart logistics.

1. Quon 6×2 Cargo (special exterior design model) 
Addressing the challenges in today’s transportation business, all-new Quon encapsulates UD Trucks’ vision for smart logistics, with unparalleled results for smart drivability, fuel efficiency, safety, productivity and uptime. The exhibited cargo model displays exterior design elements created specially for the Tokyo Motor Show.

2. Quon 4×2 Tractor
Meeting the latest exhaust gas regulation in Japan, a semi-tractor version of all-new Quon now joins the UD family. The fuel efficient, powerful and clean GH11 engine is now available with a 460 ps model. All-new Quon tractor greatly contributes to addressing the challenges facing Japan’s trucking industry, such as a shortage of drivers, the need for improved fuel efficiency and smarter logistics.

3. Quon 6×4 Dump
The advanced automated manual transmission, ESCOT-VI is available for the all-new Quon tipper models. Smooth and quick gearshifts alleviate the drivers’ stress and fatigue, thus contributing to safe driving. In addition, ESCOT-VI offers exceptional abilities on snowy or muddy roads.

Quester 6×4 Tractor
Launched in 2013 for growth markets around the world, Quester combines UD’s engineering and quality expertise with global technologies and sourcing. This strong, reliable and fuel efficient heavy-duty truck had its range extended in 2015, with new models including an 8-liter engine and various axle arrangements.

Quon driveline: GH8 engine, GH11 engine and ESCOT-VI
All-new Quon’s driveline, featuring the clean GH11 engine with increased horsepower and torque, and the new ESCOT-VI automated manual transmission with enhanced fuel efficiency, is available for all models. In the latter half of 2018, UD Trucks will introduce the 8 liter downsized GH8 engine on Quon, to further improve payload and fuel efficiency.

Quon interior design displays
The fully renewed cockpit of all-new Quon achieves a high level of comfort for all drivers. The new design allows drivers to interact more smoothly with the truck, and enables safe, comfortable and efficient driving. At Tokyo Motor Show, three different interior design concepts are exhibited. Visitors are invited to experience the designs, with the option to create a downloadable video featuring the visitor as a truck driver. Also on display is an all-new Quon cut cabin which visitors can explore with AR headsets.

Uptime Support
UD Information Service (UDIS) helps to maximize customers’ productivity by minimizing vehicle downtime. UDIS provides real-time, responsive and proactive support to keep customers’ fleets running using telematics solutions that allow for remote diagnostics by UD experts. Currently 43,000 UD vehicles are connected through UDIS.

UD Trucks moves toward what the world needs tomorrow
As a part of the Volvo Group family, UD Trucks utilizes and adapts Group technology, knowledge and resources to provide trucks and services that perfectly fit the needs of customers and society today. The Volvo Group and UD Trucks innovation efforts currently focus on autonomous driving, electromobility and connectivity; three innovative pillars that will shape the future of smart logistics.


VW Transporter chosen for energy efficiency & practicality

Established in 1866, the UK based company, Baxi is a leading manufacturer of boilers, smart controls and low carbon technologies.

The team at Baxi pride themselves on providing industry-leading customer support. The fleet of highly advanced Volkswagen Transporter vans will be used by Baxi’s team of Customer Support engineers attending call-outs to homeowners across the country.

The vans come equipped with multiple health and safety features, including five different braking assistants and a driver alert system which warns the driver to take a break if it detects fatigue.

The practicality of the vans makes them an ideal choice for a business like Baxi. The new vehicles are slightly smaller in width and height than their previous Crafter vans, meaning they comply with new city-wide height restrictions, but are still able to hold the same load. The more compact design will also make it quicker and easier for engineers to park when attending customer visits.

Louise Murton, National Service Operations Manager at Baxi, commented: “Not only are these new vans the perfect solution for our Baxi Customer Support engineers out on the road, but with a 33 per cent cut in emissions compared to our previous vehicles, they benefit the environment too.

“The Transporter vans are already proving extremely practical for our engineers. Not only are they spacious, but their modern braking technology gives our engineers a better chance of avoiding or minimalizing a collision. The vehicles will also help to enhance further our award-winning customer service, enabling us to reach our customers in the most efficient way possible.”


Colorado Midnight Edition and Dusk Edition from Chevy

As the brand celebrates 100 years of building trucks, Chevrolet is expanding its midsize truck lineup with Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition and Dusk Edition models.

The 2018 Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition features an all-black exterior finish, black Chevy bowtie emblems and 17-inch five-spoke black accessory wheels, including the spare. The ZR2 Midnight also features a black sport bar with off-road LED lighting and ZR2 logos on the sport-bar sail panels.

The ZR2 Dusk Edition offers the same content as the ZR2 Midnight, but can be purchased in all other ZR2 exterior finishes, with black accents throughout.

The Colorado ZR2 is effectively a segment of one, equally at home rock crawling, desert running or as a daily driver. It sits 2 inches higher than Colorado and features a 3.5-inch-wider track.

Performance features include an off-road suspension with cast-iron control arms and segment-exclusive Multimatic DSSVTM dampers. They are the first off-road shocks to feature position-sensitive spool valve technology, making the truck equally adept on and off the road.

Other standard ZR2 features include segment-exclusive front electronic locking differential, electronic locking rear differential, hill descent control, an aluminum skidplate that protects the radiator and oil pan, off-road rocker protection, Autotrac transfer case, transfer case shield, four-wheel disc brakes, modified rear axle with a 3.42 ratio and special off-rode mode setting.

The ZR2 is distinguished visually from the Colorado with an aggressive hood and grille combo and modified front and rear bumpers designed for better off-road clearance.

The ZR2 is available with a standard 3.6L V-6 match with a class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission or an available 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel offering best-in-class 369 lb-ft of torque.

The Colorado ZR2 also boasts impressive connectivity and safety technology: 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control and available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. And as with all Chevrolet trucks, the Colorado ZR2 is built with durability in mind, including a fully boxed frame, roll-formed high-strength steel bed and Duralife brake rotors.


Daimler Trucks is the leader on the road to autonomous driving

Mercedes-Benz has traditionally taken the lead in new safety and assistance systems, and in improving the driver-friendliness of commercial vehicles. The same applies to networking and automated driving. Know-how accumulated over decades is the basis for developments such as the Highway Pilot and Highway Pilot Connect, on the road to automated driving.

The Future Truck 2025 presented in 2014 with the Highway Pilot system was the answer to the challenges of the future: increasing traffic, inadequate infrastructure, growing cost pressure and shortage of drivers. Based on the current Mercedes-Benz Actros and its numerous, improved assistance and telematic systems, it ushered in a new era for road goods transport.

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Only one year later, the Freightliner Inspiration Truck continued to write history. Its technology is based on the Future Truck 2025, but adapted to suit North American operating conditions. The Freightliner Inspiration Truck was the world’s first automated driving truck to have operating approval for the public roads of Nevada.

Shortly afterwards, Daimler Trucks opened up a new chapter in Europe: in autumn 2015, a standard Mercedes-Benz Actros with the Highway Pilot was given approval for public roads as a test vehicle. It is permitted to drive on all German autobahns in semi-automated mode. This means that the vehicle drives automated, but the driver must constantly monitor the system and be able to take over control at any time.


While the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 was a concept vehicle, the transition to series production technology has proved successful in the form of the Mercedes-Benz Actros with the Highway Pilot. It demonstrates the everyday suitability of automated driving.

As early as 2016, three Actros trucks with the Highway Pilot Connect took to the roads: the technology allows electronic docking by vehicles on motorways and long-distance highways, also known as “platooning”. During the cross-border European Truck Platooning Challenge, Daimler Trucks was able to demonstrate the advantages of electronic vehicle-to-vehicle networking on the journey to Rotterdam. In truck platooning, connectivity and automated driving increase safety for trucks driving in convoy, relieve driver workload and improve fuel efficiency by reducing distances between vehicles.

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Toyota Bus Concept “Sora” Ready For Production

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces the launch of the “Sora1,” a Toyota fuel cell bus (FC bus) concept. Toyota plans to launch sales of a commercial model based on the concept vehicle in 2018 and expects to introduce over 100 Sora, mainly within the Tokyo metropolitan area, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Toyota developed the Sora (concept model) based on the vision of an “enduring town icon” guided by two ideas: to make best use of the characteristics of the FC unit; and to enhance the comfort of passengers traveling on bus routes.

Service vehicle for the entire community

Toyota aims to create a bus that works for the world and for people, is environmentally friendly, and can contribute to communities beyond its role as a mobility service.

The Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which was developed for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV), has been adopted to deliver superior environmental performance with no CO2 emissions or Substances of Concern (SoC) emitted when in operation.

The Sora is equipped with a high-capacity external power supply system, providing high output and a large capacity of electricity supply (9 kW maximum output, and electricity supply of 235 kWh2) and can be used as an emergency power source following disasters.

Universal design and function that is people-centered

Because the bus is envisioned to be used by large and varying numbers of passengers at any given time, Toyota paid close attention to convenience, safety, and peace of mind with the aim to give all passengers a pleasant riding experience, so that they would want to ride the buses regularly.

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Horizontal seats with an automatic storage mechanism improves comfort (first in Japan3)

The bus is equipped with horizontal seats with an automatic storage mechanism to provide space for strollers or wheelchairs. This provides extra seating for regular passengers when the space is not needed for strollers or wheelchairs.

Eight high-definition cameras fitted inside and outside the vehicle detect pedestrians and bicycles around the bus, providing a peripheral monitoring function that warns the driver with sound and images to improve safety.

The acceleration control function suppresses sudden acceleration and enables gentle acceleration from stops, in consideration of the safety of standing passengers. Also, there is no lurching due to the lack of a need for gear shifting.

Adoption of automatic arrival control detects the guidance line on the road surface and uses automatic steering and deceleration to stop the bus with approximately 3 to 6 cm of clearance from the bus stop, and within a range of 10 cm ahead of or behind the bus stop position. This improves boarding and exiting for passengers using strollers or wheelchairs.

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Bus transportation capability, speed, punctuality, and convenience is boosted by ITS Connect, which utilizes vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications to support safe driving, together with systems that support bus convoys and that provide priority at traffic signals (PTPS5).


Hino Motors to Field Two 500 Series Trucks in Dakar Rally 2018


Hino Team Sugawara has announced that it will be entering two HINO500 Series trucks in the trucks category in Dakar Rally 2018 which will be held from Jan. 6 thru 20, 2018 in Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina.

Having been participating in the race for more than quarter of a century since becoming the first Japanese maker of commercial vehicles in the rally in 1991, the team is aiming to achieve its 27th straight finish in the rally.

Teruhito Sugawara, the team’s ace driver, achieved his eighth straight win in the Under 10-litre Class in 2017, rewriting the team’s previous record (The longest winning streak for the team being the 7-year streak from 1996 thru 2002). Year after year since the race relocated to South America in 2009, competition in the trucks category has increasingly become a sprint race where speed has become the operative factor. Hino’s engineering crew has thoroughly tuned Teruhito Sugawara’s HINO500 Series truck to improve its high-speed durability and extend its winning streak in its class to 9.


First entering the Paris-Dakar Rally (as it was known then) in the bikes category in 1983, 76-year young Yoshimasa Sugawara, the team’s director nicknamed the “Iron Man of Dakar,” began his partnership with the Hino team in 1992. His 34th entry in last year’s rally has been recognized as a Guinness World Record. Now working with mechanics who were chosen from dealerships all around Japan, Yoshimasa Sugawara entered Rally Mongolia that was held in Mongolia in August on a HINO500 Series truck to carry out real-word training and testing to take on the challenge of achieving another unprecedented record in the upcoming rally.

While the top positions in the trucks category in Dakar Rally are dominated by monster trucks with engine displacements of over 10 litres, the Hino team continues to battle shoulder to shoulder with these rivals and rewrites its own records, leveraging their savvy and technological capabilities under the motto “small prevails over large.” In the upcoming race, the team will be bringing together Hino’s engineering capabilities in truck manufacturing, servicing expertise of dealership mechanics, the know-how that Team Sugawara has accumulated over the years, and their tightly-knit teamwork to take on what is known as the “most grueling rally in the world.”


Isuzu & Toyota TOP J.D. Power’s Highest Customer Satisfaction

Customer satisfaction with their new-vehicle sales experience has increased in Malaysia, as shoppers are conducting more preliminary research across a greater variety of sources in advance to find the best deal in the market, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2017 Malaysia Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study, SM released recently.

More than 3 in 10 (31%) customers are using the internet to research their new-vehicle purchase, compared with 27% in 2016. Online searches are predominantly centred on vehicle pricing/ financing and promotions (91%) as well as vehicle features and specifications (63%). Three of the most often visited websites are auto consumer websites/ portals (55%), car websites/ forums (45%) and dealer websites (28%).


Fiat & Jeep cut production, outlook looks dismal

FCA has also been reducing production of the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade subcompact SUVs at its factory in Melfi, southern Italy. Despite higher demand in Europe for subcompact SUVs in Europe, 500X and Renegade sales have fallen in the region as more competitors enter the segment.

Workers at the plant have been temporarily laid off for 21 days this year, including 11 days in the third quarter. As a result, production of the two models was down 25% in the quarter.

Fiat 500X sales in Europe were down 15% to 62,999 through August. Jeep Renegade’s volume declined 1% to 52203, but increased by 0.5% to 70,859 in the U.S. FCA exports 55% of Renegade production to the U.S. Fiat 500X’s U.S. sales fell 38% to 5,237. U.S. sales represent 10% of the model’s total volume.