Browsing Archive February, 2018

Ranger Wildtrak pickup truck is still No.1

The Wildtrak pickup boasts a full array of cutting-edge technology to help drivers stay connected and in control. With SYNC 2 the latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity system installed, Wildtrak drivers get a smarter and safer ways to stay connected. Using natural voice commands, like “temperature 18 degrees”, “play Michael Jackson” or “home”, the driver can control the car’s climate controls, entertainment system and navigation system more easily than ever before.


An 8-inch touchscreen places more controls at the driver’s fingertips, with color-coded corners for easy menu navigation. The Wildtrak also features additional 240-volt power sockets that can be used to power the kids or your laptop/tablet when the juice runs low.

There is also an array of truck segment best driver assist technologies included.

  • Lane Keeping Alert & Lane Keeping Aid
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Driver Impairment Monitor
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Adaptive Load Control
  • Emergency Brake Assistance

Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2-Diesel Specifications

Engine: 5-cylinder/16v Turbo Diesel

Power: 200bhp @ 3000rpm

Torque: 470Nm @ 1750-2500rpm

Capacity: 3198cc

Transmission: 6-speed auto

Price: RM132,188.00


Lynk & Co Sold Out In China In Just 2 Minutes

Lynk & CO had a 3-day online sales campaign in China for the ‘01’ model in November last year. In just over 2 minutes, the stock of 6,000 vehicles was sold out. Officially the vehicle went on sale in 150 brand stores across the country on Nov. 28.

Visser said the start of sales in China was crucial to give management confidence in its current targets, which include a half million vehicles by the end of 2021, roughly a quarter coming from Europe.

Volvo owns 30% of Lynk & CO, while Geely Automobile Holdings holds 50%. The rest is with Zhejiang Haoqing Automobile Manufacturing, which is controlled by Zhejiang Geely. Lynk & CO shares the production line with the Volvo XC40 in a factory in Luqiao, which is 350 km south of Shanghai.

Lynk & CO will decide in the coming weeks whether to go ahead with plans to build the 01 crossover in Europe at the end of next year, its top executive said at an industry congress.

The 01, the brand’s first model, shares its platform with the XC40 manufactured by Volvo Cars in Ghent, meaning one option would be to locate production in Belgium. Another is simply to import it from China, where the vehicle is currently built at a plant in Luqiao.

Visser said there was a third option that included production on the European continent elsewhere. He declined to say whether this might be assembly at a contract carmaker such as Austria’s Magna Steyr or Finland’s Valmet.

Visser’s comments follows remarks by Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson that Volvo could build Lynk & CO cars in Belgium and may also extend its European service and logistics infrastructure to the new brand.


This is a super truck. Ford Ranger Raptor

The first ever Ford Ranger Raptor is no pretender. It will be Malaysia’s first ever factory-built, factory warranted, off-road performance truck. This is no option pack performance kit. This is a uniquely designed, engineered and fully tested off-road performance truck.

One look at the Ranger Raptor and you know this is no ordinary truck. From the unique front grille, front and rear bumpers, front bash plate, wider front and rear guards, high-spec running boards, alloy wheels and off-road tyres, the Ranger Raptor is designed and engineered from the ground up to meet strict Ford Performance DNA requirements.

The unique Ranger Raptor ladder frame chassis was reengineered and strengthened with High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steel to meet the tough demands that off road performance driving commands. Tested extensively in the harshest desert environments in both Australia and the USA, the Ranger Raptor chassis delivers maximum toughness and high-spec performance.

Ranger Raptor’s powertrain was chosen to deliver high power and torque outputs with minimum weight. Ford’s latest technology BiTurbo diesel engine and first ever 10-Speed transmission combine to deliver excellent off-road performance while also ensuring the driver is in the right gear at the right time.

The Ranger Raptor’s race-bred suspension has been specifically crafted to tackle the toughest terrains, smoothing out jumps, bumps and ruts.

The Ranger Raptor’s Terrain Management System (TMS) allows you to excel in a variety of terrains, not just the desert. With just the push of a button on the unique leather steering wheel, drivers can switch between six different modes: Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock and last but definitely not least, the off road racing inspired Baja mode.


The Ranger Raptor isn’t just tough, it’s also incredibly smart, with a host of standard features and Driver Assist Technologies (DATs) like SYNC® 3 voice activation system, Satellite Navigation, active and passive safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC),Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Load Adaptive Control (LAC) , Lane Departure Warning (LDW) with Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and Roll Over Mitigation (ROM).




Isuzu Malaysia ushers in 2018 on a high note, as it tops Malaysia’s 2017 commercial vehicle market by maintaining its position as the No. 1 preferred commercial vehicle (CV) operator for four consecutive years.

Although faced with market uncertainties and price increase due to the depreciating Ringgit, Isuzu Malaysia still managed to not only retain their spot as CV No. 1, but also managed to capture a 13% share in the pick-up segment, in addition to 20% sales increase in after-sales parts.

Based on the overall sales figures recently released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), Isuzu’s ELF Light Duty truck remains a firm favourite with 5,237 units sold in 2017. Despite a slight decline in Total Industry Volume (TIV), Isuzu managed to considerably improve its market share in the CV segment to 37.1%, as compared to 2016’s share of 36.3%.

In his New Year’s address, Chief Executive Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Koji Nakamura, expressed his delight over Isuzu’s ability to stand firm as a company and perform well despite the various economic hurdles faced in 2017. Furthermore, Nakamura cited the public’s trust in the Isuzu brand and the long-term value that their commercial vehicles had to offer played a major role in ensuring Isuzu retains its CV No. 1 position for the fourth consecutive year.

Nakamura also attributed the company’s remarkable achievement in 2017 to the unyielding support and services provided by Isuzu Malaysia’s skilled staffs and dealers, in maintaining good relationship with customers, aside from the outstanding quality and reliability that Isuzu trucks had to offer.

According to Nakamura, “A successful company must have good business vision. Heading into 2018, our strategy is to ensure that customer satisfaction always comes first. We will continue to ensure our customers’ needs are handled with great care and consideration, while providing excellent after-sales services at all times. Despite the current economic outlook, it is important to always offer added value to our customers.”

“Being No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year verifies the excellent quality of our products, in addition to first-rate services offered at our Sales and Service centres located nationwide. The ability to maintain this ranking also proves Isuzu’s reliability in providing time-saving and cost-efficient logistics to suit any business needs,” he continued.

Aside from the impressive sales volume of the Isuzu ELF Light Duty trucks recorded by MAA in 2017, Isuzu commercial vehicles in the Medium Duty, High Duty and Prime Mover categories also cemented the brand in achieving the No. 1 rank for preferred Commercial Vehicle in Malaysia.


MAN Delivers 100 Lion’s City models in Netherlands


Since the end of last year, 100 MAN Lion’s City buses have mastered most the Dutch city of Almere’s urban and regional transport. But the new city buses generated a buzz even before officially starting service when they drove to the handover location in a convoy on a motorway bus lane created especially for the event. Overall, when parked in a straight line, the buses reached a length of around 1.5 kilometres, or close to a mile – an impressive sight to behold.

The group of vehicles consists of fifty-seven Lion’s City LFs that are 15 metres long, ten MAN Lion’s City LFs that are 12 metres in length, and thirty-three 15-metre-long MAN Lion’s City LEs. This means Keolis Nederland has the largest 15-metre fleet in the Netherlands. Along with other routes, the buses are being used in an innovative bus rapid transit (BRT) system introduced in the Dutch city.

In close cooperation between MAN Truck & Bus and Keolis Nederland, the MAN Lion’s City models were fine-tuned to meet customer requests and needs. For instance, the buses are fitted with smart card readers, transponders, mirrors for the driver to monitor the interior and a camera system. The city of Almere had placed great importance on equipping the vehicles with cameras to ensure maximum safety for passengers and drivers. In addition, the safety cab can protect the driver with an electrically activated slide-up glass barrier. The new buses are able to impress in terms of driving comfort too – as agreed by the 100 Keolis drivers who drove the MAN Lion’s City from Hoogeveen to Almere in their spare time.

Following a tender, Keolis Nederland manages all public bus services in Almere. In addition to the innovative buses, passengers can expect a tightly kept schedule, a comprehensive network of stops, good infrastructure and extensive communication and information from the service styled as “allGo”.


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter all new 2018 model arrives

Since its market launch in 1995, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has given its name to an entire vehicle class thanks to its outstanding qualities. Today the third generation of this best-selling van is celebrating its world premiere in the newly constructed Mercedes-Benz logistics centre on the Mercator island in Duisburg. It can now be ordered in Germany at a price from 19,990 euros (price excluding VAT). It will be available in the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle centres and Van ProCenters from June. The new eSprinter will enter the market in 2019. It is part of the strategy of Mercedes-Benz Vans for electrification of the commercial van fleet.

“The inland port in Duisburg stands for globality and modern logistics at the highest level. It is therefore the perfect environment in which to present the new Sprinter. The Sprinter continues to embody the traditional attributes that have made it so successful worldwide since its market launch – flexibility, robustness and economy. At the same time it impresses with unrivalled modernity, for example with its connectivity and incomparable variability. This makes it the first end-to-end system solution for commercial fleets, both for Mercedes-Benz Vans and for the entire industry,” says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

Constant control over the fleet with Mercedes PRO connect services

The third Sprinter generation impresses with its progressive design plus comfort and safety features at passenger car level. At the same time it offers maximum cost-effectiveness thanks to lower total operating costs and customer-oriented features. Comprehensive internet connectivity is one of the most important new features. The new, networked services of Mercedes PRO connect combined with the likewise completely new MBUX multimedia systems (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) provide the perfect basis for all logistical and transport requirements. This begins with the complex management of a large fleet and ends with the small company fleet. Mercedes PRO connect links the fleet manager with all the vehicles and drivers in the fleet. This enables assignments to be managed online, and vehicle information such as location, fuel level or maintenance intervals to be retrieved almost in real time. Eight packages available ex factory with central fleet, vehicle, driver and location-based services will be introduced on market launch of Mercedes PRO connect. These include e.g. Vehicle Supervision, Vehicle Operations, Fleet Communication, Maintenance Management and a digital Driver’s Logbook.

Even more variable, and at home in all sectors

Panel van, Tourer, pickup, chassis, bus or traction head as body types, three drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages, load compartment heights and equipment features: these parameters alone allow a further increase in the number of possible Sprinter variants. More than 1,700 different versions can be configured as a result. This maximised modularity defines the core of the new Sprinter concept, reflecting both sector-specific requirements and different customer segments. The product range includes e.g. solutions for courier services on the last mile delivery, for goods transport over longer distances or for service technicians using their vehicle as a mobile replacement parts store. The new Sprinter can also be put to work as a camper van or bus, and for example is used as an ambulance by rescue services.

Technical highlights: Front-wheel drive and two new transmissions

The well-proven drive concept with rear and all-wheel drive is now supplemented with a new front-wheel drive system. For reasons inherent to the design, the payload of this version increases by 50 kilograms compared to rear-wheel drive. An 80 millimetre lower loading sill makes the loading/unloading of commercially used Sprinters and access/egress to and from the living and sleeping area of camper vans considerably more convenient.

The technical highlights of the new Sprinter include two newly developed transmissions for front-wheel drive. The nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission is a first in the large van segment. The gear ranges are graduated to give an optimum balance between low consumption and agile handling. Other virtues include a low noise level and outstanding ride comfort. The new 6-speed manual transmission impresses with maximum gearshift comfort and no irritating vibrations of the shift lever.

Practical interior and weights up to 5.5 tonnes

The driver’s workplace is uncluttered, practical and designed to meet the relevant transport requirements. The improvements include ergonomically shaped seats, keyless start and an improved air conditioning system. A variable stowage concept ensures that everything has its place. The load compartment also scores with clever detailed solutions. Loadable wheel arches and fully usable load compartment heights in combination with front-wheel drive increase versatility. The maximum load capacity is 17 cu. m., with tonnages up to 5.5 tonnes.

Mercedes-Benz Vans also raises the Sprinter segment to a new level where safety features are concerned. The assistance systems available for the new Sprinter include e.g. a reversing camera showing its image in the rear-view mirror, a modern Parking package with a 360-degree view, a rain sensor and wiper with an integrated Wet Wiper system ensure optimum visibility even during the wiping process.


Renault Trucks Unveils The T X-Road


To meet the specific requirements of worksite supply, Renault Trucks has launched the T X-Road 460. This recent used vehicle is reconditioned in the specialised “Used Trucks Factory” that forms an integral part of the Renault Trucks manufacturing site in Bourg-en-Bresse.

Renault Trucks is launching the T X-Road 460, a new used vehicle dedicated to worksite supply.


The T X-Road belongs to the manufacturer’s new range of customised used vehicles. Trucks are rigourously selected, subject to 200 inspection points and prepared in the specialised “Used Trucks Factory” that forms an integral part of the manufacturing site in Bourg-en-Bresse.

Le Renault Trucks T X-Road is fitted with an 11 L 460 hp Euro 6 engine and is available in a 4×2 configuration. It features reinforced bodywork, including steel bumper bars, an ultra-strong stepwell and protective headlight grills. 315/80 mixed profile tyres have been fitted and ground clearance has been raised by 60 mm. Performance of the robotised Optidriver gearbox has been boosted by the addition of an off-road mode and manual accelerator.


The T X-Road 460 used truck comes with a 1-year or 120,000 km warranty. This manufacturer’s warranty, which covers all incidents related to the engine, gearbox and axles, is valid throughout all Renault Trucks service and sales outlets in Europe. Renault Trucks Europe-wide 24/7 assistance is also included, together with towing insurance.

The T X-Road is available in Renault Trucks sales outlets in France, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Germany and Belgium.


Scania to supply Kobelco with industrial engines  

Scania is due to provide Kobelco with low-emissions industrial engines that will be used to power its new models of the 300t hydraulic crawler cranes. The products will be launched worldwide.

Scania and Kobelco Construction Machinery have agreed that Scania will supply 13-litre low-emission industrial engines to Kobelco for use in its latest crawler cranes with a lifting capacity of 300 metric tons. The first Kobelco product to be fitted with a Scania industrial engine will be launched in the US.

Hiroaki Iwamitsu, Managing Executive Officer at Kobelco’s Design & Development Engineering Division, says: “With this project, Kobelco is happy to take a new step forward with Scania. From the experience we have had with Scania on developing this new crane, we have seen the advanced technology and great cooperation Scania offers. We look forward to further success together in the future.”

Haruyuki Mayama, Engine Sales Manager, Scania Engines in Japan, says: “We are pleased to be selected as Kobelco’s partner to power its products. I am confident and look forward to a successful market introduction.”

Scania’s 13-litre 331kW industrial engine meets the Stage IV/Tier 4 final/Japan H26 emission standards without the need for a particulate filter. Customers in countries with other emission standards will benefit from Kobelco machinery powered by Scania’s low-emission engines.

Kobelco’s Scania-powered products include the CK3300G-2 model (for North America), as well as the CKE3000G (for Europe) and CKS3000 (for other markets).

Scania engines are characterised by the generous torque they provide at low revs, as well as their prompt response, low fuel consumption, low life cycle costs, low power-to-weight ratio and tried and tested quality. Scania also offers a global service network with more than 2,000 strategically located service points.


Volvo Group just had its best year ever  

2017 was a great year for the Volvo Group globally. This is the Swedish company that is producing and selling heavy equipment (truck, bus, farm, construction equipment) and not the car-selling Volvo Cars.

The Volvo Group achieved its highest sales and operating income in history. For the full year, we grew our net sales by 11% to SEK 335 billion and improved our operating to SEK 30.3 billion. Trucks, Construction Equipment, Volvo Penta and Financial Services all recorded their highest operating income ever. We also improved our profitability with an operating margin of 9.1%,” says Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO.

In Q4 2017 net sales increased by 11% to SEK 91.7 billion (82.6). Adjusted for currency movements and acquired and divested units sales increased by 16%.

Both adjusted and reported operating income amounted to SEK 7,334 M, corresponding to an operating margin of 8.0%. In Q4 2016, adjusted operating income amounted to SEK 5,660 M and the adjusted operating margin to 6.9%.

Currency movements had a negative impact on operating income of SEK 778 M.

Operating cash flow in the Industrial Operations amounted to SEK 14.4 billion (4.9).

For the full year 2017 net sales increased by 11% to SEK 334.7 billion (301.9). Operating income amounted to SEK 30,327 M (20,826) corresponding to an operating margin of 9.1% (6.9).


Renault Trucks Will Start Selling Electric Trucks in 2019


Renault Trucks has announced that it will launch a range of electric vehicles in 2019. This range capitalizes on the experience gleaned from ten years of testing electric trucks in real-life conditions with its customer-partners. These all-electric trucks are designed for use in urban and peri-urban areas and will be produced at the Renault Trucks plant at Blainville-sur-Orne in Normandy, France.

Electromobility is the cornerstone of Renault Trucks’ strategy for asustainable urban transport. Zero-emission vehicles help improve air quality, curb climate change and also reduce congestion thanks to noise-free out-of-hours deliveries. Tomorrow, electric trucks will be simply indispensable for city centre access.

Renault Trucks has been investing heavily in electromobility research and development since 2009, focusing on extensive field testing in partnership with its customers. Real-world tests on various types of experimental full-electric 12-16 tonne trucks – Speed Distribution for Guerlain, Stef for Carrefour, Nestlé and the Delanchy Group – have provided Renault Trucks with vital information on conditions of use, battery behaviour, recharging facilities and specific maintenance requirements for electric trucks.

In addition to these experimental vehicles, a 4.5-tonne electric truck has been on the market since 2010: the Electric Maxity: “Our commercial experience with the Electric Maxity has enabled us to bring our network up to speed on selling, servicing and repairing electric vehicles,” explains François Savoye who is in charge of Renault Trucks’ energy efficiency strategy. “Today’s electric vehicles are a competitive solution, which was not the case in 2010.”

In addition to the great strides made in understanding customer uses and market requirements, Renault Trucks is able to take advantage of the impressive R&D resources offered by the Volvo Group, benefit from tried and tested technology and harness synergy between different entities working on all-electric vehicle development such as buses. Thanks to these economies of scale, Renault Trucks is now in a position to market a cost-effective range of vehicles for its customers in 2019.

A dedicated assembly line for all-electric trucks is being installed at Renault Trucks’ Blainville-sur-Orne plant in Normandy.