Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) recently celebrated its 10,000th FUSO truck handed over to a customer by Daimler Trucks Asia Taiwan Ltd. (DTAT).
The handover ceremony took place on July 25 in Taoyuan in the northwest of Taiwan at Guo Pu Concrete Industry Co. Ltd., the customer receiving the 10,000th vehicle. DTAT hosts a celebration event for every 5,000 vehicles handed over to a “lucky customer”.
Joe Wong, CEO of DTAT, said at the event that “Taiwan is one of FUSO’s first international markets with a strong presence since 1958. Since then, we have stepped up our commitment to Taiwanese customers with the setup of DTAT. Today, we are especially proud to hand over our 10,000th vehicle to our loyal and valued customer since DTAT started operations in 2017.”
FUSO has a rich history in Taiwan. In 1936, FUSO’s B46 light bus entered the Taiwanese market and local distributorship was established in 1958, since then growing to become FUSO’s second largest export market in Asia after Indonesia. Today, FUSO is a leading commercial vehicles brand in Taiwan and market leader for over 25 consecutive years.
With over 30 sales and service outlets across Taiwan and over 70 outlets where FUSO vehicles can be serviced, FUSO has the most extensive sales and service network coverage in Taiwan. DTAT’s dealer network will continue to expand and is developing a next generation of workshops in Hsinchu and Luzhu in Northern Taiwan.
DTAT was established in July 2016 (start of operations in 2017) to consolidate FUSO wholesale activities to further enhance customer dedication in Taiwan. The joint venture between MFTBC and Shung Ye Trading Co., a leading player in the Taiwanese commercial vehicles market, is the sole distributor of the FUSO brand in Taiwan and responsible for the exclusive import and wholesale businesses for the entire range of FUSO products, including light, medium, heavy-duty trucks, as well as light and medium-duty buses.
Scania Malaysia recently handed over vehicles to three of its key customers in the northern region – Sin Hock Soon Transport Sdn Bhd, Nurkasih Holiday & Tours Sdn Bhd and LLZ Haulage Sdn Bhd – which received 17 trucks, six buses and two trucks respectively.
The keys were presented by Scania Southeast Asia Managing Director, Marie Sjödin Enström to Sin Hock Soon Director, Mr. Tony Yew; Nurkasih Holiday & Tours, En. Hafisol; and LLZ Haulage, En. Tajnoor at the Scania Butterworth service centre.
The three customers cited the performance, reliability, fuel economy and safety that Scania vehicles offer, all of which contribute to the profitability and sustainability of their businesses as well as Scania’s excellent after sales service.
Sin Hock Soon Transport and LLZ Haulage purchased the G410LA6x2MSZ trucks, 17 units and 2 units respectively. These G-series trucks promises powerful performance and increased fuel savings and are suitable to attain the best profitability during long-haul operations.
Meanwhile, the six buses acquired by Nurkasih Holiday & Tours – five K360IB4x2 and one K250IB4x2 – feature a powerful engine with higher torque at lower revs and are equipped with the Scania Opticruise gear-change that promises better comfort while reducing clutch and synchromesh wear.
Facilitated by Scania Credit, these new buses and trucks come with the standard package of the two-year free Scania Maintenance; two-year free 24/7 Scania Assistance and a ten-year free Scania Fleet Management System (FMS).
“We are proud to be a partner for Sin Hock Soon Transport and LLZ Haulage for their long-haul operations. We are also proud of our partnership with Nurkasih Holiday & Tours for their tour operations. We are indeed very happy that these established companies have placed their trust in Scania for the sustainability of their businesses,” said Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Marie Sjödin Enström.
The event also saw Scania presenting an award to Express Seni Budaya (M) Sdn Bhd for achieving the best fuel savings for a competition for the bus category based on the Scania Fleet Management System.
The FMS is a total solutions approach from Scania for its customers to achieve the best profitability and efficiency in their businesses by gathering data from the driver’s performance and vehicle.
That data is then used together with methods such as driver training and coaching to increase the productivity of the fleet, reduce fuel consumption and eventually reduce the cost of operations.
The handover of vehicles was held in conjunction with the Scania Open Day, which served as an opportunity for staff and their immediate family members as well as customers to mingle, understand what Scania can offer as an employer and have a more intimate look at how the company operates.
Also on site for them to see and understand were information counters for Scania Genuine Parts and Scania Fleet Management System, a Scania Truck Simulator game console and a Scania autonomous platooning table that depicts the future of the industry which Scania is developing.
“Scania’s continuing success is based on our employees and our core values. We focus on the individual and our future success depends on the achievements from our employees,” said Marie.
“We are currently driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. The Scania Open Days allow us to showcase what our solutions can do and gain feedback from customers and even families of staff. All of these for continuous improvement purposes. Only then can we make that shift”, added Marie.
Volvo Trucks has appointed Mitch Peden (picture) as its new Managing Director for Malaysia, with an aim to further strengthen Volvo Trucks’
position in the commercial vehicle market, and to bring the company to greater heights than ever before.
Hailing from Australia, Mitch started his career at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Mitch took his first step into the automotive sector in 1994 when he joined General Motors. Since then, Mitch has worked in a number of automotive companies before joining Volvo Trucks in 2005.
Mitch has been a member of the Volvo Trucks management team, helming a few positions in sales and marketing area throughout his career, prior to being appointed as Volvo Trucks Malaysia’s new managing director.
Mitch will be taking over from his predecessor, Mats Nilsson, who after working in Volvo Trucks Malaysia for 5 years, will be moving to the Renault Organisation in France within the Volvo Group. As the new managing director, Mitch will be responsible for growing the trucks sales and aftermarket business in Malaysia and Brunei.
“It is an exciting time for Volvo Trucks today with so many new developments in Malaysia. Volvo Trucks will continue introducing new technology and innovation as we head into the future and to provide better quality services and products to our customers here. I am excited to continue on the footsteps of my predecessor and fellow colleague, Mats Nilsson, who has done a brilliant job in raising Volvo Trucks Malaysia to where it is today. I am very confident that, with the strong commitment of the team here in Malaysia, we will be able to continuously offer the best to our customers.” said Mitch.
With over two decades of industry experience, 13 years of which were with Volvo Trucks, Mitch is truly an industry veteran who is tasked to take Volvo Trucks Malaysia to greater heights.
Mitch graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and also holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Bond University.
After the recent Norwegian order for 42 articulated BYD ebuses for Oslo, now follows another large order from Sweden for a total of 24 ebuses.
The province of Södermanland, on the south eastern coast of Sweden, will soon have 24 BYD 12 metre ebuses in service. They will be operated by Swedish public transport operator, Nobina.
Nobina already has BYD 12m and 18m articulated buses running in Ängelholm and Oslo and has more on order for Nortällje, Landskrona and Oslo.
Following the successful operation of the seven BYD 12 meter single deck buses in Ängelholm since begin 2016, Nobina earlier already placed orders for another five and fourteen 12m ebuses for respectively Nortällje and Landskrona. The ebuses for Södermanland are the fourth order by Nobina and means a total of 50 12m ebuses ordered by the operator.
The fleet is expected to be delivered by next summer 2019.
Martin Atterhall, Fleet manager, Nobina Group, said: “We are determined to be in the forefront of bus and fleet operations, developing smart and sustainable ebus solutions to the public transport authorities of the Nordics. The experience we have had with other BYD models has convinced us that we can move ahead with confidence to add further ebuses to our fleet and look forward to the cleaner and more comfortable traffic which will follow”.
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director at BYD Europe: “BYD’s efforts in the Scandinavian market are paying off. Our recent orders in not only the Swedish but also in the Norwegian market have made BYD one of the leaders in the electric bus field. Winning this order gives us more confidence to win more in this important market. We are looking forward to turning Scandinavia even greener.”
Renault Trucks has been awarded a Gold rating for its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility by Ecovadis, an independent CSR assessment platform. Renault Trucks is now part of the top 5 percent of highest-rated companies.
French truck manufacturer Renault Trucks has been honored with the top award by Ecovadis, an independent body which specializes in rating the CSR performance of companies in 150 countries.
Ecovadis analyses 190 purchasing categories and rates companies according to 21 indicators related to the Environment, Labour and Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.
Renault Trucks provided Ecovadis with the CSR data relating to its various activities in these categories and, in parallel, Ecovadis conducted a 360° audit based on external sources of information.
Renault Trucks owes its excellent score to a number of factors including the planned release of a range of electric vehicles to respond to air quality and urban noise concerns, the signature of a diversity and disability charter and the rules adopted by the company to fight corruption. Renault Trucks has joined the ranks of best in class.
Renault Trucks CSR Manager Julie Marconnet explains: “This Gold rating testifies to Renault Trucks’ commitment to sustainable development and rewards the company’s longstanding policy of tangible action in the economic, social and environmental sphere.Our customers trust this rating to give a true reflection of the level of commitment of their suppliers. It also helps us benchmark our progress and strive to continually raise our standards.”
Nissan and Renault both have 1.55% stake each on Daimler, while the Mercedes-Benz owns 3.1% of both brands. Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti, has began producing QX50 at a plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, which is a 50-50 venture between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, and this luxury SUV utilizes a platform that’s jointly developed with Mercedes.
The Infiniti QX50 is powered by Infiniti’s new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo, the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine – one of the most advanced internal combustion engines ever created.
In operation, the 2019 QX50’s VC-Turbo engine offers any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency). The engine delivers 268 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 – 4,800 rpm. The VC-Turbo’s specific power output is higher than many competing turbocharged gasoline engines, and comes close to the performance of some V6 petrol engines. The unit’s single-scroll turbo ensures immediate accelerator responses, on demand.
This QX50 cabin includes leather-appointed seating, Infiniti InTouch with Navigation and Infiniti InTouch Services, Around View Monitor, Moving Object Detection, remote engine start, heated outside mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control and more. We wait patiently for its arrival here in Malaysia.
The Audi Q8 combines the best of two worlds – the elegance of a four-door luxury coupe and the convenient versatility of a large SUV. The generously dimensioned interior with variable luggage compartment, state-of-the-art operating and suspension technologies as well as intelligent assistance systems make the Audi Q8 a convincing companion for business and leisure. With the permanent quattro all-wheel drive and a ground clearance of up to 254 millimeters (10.0 in), the SUV coupe can continue when paved roads end. The Audi Q8, which is manufactured at the Bratislava plant, can be ordered in Europe now and will be available at dealers in August. Prices in Germany start at 76,300 euros so expect prices in Malaysia to hover between RM750,000 to RM850,000.
A new face for the Q family: the exterior design
The Audi Q8 is a representative of the progressive design language that Audi first brought onto the road with the new A8. Strong contours and athletically tight surfaces convey a feeling of power, sophistication and the special dynamics of the permanent all-wheel drive. The Q8 interprets this in its very own way, as the fusion of an elegant four-door luxury coupe with a large SUV, and with echoes of an Audi icon – the original quattro.
With the imposing Singleframe in octagonal design, the Audi Q8 is the new face of the Q family. Six vertical chrome fins make the radiator grille appear upright and solid. A wide, optionally colored mask connects the Singleframe to the distinctive headlights. The spoiler, which is pulled towards the front, and the large, strongly contoured air intakes additionally highlight the aggressive look.
Thanks to the frameless doors, the coupe-type roof line stretches low across the vehicle body visually, ending in the a long roof spoiler. The roof line arches slightly towards the flat sloping, strong D-pillars, which are supported by wide, muscular contours – the quattro blisters, reminiscent of the original Audi quattro. The shoulder line stretches the SUV, elegantly connecting the powerful wheel housings.
Sporty compact proportions, paired with a very low roof and a flat window form the rear end. A narrow, black high-gloss element with an integrated light strip extends between the rear lights. This is a feature of top Audi models, accentuating the width of the Q8. It creates an independent light signature day or night, just like on the original quattro back in the day. The distinctive diffuser has four vertical fins and an integrated tailpipe trim on each side.
Digital character: lighting technology and design
For the headlights, Q8 customers can choose between two versions, both in LED technology. From afar, the two-part lights appear very flat. Their top part integrates the daytime running light and the low beam, among other functions. The high beam is positioned underneath, darkened and offset to the back. In the optional HD matrix LED headlights, each consists of 24 individual LEDs.
The daytime running light signature with digital character comes in a strongly three-dimensional design for the first time. It consists of seven short segments and two longer ones at the edge of the headlight. The latter shift the visual focus to the outside, highlighting the width of the Audi Q8. The taillight uses a similarly three-dimensional design with its twelve segments – connected by the distinctive light strip which simulates depth.
In connection with the HD matrix LED technology, headlights and taillights do not only feature the dynamic turn signal, but are also set in scene impressively during locking and unlocking. Their harmonious interplay gives the SUV a dynamic character. Q8 owners can use the myAudi app on their smartphone to activate various lighting functions and experience them from the outside – a unique feature in the competitive field.
Simplicity is the new premium: the interior design
The upper MMI touch response display is the central element of the interior of the Audi Q8. With its black-panel look, it almost dissolves into a large, black surface when switched off. Simple, easy-to-understand symbols stand for the digital precision from Audi and for the high level of integration of the architecture and operation – simplicity replaces complexity. All fundamental lines originate from the large display, for example the continuous air vent strip with integrated chrome fins and an elegant aluminum-look strip.
The slender dashboard and the calm lines with a strong horizontal focus highlight the impression of width conveyed by the interior of the Audi Q8. The styling in the interior is deliberately clean and simple. All elements have a logical connection and harmonize with one another: from the “wrap around” – the large arch running from the front doors across the instrument panel – to the operating unit for the light, which is optionally available in black-panel look and with a touch surface. All this combined gives the interior a feeling of calm.
Efficient engine: the 3.0 TDI with MHEV technology
The drive system in the Audi Q8 is strong and highly efficient at the same time, thanks to the new mild hybrid technology (MHEV). It integrates a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter (BAS) into a 48-volt primary electrical system. The rechargeable battery is located underneath the luggage compartment floor and stores 10 Ah of electrical capacity. The dynamic SUV can coast between 55 and 160 km/h (34.2 and 99.4 mph) with the engine switched off, then the BAS restarts the engine quickly and very comfortably. During deceleration, the BAS can recover up to 12 kW of energy. The start-stop range starts as low as 22 km/h (13.7 mph). In customer operation, the technology package reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 liters per 100 kilometers (336.0 US mpg).
In European markets, the Audi Q8 starts with the 3.0 TDI, the Q8 50 TDI (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.8 – 6.6 [34.6 – 35.6 US mpg]*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 179 – 172 [288.1 – 276.8 g/mi]*). It generates 210 kW (286 hp) and delivers 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft. It accelerates the large SUV from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 245 km/h (152.2 mph). The 50 TDI offers sophisticated solutions for many technologies. The crankcase and the cylinder heads have separate coolant circuits so the ideal temperature level can be set for any driving situation. Cast-in channels cool the pistons with oil. Their rings and the wrist pins are designed for minimum friction, while the oil pump is fully variable.
Switchable hydraulic bearings connect the engine to the subframe of the front axle. In idling, they eliminate vibrations with soft characteristic curves while during driving they suppress vibrations from the power unit with higher damping – allowing the powerful TDI to always provide a highly refined ride.
The transmission of forces is provided by an eight-stage tiptronic with fast and soft gear changes. A torsional vibration damper, which acts based on engine speed, mostly compensates the engine vibrations to allow efficient driving even at very low revs. Special ventilation allows off-road use. With its electric oil pump, the tiptronic can engage the gear required for restarting while coasting with the engine switched off.
Clear and distinct: controls and displays
The operating concept in the Audi Q8 needs almost no buttons or knobs. It focuses on two high-resolution touch displays. This allows the brand to demonstrate how it transfers its uncompromising quality claim to the digital world. The upper display with 10.1 inch screen diagonal is used for controlling the infotainment and the navigation system. The lower 8.6 inch display allows the driver to manage the heating, ventilation and air conditioning as well as comfort functions and text input. The driver’s wrist can rest comfortably on the tiptronic selector lever during operation. The MMI touch response concept allows fast and reliable operation. A confirmation click can be felt and heard when a function is selected with a finger tap. The menu structure is intuitively logical and flat like on a smartphone, including freely configurable favorites and start screens.
In addition to all this, the natural language voice control turns the Audi Q8 into an intelligent dialog partner. The system processes all questions and commands in two ways – with information stored onboard and with detailed knowledge from the cloud. Drivers can word their commands freely. The voice control can, for example, understand the sentence “I am hungry” and accordingly offer suggestions for restaurants close by.
MMI navigation plus also includes the Audi virtual cockpit. Its high-resolution 12.3 inch display can be switched between two views – classic and navigation – with the multifunction steering wheel. After market launch, the Audi virtual cockpit plus option will offer a third interface with a particularly sporty look. The head-up display, another optional feature, projects important information onto the windshield, including detailed lane guidance for navigation.
Clever networking: infotainment and Audi connect
As standard, the Audi Q8 is equipped with MMI navigation plus, which uses the new LTE Advanced standard for data transfer. The navigation system offers intelligent destination suggestions based on previous journeys. It also draws on the system’s experience of driving times and traffic loads. The route is calculated online on the servers of the map and navigation provider HERE, using real-time data for the overall traffic situation.
The online services from Audi connect add predictive features to the navigation process. This lets the two Car-to-X services for traffic sign information and hazard information benefit from the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet. Over the course of the year, the on-street parking service will be added, which makes it easier to find a parking space thanks to reported parking operations of the vehicle swarm and detected free spaces.
The optional Audi connect key provides digital access to the Q8. It allows the owner and four additional drivers to lock and unlock the car and start the engine using their Android smartphone. The standard personalization allows the owner to store up to 400 preferred parameters in individual user profiles, for example the position of the driver seat, the air conditioning setting or frequently used media and navigation destinations. In addition to locking and unlocking the Audi Q8, many connect functions can be controlled with a smartphone. Drivers can use the myAudi app to, for example, transfer special destinations to the navigation system, stream music or transfer the smartphone calendar to the MMI. When it comes to operation and to sound and connection quality, the telephone system in the Audi Q8 is of the highest standard, thanks to the Audi phone box and voice-over LTE. The same applies to the sound systems from Bang & Olufsen. The top version with 23 speakers delivers the 3D sound with its treble information to the front seats as well as to the rear. The music unfolds exactly how it was recorded at the concert hall – an extraordinary listening experience.
Scania (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. has officially launched its upgraded Port Klang branch that will serve to strengthen sales and services for its customers within the region.
Strategically located near North Port, the branch is easily accessible for customers to send their Scania vehicles for scheduled maintenance and also repairs if needed.
Officiated by the Malaysian Minister of Transport Yang Berhormat Anthony Loke Siew Fook, Scania Malaysia Port Klang covers an area of 1,343square metres and features 10 new work bays, a washing bay and an overhead crane to cater to the growing customer requirements.
The RM3.8 million upgrade also includes a customer reception area, cafeteria, driver room, as well as amenities such as showers, changing rooms and a prayer room to better serve customers, drivers and employees.
“It is important that Scania has a strategic presence in Port Klang where there is a lot of activity in the haulage business. The opening of the newly upgraded Scania Malaysia Port Klang demonstrates our continuous improvement in providing the best services for all our customers for their profitability in this region and of course, across the country,” said Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Marie Sjödin Enström.
“For customers to get the most out of their fleet, it is vital that Scania can support them with the right solutions, so convenient access to workshops and genuine parts is crucial for our customers anywhere. Our parts add value to their business because they are engineered for ultimate performance, endurance, fuel economy and safety, as well as lower environmental impact such as reduced carbon emissions” added Marie.
Because maximum uptime is important for truck operators, Scania has added on more working bays – bringing it to a total of 22 work bays – to ensure that customers within the region get the highest quality advice, maintenance and parts whenever needed to help their business.
Service at Scania Port Klang is carried out by 22 skilled technicians, who can now work on up to 30 vehicles per day with the facility upgrades. Like all Scania employees, these technicians continuously receive formal training and undergo on the job learning to enhance their skills, knowledge, professionalism and teamwork to ensure that they deliver a more effective service to their customers.
With the belief that sustainable transport is all about moving people and goods while contributing to economic and social development without jeopardising human health and safety or endangering the environment, the Scania Port Klang team will strive to provide its customers with tailored solutions that promise to bring about efficiencies within the customers’ entire transport flow.
Geely Auto Group announced that the total sales volume of the Group (including the sales volume of LYNK & CO-branded vehicles sold by the Group’s 50%-owned joint venture) for the month of June 2018 was 128,449 units, an increase of approximately 45% over the same period last year and up approximately 4% from May 2018. The Group’s exports volume was up around 150% year-on-year to 2,011 units in the month of June 2018.
During the month of June 2018, the Group’s total sales volume in the China market was 126,438 units, an increase of around 44% from the same period last year. The total sales volume in the first half of 2018 was 766,630 units, an increase of approximately 44% from the same period last year, and achieving around 49% of the Group’s full-year sales volume target of 1,580,000 units in 2018.
During the month of June 2018, the sales volumes of “New Emgrand” and “Vision” sedan were 19,645 units and 11,734 units, respectively. The sales volume of “Geely Boyue” was 22,233 units. The sales volume of “Emgrand GS”, its crossover SUV model, was 14,044 units. The sales volume of “Emgrand GL”, its A+ segment sedan model, was 13,819 units. The sales volume of “Vision SUV” was 10,426 units. During the month of June 2018, the sales volume of “LYNK & CO 01” was 9,247 units.
With the strong and better-than-expected sales performance of the Group in the first half of 2018 and the good market feedback for the upcoming new models to be launched in the remainder of the year, the Group’s management team is confident to achieve and believe it is likely to exceed the full-year sales volume target of 1,580,000 units in 2018.
Ever since the first Jimny made its debut in April 1970, it has been a masterpiece of Suzuki’s 4WD technology. It is the one and only authentic off-roader that is small and lightweight, but still retains the off-road performance desired by professionals. Two decades have passed since the third generation model made its debut in 1998, the Jimny has now evolved to its fourth generation in its nearly 50 years of history.
The all-new Suzuki Jimny now has even more functionality and practicality on both its appearance and performance while still fully embodying the spirit of its much-loved predecessors and its core concept of being the “one-and-only, small, lightweight 4WD vehicle”. The all-new Jimny crafts together simplicity, functional beauty and 4WD technology that leave both off-road professionals and city-users wanting more.
The beauty of simplicity and off-road functionality are both realised with its robust exterior. Its strong square body expresses its off-road ability and robustness, as well as contribute to the driver’s situational awareness. The more upright A-pillars and flat clamshell bonnet enhance visibility from the windshield, while the dipped driver and passenger window lines expand visibility from the side windows. The front grille is simple and black, highlighting the round signature headlamps, with 15-inch dark-metallic alloy wheels accentuating the strong exterior even more.
Other exterior features include the drip rails on the roof edges, which prevent water ingress into the cabin when opening or closing a door, wheel arch extensions and side sill covers protecting the body from stone chips and rear lamps gathered on the bumper to achieve a simplistic design and also contribute to a wider rear door opening.
Eight body colours, including two new colours developed exclusively for the all-new Jimny: a high-visibility “Kinetic Yellow” designed to stand out in bad weather or rough worksites, and a low-visibility “Jungle Green” which blends in with natural scenery.
Straightforward, practical and down-to-earth, every detail is carefully crafted to realise a beautiful yet functional interior. The handsome black interior is without excessive colours or decoration to minimise distraction and lets the driver concentrate on manoeuvring the vehicle. The horizontal lines defined by the instrument panel, and the vertical lines characterised by the meter cluster and centre console panels help the driver recognise the angle of the vehicle in rough and mountainous terrain.
Everything surrounding the driver and front passenger is built for professional use. Crafted for carefree dependability, the instrument panel and surrounding parts have a scratch and stain-resistant grained finish, and the grip and switches are easy to operate so that it can be handled in off-road conditions as well as while wearing gloves. The meters set in cubic housings are always lit up for clear viewing on and off-road, when the vehicle often passes between sunlit and shaded areas. For intuitive operation of the audio system, a Bluetooth®-compatible Smartphone Linkage Display Audio unit with a 7-inch infrared touchscreen is equipped on higher grades.
The rear luggage space can be expanded by folding the rear seats, creating a 377 litre luggage space which is 53 litres larger than its predecessor. Flat all the way across, the quarter trims and seats have been carefully designed to increase storage width, and the backs of the rear seats and luggage room floor are coated with plastic for easy dirt/stain removal. Five utility screw holes are available on each side under the quarter windows along with four luggage hook screw holes around the floor area for flexible usage of the luggage space.
Authentic off-roaders must be tough enough to handle the harshest conditions. From its ladder frame structure to its 1.5-litre engine, the all-new Suzuki Jimny is built for rough-road adventures. But on-road ability was not compromised, with the higher torsional rigidity of the ladder frame providing a more comfortable and solid ride on the road, and newly equipped steering damper on the front suspension minimising steering wheel vibration and kickback. Whether navigating the urban jungle or exploring off the beaten track, the Jimny is sure to satisfy adventurous minds.
The Suzuki Jimny incorporates the four essentials for serious off-roading – a ladder frame, the three angles, 3-link rigid axle suspension with coil spring and part-time 4WD with low range transfer gear. Designed for professionals, it features ALLGRIP PRO.
The ladder frame structure provides a solid base for suspension components when driving off-road and also helps protect the vehicle body even on bumpy surfaces. For the all-new Suzuki Jimny, a new “x-member” and two additional cross members have been added for further reinforcement and increased torsional rigidity.
The ample approach angle of 37 degrees, ramp breakover angle of 28 degrees and departure angle of 49 degrees allow the Jimny to climb over obstacles and steep hills without scraping its bumpers or underbody.
Rigid axle suspensions thrive in bumpy off-road driving. When one tyre is pushed upward by an obstacle, the connected tyre on the other side is pressed downward, giving superior grip on uneven terrain. The Jimny equips the rigid axle suspension on both the front and rear, allowing it to travel even on rough roads.
The Suzuki Jimny features a part-time 4WD system with low range transfer gear, which can be easily switched from 2H (2WD-high gear), 4H (4WD-high gear) and 4L (4WD-low gear) modes by a shift lever directly connected to the transfer gear. Compared to the 4H mode, the 4L mode can transfer more torque to the tyres while in lower gears, for better traction on steep slopes and rough terrain.
When two wheels diagonal from each other lose traction, the Jimny’s brake LSD traction control automatically brake the slipping wheels to redistribute torque to the other side and allow the vehicle to gain traction. This system allows the Jimny to escape slippery surfaces as well as bumpy rough roads that vary on the right and left sides.
The former 1.3-litre engine is replaced by a 1.5-litre engine in the all-new Jimny. It delivers stronger torque at all rpm than its predecessor, with ample torque at low revolutions enhancing driving performance especially while driving off-road, where low revolution is often needed. Despite the increased displacement, it has smaller overall dimensions than the engine it replaces, with 15% reduced weight, contributing to enhanced fuel efficiency.
5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic transmission
The 5-speed manual transmission has optimised gear ratios for the new engine and also offers better fuel efficiency. The shift lever has been redesigned to reduce vibration, and also provides a more solid and direct feeling when changing gears. The 4-speed automatic transmission has also been redesigned to offer less friction and better fuel economy. The shift pattern has been changed from the former gate type to the straight (aligned) type to simplify operation.
Suzuki Safety Support is Suzuki’s preventative safety technology that helps the driver avoid accidents and supports the driver to have peace of mind during every day driving. With Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS), if the system determines that there is a risk of collision with a forward vehicle or pedestrian, it issues an audio and visual warning, increases braking force, or applies strong automatic brakes depending on the situation, in an effort to avoid the collision or reduce damage. Other functions include lane departure warning and weaving alert function to help the driver keep alert, and high beam assist supports relaxing, courteous night driving by automatically switching the high and low beams.
In the Suzuki Jimny, traffic sign recognition monitors the road ahead for traffic signs. When it detects road signs such as speed limits or no passing zones, it displays the sign on the meter display to help the driver remember which road signs the car has passed. For additional traffic signs showing supplementary information, a blank box is displayed under the main traffic sign to inform the driver. The Jimny is the first Suzuki model to adopt this system.