Browsing Archive January, 2019


Hino Motors Sales Malaysia Sdn Bhd (HMSM) announced the launch of its latest model of HINO SR1E 700 series, a new and complete heavy-duty Prime Mover, today at The Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam.

The new model is specially designed for the logistics and distribution industry as it is persistently facing increasing demands for sustainable and cost-effective production. Each component in the complex logistics process must adapt to higher standards for efficiency and the HINO SR1E is deemed as Hino’s contribution to this shift. Following an extensive analysis of the nature of logistics industry in Malaysia, Hino has developed a comprehensive range to meet the highly diverse transport assignment within this sector.

Ken Iwamoto, the Managing Director of HMSM said, “Hino sees that Malaysia has the potential in developing continuous market field to commercial vehicle industry as the land route and ground transportation is the main distribution mechanism to most of the logistics industry in Malaysia.”

Concerns to the customer’s profitability values, he added, “The logistics and distribution industry is a timeless field of business, where it continues to grow within this advance era, and we, Hino, now presents enhanced tools to meet this demand and we have developed vehicles and solutions to ensure sustained profitability.

The HINO SR1E, a 6×2 Prime Mover comes with a powerful 420PS horsepower EURO 3 common rail engine with turbo-charged intercooler and designed for GCW 66, 000 kg. The specialty of its lift-able third axle is to improve the operational flexibility and it also helps fuel- saving when the lift-able third axle is lifted up during travelling without a heavy load capacity.

As Hino has safety as its main policy, the HINO SR1E Prime Mover is equipped with Antilock Braking System (ABS) which helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle during emergency braking or braking on slippery road conditions. The safety features enable the vehicle to stop in a shorter distance than vehicles without. In addition, the new model comes with full air brake system that acts as an indicator in improving braking efficiency and performance.

Apart from that, the new HINO SR1E also comes with a set of SRS Airbag that is designed to minimize fatal accident and reduce shocks that may be experience by the driver if any frontal impact collision occurred. Scrutinized to drivers’ comfort, Hino has designed the new prime mover with a High-Functionality and Air Suspension Seat. The three-dimensional seat with a body-cradling form is tailor-made to support driver’s back and reduce fatigue as a prime mover is specifically devised for a long distance trip.


New UD Quester Makes Global Debut


UD Trucks today unveiled New Quester with enhancements to the well-established heavy-duty truck. New Quester will enable logistics companies to tackle critical industry challenges and boost their bottom line through Smart Logistics. 

To be introduced in fast-growing regions around the world, the launch of New Quester highlights UD Trucks’ unwavering commitment of “Going the Extra Mile” for customers’ businesses. 

Building on proven robustness and reliability, New Quester introduces key features such as ESCOT automated manual transmission, engines with higher horsepower and user-friendly telematics to deliver greater fuel efficiency, productivity, driver efficiency, safety, and uptime.


Since 1995, UD Trucks has delivered more than 80,000 trucks with ESCOT automated manual transmission.

ESCOT includes a software which optimizes gear shifting according to engine rev, vehicle speed, loading weight and even road gradient. The smart system also includes a sensor that will select optimum gear automatically instead of assuming a first gear selection.

The new Quester’s enhanced fuel performance also aligns with the increasing focus on environmentally friendly regulations to curb fuel consumption in target markets. New Quester achieves fuel economy and quality standards for heavy-duty vehicles of Euro 3 to Euro 4 in all target markets, effectively reducing overall carbon footprint globally.


ESCOT automatically selects the optimal gear at the right timing based on the operating condition. This takes away the need for manual gear shifting, which depending on the transportation operations, happens 1,000 to 1,500 times a day. Automatic gear selection also ensures that every driver on New Quester is equivalent to a highly skilled driver. This enables drivers to easily learn the operations of New Quester and better focus on driving with ease.

In addition to making driving simple, New Quester also aims to help businesses expand the pool of talent with easy-to-operate gear lever that uses a straight shifting pattern. In target markets such as Thailand, for example, the number of female Quester drivers is increasing due to its drivability. New Quester opens the doors for companies to attract even more prospects to pursue truck driving as a career and diversify the pool of talent for this role.


The new Quester is also developed with an air suspended cab and ride comfort package with reduced cab vibrations up to 18 percent. Driver’s comfort is also enhanced with ergonomic seats and lumber support for long-distance assignments.

Owners of New Quester also enjoy increased uptime with a 2.5 to 3 times longer clutch life span under ESCOT automated manual transmission as compared to manual clutch replacement depending on the operating condition, driving behaviour and vehicle maintenance.


Scania running ‘Recon Truck Promotion’

Scania will be running a Recon Truck Promotion until the 31st of March 2019. Owners of reconditioned Scania trucks can get a free health check and a free Scania retrofit of FMS or free activation of FMS. Scania also offers S service packages at 30% discount together with software checking and downgrading. Maintenance contracts are on offer at a special price of RM0.098/km with a minimum term of 10,000km per month during the Recon Truck Promotion period.

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Checking for the correct filters for B10 diesel compatibility is also part of this great promotion – a step towards an environmentally friendly state.



New Scania Workshop Launched In Sandakan, Sabah


Scania has recently launched a new workshop in Sandakan, Sabah. The workshop will service customers in the Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau areas.

This facility adds to an already wide service network in Malaysia that provides the best services for safety, fuel economy, uptime and environmentally friendly solutions for truck, bus and coach operations. Scania’s presence in Sandakan will increase the convenience for our customers to enjoy all of the benefits Scania has to offer.

Equipped with two work bays and manned by three technicians, Scania has invested over RM500,000 to build this workshop. The skilled technicians can work on up to four vehicles per day. The number of technicians can be increased when needed to support our customers. Like all Scania employees, they will continuously receive formal training and undergo on-the-job training to enhance their skills, knowledge, professionalism and teamwork to ensure that they deliver a more effective service to their customers.

Scania customers in Sandakan can continue to enjoy profitability in their operations through Scania’s sustainable transport solutions. Maintenance Services, Repair Services, Parts Services, Driver Services (consisting of Driver Training & Coaching), Fleet Management System (FMS), Financial Services, 24/7 Scania Assistance roadside services (by calling 1800-08-8500) is available to customers.

“We have been in Sabah for a long time and we continue to see potential growth in the state, especially in the east coast of Sabah. Our strategic presence in Sandakan complements the Kota Kinabalu facility in order to support our customers in achieving profitability and sustainability,” said Scania Southeast Asia Managing Director, 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. 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,” added Marie.

The workshop will also make it easier for the customers in Sabah to adopt the Scania Ecolution programme which is a partnership-based solution for operators and businesses to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Operators will see their total operating economy improve while building a sustainability image that their customers can be proud of.

As part of the opening, Scania will be running a Recon Truck Promotion until the 31st of March 2019. Owners of reconditioned Scania trucks can get a free health check and a free Scania retrofit of FMS or free activation of FMS. Scania also offers S service packages at 30 percent discount together with software checking and downgrading. Maintenance contracts are on offer at a special price of RM0.098/km with a minimum term of 10,000km per month during the Recon Truck Promotion period. Checking for the correct filters for B10 diesel compatibility is also part of this great promotion – a step towards an environmentally friendly state.

“Scania Malaysia in Sandakan together with our entire network of service centres will facilitate the shift towards a sustainable transport system for transport companies in this region. More needs to be done to lower emissions globally to reduce global warming and address climate change. We will continue to provide solutions to help our customers achieve the best profitability without sacrificing sustainability,” concludes Marie.


Daimler Trucks To Invest 500 Million Euros To Develop Highly Autonomous Trucks


Daimler Trucks announced that it will invest EUR 500 million over the next few years and create more than 200 new jobs in its global push to bring highly automated trucks (SAE level 4) to the road within a decade.

Highly automated driving is characterized as automated travel in defined areas and between defined hubs without any expectation of the system that a user will respond to a request to intervene.

In commercial trucking, level 4 is the natural next step after level 2, increasing efficiency and productivity for customers, cutting costs per mile significantly.

In doing so, Daimler Trucks is skipping the intermediate step of conditionally automated driving (level 3). Level 3 automated driving does not offer truck customers a substantial advantage compared to the current situation as there are no corresponding benefits to compensate for the technology costs.


The new Freightliner Cascadia offers partially automated driving features (level 2), making it the first-ever partially automated series production truck on North American roads. It also made its world premiere during this year’s presentation of Daimler Trucks at CES.

Daimler Trucks has been a pioneer of automated truck development for years. In 2014, the company presented the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, the world’s first automated truck, and was the first to demonstrate the technological opportunities and great potential that automated trucks have for the economy and society.

Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG with responsibility for Daimler Trucks & Buses said, “As a leader of our industry, we’ve been pioneering automated trucking. In 2015, our Freightliner Inspiration Truck got the first road license ever for an automated commercial vehicle. Now we take automated trucking to the next level: we’re ready to launch the first partially automated new Freightliner Cascadia in 2019 – and next, we tackle highly automated trucks. Highly automated trucks will improve safety, boost the performance of logistics and offer a great value proposition to our customers – and thus contribute considerably to a sustainable future of transportation.”


Hino Malaysia and The Community Chest Donate New Bus To SJK (T) Kangar


Hino Malaysia yesterday handed over a new Hino XZU720L1 mini bus to The Community Chest (TCC), a charitable NGO which then donated the bus to SJK (T) Kangar at a handover ceremony held at Hino Malaysia headquarters in Petaling Jaya.


The bus, which was purchased by TCC from Hino Malaysia at a special price, was donated to the school in Kangar to facilitate the pupils’ extra-curricular activities which usually involve a large number of participants, and also as a daily mode of transportation for the students.


It is said that this is also an effort to improve the students’ attendance and provide them with a safer way to travel to school and back.


“For the past eight years, TCC has contributed and been involved in numerous projects to upgrade many schools in Malaysia. This bus sponsorship program is TCC’s first initiative in the area of movable asset contribution to a school, and we are glad to have formed a smart partnership with Hino Motors Sales Malaysia in providing this 25-seater school bus benefiting the only Tamil school in Perlis,” said Mr.Tan Kong Han, TCC’s administrator.


The XZU720L1 bus, which is also known as the Hino Mini Bus, is powered by a 156 PS engine which is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The bus is equipped with ABS. EBD, tubeless tyres, Energy-Absorbing Steering Wheel, and a speed limiter set a 100km/h.


The bus was officially handed over by the Managing Director of HMSM, Mr.Ken Iwamoto, to Mr.Sreetharan Selwaraju, the chairman of PIBG SJK (T) Kangar.


Volvo Buses Plans To Store Solar Energy In Used Electric Bus Batteries


Volvo Buses, Göteborg Energi, Riksbyggen and Johanneberg Science Park are working together to examine electricity storage in apartment blocks that have their own electricity production via solar panels.

The reuse and recycling of batteries is a key issue as increasing numbers of cities plan transition to electrically powered transport. Volvo Buses is taking part in a research project whereby used electric bus batteries get a second lease of life as solar energy storage units.

The research is taking place in Riksbyggen’s Viva housing cooperative in Gothenburg, an apartment complex that aims to be Sweden’s most innovative and sustainable housing project – Positive Footprint Housing. Tenants are just starting to move into their new apartments.

In Viva housing cooperative, Riksbyggen, Volvo, Göteborg Energi and Johanneberg Science Park have created a unique system whereby energy from solar panels on the roofs of the apartment buildings is stored in batteries that previously powered electric buses on route 55.

The energy warehouse is used to cut the property’s power consumption peaks, and to store or sell surplus solar energy. It can also be used to buy and store electricity from the national grid when it is cheap and green, for later use. This improves the efficiency of housing association Viva’s own energy system as well as that of the city’s power grid.

“We know that electric bus batteries have good potential for other applications such as energy storage after the end of their life in public transport. What we are examining here is exactly how good that potential is. Use of the batteries in an energy warehouse gives them an extended service life which in turn means better resource utilisation and less environmental impact. Here at Volvo we are examining various possibilities for the reuse of bus batteries for energy storage, and Viva is one such example,” says Ylva Olofsson, Project Coordinator at Volvo.

The battery warehouse consists of 14 used lithium-ion electric bus batteries. They are installed in a battery chamber and linked together to create a 200 kWh storage pack. This energy warehouse allows a larger proportion of Viva’s solar-generated electricity to be used for the housing association’s power needs.

The research of energy storage in used bus batteries is done with support from the EU project IRIS Smart Cities. IRIS is a Light House project, financed by EU HORIZON 2020.


New Zealand Wins Scania Top Team World Final 2018


Out of 8,000 service technicians and parts experts from 70 countries, the team from New Zealand finished in first place and received the prize of EUR 50,000.

In total, twelve service teams had qualified through regional and national finals for the Top Team World Final at Scania’s head office in Södertälje, Sweden.

The 2018 Scania Top Team was the tenth international event since the start in 1989. It has developed from a national training event into today’s global training programme with focus on practical and theoretical skills.

The finalists in 2018’s competition were Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Finland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands and United Arab Emirates, and New Zealand took the victory. Second place was Switzerland followed by Austria.

Mathias Carlbaum, the Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations at Scania said, “Our service teams play a significant role for Scania’s success. Their dedication, knowledge and efficiency contribute in the highest possible way to the creation of added value for our customers, making sure that our customers’ vehicles are quickly back on the road in a roadworthy, safe and efficient way.”

In Sweden as well as globally there is a shortage of service technicians. Scania alone needs annually to recruit more than 1,000 service technicians throughout the world the coming years.


Konsortium E-Mutiara Berhad First in Asia to Use Scania Ecolution

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One of the most successful express bus operators in Malaysia – Konsortium E-Mutiara Berhad (E-Mutiara) – has become the first company in Asia to adopt Scania Ecolution to reduce their fleet’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the betterment of the environment.

Scania Ecolution is more than just a product or service, it is a tailor-made partnership that is designed to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce fuel consumption.

By applying a suite of Scania’s total solutions, a company’s sustainability commitment also gets a boost to meet the demand of consumers today for more responsible practices that add to the constant pressures on fleet operators for just-in-time deliveries and tight profit margins.

“Scania Ecolution will facilitate the shift towards a sustainable transport system for transport companies whether it is transporting goods or people. It is a competitive industry that is increasingly focusing on sustainability,” said Scania Southeast Asia Managing Director, Marie Sjödin Enström.

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“More needs to be done to lower emissions globally to reduce global warming and address climate change. Scania Ecolution is a solution on how profitability can be achieved without sacrificing sustainability. By working together, we can make it even better,” added Marie.

E-Mutiara will work with a dedicated Scania Ecolution Manager who will monitor the progress and choose from our wide range of solutions to achieve the mutually agreed emission reduction target to achieve its sustainability goals and profitability in the long term.

The Kota Bharu based company has subscribed to Scania’s Fleet Management System, Scania Repair and Maintenance as well as Scania Driver Training and Coaching to enhance their own service offering and increase their productivity.

“E-Mutiara is truly at the forefront of change as they have always been and will continue innovate ways to provide the best experience for their customers while taking responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint,” added Marie.

“We are happy to be collaborating with Scania to achieve our mission of becoming a more sustainable business and reducing our carbon footprint. We believe that this will also be appreciated by our passengers, knowing that they are going green by choosing us for their journey,” said E-Mutiara Executive Chairman, Tuan Haji Che Ibrahim B. Che Ismail.