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New and Improved 2021 Scania Touring Coach Previewed

2021 Scania Touring

Scania recently announced the introduction of the new generation Scania Touring coach, featuring a more refined cabin, increased load capacity, as well as improved passenger comfort and fuel consumption.

In the new generation, the load capacity in the front axle has been increased by 500 kilos, which enables improved weight distribution and higher passenger and luggage capacity.

The driver environment, along with the guide area, has undergone several updates. “We believe our workplace for the driver is industry leading. It offers exceptional ergonomics, visibility and control,” says Åke Allard, Head of Product Management, Scania Buses & Coaches.

With a newly developed suspension and smooth gear changes, the new Scania Touring increases comfort for drivers, crew and passengers. 

Drivers will also be pleased with the new advanced driver assistance systems, that include Attention Support and Lane Change Collision Prevention.

Scania Touring

“This, along with the vehicle’s design and great driveability increases safety for everyone onboard and minimises downtime by preventing accidents and limiting damages,” says Allard.

Fuel consumption is one of the main contributors to operating cost. Compared to previous models, the new generation Scania Touring can save up to 6% on fuel and emissions – without compromising on performance.

This is done through an improved powertrain efficiency and new features such as the Adaptive Cruise Control with Active Prediction.

“We all know the importance of uptime to decrease cost and maximise income for our customers, and with the product design and new services, we see ourselves as the first choice,” adds Allard.

The design to facilitate maintenance, the high parts availability, and the new proactive uptime service – Scania Flexible Maintenance – helped solidify Scania as the primary provider of uptime solutions.

“This service enables us to be as efficient as possible.” By continually monitoring operational data, Scania Flexible Maintenance allows maintenance plans to be tailored according to the needs of each individual vehicle – avoiding operational disruptions.

The new Scania Zone enables real-time vehicle adjustments in predefined zones. The possibility to limit the speed of the vehicle in certain areas means that safety can be increased while keeping down emissions and noise.

 “All in all, the Scania Touring allows low-emission transport to go hand-in-hand with operating economy,” Allard concludes.

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Setra Buses Take On the Alps Mountains

Setra Alps

Munich-based Geldhauser Linien- und Reiseverkehr is currently supporting a pilot project initiated by the German Alpine Club (DAV), with eight Setra double-decker coaches.

The S 531 DT coaches take hikers and walkers to different stops in the Bavarian mountains, acting for the Munich & Oberland section of the DAV.

91 seats each

The Munich mountain buses, equipped with 91 seats each, operate at weekends on routes to the Blauberge (Blue Mountains) and Rofan Mountains in the Tyrol, the Chiemgau area and the Ammergau Alps.

Here, the destination is the popular tourist spot Schloss Linderhof of King Ludwig II.

Setra Alps

The aim of the pilot project, which runs until the end of August, is – as a supplement to the regular public transport services – to reduce car traffic to the popular hiking regions on Saturdays and Sundays, avoid overflowing car parks and offer mountain lovers stress-free travel there and back.

Setra touring coaches

The Setra touring coaches provide sufficient space for climbing equipment, bicycles, prams and buggies and are equipped with free WiFi and an information system to provide travellers with local hiking information via a QR code.

The air conditioning system on the 51-seater S 515 HDH bus is equipped with the latest active filters. The system developed by Daimler Buses features an anti-viral functional layer and filters out the finest of aerosols from the air, thereby reducing their concentration.

Setra Alps

The three-axle vehicle is also used by the Academy for further training courses on efficient and safer driving, for tourist trips and rental purposes.

Geldhauser and Reiserverkehr

Geldhauser Linien- und Reiseverkehr GmbH & Co. KG, founded in 1962, currently employs more than 750 people and has over 550 vehicles in its fleet – from small buses equipped for passengers with restricted mobility to luxurious double-deckers for the company’s own touring coach programme.

The buses operate in the districts of Munich, Starnberg, Bad-Tölz/Wolfratshausen, Fürstenfeldbruck and Dachau as regular service, school and rush hour buses.

In case you’re not familiar with the Setra brand, two European bus brands – Mercedes-Benz and Setra, created a strategic alliance 25 years ago, marking the beginning of the successful bus business of Daimler Buses.

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Public Transport Vehicle Age Limit Extended

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In an effort to assist the public transport industry players in coping with the difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order (MCO), the Ministry of Transport has announced an automatic one-year extension of vehicle age limit.

According to a report published by The Star, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said that the decision to grant this extension was made with the understanding that many drivers and operators would face great difficulty in replacing their vehicles during this challenging time.

Automatic extension

He said that the ministry will grant an automatic extension of one year to public transport vehicles that have or will reach their maximum vehicle age limit as stipulated in their respective permits or licences, including those that had been granted a prior extension in 2020.

“Any public service vehicle that has or will reach its respective permitted age limit between Jan 1 and Dec 31, 2021 will be granted an automatic one-year extension for the vehicle’s licensing purposes,” he said.

Must pass Puspakom inspection

“However, this extension is only for vehicles that have undergone and passed the Puspakom vehicle inspection process to ensure their road-worthiness and safe operation,” he said yesterday.

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It is said that all classes of public service vehicles under the purview of the Land Public Transport Agency and the respective Commercial Vehicle Licensing boards of Sabah and Sarawak were eligible for this extension.

The announcement was made following the outcome from consultations between the ministry and the industry’s representatives and associations, added Dr Wee.

Approved by the key players

The associations that were involved in consultations with the ministry include the Federation of School Bus Associations Malaysia, Pan Malaysia Bus Operators Association, Persatuan Pengusaha Bas Persiaran Semenanjung Malaysia, and Gabungan Teksi Semenanjung Malaysia, Koperasi, among others.

“The ministry remains committed to the feedback from transport industry players affected by the pandemic as public transport remains an essential transport for many,” said Dr Wee.

“We hope that this automatic extension of the vehicle age limit for one year will bring some relief to the industry as companies focus on recovering to become competitive again to serve the public,” he said.

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Gemilang and Altair Team Up to Enhance Commercial Vehicles Safety

Gemilang Altair

With global public transport operators placing greater emphasis on passenger safety and security, Gemilang International Limited (Gemilang), through its subsidiary, Gemilang Coachworks Sdn Bhd, has teamed up with Altair, to boost passenger safety for commercial buses and coaches by capitalising on simulation technologies. 

Under this agreement, Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in data analytics, simulation, and high-performance computing (HPC), will provide its industry-leading simulation solution to help Gemilang automate bus rollover crash tests. This effort will generate critical data for Gemilang engineers to build and design safer commercial vehicles.

Reliable commercial buses

“As road safety is one of the most important issues in sustainable transportation, Gemilang’s goal is to design and produce reliable commercial buses and bodies that meet both technical and safety requirements, locally and internationally,” said Mohsen Hamidipour, Research and Development Manager of Gemilang.

Gemilang Coachworks

“The collaboration with Altair enables us to strengthen our market leadership by ensuring our products meet the highest quality, reliability, and safety standards.”

Gemilang Coachworks

Based in Johor Bharu, Gemilang Coachworks has been designing and manufacturing a range of aluminium and steel bus bodies (SKDs and CKDs) and assembling buses (CBUs) for more than three decades.

In addition to its home market, Malaysia, Gemilang’s quality products have been exported to more than 10 markets in Asia, including Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, China and India.

“We firmly believe that everyone travelling on public transportation should feel safe and secure, which is why testing is a crucial component in the entire product lifecycle – from design and product development to manufacturing, “said Hamidipour.

Collaboration with Altair

“By collaborating with Altair, our engineers can now perform unlimited crash tests in virtual simulations for all critical safety-related parts to ensure that they meet all the crash and stiffness regulations.”

“We are happy to be involved in the Gemilang project, a very exciting next-generation project,” said Srirangam Srirangarajan, Altair’s Managing Director for Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

35 years of data analytics

“With a track record spanning more than 35 years in product design, advanced engineering software, data analytics, and cloud computing technologies, Altair looks forward to advancing Gemilang’s leadership in passenger safety.”

Gemilang Altair

“Virtual crash tests are often perceived as one of the most expensive and time-consuming tasks for many automotive manufacturers. Altair’s enterprise simulation solution for vehicle crash has become the global standard and it is fully-compliant with the UN ECE R66 Standard,” said Srirangarajan. 

Simulation

“By applying simulation technologies upfront in the vehicle development process, Gemilang engineers will now gain valuable data to eliminate any potential safety issues to improve passenger safety while also making the vehicle more efficient and reliable.”

For nearly ten years, Altair has served the Malaysian market, providing a rich portfolio of advanced engineering software and on-demand computing technologies to industry and government clients.

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SEDC sign agreement with China’s Fiechi for Fuel Cell Bus

Fuel Cell Public Transportation Comes To Malaysia

Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is now the sole agent for the sale of Feichi hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Southeast Asia, following its signing of an agency agreement with China’s Foshan Feichi Automobile Manufacture Co., Ltd (Feichi) earlier today.

So, why Feichi and Chinese fuel cell technology? Well, China produced 1,170 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles during the first half of 2019 and the country’s automakers are on schedule to produce 2,340 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles this year, compared to 1,527 such vehicles in 2018, and 629 in 2016 and 2017.

Over the recent years, the country’s hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle sector experienced very rapid growth, posting an annual growth rate exceeding 100 percent for several consecutive years. With the ongoing build out of the infrastructure and roll-out of the subsidy policy by the central and many local governments, the country is forecast to continue to see positive growth in production volume of the vehicles over the next several years.

Data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed that the country sold 1,125 fuel cell vehicles during the first 8 months of this year, a year-over-year increase of 730 percent. The country sold 16.1 million vehicles during the same period, down 11 percent from a year earlier, 629,000 of which were pure electrics. According to data from ZhiYan.org, China produced 888,000 and sold 872,000 EVs during the first 9 months, up 20.9 percent and 20.8 percent year on year, respectively.

SEDC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain said this marked another milestone for SEDC as its subsidiary company will be among the front runners in the sale of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the region.

“This agency agreement, which is for two years, will open up the opportunity for us to lead the hydrogen fuel cell initiatives in Southeast Asia region.

“Our strategic partner Feichi is keen to appoint Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd to become their sole agent in the region and to become their long-term business partner in expanding the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle industry in Southeast Asia,” he said at the signing ceremony which was witnessed by Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin at Menara SEDC here today.

He pointed out that Sarawak Metro has procured three units of Feichi’s hydrogen fuel cell buses for public use in Kuching city and the vehicles have been performing very well.

Feichi Bus is the largest hydrogen fuel-cell bus manufacturer in China and they have already produced 314 vehicles during the first half of this year, including 293 EVs. Fiechi aims to produce 1,000 fuel cell vehicles this year.

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Scania buses for SANI Express customers

Sani Express refreshes its huge bus fleet with new state of the art Scania buses for better customer comfort, increased safety and greener travel.

Sani Express Sdn Bhd (Sani Express) has just taken delivery of 23 new Scania buses as part of its business practice of changing its fleet.

A handover ceremony took place at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Bandar Tasik Selatan today and saw the first batch of the new buses being presented by Marie Sjödin Enström, Scania Southeast Asia Managing Director to Wan Mohd Iskandar Dato’ Salleh, Sani Express Group Managing Director. Iskandar cited performance, reliability, safety, and lower fuel consumption as some of the reasons for choosing Scania as part of its fleet refresh.

“It is important for us to refresh our buses every five years in order to provide our customers with the best service and Scania buses have proven themselves to be the right vehicles for our passengers. The new Scania buses would give us the opportunity to continue providing our customers with comfortable and worry free travel,” commented Iskandar.

Sani Express has purchased Scania’s K410EB6X2 buses that are equipped with Scania Opticruise function, low noise levels with full air suspension for unparalleled comfort levels, electronic braking system (EBS), Scania Retarder, traction control, better fuel economy with a higher torque at lower revs engine, and fully adjustable steering wheel and hanging pedals for the comfort of the driver. The company also subscribes to the Fleet Management System Control 5 package and Scania Driver Training. These features along with the subscribed packages result in a bus that is safe, comfortable and fuel efficient for long distance travel with minimised impact to the environment.

In addition, Sani Express signed up as a Scania Ecolution partner as part of the company’s sustainability efforts to reduce their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The partnership focuses on reducing operating cost, which translate to improved profitability while fulfilling the growing demand for green initiatives.

Sani Express, a major bus express company in Malaysia that was established back in 2006, offers bus services to close to 30 destinations across Peninsular Malaysia such as Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Besut, Kota Bharu, Kuantan, Alor Star, Kangar, and Kuala Perlis. The company currently owns a total of 45 Scania buses in their fleet and has been a Scania customer since 2008.

“We are very pleased that Sani Express has once again placed their trust in Scania in providing quality vehicles. Today’s handover is a reflection of our on-going commitment to provide customers with the best profitability and sustainability for their business,” stated Marie.

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Scania Trucks receive overwhelming praises during Scania’s Test and Drive 2019  

The New Truck Generation by Scania received overwhelming praises and positive responses from customers and guests during the New Truck Generation Test and Driver 2019 that was held at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS).

For The Customers and Fans

The week-long event saw around 300 invited customers, guests, fans as well as members of the media flocking MAEPS to experience driving Scania’s New Truck Generation in a safe and controlled environment. Participants praised the performance and features of the New Truck Generation after having the chance to maneuver a Scania G410A6X2 New Truck Generation across two choices of routes within MAEPS.

1. Marie Sjödin Enström, Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia thanked the guests who took the time to test & drive the New Truck Generation from Scania 2. Daniel Tan, Sales Director of Scania Southeast Asia explained to our guests from Singapore the importance of the drivers and highlighted the key features of the New Truck Generation that will improve driving performance and ergonomics 3. Mr Alvin Tan from Librans Sdn Bhd explored the interior of New Truck Generation using virtual reality headset with Tan Chee Hon, Services Product Manager of Scania Southeast Asia 4. Roslan, one of Scania experienced driver trainers showing Dato’ Ooi Win Juat of Puspakom, the features of the Scania truck that help increase the uptime while reducing CO2 emissions 5. Anders Liss, Regional Manager for Southern Region and Country Manager for Scania Malaysia Singapore explaining to customers the rollover side curtain airbags that is the first in Malaysia

Customer Endorsement

One praise came from Alex Lai of Mansang Logistics Sdn Bhd who commented that “the features of the New Truck Generation have improved greatly from the older generation as many things have been simplified making the truck more user friendly, very comfortable and most importantly the clear visibility from the different angles.

The truck itself is more enhanced and very powerful. Safety feature such as the improved response from the braking system is also a plus point for Scania’s New Truck Generation.”

From the driver’s perspective, enhancements have been made to provide an enriched driver’s environment as noted by Mohamad Hasni from Yeap Transport and Trading Company.

“The cabin is one of a kind. Adjustable seat that is close to the door, ergonomic dashboard with touchscreen, and large windscreen with extended view make it easier for the driver to operate in a comfortable and safe environment. Scania has truly designed a truck that is focused on the customers and the drivers needs,” Mohamad Hasni elaborated.

“I am very grateful for all the guests who took the time to test & drive the New Truck Generation from Scania. I am even more inspired by the feedback that I have gotten from them. Our guests definitely saw the features that we can offer, felt the performance of the truck and also believe that this truck can help lower operating cost, increase revenue and profitability for their businesses,” stated Scania Southeast Asia Managing Director, Marie Sjödin Enström.

9. Marie Sjödin Enström, Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia was driving one of the guests on Scania G410A6X2 New Truck Generation that is designed and engineered to give Scania truck owners better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions 10. Idris Talib of SGCarMart drove Scania G410A6X2 New Truck Generation at the Test and Drive 2019 event

Development Time

The New Truck Generation by Scania is the result of 10 years in development and SEK 20 billion (RM 10 billion) worth of investment with more than 12 million kilometres of test- driving. Launched earlier this year, the New Truck Generation is designed and engineered to give Scania truck owners better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions as it is equipped with advanced powertrain and aerodynamic solutions that consume an average of 3 percent less fuel. Other features of the New Truck Generation include new chassis design, extended storage options, and enhanced safety features such as the award- winning rollover side curtain airbags, which is a first in Malaysia.

6. Mr Mohamad Hasni from Yeap Transport and Trading Company shared his experienced driving the New Truck Generation that enhancements have been made to provide an enriched driver’s environment

“As a business, Scania has been at the forefront of providing sustainable transport solutions to our customers. Our New Truck Generation will serve as the vehicle to carry the momentum of economic progress with reduced carbon footprint as we work towards our new 2050 commitment of achieving net-zero emissions,” added Marie.

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Foton and JAC choose Shell Rimula

The Mpire Auto Group is the brand owner for commercial vehicles from China’s Foton and also JAC and with a growing market share in the mid and large sized trucks, they need make sure their after-sales stays right at the top of their priority to ensure repeat customers.

For 2019, Mpire was one of the fastest growing automotive groups in Malaysia and to keep its growth it is working with the best possible partners in the industry, this is why Mpire managament have chosen the Shell Rimula range of heavy-duty diesel engine oils as the official service-fill engine oil for its two commercial vehicle brands, Foton and JAC.

Press Release: Mpire is the distributor for Foton View C2 and CS2 vans as well as the Foton Daimler heavy-duty trucks that are equipped with advanced Cummins engines. It is also the exclusive distributor for JAC light trucks, which are powered by Isuzu engines, in Malaysia.

Shell Rimula Brand Mngr Ravi Shankar (L) & Mpire Auto Group CEO  Lau Yit Mun posing inside the JAC X30 light truck

Shell Rimula R5 LE synthetic technology engine oil is well suited for the high oil drain interval and heavy-duty diesel engine found in Foton Daimler prime movers.  Shell Rimula R4 X meets the demand for engine protection from the JAC range of light trucks that are often used as daily workhorses.

Shell Rimula Brand Mngr Ravi Shankar (L) & Mpire Auto Group CEO  Lau Yit Mun cutting a cake to celebrate the collaboration_2

Mpire Auto Group Chief Executive Officer Lau Yit Mun said that the combination of a strong reputation and track record in lubricants, reliable products that are compatible with Foton and JAC’s advanced diesel engines and excellent technical support led to the decision to choose Shell Rimula as the service-fill engine oil and Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd as the official lubricants supplier.

“Today’s customers demand reliability and performance from engine oils and Shell is able to fulfil them,” he said.

Shell Lubricants Marketing Manager – Malaysia & Singapore, May Tan said that as the top lubricants supplier in the world for the past 12 consecutive years, Shell understands the need to achieve lower total cost of ownership in today’s challenging business environment.

“Shell Rimula lubricants, especially our premium range, are designed to offer superior engine protection and cleanliness, longer oil drain intervals and better fuel economy while being able to withstand extreme temperatures and loads in tough operating environments,” she further added.

Shell Malaysia is delighted to have Mpire Auto Group on board and looks forward to a fruitful collaboration ahead.

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PLUS, the highway authority just gave away RM10k worth of Safety Cones to Haulage Associations

Why did PLUS donate 300 safety cones worth RM10,000 to three of Malaysia’s largest heavy vehicle associations? This is what we want answered when it is common knowledge that the haulage industry members have got no financial issues at all and they are all reaping good profits.

The three associates that benefited from this RM10,000 gift was the:

  • Association of Malaysian Hauliers (AMH)
  • Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Trucking Association and the
  • Association of Tipper Lorry Owners (Selangor and Kuala Lumpur)

These safety cones will be distributed to their respective lorry drivers.

What about smaller truck owners or individual self employed truckers who drive ageing trucks that are more prone to breakdowns?

Association truckers are mostly driving new shiny trucks with high visibility and it is the smaller self employed truckers that need to be visible on the highway shoulder. They need these safety cones, not the already successful logistic association tycoons.

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PLUS then turned this into a media exercise to get maximum exposure of their RM10,000 gift by having a hand over ceremony where Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi, Chief Operating Officer of PLUS handed the bright red and white safety cones to Dato’ Nazari Hj Akhbar, President of AMH, Ng Yoon Kin, Secretary General of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Trucking Association and Tan Boon Hing, Chairman of the Association of Tipper Lorry Owners (Selangor and Kuala Lumpur).

Press Release: “This is part of our effort to help reduce the number of accidents due to stalled lorries on the highways. In fact, safety cones are crucial to alert other users and prevent accidents in an event of a vehicle breakdown on the highway,” said Zakaria, “and must be installed at a safe distance behind a stalled vehicle to allow ample space and time for highway users, especially motorcyclists to safely maneuver their vehicles.”

“PLUS regularly collaborates with enforcement agencies such as the Police and the Road

Transport Department (RTD) to improve safety on our highway. Today, we extended our

collaboration with heavy vehicle operators to meet the same objective. It is our commitment in taking care of our customers, every steps of their way,” he added.

According to Dato’ Nazari, President of AMH that this the first time an organisation has generously donated safety cones to lorries as they are mandatory safety items that every heavy vehicle must have.

PLUS 3

So, if every heavy vehicle MUST HAVE safety cones, why is not mandatory for the haulage/logistic owner to provide for them?

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Isuzu Truck UK has just delivered its 1,000th Driveaway pre-bodied vehicle

Isuzu Carrier

Commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Truck UK has just delivered its 1,000th Driveaway pre-bodied vehicle to East Midlands company Carrier Landscapes. This milestone 3.5 tonne Isuzu means that the Melton Mowbray based business now runs 45 Isuzu trucks in its 80-strong commercial vehicle fleet.

Since they were first launched, Isuzu’s Driveaway range of pre-bodied trucks now cover models from 3.5 tonne to 7.5 tonne GVW and commenting on reaching the 1000th Driveaway landmark, Richard Waterworth, head of sales at Isuzu Truck UK said, “It is fitting that such a devotee of the Isuzu brand, Carrier Landscapes, are the recipients of this special milestone vehicle as they have been a long-term supporter of Isuzu for many years. Our Driveaway programme has proved to be incredibly popular with our customers and by consistently adding new models to the range, we now have a comprehensive selection of the most sought-after vehicle specifications in various GVW categories. This enables our customers to reduce the lead time and costs for fleet replacements and additions.”

Carrier Landscapes predominantly run 3.5 tonne Isuzu Grafter rigids within its fleet, and the milestone Isuzu is one of the new Grafter Green N35.125 models specified with a Driveaway dropside body.  Carrier Landscapes also run four Isuzu 7.5 tonne rigids as well as its Isuzu Grafters.

Isuzu carrier

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