At the recent 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Fuso truck and bus unveiled their latest long-distance coach for the global market.
In a move aimed to become the leading manufacturer in the Japanese market again, along with its first fuel cell concept truck – the ‘Vision F-CELL’ – on display at the show is the Good Design Award-winning new Aero Queen luxury coach and latest, safety-laden Rosa minibus.
The 2019 series production model Aero Queen features the BusConnect connectivity solution while its sister series Rosa light-duty tourist bus has new safety features, the company states.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) – under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) – showcased the Aero Queen large coach, Japan’s first heavy-duty touring bus installed with Active Side Guard Assist, which is a safety feature monitoring the driver’s left side blind spot.
The Aero Queen also includes other safety features like EDSS, which allows passengers to press a button and bring the vehicle to a safe stop in case the driver loses consciousness, and Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA®4), which is an automatic braking system with slow-speed pedestrian detection function.
In addition, Fuso’s connectivity solution BusConnect® provides fleet managers with real-time information (bus location/trajectory, safe driving, fuel consumption, etc.) of buses in operation, the company states. The system is equipped with a 24-hour monitoring function, such as an emergency response system, when the driver is in trouble and Active Brake Assist 4 (secondary braking) is activated.
Aesthetically, the body design – said to follow the new Fuso Black Belt design identity – won the Good Design Award 2019, recently in Japan.
According to Fuso, in a “conscious move to modernise Japanese driving habits and increase safety and efficiency”, all these new trucks and touring buses (inc. Aero Ace) are equipped with the new automatic mechanical transmission (AMT) as standard, a first time in Japan.
“Super Great” heavy-duty truck with Level 2 automated driving functions
We were pleasantly surprised at this years Tokyo Motor Show when we saw the impressive stand that FUSO had put up to showcase their latest range of commercial vehicles. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) – under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) has been rather quiet in recent years and at this years show they made themselves well noticed with their stand at the main hall next to the main bus terminal.
Japan’s first heavy-duty truck equipped with SAE Level 2 automated driving technology. Through automated actuation of the steering wheel, accelerator and brakes, and equipped with various driver assistance technologies, driver burdens are reduced and safe driving is supported.
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.
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.
So, if every heavy vehicle MUST HAVE safety cones, why is not mandatory for the haulage/logistic owner to provide for them?
Scania Malaysia distributed reusable lunch boxes and water bottles to the students, teachers and staff of Sekolah Kebangsaan Dato’ Keramat this week at the launch of No-Single-Use-Plastic Campaign funded by “Master Sustainability by Scania.”
“Reducing the usage of single use plastic is important as we have seen the adverse effects these plastics have on our ecosystem. Therefore, we are very pleased to support Sekolah Kebangsaan Dato’ Keramat’s campaign especially echoing the Penang state government’s move to ban single use plastic in the state,” said Scania Southeast Asia’s Managing Director Marie Sjödin Enström.
The “Master Sustainability by Scania” fund was launched last year to motivate and assist local primary schools to start up curricular and extra-curricular activities or projects that focus on sustainability. Sekolah Kebangsaan Dato’ Keramat is the second recipient of the Fund after Sekolah Kebangsaan Perdana Jaya, Subang Jaya received funds for its urban farming and environmental awareness project launched in November last year.
“Doing the right things and doing things right have always been two key aspects for Scania. Sustainability has always been at the heart of Scania’s operations and it is our responsibility to nurture the young generation so they can grow to become future sustainability leaders,” added Marie.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Dato’ Keramat’s Headmaster, Mohd Kamal Mohd Nor was glad that Scania Malaysia agreed to support the school’s “no-single-use-plastic” initiative.
“It might seem like a small action but the impact if followed through consistently will be big and will shape the right mind set and behaviour starting at an early age. We believe that with the availability of the reusable lunch boxes and water bottles, the students can reduce the use of single use plastic whilst living a more sustainable lifestyle,” commented Mohd Kamal.
Parents too can play an important role in ensuring that the use of these lunch boxes are optimised by filling them up with prepared home meals or snacks.
The “Master Sustainability By Scania” Fund by Scania Malaysia is sustained by a portion of the company’s vehicle sales revenue. Schools are invited to submit their sustainability project and / or activity ideas by emailing Scania Malaysia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pickup truck drivers are finding it increasingly hard to give other cars enough room when they park due to modern trucks getting wider by a foot on average despite car park spaces remaining the same size as the 1980’s. This leads to frustration among drivers and can result in angry notes being left on windscreens, as well as many bumps and scrapes in tight car park spaces.
However, if parking spaces were made bigger there would be less available car park spaces for drivers to use, which would also cause an inconvenience as there are more cars on the road than ever before, all battling for somewhere to park.
Our vehicles have definitely bulked up over the past few years. They’re as much as 25% wider than they were when many car parks were built and the most recent town council guidelines on space size date right back to the 1990s, when cars were definitely slimmer. There has been a huge surge in big 4x4s and SUVs and they’re all trying to cram themselves into our shrinking car parks.
The Mercedes-Benz Unimog celebrates its 70th anniversary with an updated model that looks better than any Hummer to enter the market.
Then the ultimate luxury off road vehicle that is a statement killer, the Mercedes G-Wagon is celebrating its 40th anniversary of being the vehicle of choice for basketball, baseball and football players and their pop star wife’s. However, we suggest, if you want to show the world you have loads of money, then a Unimog is what you should be driving.
Press Release: Vehicles that rise to top form in extreme terrain, have captivated with amazing technological feats for decades and have a dedicated worldwide fan base in their corner. Mercedes-Benz has no less than two of them.
What the G-Class is in the passenger car sector, the Unimog is among commercial vehicles. And while the G-Class is celebrating its 40-year anniversary this year, the Unimog can look back on a tradition that spans more than 70 years. Enough reasons to bring both of them together for a summit.
There are vehicles that whet the appetite for adventure and arouse the childlike urge to play in every adult: The Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the Mercedes-Benz Unimog are among them. As unique characters, they both have been taking their very own path for many decades. And this path often starts where others already have reached the end of theirs – thanks to their off-road capabilities.
Both of them have already repeatedly demonstrated their reliability and ability to get anywhere at the Dakar Rally and other events. In addition, the Unimog and the G-Class share maximum robustness and durability as well as the tremendous model variety, with which they fulfil virtually any customer request.
No wonder that they also cut a splendid figure in Hollywood: In the blockbusters “Jurassic World” of 2015 and “Transformers: The Last Knight” from the year 2017, the two icons even shared the screen. The current G-Class celebrated its world première in Detroit in January 2018 with Arnold Schwarzenegger on stage. In addition to the G-Class, the superstar once also had a Unimog sitting in his garage.
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.
Volvo Trucks is pleased to announce a two-year extension to their partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 team, which will see Volvo Trucks continue as an official supplier providing essential transport solutions and logistics support for both race team and hospitality operations.
Volvo have been the official supplier of trucks to the Formula 1 team since 2016, with the latest state-of-the art Volvo FH-540 13-litre trucks supporting the ever-changing logistical requirements of the team at Grand Prix locations all over the globe.
Over the last three years, McLaren have benefitted from Volvo’s class-leading transport solutions that offer fuel-efficient, torque-strong performance, responsive engines and comfortable cabs. New features on the latest batch of 24 vehicles will now include Volvo’s new I-See predictive cruise control system and a faster 2.31:1 differential ratio.
Volvo’s logistics and transportation capabilities are essential to the effective running of theEuropean leg of the F1 circuit which sees the McLaren Racing team travel to nine countries. Now, using I-See with its new cloud-based mapping system combining all Volvo’s latest technology,McLaren will not only substantially reduce its fuel consumption, but also reduce its environmental impact, without compromising drivability.
Hino Motors has officially launched its new HINO 700 Series heavy-duty trucks with 16-speed Automated-Manual Transmission (AMT) technology. The long-awaited feature for this series was finally introduced due to the high demand from fleet customers.
Focused on the new variation of HINO 700 Series models; 4×2, 6×2 and 6×4 Prime Mover, guests were given the opportunity to feel the comfort of the new truck and got to preview the new HINO 700 Series AMT models up-close, and to join a networking session with the authorised dealers.
Heavy-duty Prime Mover market in Malaysia
Due to land routes and ground transportation being the main distribution mechanism for most logistics companies in Malaysia, the new HINO 700 Series AMT make them ideal delivery and heavy construction vehicles.
The Total Industry Volume (TIV) of heavy-duty Prime Mover trucks in the Malaysian market is approximately 1,200 – 1,700 units yearly, and the demand for heavy-duty trucks with automated-manual transmission is up to 50% more than manual transmission as automated-manual offers more advantages in terms of reduction of fuel consumption, improvement of driving comfort, and shifting quality.
“Hino is proud to have a long-standing number 1 position in the market in various segments, including light and medium-heavy commercial vehicles, as well as buses,” said Atsushi Uchiyama, Managing Director of HMSM.
“We are the only brand that produces a full line-up of commercial vehicles, and our flagship HINO 700 Series is now better than ever before with AMT technology, making them smarter, safer trucks for our customers. This launch marks a milestone in the company’s history as we widen our range and challenge new business areas.”
AMT – Improving Fuel Efficiency and Driver Safety
An ultimate combination of Japanese engineering and build, the three new models are a Complete Built-Up (CBU) truck made in Japan and promises genuine Japanese parts with QDR; Quality, Durability, and Reliability.
The new HINO new 700 Series AMT heavy-duty trucks are fitted to the 16-speed mechanical auto synchromesh ZF16 transmission with power assistance, making it easier to shift gears at higher speeds. It also helps to reduce driver fatigue from constant gear and clutch shifting, allowing for a more comfortable drive. This allows drivers to focus on the road without shifting gears for fuel-efficient driving. Drivers are also given the option to select a sequential manual transmission for on-demand shifting conditions.
Fitted with AMT, customers will also be able to sustain a lower operational cost through lower fuel consumption and clutch replacement cost, as the trucks manoeuvre through heavy traffic roads.
The new AMT function is designed to ensure driver comfort and ease of use with high safety elements. Likewise, the HINO 700 Series AMT is equipped with a powerful EURO 3 common-rail engine with turbo-charged intercooler and features a full-air brake system that improves braking responsiveness.
Hino products are always on the frontline and comply with the standard conditions by the Malaysia Government. Although fully developed and manufactured in Japan, Hino vehicles can run B10 Biodiesel without any changes to components or service intervals, allowing environmentally conscious businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Unprecedented Safety and Comfort
In addition to its new AMT technology, the HINO 700 Series comes with safety compliance and comfort features such as an optimised cab space for better visibility and operability; improved cab accessibility with the first step now connected directly to the chassis; antilock braking system (ABS) which controls the braking force of each individual wheel to prevent the wheels from locking; high rigidity door impact beams; new large reflector headlamps to enhance night-time visibility; and front under-run prevention (FUP).
The trucks are also fitted with high-functionality and air suspension seats that provide superior seating comfort. The three-dimensional (3D) seat with a body-cradling form is able to support the driver’s back and reduce fatigue on long road trips.
All these and more make the HINO 700 Series more than a truck – they are highly reliable, dependable business partners that customers can count on.
Shell Malaysia showcased its complete end-to-end fleet solutions for the transport and logistics industry at the recent 2019 Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE).
The solution comprising the Shell Rimula range of premium low viscosity synthetic lubricants, Shell FuelSave Diesel with Dynaflex Technology and Shell Card will benefit fleet operators by helping them achieve optimum efficiency, productivity and reduce total cost of ownership.
Equipped with the most advanced API CK-4 specifications, Shell Rimula’s premium lubricants are designed to not only achieve greater fuel economy and longer oil drain intervals but are also able to withstand extreme temperatures and loads in tough operating environments, while having a positive impact on lowering emissions.
Shell Lubricants Marketing General Manager May Tan said that customers in Malaysia can be rest assured that Shell Rimula lubricants are globally compatible with bio fuels, including B10 bio diesel in Malaysia.
“As a technology leader, Shell has been evaluating bio diesel’s impacts and developing lubricants to meet challenges such as increased oxidation, creation of deposits, changes in oil viscosity and engine component corrosion. Shell Rimula was tested in stringent oxidation, bearing and engine tests and performed above requirements which enhances the value of our end-to-end solutions for the transport and logistics industry,” she said.
In the coming months, Malaysia is set to be the first market in ASEAN to launch the all-new Shell Rimula Ultra, one of the most advanced fully synthetic heavy-duty diesel engine oils in the world. The new flagship product complies with the latest European ACEA E6 and ACEA E9 specifications and manufacturers’ approvals for use in ultra-modern diesel engines that comply with Euro 4 to Euro 6 emission standards. It offers longer oil life and extended oil-drain intervals of up to 150,000 km, better engine wear protection under all terrains and weather conditions as well as better fuel economy.
Benefits from the use of Shell Rimula are amplified when used together with Shell FuelSave Diesel. This high-quality diesel from Shell features Dynaflex Technology and can help keep a vehicle’s engine clean and protected for efficient running. With fuel expenses being one of the largest operating expenditures in running a fleet of vehicles, the annual savings from cleaner and more efficient engines can be significant.
The final part of the end-to-end solutions is managing fuel needs and its operating costs with Shell Card. Equipped with more than 50 years of experience and expertise, it provides a simpler, more secure and convenient way for fleet owners to purchase high quality fuels and keep their trucks running by enabling access to more than 900 Shell retail stations nationwide. Shell Card is able to manage fuel expenses efficiently and effectively for companies with a single online invoice coupled with data insights needed for more customised solutions.