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.