28 January, 2021
Press information: UD Trucks launch new Croner models to meet demand in logistics sector
Croner 4x2 PKE 280 truck tractor
Trucks Southern Africa has announced the launch of two new additions to its
Croner range, to meet the increased demand in the urban and regional logistics
world has changed significantly during the past year, and so has the way we
live our lives and run our businesses," said Filip Van den Heede, managing
director of UD Trucks Southern Africa. "While adhering to government
regulations, we also understand that there is a need to continue with economic
activities, and that is why we are more committed than ever to support the
logistics industry in the country."
said the company commends the strong resilience of the local transport industry
that supported the good recovery of the market in 2020 after the hard lockdown.
believe this challenging spirit will continue into 2021, as we remain positive
about the future and committed to support logistics in our region," stated Van
New Additions to Croner Range
Since its launch in 2017, UD Trucks' Croner range originally operated
only in the Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) segment. Through UD Trucks' expansion programme, the
new Croner truck-tractor will be classified as an Extra Heavy Commercial
Vehicle, operating in the up to 350hp lightweight truck-tractor segment. The new LKE 15-tonne freight carrier will
operate in the 8-tonne payload segment in the HCV segment.
Schulz, UD Trucks Southern Africa's marketing and sales director, said the
company is expanding its Croner range to improve their offering in urban and inter-city distribution.
"In the very competitive 8-to-9-tonne payload segment, we saw the need
arise for a fuel efficient, high payload unit with good drivability at good
value for money. With the new model introductions, we are improving payload,
fuel efficiency and adding more driver comfort, as well as extending service
intervals," said Schulz. "With UD Trucks Telematics Services as standard and a
regionwide dealer network, fleet owners are supported no matter where they
Croner LKE 210 freight carrier boasts a GH5, 5-litre engine and an Allison 2500
series automatic transmission.
850 Nm of torque along with a good transmission ratio ensure the truck can
quickly get to the 60km/h mark in city, or to the 80km/h where the law allows.
The LKE 210 has a low tare mass and optimised wheelbase of 5 500mm for both
volume and mass payloads. All of this
combine to provide a truck with class-leading payload productivity.
"The Allison automatic transmissions ease the job at hand for drivers who spend the day in the urban environment, facing long hours of
traffic with multiple stops and cargo drops," explained Schulz. "The new
generation torque converter with early lock-up also ensures a smooth and easy
drive so driver fatigue is reduced, which means the driver can concentrate on
situational driving. Additionally, the
enhanced power shifts lead to more efficient fuel consumption, comfort,
manoeuvrability and performance."
Croner 4x2 PKE 280 truck-tractor has a GH8, 8-litre engine and an Allison 3000 automatic
transmission series, with similar emphasis on urban and city-to-city
distribution, as well as focus on inter-regional haul.
2020, UD Trucks also introduced a Croner 6x2 PDE280 freight carrier, which
brings the total of variants in this range to 16 models.
"The work a
vehicle does, and the resources required to do it, are essential to the success
of any fleet," said Schulz. "Productivity to us means how much payload you can
carry, at the highest possible legal speed, with as little fuel as possible.
And the Croner certainly delivers on all these factors in a smart and modern
way, day in and day out."
Trucks' Croner range is assembled at its plant in Rosslyn, Gauteng, according
to the company's global quality standards.
"When we originally launch the Croner range, we wanted to offer fleet
owners trucks and solutions that maximise uptime and productivity. These new
additions to the Corner family, are no exception," said Van den Heede. "We know how important it is to make every
moment count in the transport business."
"Better Life": UD Trucks' new strategy
UD Trucks launched its new "Better Life" strategy that challenges the way it
cares for people and the planet, by bringing sustainable transport solutions in
line with the current transformation of the logistics industry.
believe this strategy will lead to a better life for all within the spheres we
operate in," explained Van den Heede. "As a challenger and innovator, we are
continuously challenging the status quo, and know that our products, service
and people can have a positive impact on the world around us."
the launch of the new Quon in 2019 with Euro 5 emission standards, the company
entrenched this vision into practice. Since this launch, UD Trucks has secured
the availability of Ad Blue, which helps reduce nitrous oxide emissions, for
Quon customers across South Africa. Poof in point of the company's Better Life
strategy in practice.
Strategic alliance: Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors
December 2019, the Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors announced the signing of a
non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with the intent to form a strategic
alliance within commercial vehicles to capture the opportunities in the ongoing
transformation of the industry. End October 2020, the binding agreement was
signed. The Alliance between the Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors is set to a build
long-term and robust relationship that will encompass but not be limited to:
- Forming a technology partnership. intended to leverage the parties'
complementary areas of expertise within both well-known and new technologies
and creating a larger volume base to support investments for world-class
- Creating the best long-term conditions for a stronger heavy-duty truck
business for UD Trucks and Isuzu Motors in Japan and across international
markets by transferring ownership of the complete UD Trucks business from the
Volvo Group to Isuzu Motors. This will accelerate growth by leveraging greater
volumes and complementary capabilities, creating significant synergies for
- Exploring further opportunities for even broader and deeper
collaboration within the commercial vehicle businesses across geographical
areas and product lines for future urban logistics solutions.
closing is expected during the first half of 2021. The transaction is subject
to certain conditions, including approval from regulatory authorities.
|Filip Van den Heede MD UD Trucks Southern Africa
|Rory Schulz, Marketing & Sales Director of UD Trucks Southern Africa
|automatic transmission: The Allison automatic transmissions ease the job at hand for drivers who spend the day in the urban environment, facing long hours of traffic with multiple stops and cargo drops
Source: UD Trucks