18 December, 2020
UD Trucks Range Challenges Status Quo
A year after its launch in South Africa, UD Trucks' Quon range is
addressing many of the challenges faced by fleet owners in the local transport
industry. This includes aspects like
fuel efficiency, productivity and uptime.
The range is locally produced at UD Trucks' assembly plant in Rosslyn,
Pretoria and was introduced in South Africa in September 2019.
Featuring eight derivatives, the Euro 5 level range is specifically
aimed at bringing leading-edge innovation that makes sense in the local
operating environment. The range
includes four 6x4 rigid models, and four 6x4 truck-tractor options, and is
especially suited to the distribution, petro-chemical and FMCG market segments.
"The new Quon has been in some fleets for more than a year now, and the
feedback we have received from customers
are confirming its relevance in the world we live in today," said Filip Van den
Heede, managing director of UD Trucks Southern Africa. "Amid the competitive business climate, there
is an immense pressure on transport companies to reduce operational costs. Through innovative technology and support
services, the Quon range is supporting customers to achieve optimal levels of
uptime and efficiency."
Initial customer feedback has been very positive, specifically around
the safety features and particularly the traffic eye brake. UD Trucks is also
getting encouraging comments on the fuel consumption, as well as the
drivability of the vehicle. There has also been repeat business from customers
who have already added more Quons to their fleets due to the good performance
of their initial unit's performance.
"Quon is challenging the status quo as to what essentials are needed in
a truck. It is a truck range that reflects our customers' requirements for a
highly-productive vehicle that is optimised for their businesses and the local
transport environment," explained Van den Heede.
UD Trucks has a far-reaching dealer network that
has been supporting fleet owners throughout this rather challenging year. UD
Trucks fleet owners has therefore been able to safely operate and serve their
customers, and the economy at large, to deliver goods and services to all
corners of the region.
"UD Trucks has over the past few years invested,
more than during any other period in our history, in facilities, in services,
in our people, and not in the least, in our products," said Van den Heede. "The
Quon continues to move us into a stronger position in the South African truck
Quon meets the needs of transport solutions in
the modern age by "putting people first" in every fine detail and pushing
boundaries further than ever before through leading edge innovations.
Quon is therefore equipped with advanced safety features that protect the
driver and cargo, but also cares for the safety of the vehicle's surroundings.
The cockpit has been redesigned around the way
it feels to use it, with operability and visibility ergonomically reengineered
from the ground up.
The new ESCOT-VI electronically controlled
automatic transmission adopts a simple, easy-to-use straight shift pattern,
further advancing the Quon's operability while also enhancing its ability to
navigate muddy conditions.
The disc brakes
provide a swift, smooth response and outstanding braking performance. Through
these features, Quon provides a comfortable driving environment allowing
drivers to simply concentrate on the road ahead.
The new Quon range boasts a fuel-efficient,
powerful, and clean 11-liter GH11 engine.
It generates powerful torque from low revs up
through a wide RPM range, making the Quon a pleasure to drive. To further
support fuel-efficient driving, the Quon also features UD Trucks' Nenpi Fuel
Coach - a system that displays driving advice to help drivers achieve further
improvement the vehicle's fuel economy.
Additional contributors to Quon's fuel
efficiency are a weight reduction in the physical truck, as well as low air
Advanced Euro 5 technology, in all the new Quon models, also contributes
to better fuel efficiency and environmentally friendlier emissions through UD's
Quon utilises a range of basic, passive and
active safety features to keep the driver, the cargo, as well as other road
users as safe as possible.
The UD Trucks Traffic Eye Brake system
(collision mitigation braking), which uses high-precision radar and a
cabin-mounted camera for dual-monitoring of the road ahead.
A Lane Departure Warning System alerts the
driver when they are straying across lanes and is especially intended to keep
drivers from falling asleep at the wheel.
An additional Driver Alert Support alerts the driver by sound and a
message in the display, if the system detects any symptoms of inattentive
driving or drowsy driving.
Adaptive Cruise Control is an extension of
standard cruise control as it adapts the distance to the target vehicle in
accordance to a selected time-gap and the speed of the subject vehicle by
controlling the engine, powertrain and brakes of the Quon.
UD stability control, or UDSC sensor, detects
conditions in which the truck could become unstable, such as curves or slippery
road surfaces, the system applies control appropriate to engine output and
braking power to each tire to maintain stability.
Quon is also fitted with disc brakes featuring
heat-release properties for superb and industry benchmark anti-fade
Every component has been refined to realise an
overall lighter vehicle, while achieving gains in load-carrying capacity of up
to 200kg, depending on the model.
Improved ease of loading, bodybuilding
efficiency and smoothness at creeping speed for approaching loading docks also
reflect UD Trucks' commitment to boost productivity for fleet owners.
Quon represents a further upgrade in vehicle
reliability and durability. It is easier to maintain, with a reduced number of
parts requiring regular replacement and longer service intervals on genuine
Advanced features like LED lights, disc brakes,
rust prevention and sealed hub bearings all contribute to Quon's uptime. Moreover, comprehensive UD Extra Mile Support
including UD Genuine Parts and Service, the UD Trust service agreement, and UD
Telematics utilising the latest in connectivity - keeps customers' vehicles in
the best possible condition to maximise uptime.
Source: UD Trucks