Volvo Buses in India had announced
that it would be introducing the UD brand of buses in the country in the value
segment in 2015. Even as UD is getting ready for India, the Japanese truck
maker UD Trucks, which is wholly owned by Volvo Group, has introduced the full
line of its Quester heavy-duty truck range.
To commemorate the release of
all models in the range, some 780 customers from countries spanning Thailand,
Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines were invited to an exclusive
test drive event. This was held from September 22 to 26 at the Kaeng Krachan
Circuit, just off the Thai City of Hua Hin. First introduced in 2013, Quester
embodies the firm’s vision “to make the trucks that the world needs today”.
Developed with a customer-centric approach, and complemented with UD’s 80-year
Japanese engineering heritage and Volvo Group’s global resources, Quester is a
modern heavy-duty truck built to address the demands of the growth markets in
Asia and beyond.
Accordingly, Quester is
designed to perform across various industries, from mining to construction, to logistics
and long-haul transportation. Its wide range of different product types offers unparalleled
flexibility for businesses across a host of industries to achieve optimal
performances at minimal cost.
The full range offers an
additional 15 configurations, making it a truly versatile choice for businesses.
This includes a new 8-litre engine in addition to the current 11-litre engine,
both with high torque capabilities and running at low RPM to optimise fuel
consumption. Horsepower options ranging from 220 to 420, as well as a selection
of either a 9-speed or 12-speed gearbox, are also available. Furthermore, Quester’s wide variety
of axle configurations comprises the 4x2, 6x2 and 8x4 in addition to the current 6x4 for both
tractor and rigid.
Kishi Nobuhiko, Vice
President, Brand and Product Line, UD Trucks, said: “At UD Trucks, we are committed
to developing products that start with the customer’s perspective. From
Quester’s conceptualisation to today, we
are always listening to their feedback to understand their business needs in
this fast-paced environment. We are pleased to see that Quester has been
our customers during the test
drive event in Thailand, and we are confident that this highly customisable
fuel-efficient heavy-duty range can support their business requirements across different
Jacques Michel, President of
UD Trucks Thailand, added: “The different truck configurations, and engine and
gearbox options, ensure that we can provide the right truck for the right
customer’s application, so that it operates at best performance while
delivering optimal fuel-efficiency. This can certainly contribute to
significant cost benefits for businesses, and we will continue to work with the industry to offer the very best
products that address the demands our customers face in Thailand and in the region’s growth markets.”
UD Trucks is a total transport
solution provider dedicated to delivering optimized total cost of Ownership to
its customers. It sells and serves light, medium and heavy duty trucks as well
as special vehicles. UD Trucks was established in Japan in 1935 and became part
of the Volvo Group in 2007. With its headquarters located in Ageo, Japan, UD
Trucks supports sales and services in more than 60
countries through a worldwide
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