UD Trucks has unveiled the New Quester in the Middle East, East and North Africa (MEENA), a new version of the brand’s well-established heavy-duty truck that introduces a range of enhancements to help logistics companies across the region boost their bottom line through Smart Logistics.
Fuel efficiency, productivity, connectivity, and supporting and developing drivers are top priorities for fleets and transport companies in the MEENA region and the New Quester addresses these challenges with new features such as ESCOT (Easy Safe Controlled Transmission) and UD Telematics.
“The truck industry in the region is changing rapidly and customers are increasingly conscious of the total cost of ownership,” said Mourad Hedna, president of UD Trucks MEENA. “With the New Quester we have the ideal product to address these needs.”
“The New Quester combines the best of three worlds: UD Trucks’ strong Japanese heritage and craftsmanship; Volvo Group’s innovative technology; and our strong local support for our valued customers, which we call our Gemba spirit,” he added.
Ensuring increased fuel efficiency for businesses to better manage fuel costs and mitigate oil price volatility, the New Quester aims to boost productivity and profitability for business owners and logistics companies, for whom a rise in fuel costs consequently increases operating costs.
To do this, the New Quester delivers enhanced fuel efficiency of up to 10 percent over the current Quester. This is aided by the ESCOT automated manual transmission, lighter tare weight and optimised driveline.
But fuel efficiency is also affected by operating conditions, driving behaviour and vehicle maintenance, so ESCOT includes software which optimises gear shifting according to the engine revs, vehicle speed, loading weight and even road gradient.
The smart system also includes a sensor that will select the optimum gear automatically instead of assuming a first gear selection.
This takes away the need for manual gear shifting which, depending on the transportation operations, happens 1,000 to 1,500 times a day.
In addition to making driving simple, the New Quester also aims to help businesses expand the pool of driving talent with an easy-to-operate gear lever that uses a straight shifting pattern. In certain target markets, for example, the number of female Quester drivers is increasing due to its drivability.
New Quester trucks are equipped with UD Telematics, which make it possible to connect directly to UD Trucks workshops to monitor and detect each vehicle’s condition and service needs before a potential emergency occurs.
Preventive maintenance analysis guides customers via monthly driving behaviour and fuel consumption reports, ensuring higher uptime and optimised fuel economy over time.