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Heavy Duty Trucking  /  April 11, 2017

UD Trucks has launched the all-new Quon in the Japanese market as “a full model change” for its heavy-duty flagship. Japan-based UD Trucks is a Volvo Group brand.

The OEM said the new model features “industry-leading fuel efficiency with dynamism and drivability,” including a driveline designed to deliver “a smooth, stress-free and comfortable ride.” The Quon is equipped with advanced safety features as well.

“The all-new Quon, of course, complies with the new and stricter emission regulations in Japan,” said Yoshihiro Murakami, president of UD Trucks. “It also delivers better performance across the board.

"Equipped with the ESCOT-VI, the electronically controlled automatic transmission that is the industry benchmark, our heavy-duty flagship truly feels like a passenger car to drive," he added. "It offers a complete solution that meets customers’ needs and is sure to earn their satisfaction.”

UD Trucks said the Quon boasts unique features that take “trucking in Japan to an unprecedented performance level,” including:

  • A cockpit 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.

  • The fuel-efficient and powerful 11-liter GH11 engine complies with Japanese 2016 exhaust gas regulations, and all models achieve +5% over the 2015 fuel economy standards for heavy vehicles in Japan.

  • The UD Trucks Traffic Eye Brake collision-mitigation system uses high-precision radar and a cabin-mounted camera for dual-monitoring of the road ahead.

  • Advanced driver-assistance systems, including Driver Alert Support

  • Disc brakes feature excellent heat-release properties for superb anti-fade performance.

  • Every component has been refined to realize an overall lighter vehicle, while achieving gains in load-carrying capacity of up to 200 kg depending on the model.

  • Uptime is enhanced because the new truck is easier to maintain, with a reduced number of parts requiring regular replacement and longer service intervals on genuine parts.

Sweden's Volvo Group, parent of UD Trucks, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells product in more than 190 markets around the world.

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UD Trucks launches the all-new heavy-duty Quon truck- promising “innovation that puts people first” with advanced solutions across five essential feature areas

Ageo, Japan – April 11, 2017 – UD Trucks today launched the all-new Quon, representing a full model change for UD Trucks’ heavy-duty flagship.

UD Trucks has a proud heritage that has brought many innovative products and features over the years. But at UD Trucks, innovation goes beyond new technologies. For us, innovation is a commitment to deliver the trucks and services the world needs today, adding value to our customers’ and partners’ businesses and society at large.

To serve our customers and partners in an even better way, 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 at least in our products. The all-new Quon with associated services now moves us into a stronger position in the truck industry.

Combining industry-leading fuel efficiency with dynamism and drivability, the all-new Quon offers an unparalleled driveline that delivers a smooth, stress-free and comfortable ride. Quon is equipped with advanced safety features protects the driver and cargo, but also cares for the safety of the vehicle’s surroundings. The comfortable interior lets the driver focus on driving, while the striking and dignified exterior will be a source of pride and joy for anyone in the cockpit. The all-new 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. 

“The all-new Quon of course complies with the new and stricter emission regulations in Japan. In addition though, it also delivers better performance across the board. Equipped with the ESCOT-VI, the electronically controlled automatic transmission that is the industry benchmark, our heavy-duty flagship truly feels like a passenger car to drive. It offers a complete solution that meets customers’ needs and is sure to earn their satisfaction. Simply put, Quon now better than ever and it embodies UD Trucks promise of Going the Extra Mile for our customers” said Yoshihiro Murakami, President of UD Trucks, at the launch.

Discover UD Trucks' all new Quon at https://youtu.be/Ah2KPfKh5Dg

The all-new Quon has multiple unique features that combined takes trucking in Japan to an unprecedented performance level. 

Drivability - easier and smoother to support the driver
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 unrivaled operability while also enhancing its ability to navigate snowy and muddy conditions. All models feature disc brakes as standard, yet another first for Japan. The disc brakes provide a swift, smooth response and outstanding braking performance. Through these features, the all-new Quon provides a comfortable driving environment allowing drivers concentrate on the road ahead.

Fuel efficiency - cleaner yet more powerful for improved performance and environmental care
The fuel-efficient, powerful and clean 11-liter GH11 engine complies with Japanese 2016 exhaust gas regulations, and all models achieves +5% over the 2015 fuel economy standards for heavy vehicles in Japan. The engine 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 the ESCOT-VI’s Foretrack anticipatory solutions that use GPS to look ahead, as well as the Fuel Coach, a system that displays driving advice to help drivers achieve further improvement in fuel economy. 

Safety - safer and more reliable for the driver, cargo and surroundings
The all-new Quon amongst others features 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, as well as advanced driver assistance systems including Driver Alert Support. Our new flagship is also fitted with disc brakes featuring excellent heat-release properties for superb and industry benchmark anti-fade performance. In combination, these advanced systems deliver enhancements on both active and passive safety.

Productivity - more payload and greater efficiency for increased profitability
Every component has been refined to realize 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 our uncompromising commitment to boost productivity for our customers. We have also expanded the dry wing-body variations available in the Perfect Quon range and added a refrigeration wing-body. The all-new Quon offers a highly productive range of vehicles optimized for our customers business needs.

Uptime - stay on the road to minimize non-revenue generating time 
The all-new 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 parts. Moreover, comprehensive UD Extra Mile Support including UD Genuine Parts and Service, the UD Trust service agreement, and UD Information Service utilizing the latest in connectivity - keeps customers’ vehicles in the best possible condition to maximize uptime.

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