Japanese manufacturer UD Trucks says its newly launched Euro 5 versions of its popular Quester and Croner trucks “feature significant upgrades to minimise their environmental impact, improve efficiency and uptime, increase profitability, and optimise the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), all without compromising the benefits offered by the previous models.”
Available in the region for the first time, the new Euro 5 truck come ahead of the introduction of new regulations in fast-growing regional countries such as the United Arab Emirates, which currently has a Euro 4 emission standard, and Qatar, which will be adopting Euro 5 emission standards by mid-2022.
This move allows businesses to better prepare for the switch to more environmentally-friendly fleets, as the Euro 5 range reduces NOx emissions by about 43 percent compared to Euro 4 and significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the vehicles through cleaner emissions, said UD Trucks.
The official launch event was UD Trucks’ first since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and took place at the Dubai Autodrome. The event, which adhered to all necessary health and safety guidelines, was attended by the Japanese Consul-General in the UAE, Mr. Noboru Sekiguchi, as well as some 160 customers from across the region, who were able to experience driving the new trucks first-hand, and were also given a chance to visit EXPO 2020.
According to UD Trucks, the number of advanced features offered on the Quester, one of UD Trucks’ most established, durable and efficient trucks, has been added along with the latest Euro 5 upgrade. The Quester Euro 5 range, with 460 hp and 2250 Nm torque, also delivers improved fuel economy by about 10 percent, assisted by the ESCOT automated manual transmission feature, a lighter tare weight and optimised driveline. Improvements made to the new Quester also extend to safety, where ESCOT takes away the drivers’ need to shift an average of 1,000-1,500 times a day by automatically selecting the right gear at any given time. This leads to increased focus and safety for the driver.
The new range focuses on three themes: improved efficiency and optimised TCO; better uptime; and better for the environment. The truck manufacturer also delivers better uptime for both models via less maintenance time and an expanded AdBlue supply network, which is a safe-to-use diesel exhaust fluid used in vehicles with SCR technology to reduce harmful gases from being released into the atmosphere. Most importantly, a cleaner and more robust engine configuration with lower sensitivity to sulfur content in fuel leads to a longer engine life and contributes to a better environment. The truck is fitted with innovative UD Telematics – a high-tech wireless communications system, which allows transportation companies to maximise efficiency with real-time vehicle tracking and geo-fencing.
The Quester provides the ultimate comfort and experience for the driver with a new steering wheel and improved seat, added the company. The new range of Quester and Croner trucks, both Euro 5 and Euro 3, features a new instrument cluster with real-time fuel coaching. This enhancement provides the driver with immediate and specific feedback on driving techniques that are more fuel efficient.
Mourad Hedna, President of UD Trucks Middle East, East and North Africa, said: “In the rapidly-changing trucks industry, staying ahead of the competition by launching Euro 5 trucks is a core focus for UD Trucks. The Quester and Croner Euro 5 models reflect UD Trucks’ ‘Better Life’ commitment. The launch is another example of offering optimum support for our customers as we make sure they are ready for any new regulations in such a fast-growing region.”