Quester, the all-new UD Trucks heavy-duty truck
Shah Alam, 12 November 2013 – Quester, a brand new heavy-duty truck range by UD Trucks Corporation was officially unveiled by the local distributor, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd. The event was held in the presence of Dato’ Tan Heng Chew, Deputy Director, Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd, Joachim Rosenberg, Executive Vice President, Volvo Group and Chairman UD Trucks, Nobuhiko Kishi, Vice President, Product Strategy, UD Global Brand, senior management of Volvo Group, Tan Chong Motor Holdings, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE), business partners and the media.
The Quester is based on a completely new and modern heavy-duty truck platform designed to serve a wide range of application in mining, construction and long-haul transportation in Asia’s growth markets. It is the first affordable Japanese heavy-duty commercial vehicle that allows customization to meet most transportation requirements besides offering excellent fuel economy and high average speed. Its adaptability and affordability within its class is currently unmatched in the market.
“As UD Trucks latest technologically-advanced truck specifically developed for the world of heavy transportation, we are convinced that this is an ideal truck for our customers,” said Tan Keng Meng, Executive Director, TCIE.
“The price of the Quester prime mover is RM328,000 and it comes with a 1-year free service which includes parts and labour,” added Tan.
“With the Quester, UD Trucks is now entering a new era by introducing an additional truck range that has been designed specifically for growth markets,” said Joachim Rosenberg.
“More than 400 full-time experts from different nationalities with different knowledge and experience have been involved to contribute to design, develop, validate and industrialize the Quester and associated services. We have spent 1.5 million engineering hours and 65,000 test hours to ensure that the Quester delivers as good in real condition as when it was conceived by our skilled engineers,” added Rosenberg.
“The service interval of the Quester is 40,000 km and it has telematics, in addition to the real time Fuel Coach (a display aid which shows the driver how to shift and throttle to get the maximum amount of time in the engine’s sweet spot while driving,” said Rosenberg in reply to our question.
TCIE had recently invested RM10 million to upgrade their 3S centres and plan to spend RM20 million soon to upgrade the 3S centres in Kuantan, Bukit Mertajam and Kota Bahru.