Since its acquisition by Volvo, UD Trucks has rolled out some new surprises for the trucking world. Perhaps the biggest news has been the re-launch of the UD Trucks prime mover in Australia with new performance and aesthetic enhancements. The latest flagship has been the Quon 420 which has been voted the best Japanese prime mover in Australia.
The Quon models
The Quon, UD Trucks prime mover, has been redesigned for the Australian market where UD Trucks currently holds just 1.1% of the market in the heavy duty truck category. It is powered by a GH-11 engine that is built in Japan and designed in Sweden. As part of the new strategy, UD will also be giving this prime mover the 460hp top rated engine after the country has adopted the Euro 6 emissions standard. Currently the UD Trucks prime mover will be limited to a 420hp engine rating and it is this truck which was recently voted as one of the best prime movers. In the future, it holds even better promise for Australian truckers.
The UD Trucks prime movers will be powered by the GH-11 engines. This is available in two ratings that truckers can choose from. There is the top rated 420hp along with the 380hp engine. The 420hp engine will has a torque peak rating of 1990Nm while the smaller engine offers a peak torque rating of 1790Nm. Even though these might be modest ratings figures, the trucks are tenacious and give users a top notch performance in various kinds of environments. UD Trucks prime mover offers Australian truckers four main models that begin with a long wheelbase. Two of these are powered by the 420hp engine while the other two models are powered by the 380hp engine. These can be used in a wide variety of trucking roles in spite of its smaller gross combination mass rating which is at 45 tons. The smallest 420 is the GK17 420 which also has a GCM rating of 45 tons and which has a shorter wheelbase option at 3.86m. This is ideal for truckers who want to do some light prime mover jobs.
Then there is the much storied and top rated GW26 420. This Japanese prime mover comes with a GCM rating of 55 tons. Truckers in Australia buying this truck can choose from two options for the wheelbase. It can be used both in a prime mover combination and in a rigid and dog.
All the prime mover truck models which run on the GH-11 engine also have the Escot V transmission system. This is an automatic shifter which has up to 12 speed options. It is the same transmission system that is used in the widely popular Volvo trucks where it is known by the moniker I-Shift. In the Mack trucks, the same transmission system is called m-Drive. It is the perfect transmission system for the Quon models’ GH-11 engines. The GW26 420 also comes with good emissions compliance thanks to its SCR system along with its AdBlue tank. It is also designed with an extra 400-litre Aluminium fuel tank which is built with caps which are lockable.
The UD Prime mover trucks, like many of its heavy duty trucks, comes with great durability and strength. Add that to the incredible design, top-rated engine performance, innovative transmission systems and fairly good cab designs and you have a truck that has the toughness and resilience to meet the demands of the Australian trucking industry. Find out more here: http://www.udtrucks.com/en-au/news-and-media/press-releases/australia/pressreleases/diesel-article