Quontative upgrade

UD Trucks Southern Africa is forging ahead with updating its offering to the local market and has now added the Quon extra heavy range aimed specifically at the distribution, petro-chemical and FMCG market segments.

The new range includes four 6×4 rigid models, and four 6×4 truck-tractor options and Jacques Michel, President of UD Trucks International Sales, says: “UD Trucks has a proud heritage that has brought many innovative products and features over the years.


“However, 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’ businesses, as well as society at large.”

UD Trucks Southern Africa’s area of responsibility includes both developed and developing economies and the Quon meets the needs of transport solutions in the modern age.

“To serve our customers 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 in the least, in our products,” says Gert Swanepoel, managing director of UD Trucks Southern Africa.  “The Quon now moves us into a stronger position in the South African truck industry.”

Gert Swanepoel MD UD Trucks Southern Africa
Gert Swanepoel

Combining optimum fuel efficiency with drivability, the Quon offers a driveline that delivers a smooth, stress-free and comfortable ride. Quon is equipped with advanced safety features that protect the driver and cargo, but also cares for the safety of the vehicle’s surroundings.

The cockpit has been redesigned around the way it feels to use it, with operability and visibility ergonomically reengineered from the ground up and features conveniently placed steering wheel switches, new meter panel, improved visibility and a 12V power socket.

The new ESCOT-VI electronically controlled automatic transmission adopts a simple, easy-to-use straight shift pattern, further advancing the Quon’s operability while also enhancing its ability to navigate muddy conditions.

All models feature disc brakes as standard and these 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.

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The new Quon range boasts a fuel-efficient, powerful and clean 11-liter GH11 engine.  It generates powerful torque from low revs up through a wide rangea nd features UD Trucks’ Nenpi Fuel Coach – a system that displays driving advice to help drivers achieve further improvement the vehicle’s fuel economy.

Additional contributors to Quon’s fuel efficiency are a weight reduction in the physical truck, as well as low air resistance.

Advanced Euro 5 technology, in all the new Quon models, also contributes to better fuel efficiency and environmentally friendlier emissions through UD’s SCR technology.

Quon utilises a range of basic, passive and active safety features to keep the driver, the cargo, as well as other road users as safe as possible.

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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.

A Lane Departure Warning System alerts the driver when they are straying across lanes and is especially intended to keep drivers from falling asleep at the wheel.  An additional Driver Alert Support alerts the driver by sound and a message in the display, if the system detects any symptoms of inattentive driving or drowsy driving.

Adaptive Cruise Control is an extension of standard cruise control as it adapts the distance to the target vehicle in accordance to a selected time-gap and the speed of the subject vehicle by controlling the engine, powertrain and brakes of the Quon.

UD stability control, or UDSC sensor, detects conditions in which the truck could become unstable, such as curves or slippery road surfaces, the system applies control appropriate to engine output and braking power to each tire to maintain stability.

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

Improved ease of loading, bodybuilding efficiency and smoothness at creeping speed for approaching loading docks also reflect UD Trucks’ commitment to boost productivity for fleet owners.

“The all-new Quon offers a highly productive range of vehicles optimised for our customers’ business needs,” says Swanepoel.  “Our customers’ definition of the essentials needed in a truck, has changed.  Our focus therefore is to give customers reduced operating costs as related to things like fuel efficiency, payload ability and uptime.  Secondly, we are concentrating on the people factor within the transport business, making our trucks even safer and environmentally friendly.”

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.

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