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

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Ageo, Japan, 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 re-engineered 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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Arisa Tsujie, Media and Communications, UD Trucks
+81 48-615-0185


UD Trucks is a leading Japanese transport solution provider that was established in Japan in 1935 and became a part of the Volvo Group in 2007.  Headquartered in Ageo, Saitama prefecture, Japan – UD Trucks vision is to provide the trucks and services the world needs today. The company is currently active in more than 60 countries and promises to Go The Extra Mile for its many customers worldwide. Ultimate Dependability (UD) is an essential part of UD Trucks heritage and is experienced across our range of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles as well as in our associated, leading services.

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Volvo Cars celebrates 90 years at Techno Classica

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, celebrates its 90th anniversary at the world’s biggest show for classic vehicles, Techno Classica in Essen, Germany, 5 – 9 April.

On April 14, 1927, the first Volvo Car drove out of the factory gate in Gothenburg, Sweden.

However, the Volvo Cars stand at Techno Classica does not only showcase the company’s history. It also features the company’s latest product, the all-new XC60, launched at the Geneva Motor Show just last month. Techno Classica will be the first German car show for the new XC60.

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The new car replaces Volvo’s highly-successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 today represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales.

 “We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 will be no exception. It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle, and it represents the next step in our transformation plan,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive, Volvo Car Group.

The 6 classic Volvo models exhibited at the Techno Classica will be:

1934 PV654

The Volvo PV600 series came in 1929, only two years after the little Swedish car company had started its operations. It had a distinct American inspired design and a powerful 3-litre straight six cylinder engine. A seven seater version was also made, mainly for taxi purposes.

Approximately 4,400 cars of the Volvo PV600-series were made during the model´s 8 year long life span.

1957 PV444

The PV444 was called “The Little Volvo” when it first was shown in Stockholm in 1944. However, due to material shortage after WWII, production didn´t start until 1947. For the first time, Volvo could offer a model that was within reach for customers with an ordinary income and the demand was much bigger than the supply.

The PV444 was the first Volvo model to be exported to the USA. The first car came to the port in Long Beach, California, in 1955 and only two years later Volvo was the Sunshine State´s second biggest import brand.

1800 S

The Volvo P1800 is probably the most iconic Volvo model of all time.

It became known worldwide as “The Saint´s car” in the 1960´s TV-show of the same name, starring Roger Moore as Simon Templar.

Manufactured from 1961 until 1973, the P1800 is today a highly sought-after classic among collectors.

1968 145 estate

At the end of November 1967, Volvo presented the third variant in what was now developing into a complete car family known as the 140 Series: the Volvo 145.

 The Volvo 145 was a 5-door estate with a rear section that had a virtually vertical tailgate. Everybody agreed that this was a safe, comfortable and extremely practical and spacious car. The cargo volume was more than two cubic metres and the floor of the cargo area was completely flat.

The Volvo 145 quickly became an extremely popular estate and played an increasingly important role within the 140 Series.

262 C

The Volvo 262C was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1977, as a part of Volvo´s 50th anniversary. It was the result of a cooperation between Volvo and Bertone, designed in Sweden but assembled in Turin, Italy.

This four seater coupe with the radical roofline that became the 262C´s trademark, was based on the two-door, six-cylinder 262 sedan. Custom stampings were done by Bertone and the Italian firm also provided the custom interiors in pleated leather, elm veneer and deep pile carpeting.

The 262C was powered by the PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) fuel-injected B27F overhead-cam V6, producing 140 bhp. A total of 6,622 cars were built between 1977 and 1981.

850 R

The 850 R is the high performance version of the successful Volvo 850.  It was launched in 1996 and was the successor to the 850 T5-R.

The transversely mounted, 2.3 litre, inline 5-cylinder engine produced 250 hp, giving the car 7.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h. The intense red colour was unique to the 850 R, but it could be ordered also in five other colours, depending on market.

The 850 R was produced both as a sedan and an estate and is now a much sought after “youngtimer” classic.


Volvo Car Group in 2016

For the 2016 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 11,014 MSEK (6,620 MSEK in 2015). Revenue over the period amounted to 180,672 MSEK (164,043 MSEK). For the full year 2016, global sales reached a record 534,332 cars, an increase of 6.2 per cent versus 2015. The record sales and operating profit cleared the way for Volvo Car Group to continue investing in its global transformation plan.


About Volvo Car Group

Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 534,332 cars in 2016 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.