Quon quests for Japanese marketUD Trucks, part of the Volvo Group, has launched a new truck for the Japanese market designed to minimise total cost of ownership without scrimping on driver comfort and safety. Called Quon, the Japanese manufacturer’s new heavy-duty truck offers increased payload due to an optimised chassis weight, making the Quon one of the lightest 11-litre heavy-duty trucks on the Japanese market. According to UD Trucks, a 6×2 Quon equipped with wing-body is now 200 kg lighter, representing a significant increase in carrying capacity.

UD Trucks said its collision damage reduction function in the former ‘Traffic Eye Brake’ system has evolved into an Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) to fully comply with forthcoming Japanese regulations that require automatic deceleration when coming too close to another vehicle. AEBS uses high-precision radar to measure distance and relative speed versus the vehicle in front, and automatically warns the driver as required.

A new Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) has also been included, which signals the driver if the vehicle detects it is drifting out of lane.

UD Trucks also said it is hoping its refined Quon will help boost driver retention, as Japan is currently suffering a shortage of drivers.

“To assist customers in achieving higher productivity, as well as to address the issue of driver shortage, UD Trucks has invested to further upgrade Quon uptime and payload and to make Quon an even safer truck that is easier to drive,” said Yoshihiro Murakami, head of UD Trucks sales in Japan. “Efficiency is not only fuel consumption, but also overall productivity. We believe a full-service, safe truck experience is the next frontier in transportation. And with these new measures, Quon – the benchmark in Japanese heavy-duty trucking – raises the bar to a new level.”