UD ‘top of the Japs’ in over 350 hp class

UD Trucks has continued to dominate the over 350 hp Japanese heavy-duty bracket, claiming top spot for the seventh consecutive year with sales of its GK, GW and CW models, now collectively known as Quon.

Prior to the start of UD’s reign at the top of the charts, the earlier CW 385/445 models held down second place in the same segment for three years running, giving the company an unbroken decade in the top two positions.

The Quon Euro 5 models launched in mid-2011 feature as standard an SRS driver’s airbag and seatbelt pre-tensioner, a front under-run protection system (FUPS), an all new-touch screen entertainment and navigation system and new A-pillar grab handles for improved cab access.

Last year also saw the reintroduction of the legendary CW nameplate to the Quon range, with the designation being applied to the long wheelbase model suited to heavy-duty rigid applications such as furniture vans and tilt trays.

All up, since January 2008 UD Trucks has sold a total of 603 GW, GK and new generation CW units.

“The Australian sales success of the Quon series of heavy-duty trucks and its predecessors demonstrates that our clients look for well engineered and environmentally friendly trucks,” said Erik J. Andersson, vice president, UD sales. “Driver safety is also a high priority for many fleet managers now, which made the decision to equip the entire Quon range with a standard driver’s airbag an easy one.

“With the latest ECO Fleet emission reduction system in place on the Quon, the power plant has been developed to meet the stringent JPLT 05 standard,” Erik added. “Needless to say, we won’t be resting on our laurels, and we aim to continue improving our product line-up into the future.”

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