UD Trucks could be about to bring a new medium-duty truck to Australia.
Speaking at a media conference tied to the opening of the new Volvo Group Australia (VGA) headquarters in Brisbane, Mark Strambi, Vice President of Sales at UD Trucks hinted at the new offering.
UD Trucks has enjoyed a solid increase in heavy-duty sales over the past 12 months with customers being attracted to the new-generation Quon.
To the end of July, local UD Trucks sales overall were ahead 6%, heavy-duty sales jumping ahead by better than 32% compared to the same time last year.
But the Japanese brand’s medium-duty sales haven’t fared so well.
Local sales of its medium-duty truck, the Condor, were down just over 12%.
Mr Strambi not only promised additional variants of the Quon over the next year or so, but also “a new product for our customers”.
Why has the Quon proven such a success?
The UD Trucks executive singled out several factors that have helped the truck make gains on the heavy-duty offerings from Japanese rivals.
Mr Strambi saying the Quon was winning over buyers with its safety credentials, including standard features like Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Stability Control and disc brakes.
“We believe it is the best heavy-duty Japanese truck on the market.” – UD Trucks VP of Sales, Mark Strambi
Other important factors leading to the increase in demand for the truck were the Quon’s service intervals (up to 60,000km) and car-like drive, according to the UD Trucks boss.
The recent introduction of a 24 month warranty on genuine UD Trucks Parts was also singled out.
And Mr Strambi said he was also pleased to see a very high uptake among Quon buyers for UD Maintenance and Service Contracts.
We will bring you more on the media conference and the official opening of the new HQ over the next day or two.
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