Hexagon Highs Transport Sdn Bhd, a logistics company based in Kuching, is the first in Malaysia to use Prototype Safety Trailer-Trucks (STT) in their operations. Managing director, William Liang said that the initiative portrays the company’s commitment and responsibility towards its drivers and other road users.
Which Chinese painter will take the prize in Shanghai at the Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships? On 6 December 2019 a panel of experts will choose the next finalist for the grand finale in Frankfurt in 2020. Four candidates have already submitted their design concepts. Now, with the addition of paint manufacturers Yatupaint and BASF China/ R-M, the ranks of the competition's international sponsors have grown to eleven. First time on board: Carbon, specialist in collision repair concepts.
Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (DMSB), the distributor of Daihatsu light commercial vehicles in Malaysia today announced that the company will be carrying out a Special Service Campaign (SSC) concurrently with its principal Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. (DMC) and manufacturer PT. Astra Daihatsu Motors (ADM) to replace the connecting rod on 3SZ engine to Gran Max 1,500 cc sold in Malaysia.
There are 1 451 vehicles involved which were manufactured from 7th March 2018 to 10th April 2019 sold by DMSB. No other Daihatsu models are affected by this issue that are subject of the SSC prior to before or after the said production period.
Just like any other special purpose vehicle, the FUSO ATHENA addresses a very specific need for a very narrow range of missions. In this case, however, it is a mission that nobody hopes will ever arise and where the truck may see a lot of idle time.
It is a concept vehicle, so the makers do not provide detailed specs, but Asian Trucker managed to secure some more information about the ATHENA. It was recently on display at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show.
AT: MAN is better known for their buses in Thailand and Singapore (for instance). What are you planning to do to strengthen the truck segment? TH: This is right, and in addition we are very strong in Hong Kong with the buses. You are also right that we have to catch up in a number of markets for the trucks. I see this as an opportunity as we can grow, and we have the luxury of having the best product. While everyone says that, we can actually prove it. This is not just about the trucks, but also about how we are organised. It is about how our network is organised, how we treat our distributors and clients. Here we have a clear vision and strategy and we will implement new procedures; train people and we will need to increase the footprint in the market. Coming up with competitive pricing is one issue. You need to have CKD options to be competitive.
I expect us to be in a leading position within the next three years. Yes, there are some obstacles, but I am confident that we can get there. We have managed to increase sales from 150 to over 1 000 units in Korea. I am sure we know what to do.
MAN Truck & Bus, one of Europe’s strong brands has decided to cement its commitment to the Thai Market. As of 1st November 2019, MAN SE will appoint MAN Truck & Bus Asia Pacific – the head office of AREA APAC to be the sole distributor for Thailand to represent the company in the region. MAN SE is to work closely with local business partners to promote high quality products and fully efficient performance to support Thailand as a growth market.
Mr. Thilo Halter has many years of international experience in leading positions in various functions and industries. He has been in Asia Pacific for MAN since 2007, starting here as CFO Asia Pacific, then as Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus Korea, and since 2015 as Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus China.
With the ambitious targets of MAN-Simply#1 globally, Mr. Thilo Halter takes the new challenge, as Head of Sales Area Asia Pacific starting from July 1st, 2019. In an exclusive interview, Halter told Asian Trucker about their ambitions.
The second instalment of Hino’s annual driving competition, aptly renamed this year as Hino Smart Driving Competition was held at the Hino Total Support Customer Centre (HTSCC) in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan. As the only training grounds outside of Japan, HTSCC is the perfect location to hold the event with courses specially built to mimic difficult and awkward situations in the daily life of a truck driver.
Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Hino Malaysia) handed over eight units from an order of a 99 units total purchase of the new Hino light-duty trucks from the HINO 300 Series, to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), which acquired additional units to facilitate the expansion of its service maintenance requirements.
TNB aims to enhance its service maintenance quality and HINO XZU720K trucks are all equipped with tower wagon which offers powerful performance and improved fuel-efficiency that eventually will help to improve the profitability of its haul operation.
The city of Shanghai is slowly but surely beginning to phase out diesel trucks. According to report on the central government’s website, some 120 000 lower-end diesel trucks are to be put out of use by 2022.
Looking to the future, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association presents the 46th edition of the Tokyo Motor Show. The forty-sixth edition of the Tokyo Motor Show takes place Thursday, October 24, 2019 to Monday November 4, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition has become a regular date in the calendar and offers one of the best informative sites on the subject of automobile production.