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UD Trucks launches Croner to help transportation companies maximize uptime and productivity

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UD Trucks and Prime Quest Transport Solutions Inc. recently launched Croner, an all-new medium duty truck, to continue its rich Japanese legacy of building the “truck that the world needs today” specifically for its growth markets across Asia, Africa, Middle-East and South America.

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Making the best of your time

Croner is a reliable and versatile truck range built with robust and quality components delivering extra productivity and superior uptime. By understanding customers’ demand and business needs, Croner is engineered to help customers stay ahead of competition, through the simple concept of saving time.

“UD Trucks believes that more time spent on the road and less time in the workshop adds up to the success of our customers’ business. It is our aim for Croner to make every moment count, through maximizing productivity and minimizing downtime on every run our customers make,” said Jacques Michel, senior vice president, UD Trucks International Sales.

“The superiority of Croner comes from the best of three worlds – UD Trucks’ strong Japanese heritage and craftsmanship, Volvo Group’s global technology and sourcing, and local manufacturing and customer support. Further, with UD Trucks’ Ultimate Dependability standard and ‘Gemba’ spirit incorporated in every aspect, each component is the result of years of development and stringent stress testing – a testament to the Japanese hallmarks of quality,” said Michel.

Going the extra mile

Named after the god of time Chronos in Greek mythology, the Croner is designed to excel in the medium duty segment to compete in growth markets.

Croner in the Philippines has options for two gross vehicle weight (GVW) models: LKE and PKE; and their wheelbase variants, which can offer up to several different basic configurations to suit specific demands of various industries. Additionally, the air suspension on all variants is available as an option to protect customers’ cargo especially when travelling on rough road conditions.

“In the last few years, UD Trucks has seen tremendous growth especially in Southeast Asia, in some key markets like the Philippines. I believe that the combination of the Japanese heritage of UD Trucks, the local ‘Gemba’ spirit where value is created and the strong support from the Volvo Group, UD Trucks can definitely bring customers’ success to the next level. The Philippines is a market where UD Trucks has historically been strong, where it has since long ago earned customers’ trust across the nation,” said Steve Hedouin, managing director of UD Trucks Philippines.

“New Croner is the truck that can help meet our customers’ requirements and expectations to manage their key business challenges”, added Hedouin.

In the Philippines, it’s important to have a reliable truck engineered for ultimate performance during operations. Croner is the best option to get the job done. It saves time which is the most important resource of all. Customer-focused aftersales support and advanced features results to decreased number of service turnover. Progressive reliability, fuel efficiency and maximized uptime reduce requirement of service to keep customers on the road for years.

Fuel is a high expenditure for fleet owners considering the number of trucks and journey they make. Croner is one of the most fuel-efficient trucks ever. It utilizes the fuel needed efficiently without waste because of the new GHE engine series, automatic transmission, a built-in fuel coach, and a more aerodynamic cab which reduces the coefficient of drag (CD) more significantly by five percent. Croner is equipped with UD Telematics that is aimed at maximizing profitability and uptime with services such as fuel utilization reports, track & trace, proactive support.

UD Trucks goes the extra mile for smart logistics by delivering the truck and services in Croner that the transportation companies today in the Philippines can rely on.
“Going the Extra Mile” is the brand promise of UD Trucks with a focus on fuel efficiency, uptime, reliability and drivability, while meeting today’s high standards for safety and environment, allowing UD Trucks to provide customers with the best products and services in the market to meet their business needs.

Extra Mile Support services

UD Trucks takes pride in its comprehensive set of UD Extra Mile Support services, such as UD Genuine Service and Parts, UD Driver Training, and UD Trust Service Agreements. These were developed to ensure its trucks such as Croner run and remain in optimum condition to go the extra mile, saving minutes, hours, and days over the years.

In addition to its Extra Mile Support, UD Trucks also offers professional telematics solution that provides customers with real time information and reports to improve their fleets’ operation. By connecting its trucks to the UD workshops, UD Trucks enables proactive and continuous workshop support to its customers.

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