UD90 ATM model
UD Trucks Southern Africa has introduced the new UD90 ATM model to its already comprehensive product line-up. This heavy commercial freight carrier now boasts a fully automatic Allison transmission that is set to provide fleet owners with a more powerful, efficient and productive performance. With its proven flexibility and superb durability, the UD Trucks heavy commercial vehicle range is ideally suited to meet the needs of the transport sector.
Jacques Carelse, MD of UD Trucks Southern Africa, believes this new model offers fleet owners a smart and modern transport solution. “The new model provides customers with modern transmission technology, smoother operation and longer service intervals,” said Carelse.
“To us, it is another way in which we are aiming to introduce innovative ways in which we can go the extra mile for our customers.” UD Trucks are using a 2500 TC221 P&D Allison transmission in the range, and it is incorporated into the UD90 at its assembly plant in Rosslyn. Allison is one of the world’s premier providers of automatic transmissions for commercial vehicles and is renowned for its quality and reliability.
“The main benefits of using a torque converter gearbox include improved performance and more efficient fuel consumption. Ultimately, its means more savings for our UD fleet owners,” said Carelse.
Efficient acceleration is achieved by the torque converter that utilises full power shifts and subsequently less fuel. Optimal cruising is also achieved by means of the lock-up clutch and advanced electronic controls, which optimise the powertrain and fuel consumption.
Better engine braking is also achieved through the torque converter and preselect function, reducing brake wear and fuel consumption. Advanced electronics also add to the overall savings of the drive cycle. This includes ‘Reduced Engine Load at Stop’, or RELS, and ‘Auto-Neutral’ that minimise the truck’s fuel usage during idling.
‘Load-Based Shift Scheduling’, or LBSS, automatically selects the optimum shift schedules based on the vehicle’s actual payload and the road gradient on which it is operating. UD Trucks’ heavy commercial vehicle range provides transport solutions for nominal payloads from six to approximately 11 tons.
Their optimised wheelbases make them ideal for a range of applications, including freight carriers that can be fitted with virtually any rear body, a dedicated tipper, as well as conversions to truck tractors. Tag axle options allow for operation as a 6×2 with additional payload capability.
“With its proven flexibility and superb durability, the UD Trucks heavy commercial vehicle range is ideally suited to meet customers in this market segment’s exacting requirements,” said Carelse.
He added that the UD Trucks management team is excited about the future of the brand in this country: “As one of the country’s leading truck manufacturers for the past 50 years, the company is currently planning the introduction of game-changing new products and services to customers.
“The future plans of UD Trucks are all about enhancing our customers’ transport and service experience with us, and we believe the introduction of the UD 90 ATM is one of the ways in which we are providing customers with appropriate technology at the right time.”