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UD Quester launches new range onto the African continent

‘Quester is expected to be UD’s most cost-efficient truck ever.’ – Rory Schulz, MD of UD Trucks Southern Africa

UD Trucks has launched its new Quester extra-heavy range, with a product lineup that has been specifically designed and developed for growing markets like Southern and East Africa.

UD Quester tipper

‘Quester has undergone numerous hours of local research, testing and customising ahead of its launch to ensure the range’s best local performance and durability,’ says Rory Schulz, Managing Director of UD Trucks Southern Africa. ‘The Quester range will, however, not replace any products in our current line-up but will simply enhance our offering.’


The new Quester range has been uniquely engineered for our local environment

Quester extra-heavy load truckThe Quester range has been designed as a modern and smart extra-heavy truck platform that is aimed at a wide range of applications, including mining, construction and regional distribution. In addition, Quester is a robust, dependable and efficient truck range that combines the best of global technology, Japanese craftsmanship and local industry knowledge. UD Trucks has a proud heritage of developing high-quality trucks for the Japanese market, but this is the first time that the company has specifically developed a truck range with African fleet owners in mind. Its strength lies not only in the wide product offering of 13 derivatives, including an 8×4 model, but it is an exceptionally robust vehicle made to withstand even the harshest of mining environments.

‘The launch of the new Quester extra-heavy truck range signals a new era in the history of UD Trucks,’ says Schulz.

‘It’s a game-changer. Quester focuses on features and benefits that will make our customers’ businesses grow, such as higher productivity, extended uptime and increased fuel efficiency. We call it ‘excelling at the essentials’. Quester excels on endurance and will prove to be one of the most reliable truck ranges today – durable and easy to maintain and with outstanding fuel efficiency. It’s a complete solution, with first-class service and genuine parts, and I’m sure it’s a truck range customers will come to trust implicitly.

Quester mixer truck

‘Most importantly, we believe our local customers will profit from the modern and smart transport solutions which the Quester range offers, from its positioning in the market to the technology and quality of the vehicles, right through to the new scope of support offered by our regional dealer network.’

These advancements include an all-new telematics system that comes standard with all the new Quester models, as well as aspects such as built-in fuel coaching and an all-new, three-year or 150 000km UD basic service contract, free of charge.

‘UD Trucks’ passion is to make fleet owners’ working day simpler and more productive, whether they are in regional distribution, construction, public amenities or mining.

Quester is expected to be UD’s most cost-efficient truck ever,” explains Schulz. ‘The new range will cut fuel costs and maximise uptime, giving fleet owners quick, dependable payback that will help them succeed in their business.’ The company is also committed to support fleet owners wherever they operate throughout the region.

‘UD Trucks has a proud after-sales care record in Southern Africa as a result of our concerted commitment to provide our customers with the best possible vehicle availability and utilisation,’ says Schulz. “As part of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, with its multitude of resources and technologies, the efficient and timely supply of quality UD Trucks parts remains one of our main priorities.’

The company is also continuously investing in the enhancement and expansion of the UD Trucks dealer network across the region.

‘With 65 franchised dealers already present all along the major routes and trade corridors in Southern and East Africa, fleet owners are able to get complete support from UD Trucks, no matter where they operate in the region,’ says Schulz.

Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa