UD goes heavy on heavy duty rigids

By: Steve Skinner

Japanese builder comes up with a unique rigid product for Australia to try and match Isuzu in waste, construction and general freight

UD goes heavy on heavy duty rigids
The new PW 6x4 will be playing in the waste management, construction and general freight spaces.


Volvo Group Australia’s Japanese-built brand, UD, says it’s focusing on the heavy duty segment of the Australian truck market.

"2016 for us is about heavy duty growth," UD Trucks Australia vice president Jon McLean says.

McLean was speaking at the annual VGA media conference on the eve of the International Truck Trailer and Equipment Show in Melbourne.

UD holds about 8 per cent of the Australian medium duty truck share, but has only two per cent of the market above 16 tonnes GVM (gross vehicle mass).

Spearheading the heavy duty attack is the newly-announced PW 6x4 rigid, to be built especially for the Australian market and conditions.

The PW 6x4 will be playing in the waste management, construction and general freight spaces.

"It’s basically a segment that we didn’t have anything in," McLean says.

"Our customers asked for it, and here it is.

"It’s the second-largest segment in the heavy duty industry, which we are going to have something to compete in towards the end of this year."

McLean acknowledges that the new PW’s turf is "totally dominated by Isuzu".

The PW 24 280 will have an Allison 3500 HD transmission; the option of 6-rod leaf or Hendrickson air bag suspension; and two wheelbase options.

"For the first time we’re fitting Meritor drive axles as standard, with a driver-switchable diff lock and cross-lock function," McLean adds.

"When you combine this with the Wabco ABS system, you get significantly improved traction in difficult terrain making it perfectly suited for construction or quarry work."

The PW 24 280 will have FleetMax Plus telematics as standard and a 6-inch touch screen that includes GPS, as well as high-output three-way speakers, Bluetooth, voice activation, and iPhone and smartphone compatibility.

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