The versatile new Quester is targeted at a variety of fleet operators; from long-haul transport to mining, inter-regional and construction.
The versatile new Quester is targeted at a variety of fleet operators; from long-haul transport to mining, inter-regional and construction.
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UD Trucks Southern Africa has added two new truck ranges to its local product line-up. This includes eight new Quester derivatives in the extra heavy truck segment, as well as the Kuzer light heavy commercial truck.

The new Quester range will be assembled from Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kits at its local plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. Kuzer will initially be available as Completely Built-Up (CBU) units but will be moved to local CKD assembly at a later stage.

The new Quester additions take UD Trucks’ Quester offering to 18 models.

The versatile new Quester is targeted at a variety of fleet operators; from long-haul transport to mining, inter-regional and construction.

The Quester also introduces key new features such as an Escot automated manual transmission, air-suspended cabs, higher powered engines, a retarder, electrical cab tilt and user-friendly telematics. 

The new Quester is up to 10% more fuel efficient than the current Quester with the 12-speed Escot automated manual transmission, lighter tare weight and optimised driveline.

The truck supports effective fleet management and driver performance with customer telematics such as real-time vehicle tracking and geofencing for better fleet visibility and optimisation.

The Kuzer is aimed at fleets that are looking for flexibility to operate in the urban logistics environment, but which can just as easily serve as mini-compactors, roll-backs and tippers, or as robust delivery vehicles for bakeries in rural areas for example, says Gert Swanepoel, MD of UD Trucks Southern Africa. 

Kuzer is a flexible 4x2 freight carrier.
Kuzer is a flexible 4x2 freight carrier.
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With a 111kW engine, optimised driveline, fuel-coaching technology and integrated telematics, Kuzer is a flexible 4x2 freight carrier. It is equipped with air-conditioning, cruise control and a six-speed manual gearbox.

Additional features include Vehicle Health Monitoring, whereby the system automatically alerts a UD dealer when a potential problem arises.

“Kuzer is all about manoeuvrability with a short turning radius to quickly move in and out of docking bays and tight parking spots,” says Swanepoel. 

“With a large and comfortable cab, Kuzer also provides a better working environment for operators and crews who use their truck as a mobile office, stopping and off-loading cargo multiple times a day.

Fleet owners can stay connected to their fleets with the UD Trucks Telematics System, which comes as standard on all Kuzer and Quester units. This includes fuel advice services where UD Trucks can analyse driving behaviour and help truck drivers improve their driving and subsequently reduce a fleet’s fuel costs. It has the capability to connect directly to UD Trucks workshops to monitor and detect each vehicle’s condition and service needs before a potential emergency occurs.

UD Trucks Southern Africa has been in the region for 57 years and has 49 dealers across the region. The company also has an assembly facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria.

UD Trucks, a member of the Volvo Group, is a Japanese commercial vehicle solutions provider active in more than 60 countries.