UD Trucks recently launched its latest Croner model in Japan. This all new medium duty truck range boasts a wide range of customisable configurations for extra productivity and superior uptime.

Developed for growth markets, the manufacturer aims to continue its rich Japanese legacy of producing the “truck that the world needs today” specifically for its markets across Asia, Africa, Middle-East and South America.

“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 that the Croner will make every moment count, by maximizing productivity and minimizing downtime on every run our customers make,” said Jacques Michel, President, Volvo Group Trucks Asia & JVs Sales.

“The superiority of the 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 to that, 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 true testament to the Japanese hallmarks of quality.”

UD’s Croner can be ordered in three GVM configurations and their various wheelbase variants, meaning that there is a total of 21 different configurations to suit the 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.

“As for drivability, Croner’s automatic transmission option can be crucial for markets like South Africa where it is facing serious driver shortage due to the strenuous demands on drivers, especially in long haul driving,” says Nobuhiko Kishi, Senior Vice President, Brand and Product, UD Trucks.

“Similarly, automatic transmission can be seen as a game changer for the truck industry in the Asia region as it helps lower cost and downtime, as manual transmission is more susceptible to wear-and-tear especially to its clutch in a long run.”