UD Trucks has marked the 20th anniversary of its Quon model by pointing to the the brand’s flagship model as an icon of the  heavy duty truck market, saying that  the Quon the anniversary marks two decades of ‘safety, dependability, and industry leading innovation’.

UD introduced the Quon  in 2004 claiming that it was designed to redefine its segment by providing solution to growing industry pressures surrounding running costs, sustainability, road handling, comfort, and safety.

The Quon was the successor to the renowned but ridiculously named ‘BigThumb model’  and UD reckons it set a new ‘industry benchmark upon its launch by integrating advanced technologies, some of which were world-first innovations’.

If you cut through the hyperbole, the reality is the Quon has won many admirers and maintained a strong market presence on the back of UD’s often admired engineering capability.

According to UD one of the  industry-first achievements  for Quon was the introduction of its Final Low Emission New Diesel System (FLENDS),  which the brand claims ws a groundbreaking urea selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system that significantly enhanced environmental performance and fuel economy. UD says that  this became an industry standard and a system widely used in trucks today.

UD Trucks launched an All New Quon in 2017, claiming it was the first Japanese Truck with Euro 6 compliant technology.

UD says that  the 2017 all  new Quon delivered innovative improvements to the engine, transmission, and connectivity, and elevated standards in fuel efficiency, sustainability, uptime, safety, payloads, and drivability  and was backed by more than 2.5 million engineering hours, 6.5 million kilometres of test driving, and 15,858 bench tests.

UD goes on to say that Quon’s legacy of innovation has continued with the recent launch of the “Enhanced” Quon range last year, which  featured enhancements to its 11 litre engine, as well as the introduction of the 8×4 16-pallet extra-long wheelbase model, and the 8 litre Quon Agitator with ESCOT AMT.

UD says the entire Quon range incorporates an extensive raft of safety feature enhancements, including improved Traffic Eye Brake System (AEB), Traffic Eye Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning System with Blind Spot Information System, and Electronic Stability Control.

“Bringing the Quon to market 20 years ago was driven by UD Trucks’ Better Life purpose, enabling us to deliver a truck that’s better for people, our planet and for business,” said vice president of UD Trucks Australia, Philippa Wood.

“Quon has been at the forefront of addressing evolving challenges, setting new standards, and delivering exceptional performance and success to our valued customers across Australia – and many other markets worldwide. We now have the safest, most efficient and comfortable Quon range to date and we will continue to Go the Extra Mile and drive innovation forward with our dependable flagship product,” Wood added.