Monday, November 28, 2016

Truck News: UD Trucks’ Extra Mile Challenge 2016 - The Malaysian Team wins first prize!!!


Congratulations is in order. A UD Trucks team from Malaysia took part in this year's ‘UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2016’ and came out tops in the competition. The UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge took place in UD Experience Centre at the company's headquarters in Ageo, Japan.


Four regional champions from Thailand, Malaysia, South Africa and Indonesia competed in the challenge this year. The Thailand team won “Best Fuel Efficient Driving”, while the Malaysia team won “Best Pre-Check Inspection” while the South Africa team was awarded “Best Driving Skill.” The overall champion of the competition was the Malaysia team.




The competition focused on three key elements; pre-inspection, fuel efficiency & safety, and drivability, to improve driving skills and reduce both costs and downtime. For the challenges, the drivers representing each country were to compete in a simulated transport delivery cycle. The aim of the challenges is to demonstrate the versatility and user-friendliness of UD Trucks whilst showcasing the capability and confidence, contributing to safer and motivated drivers. 

This win certainly shows that we Malaysians have it in us to drive exceptionally well if we want to. Whether it is motorsports or this sort of truck related competitions. Note that earlier this year a driver from Malaysia managed to enter the world finals in the Volvo Fuel Watch Challenge 2016

So congratulations, Mr. Yuzairi Bin Ibrahim, the winning driver from ASAC LOGISTICS SDN.BHD (pictured above at the awards ceremony and the photo at the start). Kudos as well as to Mr. Tan Seong Teik, the managing director of ASAC LOGISTICS for allowing his driver the chance to participate in such an event. I like companies like this who actually nurture the people that work for them.



Press release

November 28, 2016

Malaysia team wins first prize at UD Trucks’ Extra Mile Challenge 2016

On November 22, the finals of the Extra Mile Challenge 2016, the UD Trucks’ global competition

for UD Quester drivers this year, took place at the UD Experience Center at the UD Trucks

headquarters in Ageo, Japan. Four regional champions from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and

South Africa competed, with the Malaysia team winning top honors.

Based on UD Trucks’ brand promise, “Going the Extra Mile,” the Extra Mile Challenge demonstrates

how customers can make the most out of UD products and services. The competition focuses on three

key elements; pre-inspection, fuel efficiency & safety, and drivability, to improve driving skills and

reduce both costs and downtime.

For the challenge, drivers representing each country compete in a simulated transport delivery cycle.

Each practical station is judged by the following criteria: revenue, fuel efficiency, uptime & maintenance

cost, and driving safety. The winning team claimed the highest profit based on transport calculations.

The Extra Mile Challenge demonstrates how UD Trucks not only helps achieve further business

success, but also strengthen driving capability and confidence, contributing to safer roads and

motivated drivers.

The day culminated with a special award ceremony and announcement of the competition results. The

Thailand team won “Best Fuel Efficient Driving”, while the Malaysia team won “Best Pre-Check

Inspection” while the South Africa team was awarded “Best Driving Skill.” The overall champion of the

competition was the Malaysia team.

During the award ceremony

“It is an honor to have won this award at the finals in Japan. This is a milestone in my career as a

driver. I have been driving Quester over one year already, which made me feel confident when I was

driving the Quester truck during the competition,” said Yuzairi Bin Ibrahim, the winning driver from

ASAC LOGISTICS SDN.BHD. Tan Seong Teik, the managing director of ASAC LOGISTICS, continued

that, “This event is a great opportunity not only for the participating driver but also for our company to

spread this achievement and motivate other drivers in our company back in Alor Setar, Kedah, north

Malaysia.”

The Extra Mile Challenge also proves how the UD Trucks’ “Gemba Spirit” - the professional, passionate

and dependable spirit at the heart of UD Trucks – is aimed for our customers. Kishi Nobuhiko, UD

Trucks Senior Vice President, Brand and Product, commented that, “The Extra Mile Challenge is not

just a driving competition, but also provides a great opportunity for drivers to evaluate their skills, refine

their strengths and ‘go the extra mile.’ UD Trucks is committed to improving our customers’ businesses

at their ‘Gemba’ regardless of the countries. Through this competition, we aim to help enhance driver

capability and confidence, in addition to providing excellent products and services backed by our value

of Ultimate Dependability.”

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