After a well-deserved rest day in Urumqi, Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO was back on board late Monday. This morning Artur Ardavichus left the bivouac at 7.36 ahead his teammates and drove carefully behind the wheel of his IVECO Powerstar, finishing Stage 9 from Urumqi to Hami in a good position. “Today it was a very hard day – confirmed the pilot – The stage was really tough, with dunes and gravel: to make it to the end it was necessary to drive not too fast but not even too slow. I think otherwise not all the trucks would have arrived at the end of the stage.” The newest driver of the team is still firmly in the 5th place of the overall ranking.
From various aspects of the commercial vehicle industry delegates gathered for an afternoon seminar on the Future of Transportation to listen to speakers from Shell, DHL and Scania.
Co-Produced by Shell and Asian Trucker, the seminar on “The Future of Transportation”, hosted in Singapore on 12 July, saw an overwhelming response from the market with a full house. Mark Cameron, Regional Director, Scania South Malaysia and Singapore, and Country Manager, Scania Singapore, began his address to business people in the Commercial Vehicle industry, by showing a picture of a transportation hub in 2030. “Does this represent the transportation situation of the future?” he asked. “When I get to the end of my presentation I will ask this question again.”
On Kostanay-Astana stage (total distance 908.80 km of which 2 special stages of 373.40 km), the Silk Way Rally route entered Kazakhstan for the third time. Once again the breathtaking lakes and canyons, mountain plateaus and ravines challenged the racers, putting to the test their piloting skills and adaptability to surface conditions.
Michelin Malaysia has launched its ‘Tyres Are Not Bananas” educational campaign to focus emphasis on tyre quality and care instead of preoccupation with the date of manufacture of the product as numerous research had proven that performance was not solely based on the age of a tyre.
Using bananas and its limited shelf life and freshness as an example, Michelin aims to educate motorists that the countdown on the life of the tyre began with the date of fitment and dedication to regular tyre care rather than an overemphasis on the date of manufacture.
The third stage of Silk Way Rally 2017 took the competitors across the border into Kazakhstan after a “special” of about 330 km and a total distance of 876,39 km. The three IVECO trucks completed the last of the three stages in Russian territory in the top ten of the overall ranking. Once again, Ton Van Genugten was the man of the day as he finished just 3 minutes 39 seconds behind the first. He drove carefully without taking risks and this tactic paid off, after the slippery tracks of the first two stages and the amazing passages of across the river, the experienced Dutchman is now in fifth place in the truck category overall ranking.
The second special stage of the Silk Way Rally 2017 took the drivers from Tcheboksary to Ufa. Team leader Gerard de Rooy was the great protagonist of a perfect special stage on board his #302 IVECO Powerstar. He started behind the other Dutchman of the team and finished second, improving his overall placement. After two stages on very difficult terrain, De Rooy lies in second in the partial general classification.
In a short special of just 61 timed kilometres, Dutchman Ton van Genugten’s IVECO Trakker finished in third place, just over 2 minutes behind the winner and ahead of teammates Gerard de Rooy’s and Artur Ardavichus’s IVECO Powerstars.
Biodiesel is one of the viable substitute for diesel, but implementation comes at a price. Alternative fuel or green fuel has been a hot discussion topic for some time, especially for fleet owners, small businesses and owners alike. It is a viable solution which is proving to be cost effective due to long term savings, plus it is much greener than the regular diesel. It is widely used in countries like Norway, Sweden and Germany, where diesel has been replaced with alternatives such as biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas and propane.
HINO TEAM SUGAWARA arrived in Moscow on July 1st to take part in the Silk Way Rally 2017. From July 8th thru July 22nd, as part of their real-world conditions summer training, the team will be starting off in Russia, traveling through Kazakhstan, and finishing in China. This will be the second time after last year’s event for the team to race the Silk Way Rally. The team sees this as its testing grounds for their upgraded truck’s performance, a venue for training their driver, navigator, and mechanics, as well as an opportunity where they can race against other formidable teams to improve their teamwork.
Kuala Lumpur – The Members of Commission, management and employees of Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) would like to extend their sincere and heartfelt appreciation to Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar Syed Jaafar for his leadership spanning seven years shaping the Commission to become what it is today. He retired as chairman effective 3 June 2017.
Handpicked by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the Chairman of SPAD in June 2010, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar has driven SPAD’s journey in spearheading transformation in the land public transport industry, a critical agenda under the National Transformation Programme.
Under his steadfast leadership, SPAD had successfully developed and launched the National Land Public Transport Master Plan (NLPTMP) and the Greater Kuala Lumpur LPT Master Plan in 2013, which will guide the implementation of initiatives such as macro-level policies, strategies and plans, including major infrastructure investments and regulatory and policy changes for the next 20 years. It was also under his stewardship that various transformative measures for the industry were rolled out such as the Interim Stage Bus Support Fund, the Stage Bus Services Transformation, completion of the LRT Extension Project (LEP), rollout of the Phase 1 of MRT Line 1 and the Taxi Industry Transformation Programme.
Bangkok, Thailand – Daimler Commercial Vehicle (Thailand) Ltd. (DCVT), wholly owned by Germany’s Daimler Group, the world leader in bus and truck sales, is further strengthening its commitment to Thailand, with an expansion of its Fuso brand commercial vehicles operations as well as launching Fuso brand businesses, including Fuso Leasing, to fully support Thai customers’ needs. This ever-growing presence in the Thai market is marked by the appointment of Mr Sascha Ricanek as CEO of DCVT.