It’s beyond doubt that Asia’s automobile industry has been developing at a rapid pace in recent years. From 2009 to 2016, China alone was the world's largest car manufacturer and benefitted greatly from having the biggest sales market. As a result, the country rose to become the world’s top producer and exporter of tyres, with production volume climbing to 947 million units in 2016. Not only that, but the global tyre demand is still rising, with the market projected to reach 2.5 billion units by 2022.
Hong Kong leads the world for sustainable transport, according to the 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index from Arcadis, the leading global Design & Consultancy for natural and built assets. The Index was compiled for Arcadis by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) and explores mobility through three pillars of sustainability - social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Profit) - to develop an indicative ranking of 100 of the world’s cities.
With its new, purely electric plug-and-drive solution, automotive supplier ZF is driving the development of locally emission-free public transport. The latest evidence comes in the form of ZF's innovative city bus test vehicle. It is propelled by the new CeTrax electric central drive, which is suitable for both low-floor and high-floor applications. The drive was unveiled for the first time in 2016. Now, just one year later, the development team in Friedrichshafen has implemented a CeTrax application on the road. Other ZF solutions for electric buses include the AVE 130 electric portal axle and TraXon Hybrid. The portfolio is on show at the Busworld 2017, the key trade show for city buses and coaches.
Bus Uncle creator, Abhilash Murthy, tells Asian Buses writer Farezza Hanum Rashid how he humanised a chatbot with humour.
Waiting for the bus in Singapore is not dull when you have a sarcastic but friendly “uncle” who not only instantly tells you when your bus will arrive, but tells you jokes via text messages while you wait.
From October 20-25 2017, representatives of the international bus industry will meet up at the Busworld fair in Kortrijk, Belgium. The first 24-meter EXQUI.CITY to be configured as an IMC® electric bus will be on show on the booth of Belgian manufacturer Van Hool (booth 601 in hall 2).
MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd (MAN) announced today it has started providing mobile service workshops to customers - where MAN brings the workshop to the customer’s doorsteps instead of requiring customers to bring their vehicles to the standard workshops for service and maintenance.
Shell Lubricants Malaysia has recently launched a network of Shell Rimula-branded commercial vehicle workshops. The Shell Rimula Express network provides commercial vehicle workshop owners the opportunity to collaborate with Shell, world’s leading lubricant brand for the past 10 consecutive years.
Through this network, workshop owners will receive support from Shell Lubricants Malaysia to further grow their business. Some of these include exclusive branding that enhances market presence and customer confidence, marketing package and technical support. FULL LIST HERE:
Four of the world’s largest bus and engine manufacturers have committed today to make it easier for major cities to purchase buses equipped with low emissions technologies, in order to tackle climate change and toxic air pollution. BYD, Cummins, Scania and Volvo Buses will ensure ‘soot-free’ engine technology is available for purchase in 20 megacities beginning in 2018. The manufacturers will each release through their websites a full product portfolio available in each city and will begin publicly reporting the number of soot-free buses sold in each year.
The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has appointed Qamar Wan Noor as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective September 5, 2017.
A magna cum laude in Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York in 1990, Qamar began her career with Shell in 1990. In her 26-year long career with Shell, she held many positions including senior management roles in Malaysia, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. She led the Marketing Supply and Distribution teams in ensuring safe and efficient asset utilisation in terminals, land and marine logistics in both Oman and UAE, and later in Malaysia and Singapore.
Founded in 1958, Hengst Filtration has a long-standing history of success as a leading developer and manufacturer for filtration, fluid management systems, crankcase ventilations and cylinder head covers. With the history of almost half a century, Hengst has developed more than 2,500 filter products for the Independent After-Market (IAM), which specifically catered for automobiles, commercial vehicles and industrial applications of all manufacturers worldwide. Today, Hengst aims to extend its market share in Malaysia with the latest Blue.maxx modular system, a ground-breaking solution for diesel fuel filtration.