Extra Mile Challenge

16 November 2015 | Print

UD Trucks’ Extra Mile Challenge 2015 final took place at the Japan Headquarters, Australian team crowned as overall winner

November 16, 2015 - UD Trucks Corp. (Ageo, Saitama; President, Yoshihiro Murakami) completed the UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2015 final which took place on November 9 at the new UD Experience Center and the adjacent test course at Japan headquarters in Ageo. UD Trucks’ customers from South Africa, Australia, and Japan participated in the event as contestants.

The South Africa, Australia and Japan teams competed in a series of truck industry challenges for the Extra Mile Challenge. The events consisted of three competitions: (1) Pre-Drive Inspection, (2) Driving Skill, and (3) Pick-up & Delivery, and these were judged by following criteria, Revenue, Fuel Efficiency, Uptime & Maintenance Cost, and Safety Driving. The day culminated with a special award ceremony and the competition results announcement. The South Africa team was selected “Best Fuel Consumption” while the Australia team was selected “Best Pre-Drive Inspection” with Japan being selected “Best Driving Skill.” The overall winner was Australia team.

The UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge is a competition to demonstrate how customers can make the most out of UD services and technologies. The contest represents a team’s ability to “go the extra mile.” Through the UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge, customers can learn how to achieve the best balance of fuel-efficient driving, minimum downtime and utilization of Extra Mile support. UD Trucks is going the extra mile to not only contribute to further business success but highlight driver capability and confidence, contributing to safer roads. 

A participant of the competition commented that, “Our company is constantly trying to improve driving skill, but it was the first time I took part in an event where the driving skill was scored based on revenue, fuel efficiency, productivity, maintenance cost and driving safety. I had never taken part in an event like this so it was very exciting.”

Kishi Nobuhiko, UD Trucks Vice President, Brand and Product Line, commented that, “The Extra Mile Challenge is an event predicated on improving the work ‘gemba’ for customers. We hope our customers can take the next big step for their business and we ask them to look forward to UD Trucks’ activities moving forward.”

UD Trucks is committed to putting in the extra effort on Smart Logistics, contributing further to the success of customers and their business with the aim to achieving the best fuel efficiency, uptime & maintenance and driver safety.

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