Despite Euro 5 Standard, UD Quester Trucks Can Use Cheap Diesel

 The latest UD Quester truck with Euro 5 standard has just been released in Indonesia. This standard actually has a higher qualification than Euro 4 which is being promoted by the government. However, Quester does not have a problem if using cheap diesel, aka biodiesel.

Despite Euro 5 Standard, UD Quester Trucks Can Use Cheap Diesel

As explained by Astra UD Trucks, as the producer and distributor of UD in Indonesia, the use of biodiesel and trucks still has good emissions, made possible by the application of the SCR model exhaust gas treatment system.

SCR is an acronym for Selective Catalytic Reduction, which is an emission control system located outside the engine, precisely in the exhaust gas channel. The way it works is by utilizing a liquid urea spraying system (AdBlue) to reduce the levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the catalyst tube.

The new system, combined with the commonrail engine that has been in use since 2015, allows the latest generation of UD trucks to run normally even if they use low-quality B30 diesel fuel. As is known, biodiesel B30 has a cetane number 48 and a sulfur content of 2,500 ppm. Due to the low quality, the selling price is also the cheapest (Rp 5,150) compared to higher quality diesel types (Pertamina Dex Rp. 13,700, Dexlite Rp. 12,950).

"SCR technology is a very appropriate solution, because truck operators are not charged with high fuel costs while the government is also happy, because the Euro 4 emission standards are met, we even provide a better one, namely Euro 5," said Chief Executive Astra UD Trucks, Winarto Martono when introducing the UD Trucks Quester Euro 5 technology in Jakarta, Tuesday (12/4).

The condition for the Quester Euro 5 can use cheap diesel, is the SCR system that needs to be filled with other liquids. It is AdBlue, a urea-based liquid that is the emission-neutralizing material in the new truck's catalyst tank. This liquid is priced at IDR 10,000 per liter, and each liter can be used to cover a distance of 75 km. Although there seems to be an additional cost, UD Trucks claims that economically, their trucks are more cost-effective than Euro 4 trucks that have to use low sulfur diesel fuel such as Pertamina dex.

As an example of the economic value of using the Quester Euro 5 truck, which is halal to drink diesel, UD Trucks describes the comparison. In the picture, it is stated that the additional AdBlue per month is only Rp. 800 thousand. Meanwhile, if you choose a Euro 4 truck fueled by Pertamina Dex, it can reach IDR 17 million per month.

Astra UD Trucks has also prepared various steps to ensure that the emission control process is carried out by truck users. For example, by giving away 800 liters of AdBlue in the vehicle unit purchase package. Later, AdBlue will also be distributed to their service network that has spread throughout Indonesia, also through Shop and Drive, as well as online shop portals.

Not only that, to overcome the potential for delinquency of unscrupulous drivers who are reluctant to fill out AdBlue, a 'penalty' system is also prepared on their trucks. The penalty system will significantly reduce the truck's performance. More clearly about this penalty system, we will describe in the next article

Piaggio Medley S with 3 New Colors Released, The Price Is So This!

 PT Piaggio Indonesia has refreshed its flagship scooter Piaggio Medley S for Indonesian consumers. It's not launching a new look, but only giving new color options to make it visually more attractive.

Public Relations & Communications Manager of PT Piaggio Indonesia, Ayu Hapsari said that the new color choice from Medley is expected to meet the needs and demands of consumers regarding stylish-looking scooters.

Piaggio Medley S with 3 New Colors Released, The Price Is So This!

"In 2022, these slick new Piaggio Medley colors strengthen PT Piaggio Indonesia's Premiumization Roadmap Strategy to provide a premium Italian driving experience. With these new colors also become the perfect driving partner with agile and easy-to-ride characters for those who want The sensation of driving is fast, functional and practical as well as character," said Ayu in her official statement

At least, Piaggio Indonesia presents 3 new colors for the Medley S. The first is Bronzo Opaco with an elegant matte finish. Both Yellow Sole with glossy paint that blends nicely with black on the rough body, wheels and bench. As for the 3rd color option, it is Red Scarlatto with a glossy finish that emphasizes its sporty impression.

Because the focus is only on color, the engine, features and construction used remain the same as the previous Medley S. In terms of pacemaker, it is equipped with a 1-cylinder i-Get engine, 155.1 cc 4-valve, liquid-cooled and powered by 14.7 horsepower and 14.4 Nm of torque. This Medley engine is combined with a smoother ACG starter system and a Start Stop System feature.

The engine layout is also mated to RISS (Regulator Inverter Start & Stop System) technology. In the on position, the engine can turn off automatically when stopped or idle for 5 seconds. According to the manufacturer's data, the fuel consumption obtained when turning on the RISS reaches 41 km/liter.

As for the features, the Piaggio Medley S already uses a full LED lighting system, a digital LCD type panel meter, a USB port, to braking that already adheres to ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) on the front and rear wheels.

The most interesting thing is that the Piaggio Mia Connectivity System has been embedded, through this device the owner of this motorbike is connected to the driver's smartphone via Bluetooth. Users can also manage phone call music and can perform voice commands via commands on the handlebars and the instrument panel.

As for accommodation, the Medley S has a main trunk of up to 36 liters which can store 2 full-face helmets at once. To open it is quite easy, you just need to press the button on the left handlebar.

The legs also remain the same, he uses the size of the wheels are 16 inches in front and 14 inches at the rear. The front suspension uses a telescopic type and the rear uses a double shock absorber with 5 hardness settings. If you are interested in asking for this scooter, according to Piaggio Indonesia, the selling price is Rp. 51.8 million OTR Jakarta.

Here's Why UD Trucks Quester Choose SCR Over EGR for Euro 5 Standard

 SCR, and EGR, are two types of technology used by modern trucks today to produce environmentally friendly emissions. As is known, as of April 2022, the government has set the Euro 4 emission standard. All diesel-engined vehicles including trucks must also fix their vehicles.

Here's Why UD Trucks Quester Choose SCR Over EGR for Euro 5 Standard

"EGR must use BBM with a maximum sulfur of 50 PPM, or the equivalent of Pertamina Dex. This will increase costs for companies using trucks in Indonesia. Unlike the ECR system, which can use biodiesel, B30 or subsidized diesel and still produce Euro 5 exhaust gas, That's the advantage of SCR," explained Astra UD Trucks Chief Executive, Winarto Martono when introducing the UD Trucks Quester Euro 5 technology in Jakarta.

So, what are SCR and EGR? Winarto explained, SCR is Selective Catalytic Reduction, which is an emission control system located outside the engine, precisely on the exhaust gas channel. The way it works is by utilizing a liquid urea spraying system (AdBlue) to reduce levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx). This system, paired with their commonrail engine which has been in use since 2015.

SCR AdBlue

Meanwhile, EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation), is an emission control system that is carried out in the engine combustion process. This is what then makes the engine with the EGR system must use high quality diesel fuel such as Pertamina Dex which incidentally is more expensive than Biodiesel B30.

According to Winarto, the selection of SCR will make it easier for truck entrepreneurs to adapt because the components of engine parts are relatively the same as before. Not only that, the system is outside the engine's main combustion mechanism, making it insensitive to fuel quality. From there, the potential for economic benefits due to lower operating costs is possible.

Because it uses the SCR system earlier, there are a number of additional fluids (AdBlue) that need to be carried by the truck, in addition to fuel, to make it low emissions. The Quester Euro 5 truck has an AdBlue tank with a capacity of 50 liters. Together with their special sensor, pump, and injection systems, they are tasked with actively reducing emissions in the catalytic converter tube with SCR technology.

Quester Euro 4 Euro 5

This additional system, admitted by Astra UD Trucks, will not need special maintenance, because it has been designed in such a way to be able to work optimally. So, what if the driver is negligent or intentionally, neglects to fill out AdBlue. According to Astra UD Trucks, the truck can still run when the AdBlue tank is empty, but with automatically lowered performance. More details about the 'penalty' of this performance change will be presented in the next article.

"Currently, the latest Quester has passed emission testing from an independent testing institution and it is stated that the NOx value produced is below the Euro 5 threshold, so that Quester meets Euro 5 emission standards even though it uses biodiesel or B30 fuel or subsidized fuel. In addition, Quester Euro 5 The Type Test Certification (SUT) has been registered at the Ministry of Transportation, so the Euro 5 Quester Truck is ready to pave the road," concluded Winarto Martono.

Suzuki Releases V-Strom SX 250

 Suzuki Motorcycle India has officially released the V-Strom 250 SX variant. The trunk takes inspiration from its older brother, the V-Strom 650, which offers a relaxed driving style and a tough all-round design.

Suzuki Releases V-Strom SX 250

Quoting Rideapart, the Suzuki V-Strom SX 250 is sold at a price of USD 2,778 or the equivalent of Rp. 39.8 million. Previously in 2019 Suzuki had launched the V-Strom 250 which was the entry level model of the 1,050 cc, 1,000 cc, 650 cc V-Strom family, and this year the SX 250 appeared.

So what are the advantages offered by the Suzuki V-Strom SX 250, and how big are the chances for it to be sold in Indonesia? Given the trend of adventurous motorcycles are now mushrooming and being hunted by consumers.

Suzuki V-Strom SX 250 Design

It is clear that this motorbike is thick with the feel of an adventure motorbike. It can be seen from the front shape that applies additional fenders in the form of a duck's beak. Then there is also the main fender at the bottom with a contrasting black color so that the visual looks more fierce.

Suzuki VStorm SX 250

The front suspension uses a telescopic model, but so that the adventurous DNA is more radiated, the manufacturer deliberately uses a long travel. While at the back uses a monoshock model with a level setting of violence. 

Like other adventurous motorbikes, on the side it uses shroud components, but the difference is that this motorbike uses a slightly tapered downward model. While in the stern sector there is a stirrup component that is quite large, the owner can also use it as a top box holder.

While the two wheels use a cast wheel aka racing model whose two wheels are striped, 19 inches in front and 17 inches behind. Tire sizes use profiles of 100/90 and 140/70.

Specifications of Suzuki V-Strom SX 250

The Suzuki V-Strom SX 250 uses the same engine as the Gixxer SF 250 which was launched in Indonesia. It has an exact capacity of 249 cc, SOHC, 1-cylinder, 4-valve, 4-stroke, oil-cooled, and already foggy injection.

The manufacturer claims that the use of a pacemaker is capable of producing a maximum power of up to 26.1 hp at 9,300 rpm and a peak torque of 22.6 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The output is channeled through a 6-speed manual clutch transmission.

Suzuki VStorm SX 250

The body shape of this motorbike is fairly compact, with a length of 2,180 mm, a width of 880 mm and a height of 1,335 mm. Meanwhile, the wheelbase is 1,440 mm, the ground clearance is 205 mm, the seat height is 835 mm, and the total weight of the vehicle is 167 kg.

To accompany daily activities or even be invited to adventure, the Suzuki V-Strom SX 250 is able to drink up to 12 liters of gasoline. The tank size is quite ideal for a 250 cc motorcycle engine.

Complete Features Suzuki V-Strom SX 250

This new flagship product of Suzuki India is equipped with LED headlights, a full digital panel meter that contains important vehicle information, a USB port, and the use of a fairly high windscreen. But unfortunately there is no official information or data whether the wind barrier component can be adjusted high or low.

The rest, to add to the fun of driving, has installed a device connectivity device or what they call Suzuki Ride Connect. Later the owner can pair the smartphone with the motorbike to enjoy some of the features presented.

Safety features include 2-channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) braking. This means that the symptoms of locked tires both front and rear wheels can be minimized when braking suddenly hard.

Suzuki V-Strom SX 250 Opportunity to Release in Indonesia

So far, there are no signs that Suzuki Indonesia will launch new products, including the V-Strom SX 250. The last time they released the Gixxer SF 250 in 2021, it was actually a product that had been launched in India for a long time.

Suzuki VStorm SX 250

“SIS cannot comment on products that have not been marketed in Indonesia. However, we are still trying to present products to meet consumer expectations," said 2 Wheels Sales & Marketing Department Head PT Suzuki Indomobil Sales (SIS) Teuku Agha, recently.

Hyundai Palisade Wants a Facelift, Here's the Leak

 Hyundai is reportedly preparing an update on their Palisade SUV. The plan is that the Palisade update will be available on April 13, 2022 tomorrow. Many changes are given to the large SUV.

At least this is what Hyundai leaked some time ago via their own YouTube account. When they were about to do a live broadcast, they displayed a photo of the latest Hyundai Palisade and showed the changed shape of the SUV.

Hyundai Palisade Wants a Facelift, Here's the Leak

The front view has changed completely. From the previous form of trapezoidal with a touch of chrome, now follows the design language of Hyundai's signature parametric jewel grille. The front fascia is covered in three-dimensional ornaments, especially in the grille, lower bumper, and the position of the lights. The Palisade's signature LED, which is in the form of a vertical boomerang, has been retained, but now the lines are more upright and the headlights are positioned at the bottom. The legs use a new rim design in the form of turbine blades.

From other leaks, this latest Palisade will get a new design touch on the rear bumper, dashboard, center console and steering wheel. There are also new color offerings and certain trims to emphasize this update.

Another feature, the 10.25-inch head unit was previously changed to 12.3 inches. There is also a Full Display Rearview Mirror to show various camera angles. The use of glass with hydrophobic features, Remote Smart Park Assist, digital lock, and more advanced voice command capabilities. There are also additional Bluelink features and also Tow Mode features.

More fully, the list of changes to the exterior of the Palisade includes front and rear bumpers, front grille, headlights and DRL, wheels and the presence of auto dimming side mirrors. Changes in the interior include the upper dashboard, instrument cluster and audio display design, buttons for AVN, floor console trim, steering wheel and upholstery material.

Hyundai Palisade facelift

Regarding safety features, the latest Palisade will get an update on its Hyundai SmartSense. This SUV features autonomous emergency braking for cyclists, there is also Crossing traffic and oncoming vehicle detection, and blind spot collision avoidance. Another feature is Highway Driving Assist II, which is a level 2 semi-autonomous capability that comes with a lance change assist feature. Additionally, AEB and curve speed control features in addition to adaptive cruise control are standard on this new model.

For the United States market, there are no changes to the engine. Palisade still uses a 3.8 liter NA V6 MPI engine that produces 295 PS of power. This engine is offered along with a 2.2 L four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 200 PS of power and 441 Nm of torque. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed transmission and a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

There is no news regarding the arrival of this SUV update in Indonesia. The Palisade is offered starting at IDR 795 million for the Prime variant, IDR 907 million for the Signature variant and IDR 1.045 billion for the AWD Signature variant.

Justin Bieber Edition Vespa Officially Revealed, The Unit Is Confirmed For Sale in Indonesia

 Italian scooter manufacturer, Vespa finally introduced a collaboration edition of the Vespa with singer Justin Bieber on Monday (11/4). Previously this motorbike was scheduled to be released in February but due to various reasons, it could only be launched this month.

Vespa said this collaboration was not an impromptu project. It is explained that they are a brand that explores creativity, celebrates style, design and has fun. Before collaborating with Justin Bieber, Vespa has also launched a product in collaboration with the famous shoe designer from the United States, Sean Wotherspoon.

Justin Bieber Edition Vespa Officially Revealed, The Unit Is Confirmed For Sale in Indonesia

None other than, the synergy strategy with stars like Justin Bieber or Sean Wotherspoon is to increase the exposure of the motorcycle brand itself. They want to better capture the market with an approach through the people they admire.

"I love Vespa, and partnering with a classic brand like that is really cool. Being able to express myself, whether through art, music, visuals or aesthetics. It's being able to create something out of nothing and become a part of me," said Justin.

Previously Justin was observed as a fan of Vespa motorcycles. In 2020, he was seen driving Sean Wotherspoon's Vespa Primavera on the road around Los Angeles, United States. It could be from here that the collaboration between Vespa and the pop star began.

Vespa X Justin Bieber

This collaboration is translated through the white Vespa Sprint model. It is even more special because it is affixed with Justin's logo and name on the side of the motorbike. Then there is also a decal resembling a fire graphic just below the logo of the famous singer's name, making the visual even more exclusive. 

Justin Bieber x Vespa

In the American market, the Vespa x Justin Bieber is presented in 3 engine options, namely 50 cc, 125, and 150 cc. Reportedly this motorbike will also land in Indonesia, but most likely the choice of engine that will be sold is 150 cc.

"Be patient, just wait for the game date," said the Public Relations & Communications Manager of PT Piaggio Indonesia, Ayu Hapsari, Tuesday (12/4).

Another consideration is because Justin Bieber is also confirmed to be visiting Indonesia to hold a concert in early November 2022. The momentum of Justin's presence will not be wasted by Piaggio Indonesia as the sole agent for the Vespa brand holder in the country.

Justin Bieber x Vespa

This special edition Vespa Sprint is immersed in modern technology. Already carrying a TFT (Thin Film Transistor) meter panel, full LED lights and the use of 12-inch diameter wheels. And for the heart, it still uses the same layout, which is 154.8 cc with i-get technology which is capable of producing 11.6 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 12 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm.

In order to improve the appearance when driving, Vespa has also launched special accessories for Justin Bieber such as gloves, bags, and white helmets that are in harmony with the visuals of the motorbike. For your information, the regular version of the Vespa Sprint and the S in the Indonesian market are sold with a tag of IDR 50.7 million and IDR 53.2 million OTR. As for the special edition Sprint Racing Sixties, which was launched in October 2020, it has a price difference of IDR 5 million more expensive than the S variant.

Prestige Aviation Brings 100 Units of Self-driving Flying Taxis

 Prestige Aviation as a distributor of pilotless drone taxis, Ehang 216 in Indonesia, has officially placed an order with EHang Global in China. Interestingly, of the 100 units ordered by Prestige Aviation, ten of them have been ordered directly by Black Stone Cargo Airlines, a freight forwarding service owned by the Chairman of the Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly who also serves as Chairman of IMI (Indonesian Motor Association), Bambang Soesatyo.

Prestige Aviation Brings 100 Units of Self-driving Flying Taxis

The moment of signing the pre-order agreement for 100 units of EHang 216 was held at the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) Hybrid 2022 automotive exhibition today, Saturday (9/4). Also in attendance were Bambang Soesatyo, EHang global leaders, and of course Black Stone Cargo Airlines.

Executive Chairman of Prestige Aviation, Rudy Salim hopes that the presence of the EHang 216 drone taxi in Indonesia can meet the needs of domestic air transportation. On the other hand, its presence can also be a solution to the problem of congestion and air pollution because this drone taxi is electric.

"As we know, Indonesia is an archipelagic country. The existence of air transportation that facilitates inter-island mobility will help the economic growth of each region, especially since the costs incurred are relatively cheap compared to traveling by land. A new era of air mobility has begun, congratulations come in the future, said Rudy at JIExpo, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, Friday (9/4).

Of the 10 units ordered by Black Stone EHang 216, all units are variants that are specifically for transporting goods only. As explained by the President Director of RGA-Black Stone Airline, Zack Isaak later this drone taxi will be used in the Jakarta area to remote eastern Papua.

"The unit will arrive in July (2022), later we will also do a test flight. From there we will be able to make other plans, maybe drop off cargo to remote places," said Zack.

EHang 216 Specifications and Sophistication

  The EHang 216 itself is categorized as an Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV), with a vertical take-off landing (VTOL) like a helicopter. This drone has dimensions of 1.77 m high and 5.61 m wide.

This autonomous air courier is equipped with 16 propellers and 8 foldable arms. Because it has a small cabin structure, the EHang 216 is able to carry two passengers or is able to carry goods up to a capacity of 260 kg.

The security sector is also fairly advanced, at the front it is equipped with landing lights. Furthermore, this taxi is equipped with a full back up system and a fail-safe system in case of system failure. 

EHang 216 is equipped with 16 electric motors which are directly connected to 16 propellers. It uses a battery with a capacity of 17 kW and is claimed to be able to fly at a speed of 150 kph.

The ability to fly for an hour and a half with a maximum flight distance of 70 km, but it all depends on the weight it carries. The flight system is autonomous using a flight control system, a smart navigation system and an integrated GPS (Global Positioning System).

In addition, this drone taxi is also embedded with a visual computer system to ensure safe and accurate flights and landings. Later, passengers can monitor the flight path and several other options on the tablet that has been provided.