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DAF CF, XF trucks voted Europe’s best

DAF Trucks announced its CF and XF models have been voted International Truck of the Year 2018 by an independent jury of road-transport journalists from 23 European countries.

The truck maker said the CF and XF have new power trains featuring “highly efficient transmissions and rear axles,” as well as new compact after-treatment systems and software and aerodynamic optimizations. The innovations improved fuel efficiency and cut CO2 emissions by 7%.

“With the introduction of the new CF and XF series, DAF has delivered a medium- and heavy-duty truck range that sets a new standard in terms of driveline efficiency and overall performance,” DAF quoted award-giving body’s chairman, Gianenrico Griffini, as saying.

DAF Trucks in the Philippines is distributed by Pioneer Trucks and Equipment Corporation.

Hyundai furthers mobility services with Grab

HYUNDAI Motor Company on Jan. 11 announced it has made a “strategic investment” in on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform Grab.

In a statement the two companies said it will jointly explore ways to develop and provide “future mobility services” to Southeast Asian markets, including one in which Hyundai will use its eco-friendly Ioniq Electric model.

“Grab’s expertise in the Southeast Asian market, coupled with Hyundai’s eco-vehicle leadership, will bring innovative services to customers,’’ said Young Cho Chi, chief innovation officer at Hyundai. Mr. Chi also heads the car maker’s strategy and technology division, established in 2017 to spearhead Hyundai’s future innovation.

Hyundai named mobility services it is involved in include car-sharing, -hailing and -pooling. It cited as an example its new partnership with WaiveCar, a car-sharing program in the US that runs on advertising money, and which uses the Ioniq Electric. The car maker also pointed to its electric car sharing services in Amsterdam, started in October last year, and in Vienna, which began a month later.

Mazda holds technical skills competition

THE distributor of Mazda in the Philippines announced it held on Dec. 2, 2017 the 4th Maztech Philippines Customer Skills Competition, an annual event that pits the brand’s after-sales personnel against one another in a showcase of technical knowledge and attitude.

Bermaz Auto Philippines (BAP) said 12 teams coming from various dealerships took part in the competitions, which included a quiz bee, a written examination and troubleshooting exercises. Service technicians who topped the contest will represent Mazda Philippines in the 2018 regional Maztech Competition to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, at a yet undisclosed date.

BAP added a search for a sales consultant who adhered best to the brand’s standard customer walk-around process was held for the first time.

The best service technician came from Mazda Pasig; best service advisor from Mazda Davao/Cagayan de Oro; best parts advisor from Mazda Cebu; best warranty administrator from Mazda Davao; and best sales consultant from Mazda Greenhills.