Behind the wheel of the new UD PW 24 280
With the introduction of the new Condor PW 24 280, UD Trucks has signalled its intention to become a force in the 6x4 heavy rigid market.
For a number of years, UD Trucks had to report sales of the Condor range in the medium-duty category, as many of the trucks originally came into Australia in a 4x2 configuration and were only subsequently fitted with lazy rear axles – which would technically classify them as heavy-duty.
That all changed in 2015 when the first factory-assembled 6x2 Condor PD shipment arrived at our shores in a ‘genuine’ heavy-duty spec. The new 6x4 PW 24 280 model now follows down the same path – indicating that UD is hoping to seriously attack the heavy-duty segment in 2017.
The PW 24 – a 24-tonne version of the Condor – will be joining the Quon prime mover in the heavy-duty segment, with UD hoping to sell some 180 units in the first year to what will likely be Hino and Fuso customers rather than those who traditionally prefer Isuzu or Iveco.
Versatility is the strong suit of the PW 24 – it can be used as a sturdy base for anything from hook-lifts, tilt trays and elevated work platforms through to garbage compactors and refrigerated bodies, but will also do well in general freight applications, for instance in beverage distribution.