UD Trucks names ‘Ultimate Truck Driver’ in global Extra Mile Challenge 2018

300 participants from across the globe took part in qualifying rounds in nine countries

Training, Truck driving, UD trucks, Fuel efficiency, Safe driving, Parking
Ian Wallman

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UD Trucks hosted the final of its ‘Extra Mile Challenge 2018’ in October at the UD Experience Center in its corporate headquarters in Ageo, Japan. Out of 300 truck drivers from across the globe just nine participants made it through local qualifying rounds to the prestigious final.

Final results for the UD Extra Mile Challenge 2018

Overall Winner

Ultimate driver & overall winner: Eko Yulianto, Indonesia

Customer: PT Duta Lintas Nusa

Best Pre-driving Inspection: Thailand

Best Driving Skill: Qatar

Best Fuel Efficiency: Indonesia

Special Awards

Most Cargo-friendly Driving: Malaysia

Best Safety Mindset: Mauritius

The Extra Mile Challenge is an annual competition which is part of UD Trucks’ vision for smart logistics providing solutions to the needs of society. The contest seeks to find the world’s ultimate truck driver by simulating the actual truck operation cycle and assessing drivers in the three key areas - pre-driving inspection, fuel efficiency and safe driving, in addition to maneuvering and parking.

Contestants compete in UD Trucks’ Quester heavy-duty truck, and are measured on effectiveness in operational cost, ability to reduce downtime, and safe and skilled driving.

Mourad Hedna, President of UD Trucks MEENA, said, “The 2018 Extra Mile Challenge was a very special event for us - it was the first time a driver from our region competed in the world final. We’ll be sure to come back in 2019 ready to challenge the world’s truck drivers to the championship.”

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