Korea wins first ever Volvo Trucks Asia Fuelwatch Competition

Volvo Trucks is proud to award Kim Dogyun from Korea the first ever-Asian Fuelwatch championship for fuel-efficient driving.

Kim Dogyun triumphed over four other finalists, in a competition that originally started with as many as 1500 drivers from China, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand, who entered local Fuelwatch competitions throughout 2010.

“I’m very happy,” says Kim Dogyun. “I would like to extend my deep gratitude to Volvo for organising such an excellent customer focus event.”

Kim Dogyun was presented with the championship on site at the Volvo Demo Centre, in Volvo’s hometown Gothenburg, Sweden, after completing a series of tests on fuel-efficient driving. His final result was 30 percent less fuel than last place.

“The secret to winning is lots of practice. I was even practicing yesterday,” says Kim Dogyun. “I also relied on my many years of truck driving experience in Korea.”

“I’d like to congratulate Kim Dogyun on behalf of everyone at Volvo Trucks,” says Ricard Fritz, Senior Vice President of Volvo Trucks. “I’d also like to thank everyone else in Asia who took part in the competition. At Volvo Trucks we know the importance of the driver.

 “We’re always striving to maximise our customer’s profitability. That means minimising operational costs and at the same time maximising revenue. In that perspective the driver is the most important factor, even more important than the truck itself. This not only applies to fuel but also for other aspects of truck driving such as safety.”

Later today Kim Dogyun will take on Norwegian truck driver Thor Asbjørn Vigeland Larsen, winner of the Nordic Super Eco Driver competition, in the Asia-Nordic Challenge. 

The purpose of Volvo Truck’s Fuelwatch programme is to promote both the financial and environmental advantages of fuel-efficient driving. Fuelwatch competitions aim to acknowledge and reward drivers, who are central to minimising fuel consumption. 

The Winner, Kim Dogyun

8 October 2010 

For further information, please contact:
Jenny Björsne, Corporate Communications, Phone: + 46 31 664523, e-mail:
Maggie Gao, Manager Marketing Communications, Volvo Trucks China, Phone +86 10 65829125, e-mail:  maggie.gao@volvo.com