Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers and part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG, unveiled the eighth generation of the light-duty Canter truck in Tokyo/Kawasaki, Japan. Following the launch on the Japanese market, the new truck will roll out on Fuso export markets worldwide beginning in 2011.
The new Canter meets the Japan New Long-Term Emission Regulations (JP09) introduced in 2010. With the lowest fuel consumption values in the light truck segment, the entire series also meets Japan’s fuel efficiency standard for trucks, which will go into effect in 2015.
The new Canter is powered by the light and highly efficient Fuso 4P10 diesel engine. In addition, the engine brake, which is now fitted as standard, reduces the wear on the brakes and cuts maintenance costs by up to 20% due to the decreased amount of work required.
The new Fuso Canter is fitted with the Duonic dual-clutch transmission, making it the first commercial vehicle to feature this type of transmission as standard. The Duonic dual-clutch transmission combines the advantages of automated driving with those of a manual transmission. However, it reduces fuel consumption compared to a fully automatic converter transmission and therefore also cuts emissions.
The new Fuso Canter is a strategically important vehicle for Daimler Trucks worldwide; Fuso is the light-duty truck competence center for the Group. Almost half a century has passed since the initial model of the Canter was launched in March 1963. Due to its high reliability and well-established performance, the Canter is currently the best-selling vehicle for Daimler Trucks in the world.