Full model change introduced for Japan market
Successful model with enhanced efficiency, environmental compatibility, safety, and design
First light-duty truck to meet Japan’s new emission regulations
Kawasaki, Japan – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, today unveiled the latest generation of the light-duty Canter truck in Tokyo/Kawasaki, Japan. “After eight years, the all-new vehicle replaces the very successful predecessor model in Japan,” says Albert Kirchmann, CEO and President of MFTBC. “The new Canter’s vehicle concept sets new benchmarks for economy, environmental compatibility, safety, and design.”
Fuso-affiliated dealers and regional sales centers all over Japan began offering the new Canter today. 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. Boasting 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 with low fuel consumption. This engine for the light-duty trucks segment substantially reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and CO2. The new engine generation is also very economical. As demonstrated in practical testing, the optimization of the powertrain can improve fuel efficiency by between five and eight percent compared to the previous model, depending on driving conditions. 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 percent 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 Fuso Canter’s interior and exterior design has also been completely revamped, with improvements in the frame design, axle suspension, and brake system that make the vehicle lighter and safer than its predecessor.
The new Fuso Canter is a strategically important vehicle for Daimler Trucks worldwide.
Fuso is an integral part of Daimler Trucks. As the light-duty truck competence center for the Group, Fuso bears the responsibility for the development and production of trucks in this class. 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.
The new Canter is already the eighth generation of this highly successful model. The environmentally-friendly vehicle particularly sets benchmarks with regard to economy. The new Canter is the result of four and one-half years of development and of long-term tests over a total of 3.2 million kilometers worldwide.
The new Canter was developed in strict conformity with the Commercial Vehicle Development System, which is standardized for all Daimler Trucks brands. In this system, vehicles to go through ten quality gates during the development process in order to ensure the high quality and reliability of the latest generation Canter truck.
Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2009, the company sold a total of about 99,500 vehicles, including light, medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Daimler AG owns 85 percent of MFTBC shares. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG.