Sales launch of new Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has launched the sale of the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid truck in Japan. The light duty truck, which celebrated its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show in November 2011, will also be introduced by Fuso in Europe and other international markets in the third quarter of this year.

For Fuso this represents a consistent advancement on its way to take a leading role in the field of green innovation. The predecessor model of today’s Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid was already launched back in 2006. The right-hand drive hybrid vehicle has been sold more than 1,200 times in markets like Japan, Australia, Ireland, and Hong Kong. The positive response it received on the markets led to the decision to offer the second-generation model in both a right- and left-hand drive version. The Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid is also the world’s first commercial vehicle that combines a DUONIC dual-clutch transmission with a hybrid engine. As a result, the vehicle boasts high fuel efficiency, while also combining the comfort of an automatic transmission with the economy of a stick-shift.

“The new Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid is an innovative hybrid truck that will enable us to further extend our leading position with regard to fuel efficiency and overall economy,” says Albert Kirchmann, President of MFTBC. “We continue to invest heavily in alternative drive technologies in order to ensure that we are ideally prepared for stricter emission regulations not only in the triad markets, but also worldwide. The Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid is one of the cleanest vehicles in its class.”

The new hybrid truck’s nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions are 30 per cent lower than the limits set by Japan’s current emission standard (JP09), which has been in effect since 2010. When compared to the current Fuso Canter with a conventional diesel engine, moreover, the hybrid version uses more than 25 percent less fuel during a Japanese driving cycle.

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