FUSO Trucks, a part of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa, has added four new models to its line-up and has face-lifted five of its existing models with new advanced features.
The new models are the FI12-170, the FJ18-280S (short wheelbase), the FJ18-280L (long wheelbase) and the FJ26-280. Reintroduced with facelifts are the FA9-137 (short and long wheelbase), FJ16-230 (short and long wheelbase) and FJ26-280C.
The new models have been engineered to ensure superior performance and safety, along with increased driver comfort.
“FUSO Trucks is not only committed to expanding its product offering with new models but is also strongly committed to ensuring that the existing product offering is constantly improved to meet changing customer demands,” says Ziyad Gaba, Head of FUSO Trucks Southern Africa.
Collaboration between FUSO and Mercedes-Benz adds further dimension to their shared technologies. For example, the FI12170 is fitted with the Mercedes-Benz FIG85 transmission, while the FJ18-280 and the FJ26-280 share the same Mercedes-Benz engine and transmission.
With the introduction of the new models, FUSO has introduced a number of features aligned at improving performance, safety and driver comfort.
An E-viscous fan with intermittent operation improves fuel efficiency by reducing the load on the engine while variable engine rpm control provides demand-based rpm settings. For ease of operation for the driver, there is a differential lock buzzer. Cruise control is a welcomed addition, providing fatigue-free driving and greater fuel efficiency.
To add comfort to the cabin environment, a solar windshield prevents excess sunlight and avoids increase in cabin temperature. Additional cabin roof storage provides more space for the driver’s convenience. A seat-belt reminder is another feature for added safety.
A music system with USB port and FM radio brings music and news to the driver’s finger tips while LED lamps have been installed in the cabin for better illumination and improved aesthetics. It is also a safer option to have a bright interior during night-time stops.
On exterior looks, the bumpers are coloured similar to the cab giving a good fit and finish. Clear front turn signal lamps are aesthetically appealing while a grey coloured fender and footstep are in tune with the overall design.
For better visibility during night-time driving, the new dual chamber headlamp with daytime running lights (DRL) also adds to further improved safety.
Newly designed doors match the new front face perfectly, giving the vehicles an overall robust and reliable presence. All in all the various safety features compliment strong and sturdy vehicles.
“We continue to grow in the various market segments in which we compete as a result of constantly being in close contact with our customers,” says Ziyad Gaba.
FleetWatch will be taking a closer look at the launch of these vehicles in our next edition. In the meantime, listen to what Ziyad Gaba has to say in this interview with FleetWatch editor Patrick O’Leary.