Mitsubishi Fuso at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011:
“Power to the Future”

November 30, 2011

•  World Premiere Preview of New Canter Eco Hybrid Light-Duty Truck
•  Japan Premiere of Canter E-CELL Electric Truck
•  First Public Display of Super Great Eco Hybrid Heavy-Duty Truck
•  Advanced Diesel, Hybrid-Electric and Electric Drive Vehicles for Customers and Society

Tokyo and Kawasaki - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicles and an integral part of Daimler Trucks, is participating in the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 with an exhibit featuring pioneering trucks and buses with leading fuel efficiency and advanced environmental technology.

Under the theme “Power to the Future,” Fuso is presenting four vehicles including the world premiere preview of the new Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty truck, the Japan premiere of the Canter E-CELL electric truck, the first public exhibition of the Super Great Eco Hybrid heavy-duty truck, and a display of the popular Aero Queen bus with advanced diesel technology. In addition, the company has constructed a technology exhibit featuring its new light-duty truck hybrid system and the advanced BlueTec® exhaust gas aftertreatment system.

The Tokyo Motor Show is open to the public from December 3-11 at Tokyo Big Sight, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan.

“Fuso is committed to Leadership in Green Innovation,” said Dr. Albert Kirchmann, MFTBC President and CEO. “The vehicles and technologies on display at Tokyo Motor Show represent our ‘power’ to deliver trucks and buses that are fuel efficient, low emissions, with low cost of ownership for customers, and in harmony with society.”

According to Dr. Kirchmann, the company’s Tokyo Motor Show theme, “Power to the Future,” also means that Fuso develops various drive systems for a greener future. These include advanced diesel power with the BlueTec® emission reduction system, hybrid-electric power, and all-electric power.

“Fuso is already the fuel efficiency leader in the Japanese commercial vehicle industry. We plan to further enhance our leading fuel efficiency position in conventionally-powered diesel vehicles, while pushing forward with advanced technologies like hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicles.

“We see all of these technologies in the future of clean vehicles. All will give us ‘Power to the Future,’” he said.

The technologies on display by Fuso at the Tokyo Motor Show are also in line with “FUSO 2015,” the company’s five-pillar growth strategy for the future introduced in October of this year. One of the five pillars is “Leader in Green Innovation,” meaning the company focuses on advances in Green Products, Green Factory and Infrastructure and Green Supply Chain to achieve an aggregate CO2 reduction of 7.5% by 2015.

Through the Tokyo Motor Show 2011, MFTBC is proposing solutions to protect the global environment while continuing to provide products that enhance customers’ business efficiency worldwide.

Fuso’s Tokyo Motor Show Exhibit

New Canter Eco Hybrid Light-Duty Hybrid Truck

Holding its world premiere preview is the new Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty hybrid truck. First launched in 2006, the second generation with numerous advances will debut in Japan in the spring of 2012. It will roll out in international markets subsequently.

Like its predecessor, the new Canter Eco Hybrid features a parallel hybrid system. It also incorporates the DUONIC® dual-clutch transmission embedded with a motor, the first ever use of this type of transmission in a commercial truck in the world. A combination of a new high-performance lithium-ion battery and 4P10 diesel engine aims to achieve the world-leading fuel efficiency for a hybrid light-duty truck.

The new Canter Eco Hybrid is the latest achievement of the Global Hybrid Center (GHC) of Daimler Trucks.

Located within MFTBC’s operations in Kawasaki, Japan, the GHC is the worldwide hub for Daimler Trucks hybrid vehicle development. It is charged with synchronizing Daimler Trucks’ global hybrid efforts including activities at Daimler Trucks North America in the NAFTA region and Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Europe.

New Canter Eco Hybrid

Canter E-CELL Light-Duty EV Truck

Also featured at the Tokyo Motor Show is the concept model Canter E-CELL. Making its Japan premiere, Fuso’s first all-electric light-duty truck has zero CO2 emissions while driving.

The battery-electric driven Canter E-CELL truck works towards achieving emissions-free mobility in densely populated areas and environmentally-sensitive areas.

Fuso is presenting the practice-oriented design study of the Canter E-CELL based on a Canter 3S13 with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tons. Key components include lithium-ion batteries (40 kWh) and an electric motor (output of 70kW, maximum torque of 300 Nm). The vehicle can travel about 120 km with a 10-hour charge (200V).

Canter E-CELL

Super Great Eco Hybrid Heavy-Duty Hybrid Truck

The Super Great Eco Hybrid, making its public debut, is the company’s development model for heavy-duty hybrid trucks in on-highway applications.

It adopts a parallel hybrid system which is well evaluated with Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty truck.

The combination of a newly developed motor, 12-speed mechanical automatic transmission INOMAT-II, newly developed lithium-ion battery, and 6R10 diesel engine, has demonstrated a 10% increase in fuel efficiency versus conventional diesel-only powered vehicles when driving on express highways.

Based on these results and overall analysis of heavy-duty hybrid technology, Fuso believes that hybridization can indeed benefit heavy-duty trucks in typical long-haul operations, and is moving ahead with development.

The Super Great Eco Hybrid is also the case study for heavy-duty hybrid development within Daimler Trucks. Technologies and systems developed will be applied in hybrid heavy-duty trucks throughout the group. This effort will be coordinated by the Global Hybrid Center.

Super Great Eco Hybrid

Aero Queen Large Touring Bus

The Aero Queen large touring bus completes Fuso’s vehicle display at the Tokyo Motor Show. The company’s flagship bus brings luxury, efficiency, safety, and functionality together in a highly attractive design.

The Aero Queen’s 6R10 heavy-duty engine with BlueTec® also highlights Fuso’s leadership in conventional diesel power and fuel efficiency. The bus achieves class-topping environmental performance, with all models overachieving Japan 2015 fuel efficiency standard for heavy-duty vehicles.

In terms of safety, the Aero Queen is equipped with MDAS-III driver’s attention monitoring system as standard, among other safety features. It is a clear example of Fuso’s objective to achieve environmental performance, economy, and safety at a high level.

Aero Queen

Technology Exhibit

In addition to the vehicle displays, Fuso is showcasing key technologies for fuel efficiency and emissions reduction. These include displays of the hybrid system components of the new Canter Eco Hybrid, and the BlueTec® exhaust gas after-treatment system. BlueTec® system is now applied to all Fuso’s latest vehicles in Japan.

“Shaping Future Transportation”

Fuso’s continuing efforts in advanced diesel, hybrid-electric and electric vehicle development are part of the “Shaping Future Transportation” initiative of Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses. This initiative is aimed at redoubling ongoing efforts to achieve a major reduction in the fuel consumption and exhaust emissions of commercial vehicles. “Shaping Future Transportation” encompasses alternative drive system initiatives across various commercial vehicle brands.

Daimler group at the Tokyo Motor Show

To show collaboration among companies in the Daimler group, Fuso’s booth is located adjacent to the display of Mercedes-Benz Japan Co., Ltd. (MBJ).

Fuso is also cooperating with MBJ to offer a free shuttle bus service linking the motor show venue and the Mercedes-Benz Connection facility in Roppongi, Tokyo.

The shuttle bus is Fuso’s new Rosa light-duty bus with excellent environment performance.

Newly Developed Wing Body from Fuso Subsidiary PABCO

Also at the show, MFTBC’s subsidiary, PABCO Co., Ltd., is exhibiting its newly developed wing body for medium-duty trucks at the booth of Japan Auto-Body Industries Association Inc., as a reference exhibit.

The newly developed wing body carries over the structure of the new wing body for heavy-duty trucks which was launched in April 2010. It features a high cargo-space ratio, a lighter weight body and environmentally-friendly materials, to meet customers’ needs.

Tokyo Motor Show Special Website

Mitsubishi Fuso welcomes all visitors to the show.

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Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2010, the company sold a total of about 140,700 vehicles including light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Daimler AG owns 89.29% of MFTBC shares and various Mitsubishi group companies own 10.71% of MFTBC shares. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG.