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World’s Most Fuel-Efficient FUSO Canter Eco Hybrid Debuts in Singapore

August 27 2013
•  Expanding hybrid offensive of most innovative truck, following launches in Japan, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Hong Kong
•  World’s most fuel-efficient hybrid commercial truck now available in Singapore
•  Incorporating award winning innovation: DUONIC® dual-clutch transmission with hybrid motor
•  Canter Celebrating its 50th Anniversary since launch in Japan in 1963
Kawasaki - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, today announced it has launched its latest generation Canter light-duty truck and its world’s most fuel-efficient hybrid version “Canter Eco Hybrid” in Singapore. This marks another important international introduction of the latest generation Canter conventional diesel model and its innovative hybrid version. Canter Eco Hybrid is underway with its international expansion following the launches in Japan, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The world’s most fuel-efficient hybrid commercial truck is now available in Singapore. The all-new hybrid truck made its debut in front of customers, business partners, government authorities, and the public on Saturday, August 24, 2013, in the downtown city area in Singapore.
Speaking on the occasion of the launching event, Mr. Takao Suzuki, MFTBC Chairman of the Board, said: “Our Canter light-duty truck has been a big part of our FUSO brand, and the history of the light-duty transport industry. Since the first Canter launch in 1963, over 3.7 million Canters are running around the globe. Today, fifty years and eight generations later, we are unveiling a major revolution of the top selling product in our FUSO’s 80-year history. Moving ahead, we are committed to evolve our industry-leading fuel-efficient products – the core of our strength – with our customers and to offer customers greater value through lower total cost of ownership.”
Main Characteristics of the Canter Eco Hybrid for Singapore
•  World’s first to incorporate a dual-clutch transmission, DUONIC®, in combination with built-in hybrid motor
•  World champion fuel efficiency: The new Canter Eco Hybrid uses significantly lower fuel than a comparable conventional Canter diesel model
•  Industry-leading clean emissions: The environment will benefit from a reduction in CO2 emissions of several tons and significantly lower noise levels
•  Compact, high performance laminate-type lithium (Li)-ion battery contributing to overall vehicle performance and lower fuel consumption
DUONIC® Dual-Clutch transmission with hybrid technology
•  World’s first dual-clutch transmission, DUONIC®, with built-in hybrid motor
•  Smooth and seamless gear change without shock or torque interruption
•  Newly introduced high-output, high-revolution motor, generating optimum torque and recuperation forces at every gear/speed
•  High power motor with a maximum output of 40 kW (200 Nm)
•  Technology supporting the overall truck to achieve even more CO2 reduction and fuel efficiency
Canter (white body) and Canter Eco Hybrid (blue body) light-duty trucks for Singapore
Canter (white body) and Canter Eco Hybrid (blue body) light-duty trucks for Singapore
Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty truck
The latest Canter Eco Hybrid is the most economical, environmentally friendly and commercially viable vehicles on the market which brings superb benefit to customers in terms of total cost of ownership. This latest innovation of Daimler Trucks Global Hybrid Center located within MFTBC in Kawasaki, Japan, has already received numerous prestigious awards including the Irish Green Commercial of the Year (Ireland), the 2013 RJC Car of the Year Special Award (Japan, won for first time in history for any commercial vehicles), the Kanagawa Global Warming Prevention Award (Japan) and the Best Energy Efficient Product Award (Ireland).
The first generation Canter Eco Hybrid, a hybrid diesel-electric light-duty truck, first went on sale in Japan in July 2006, with export to selected international markets beginning in 2009. The second generation Canter Eco Hybrid was introduced in Japan in May 2012 and continuing its international roll-out following launches in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Incorporating world’s first innovation, a combination of a dual-clutch transmission, DUONIC®, with a hybrid motor, the Canter Eco Hybrid achieves world-champion fuel efficiency, making it the first hybrid truck to pay off economically. Now produced in 2 locations in Kawasaki, Japan, and Tramagal, Portugal, more than 2,000 Canter Eco Hybrid trucks have been produced to date.
50 years of the Canter light-duty truck
The first generation of the FUSO Canter light-duty truck came onto the market in March 1963. 50 years and eight generations later, MFTBC is proud to celebrate the truck as a bestseller, with global sales of 3.7 million units since the original market launch in its home market of Japan. The light-duty FUSO Canter truck is the flagship model of the Daimler, and much in demand from customers around the world. For the European market, the Canter has been produced since 1980 and its hybrid version since 2012 in Tramagal, Portugal, and continues to enjoy increasing popularity throughout Europe.

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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 2012, the company sold a total of about 174,000 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.

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