Meet Fuso’s big boet

R3 mln in­vest­ment will see af­ford­able truck as­sem­bled at East Lon­don plant

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

THE smaller trucks in the Daim­ler group, Fuso, have added the big­gest lorry from Ja­pan to the brand’s lo­cal of­fer­ing.

To be as­sem­bled in East Lon­don, the FJ 26-280C comes to South Africa by pop­u­lar de­mand from fleet op­er­a­tors who need a con­struc­tion-tough ve­hi­cle that can be op­er­ated for max­i­mum prof­itabil­ity.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Daim­ler Trucks South­ern Africa Jasper Hafkamp said by as­sem­bling the Fuso FA and FJ series trucks at the East Lon­don plant, Daim­ler is sim­ply putting into ac­tion what it promised would be the next log­i­cal step af­ter the launch of the Re­gional Cen­tre South­ern Africa last year.

“We are build­ing Fuso trucks in south­ern Africa, by south­ern Africans, for south­ern Africa,” said Hafkamp.

MBSA had in­vested over R3 mil­lion into the East Lon­don plant to en­sure the staff are ready to build the lorry.

Glad­stone Mtyoko, di­vi­sional man­ager for Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles at the plant said the line work­ers in­tend to keep their rep­u­ta­tion of build­ing pioneering trucks that set the bench­mark.

Naeem Has­sim, head of Fuso Trucks South Africa said the smaller lor­ries in the Daim­ler sta­ble have always been renowned for their re­li­a­bil­ity and value for money as well as for be­ing the pace-set­ters when it comes to ser­vice sup­port.

He said the new­est mem­ber of the fam­ily goes even fur­ther by en­sur­ing a tough and durable chas­sis, ex­tended ser­vice in­ter­vals from 15 000 to 20 000 kilo­me­tres and a wide-reach­ing south­ern African dealer foot­print. The chas­sis’ cross mem­bers add ad­di­tional strength and they are shot-peened and pow­der coated to in­crease sur­face strength and to pre­vent cor­ro­sion. Un­der the chair, the ro­bust Fuso FJ 26-280C boasts a di­rect­in­jec­tion diesel en­gine, rated at 205kW at 2 200 rpm with the torque lev­el­ling out at 1 100 Nm from 1 200 to 1 600 rpm.

Has­sim said this makes the 280C’s en­gine ideal for pow­er­hun­gry ap­pli­ca­tions like tip­pers or con­crete de­liv­ery. A Power Take-Off (PTO) point is one of the stan­dard fea­tures.

A nine-speed trans­mis­sion with a crawler gear pro­vides the right ra­tios to ne­go­ti­ate com­plex ter­rain for off-road ap­pli­ca­tions.

The load is car­ried by multi-leaf bo­gie type rear sus­pen­sions that are ro­bust, re­sult­ing in longer life and the abil­ity to haul heav­ier loads.

Stan­dard front and rear an­tiroll bars in­crease the ve­hi­cle’s sta­bil­ity, while a dif­fer­en­tial lock as­sists to re­duce one wheel from spin­ning, mak­ing the truck safer and eas­ier to op­er­ate in con­di­tions that of­fer lit­tle or no grip.

Has­sim said while the truck is tough on the out­side, the com­fort­able in­te­rior was built to re­duce driver fa­tigue, com­plete with three-way ad­justable seats, as well as a tilt-and-tele­scop­ing steer­ing wheel that al­lows the driver to choose an op­ti­mum driv­ing pos­ture.

The ex­tended day cab in­cludes a fold-down bunk where the driver can rest dur­ing breaks. Oc­cu­pants also ben­e­fit from the stan­dard air-con­di­tion­ing and rear win­dows that open for ven­ti­la­tion or to shut out noise.

The rec­om­mended re­tail price for the Fuso FJ 26-280C chas­sis cab is R925 000, ex­clud­ing the tip­per or ce­ment mixer that clients want to fit on the chas­sis.

— WR.

Fuso trucks are known for be­ing small and re­li­able with low op­er­a­tional costs, but the lat­est mem­ber, the large FJ26-280C, does away with the ‘small’ part in this rep­u­ta­tion.

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