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Comparing Load Capacities in Japanese Truck Brands

Selecting the right equipment is the backbone of a successful truck fleet and the Japanese heavyweights Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso, Hino, and UD are leaders in reliability and durability. The detail, construction and innovative technologies used in Japanese truck parts give these vehicles sought-after attributes, including generous load capacity.

This article outlines the load capacities of various vehicle weight ranges from leading Japanese truck brands.


Highly versatile, Isuzu trucks span a range from light to heavy-duty; their design aims to cater for the needs of almost any truck fleet. Equipped with ample power within their respective classes and boasting advanced transmission systems–these features enable Isuzu trucks to effortlessly master an extensive array of jobs.

A popular example is the Isuzu N Series. The maximum Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of these light-duty models’ spans from 3,400 to 6,600 kgs. Isuzu also offers medium-duty variants capable of accommodating a maximum GVM ranging from 7,000 to 13,600 kgs. Lastly, the Isuzu heavy duty C Series, also known as the Giga,  boasts an impressive GVM of up to 24,000 kgs.

Mitsubishi Fuso

Fuso is a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles. The brand’s reputation is built on designs that combine innovative technological advancements without compromising load capacity. As part of the Daimler Group, Fuso parts and technologies often share the same platform as and suppliers of Mercedes truck parts.

The Canter, a flagship light-duty model, reliably sustains its maximum GVM within an approximate range of 3,500 to 7,000 kgs. The brand’s medium-duty trucks are engineered for a maximum GVM load capacity of up to 15,000 kgs. Finally, the company has the larger Fighter and Shogun for heavy-duty operations, with the Shogun having a maximum GVM of up to 30,000 kgs.

Hino Trucks

Hino is part of the Toyota Group, although recently Hino and Fuso, through their parent companies Toyota and Daimler, formed a joint venture that will allow full cooperation and exchange on Japanese truck parts .

Hino has a long history of producing commercial vehicles with reliable OE Hino parts. It remains dedicated to producing quality trucks with impressive load capacities.

The Hino Dutro, more recently known as the Hino 300 series in Australia, is an efficient light-duty truck that accommodates a maximum GVM of approximately 6,500 kgs. Moving up to their medium-duty trucks, Hino 500 Series offers a maximum GVM between 11,000 and 26,000 kgs The Hino 700 Series is their heavy-duty model with a GVM peaking at around 32,000 kgs.

Nissan UD Trucks

Another well-known Japanese brand, UD Trucks has been part of the Volvo Truck Group for many years with a large number of Volvo truck parts and technologies now also used as UD truck parts. UD also has load capacities catering to diverse industries. The brand uses innovative technologies to ensure performance, reliability, and fuel efficiency are priorities throughout its range of vehicles.

In Australia and New Zealand, UD offers a medium duty range called the Croner, but is best known for its heavy duty Quon range with a GVM of up to 35 tonnes for the 8×4 model. UD stands for Uniflow Diesel, a designation of the early specialised engine the company created for these trucks.

Parts And Maintenance

To manage a truck fleet effectively, you must understand the load capacity and requirements for replacement truck parts. More broadly, a comprehensive knowledge of Japanese truck parts can prove invaluable for making good choices on repairs and maintenance.

Check with your local trusted aftermarket parts supplier on the compatibility of replacement truck parts, and keep a record of your part numbers to streamline your orders.


The range of load capacities across leading Japanese truck brands enables each of the majors to offer a model suited to many transportation and logistical applications across various sectors. This and the reliability of Japanese truck parts has been at the core of their success in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

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