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Fuso Trucks: A Heritage of Reliability and Performance

The Fuso brand originated in 1932 when Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (known as Mitsubishi Shipbuilding at the time) unveiled its groundbreaking B46 Mitsubishi bus. Powered by a 7-litre, 6-cylinder engine, this 7-metre-long bus could accommodate up to 38 passengers and delivered an impressive 100 horsepower. Recognising they had developed something special, employee suggestions were called and the name “Fuso” was chosen.

According to sales data, 4822 commercial Fuso vehicles were sold in Australia throughout 2023, making them the third-highest-selling commercial vehicle brand. In New Zealand, the brand sold more heavy vehicles than any other, holding a 20.5% market share. This is a testament to the reliability and performance offered by Fuso trucks and both the quality and availability of Fuso truck parts.

In this article, we’ll explore some key innovations in the evolution of Fuso trucks.


Diesel Engines

One of Fuso’s landmark developments came in 1938 with the introduction of the Y6100AD diesel engine. This engine laid the foundation for the DB series engines, which remained in use in Fuso trucks until the 1970s. While various vehicle manufacturers were working on diesel engine technology during this period, Fuso’s contribution was pivotal, particularly during the post-war era when diesel engines emerged as a solution to fuel shortages.


The First Fuso Trucks

In 1941, Fuso made its foray into truck manufacturing with the release of the YB40, a 2-tonne diesel truck. Prior to this, Fuso had focused on producing passenger vehicles like the Model A and buses like the B46. However, the launch of the YB40 marked the brand’s entry into the truck segment.

Another significant milestone occurred in 1951 with the introduction of the W11, a 4-ton Fuso dump truck. This was followed in 1955 by the release of the T33, Japan’s first heavy-duty truck boasting an 8-tonne capacity.


Fuso The Great

In 1983, Fuso underwent a major overhaul with the revamping of its FT, FU, and FV series heavy-duty trucks, resulting in the introduction of “The Great.” Serving as Fuso’s flagship heavy-duty truck, “The Great” was accompanied by the light-duty Canter and medium-duty Fighter. In 1996, “The Great” received further enhancements, evolving into the Fuso Super Great.

Today, the Super Great continues to be manufactured, featuring a 12.8L turbocharged diesel engine and state-of-the-art safety features. Fuso remains committed to innovation and continues to produce reliable, high-performance heavy vehicles that meet the demands of modern transportation.


Fuso Today

While Fuso’s history is marked by numerous milestones, the brand remains at the forefront of innovation, consistently delivering reliable and high-performance trucks. With a current product lineup that includes the light-duty Canter, medium-duty Fighter, and heavy-duty Shogun, Fuso offers a comprehensive range of vehicles backed by a 5-year warranty. Notably, Fuso was the first brand to equip all its truck categories with Advanced Emergency Braking systems, further enhancing the safety of its truck brake components and system. From its inception with the B46 bus to its current lineup of advanced trucks, Fuso has built a reputation for reliability and performance, particularly in the demanding conditions of the Australian and New Zealand landscape.

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