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Fuso launches new Super Great model

Daimler Trucks subsidiary, Fuso, has launched the next generation of the heavy-duty ‘Super Great’ model.

For now only available on the Japanese market, the latest Super Great incarnation is marketed as a prime example of modular manufacturing, with engines, transmissions and axles all sourced in-house through Germany and the US.

“The new Fuso Super Great’s powertrain components come from the current product platforms and are only slightly adjusted to fit the specific demands of the Japanese market,” Daimler explained, saying the platform strategy would guarantee “consistent quality standards and cost benefits”.

Utilising a number of shared group technologies, Daimler said it was able to reduce fuel consumption by up to 15 per cent compared to the previous model.

The 10.7-litre engine used in the new Super Great, for example, is manufactured in Mannheim, Germany and complies with the latest Japanese emission standards JP17. It comes with Daimler’s HDEP (Heavy Duty Engine Platform) Fuel Efficiency Package and was reportedly further optimised regarding consumption and emissive efficiency.

The automated 12-gear ShiftPilot transmission, meanwhile, is produced at Daimler’s Gaggenau, Germany plant and is expected to also contribute to a reduction in fuel consumption

While truck’s heavy-duty axle is locally manufactured and installed at the Japanese plant in Kawasaki, the axle gear is produced in the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kassel and Detroit’s US plant in Redford, Michigan.

“With this new vehicle, we position ourselves at the top of our market in Japan,” commented Marc Llistosella, President & CEO of FUSO and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia.

“The new FUSO Super Great is a completely new development and uses the state-of-the-art technologies of the global Daimler Trucks platforms. We will offer our customers the most efficient, safest and best-connected truck they can get in the Japanese market.”

Llistosella said the new Super Great also features state-of-the-art safety and assistance systems for the first time in the Japanese market.

“These systems already make all Daimler Trucks commercial vehicles the safest vehicles in Europe and North America.

“The emergency braking system Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA4), the fatigue alert Active Attention Assist and the turning assistant Active Sideguard Assist minimize accident and danger risks for the driver as well as all other road users, therefore contributing to a safer and more efficient freight transport.”

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