New generation Fuso Canter gets additional safety improvements

In News, Fuso3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineFebruary 14, 2019

The new model Fuso Canter 4×2 light truck is now safer, with the addition of a passenger-side airbag and seven-inch touchscreen – compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto – linked to a reversing camera.

This is on top of the standard safety features of active emergency braking, lane departure warning, an electronic braking system and electronic stability control.

“The new model is available from April and signals the beginning of an exciting period for Fuso New Zealand,” said Fuso NZ managing director Kurtis Andrews. “Over the next 12 months, we have some exciting product developments to share with the market. Canter is one of our most important models, so it is fitting that it should lead the charge.”

Canter already has a brake priority system, hill start assist, heated rear-view mirrors and a reinforced ECE-R29 cab, which combine to make Canter the safest light truck available.

The launch also introduces Fuso NZ‘s new ‘We look after our own‘ brand position, which has an emphasis on exceptional customer service and enhanced safety.

“When it comes to safety, we take our responsibility to drivers, other road users and the transport industry as a whole extremely seriously. The new generation Canter is our first step towards improving safety across our range and building a safer fleet on our national road network,” said Andrews.

More than 11,000 Canters have been registered in New Zealand since its inception 45 years ago.

“We understand what operators expect from a truck and have always been committed to delivering on that,” said Andrews. “Canter has always been one of the most popular light trucks in New Zealand – a tried and trusted investment for single-unit owner-operators to giant multinationals.”

“In terms of efficiency and performance, Fuso‘s DUONIC automated manual transmission is still class-leading and our tippers were the first – and remain the only – light trucks in New Zealand to feature a limited slip differential.

“Canter‘s new safety offering is the next step in this iconic truck‘s evolution, placing a premium on the wellbeing of our drivers, which is vital to the future health of our industry.”