Fuso Canter: world best-seller with dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive


DUONIC: the first dual-clutch truck transmission

  • The Canter’s outstanding cost-effectiveness
  • Canter – a highly versatile programme
  • Powerful off-road: the new Fuso Canter 4×4

Mercedes Benz Fuso Canter

A world best-seller among light trucks and a real sales hit for Daimler Trucks: the Fuso Canter is at home in all continents and clocks up six-figure sales figures year after year. At the end of last year Fuso introduced the latest generation of the Canter in Europe and extended the range at the beginning of this year with all-wheel-drive models. Two of the technical refinements of the Canter are the Canter Eco Hybrid, now manufactured in series in Europe, and DUONIC, the first dual-clutch truck transmission.

DUONIC: the first dual-clutch truck transmission

The DUONIC dual-clutch transmission is one of the most outstanding technical features of the Fuso Canter, which is currently the only truck in the world with this technology. In addition to lower fuel consumption, the transmission is gentle to the major assemblies, reduces the burden on the driver (particularly on short journeys) and combines the comfort of an automatic with the economy of a manual transmission. The DUONIC dual-clutch transmission is based on a six-speed manual transmission and as an alternative, there is also a manual five-speed transmission.

Both transmissions are connected to a four-cylinder turbodiesel engine which conforms to the Euro V or EEV emissions standards. With its 3.0 l displacement, the engine is available in three output levels: 96 kW (130 hp), 110 kW (150 hp) or 129 kW (175 hp). As the maximum torque of each engine variant covers a broad engine speed range, the Canter is a model of pulling power and drivability.

The Canter’s outstanding cost-effectiveness

Numerous factors contribute to the Canter’s outstanding cost-effectiveness. The basis is its almost legendary robust construction with a stable frame and steel bumper. The already low fuel consumption can be reduced yet further with the optional start-stop function. Maintenance intervals of 40,000 km mean at least a year’s mileage in typical use. What’s more, the Canter also has a manufacturer warranty of three years up to a maximum of 100,000 km. The cathodic dip priming of the cab and the powder-coated frame provide superb long-term corrosion protection.

A typical feature of the Canter is a wide selection of cabs. Where maximum manoeuvrability is required, the slim standard cab with a width of just 1.7 m is the right choice. The comfort cab is a full 2.0 m wide. It is also available as a double cab. The functional cab-over-engine Canter is distinguished by a two-tone, harmoniously styled cockpit. A particular feature is the space-saving dash-mounted joystick-style gear lever.

Canter – a highly versatile programme

With total weights of 3.5 to 7.5 t and wheelbases of 2500 mm to 4750 mm, the Canter completely covers the light truck segment. Its features include surprisingly high manoeuvrability thanks to the cab-over-engine design, outstanding use of space and a high payload. The chassis load capacity of the 7.5-t variant can reach more than 5.0 t depending on the wheelbase – the best figure in its class.

Powerful off-road: the new Fuso Canter 4×4

Since early this year the Fuso has extended the range of light trucks to include the Canter 4×4 with all-wheel drive. It is offered as either a single cab or double cab with seven seats under the model designation 6C18 with 6.5 t maximum permissible gross vehicle weight and 129 kW (175 hp) engine output. The all-wheel drive can be activated or deactivated while driving, which makes it a fine example for high fuel efficiency. Standard equipment includes a differential lock for the rear axle.

An approach angle of 35 degrees at the front and a departure angle of 25 degrees at the rear, together with a breakover angle of 25 degrees prove the off-road capability of the Canter 4×4. Drum brakes front and rear (Canter 4×2: disc brakes all round) equip the vehicle for rough use. The minimum ground clearance under the driven axles is 210 or 185 mm respectively. Climbing into the driver’s cab is made easier by an additional step under the cab.

Manufacture for Europe in Tramagal/Portugal

The Canter is produced at a number of locations worldwide. For Europe, Tramagal in Portugal has been its home since 1980: from here, both left and right-hand drive variants roll off the production line ready for delivery to more than thirty countries. In terms of value, more than 50 percent of the parts originate from Europe, including the engine, axle components, springs, brakes, tyres, headlamps and lamps, as well as the seats and many of the interior trim elements. The Tramagal plant has turned out more than 160,000 Canters. The factory belongs to Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe, a subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, Japan. Daimler AG owns a share of around 90 percent.

The Canter at the International Motor Show for commercial vehicles (IAA) 2012

Eight exhibition vehicles show the whole bandwidth of the Canter. Taking centre stage are two Canter Eco Hybrid vehicles, one with a box body and the other with a refuse compacter body. The versatility of the Canter from a maximum permissible gross vehicle weight of 3.5 t is demonstrated by two vehicles. One is a 3S13 with the slim standard single cab, 96 kW (130 hp) output, five-speed manual transmission and an aluminium drop-side body. In the same weight class there is the Canter 3C13 with comfort single cab, DUONIC dual-clutch transmission and a lightweight tipper.

A Canter 6S15 stands for a speciality of the model series – vehicles which fall between the van and truck formats. This Canter, with 6.0 t gross vehicle weight, has the standard single cab and a skip loader. The engine output is 110 kW (150 hp).

The Canter ranks as one of the payload giants among 7.5-tonne vehicles. This is shown by a 7C15 D with comfort double cab and a platform body for municipal applications. A Canter 7C18 with a tipper body and loading crane is precisely aimed at the building and building materials industries. It is equipped with a 129 kW (175 hp) engine and DUONIC dual-clutch transmission. An all-wheel-drive 6C18 4×4 is equipped with tipper body and equipment for winter maintenance.