At the recent 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Fuso truck and bus unveiled their latest long-distance coach for the global market.
In a move aimed to become the leading manufacturer in the Japanese market again, along with its first fuel cell concept truck – the ‘Vision F-CELL’ – on display at the show is the Good Design Award-winning new Aero Queen luxury coach and latest, safety-laden Rosa minibus.
The 2019 series production model Aero Queen features the BusConnect connectivity solution while its sister series Rosa light-duty tourist bus has new safety features, the company states.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) – under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) – showcased the Aero Queen large coach, Japan’s first heavy-duty touring bus installed with Active Side Guard Assist, which is a safety feature monitoring the driver’s left side blind spot.
The Aero Queen also includes other safety features like EDSS, which allows passengers to press a button and bring the vehicle to a safe stop in case the driver loses consciousness, and Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA®4), which is an automatic braking system with slow-speed pedestrian detection function.
In addition, Fuso’s connectivity solution BusConnect® provides fleet managers with real-time information (bus location/trajectory, safe driving, fuel consumption, etc.) of buses in operation, the company states. The system is equipped with a 24-hour monitoring function, such as an emergency response system, when the driver is in trouble and Active Brake Assist 4 (secondary braking) is activated.
Aesthetically, the body design – said to follow the new Fuso Black Belt design identity – won the Good Design Award 2019, recently in Japan.
According to Fuso, in a “conscious move to modernise Japanese driving habits and increase safety and efficiency”, all these new trucks and touring buses (inc. Aero Ace) are equipped with the new automatic mechanical transmission (AMT) as standard, a first time in Japan.
“Super Great” heavy-duty truck with Level 2 automated driving functions
We were pleasantly surprised at this years Tokyo Motor Show when we saw the impressive stand that FUSO had put up to showcase their latest range of commercial vehicles. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) – under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) has been rather quiet in recent years and at this years show they made themselves well noticed with their stand at the main hall next to the main bus terminal.
Japan’s first heavy-duty truck equipped with SAE Level 2 automated driving technology. Through automated actuation of the steering wheel, accelerator and brakes, and equipped with various driver assistance technologies, driver burdens are reduced and safe driving is supported.
AXA AFFIN General Insurance Berhad (AXA) continues to expand its Payer-to-Partner strategy through its strategic partnership with Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Sdn. Bhd. (HSTD) and Hap Seng Credit Sdn. Bhd. (HSC).
This collaborative initiative aims to introduce AXA FlexiTruck,the first telematics commercial vehicle insurance in Malaysia to inculcate safe driving behaviour among FUSO light commercial vehicle truck drivers and help them understand their driving habits better through the installation of telematics security device.
Emmanuel Nivet, CEO of AXA, said, “As commercial vehicle transportation continues to grow in Malaysia, crash rates involving commercial vehicles remain high. It is important for us, as an insurer, to promote inclusivity and responsible driving behaviour to all road users, including light commercial vehicle driversto mitigate the high accident and road fatality rate. Together with our partner Hap Seng Trucks Distribution, we are committed to deliver our shared goal of providing added value and protection to our customers, at the same time making our roads better and safer for all.”
Following the positive impact of AXA FlexiDrive telematics motor insurance, AXA FlexiTruck is underwritten by AXA to offer comprehensive protection to light commercial vehicle drivers with benefits including special motor insurance pricing, low claim excess of RM 500 per claim and Personal Accident coverage worth RM 50,000.
Through collective efforts with HSTD, AXA FlexiTruck will be promoted at HSTD FUSO dealership network branches and HSC offices nationwide, with all Mitsubishi Fuso Canter trucks sold to be fitted with a telematics device that provides the following capabilities:
(i) Vehicle telematics service: Truck drivers are able to access useful data on their vehicle usage, mileage and driving behaviour through mobile app on a trip-by-trip basis.
(ii) Automatic accident alert & assistance: In the event of accident, an alert will be automatically triggered with emergency medical assistance dispatched to the crash location.
(iii) 24/7 vehicle security & theft recovery: Truck drivers will receive real-time alert in case of theft and police will be alerted to help recover the stolen vehicle.
In addition, AXA FlexiTruck will be financed by HSC under FUSO Ez-Own, also the first telematics financing programme in Malaysia. Purchaser of FUSO truck only needs to pay RM 100 down payment for vehicle hire purchase loan which includes 5 years of motor insurance premium. Unused motor insurance premium, if any, will be refunded to purchaser at the end of the loan tenure.
Roland Schneider, Chief Executive of HSTD, attested that the financing scheme is aimed at offering a simple and affordable protection solution to FUSO truck drivers.
“Truck drivers in Malaysia are among the most trained and highly skilled, but they are under protected due to lack of awareness and accessibility to affordable protection solutions. Our collaboration with AXA ties back to our mission to leverage on innovative product offerings to address the drivers’ needs, while giving them peace of mind on the road,” Roland said.
Logistics service provider DB Schenker and FUSO are expanding their partnership in the field of fully-electric light-duty trucks.
Thus DB Schenker took on four additional FUSO eCanter trucks in March for urban short-radius distribution in Paris, Frankfurt and the Stuttgart region.
DB Schenker has already been using an eCanter in Berlin since last year and is testing the use of the vehicles in mixed fleets. DB Schenker is now in talks with FUSO about further eCanter vehicles for additional European markets.
Tristan Keusgen, head of European Fleet Management at DB Schenker: “We need to bring goods into inner cities in a more sustainable manner and irrespective of vehicle bans. Our experience with the FUSO eCanter up until now has been valuable – it is perfectly suited to serving our customers in urban areas such as Paris or Frankfurt.”
“We are delighted that in future we will be working even more closely with DB Schenker on the electrification of inner-city short-radius distribution. The positive feedback regarding operation makes us very proud – and at the same time it is an incentive to further improve the FUSO eCanter. Our mutual approach is to learn from one another. In doing so FUSO can access the extensive network of the E-Mobility Group (EMG) within Daimler Trucks,”emphasises Harald Schmid, head of Sales & Market Management at FUSO Europe & USA.
DB Schenker is planning to use two eCanter trucks in France; they will be making around four trips a day with 10 to 12 stops in the Paris region. Two eCanter are also on the road in Frankfurt and the Stuttgart region, delivering to customers in inner-city areas almost silently and with zero emissions.
Since 2018 DB Schenker has been testing a FUSO eCanter as a series-production electric vehicle in Berlin under real operating conditions. The vehicle transports packaged goods in the inner city. Experience with the vehicle in Berlin has been consistently positive – drivers praise the pulling power and agility of the electric drive and the peace in the cockpit.
In addition to Paris, Berlin and Frankfurt, the fully electric light-duty trucks with an output of 129 kW and a payload of up to four tonnes are also on the road in other important European cities such as London, Amsterdam and Lisbon as well as in New York and Tokyo.
At present a total of more than 100 eCanter trucks are being used in delivery operations worldwide and have completed more than 300,000 km “electrically”.
The 7.5 tonne vehicles boast a range of at least 100 kilometres and are thus able to cover the requirements of customers in inner-city short-radius distribution without problem. The vehicles are charged simply overnight either with alternating current or direct current chargers depending on availability. Charging can be reduced to around 90 minutes if a high-speed charger is used.
The world’s first fully electric light-duty truck to enter series production, the FUSO eCanter represents a major advance in the battle to improve air quality in towns and cities.
The FUSO eCanter, which is scheduled to go on general sale via the Mercedes-Benz Dealer network in 2020, offers cost savings worth up to 1000 Euro for every 10000 kilometres covered, compared to a diesel-engined truck.
Powered by six 420 V and 13.8 kWh lithium-ion batteries, its electric drivetrain with permanent-magnet motor delivers 129 kW (180 hp) via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle. The truck offers a body and payload allowance of up to 4.5 tonnes, and a single charge allows effective operating ranges of more than 62 miles (100 km).