Mitsubishi Fuso Truck boosted the GVWR of its new Canter FE130 work truck by 700 lb. over the FE125 model it replaces. Increasing GVWR is actually the second step in a plan to expand the utility of Fuso's smallest truck.
“We added a long-wheelbase option to our 2014 model FE125 as a running change in the fall of 2013," said Todd Bloom, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America's president and CEO. "The new 169.3” wheelbase option allows installation of 20-ft. bodies. For our customers who transport high-bulk items, this is a real benefit. But those who haul heavier items could only take advantage of the longer wheelbase if the GVWR also increased. And that’s where the new FE130 comes in.”
Individual axle ratings -- 5,360 lb. front and 9,880 lb. rear -- sum to 2,040 lb. more than the FE130’s GVWR.
“That GVWR-to-axle-rating margin provides the loading flexibility for the FE130 that Fuso owners have come to rely on and expect," said Leighton Good, MFTA manager of product and applications.
“While the horsepower and torque rating of the engine haven’t changed, our engineers have been able to make refinements to the programming that manages the complex interactions among engine operating parameters, transmission shift points and emissions control system behavior," Good added. "As a result, the new FE130 will outperform an equivalent FE125, not only in acceleration from a stop and while underway, but also in responsiveness at steady speeds and during deceleration.”