FUSO Trucks Southern Africa recently unveiled the light to medium-duty FUSO FA9–137 truck.
The FA9–137 not only means the FUSO range is expanding, but it is also the first vehicle to be imported by FUSO Trucks Southern Africa from the Daimler India Commercial Vehicle (DICV) plant in Chennai.
“The robust FA9–137 is custom-tailored and designed to meet the ever-demanding customer requirements in Africa. This is a vehicle that represents a key step in FUSO Trucks Southern Africa’s strategy in terms of enhancing customer satisfaction, perfecting operational excellence and demonstrating our commitment to Africa’s growing markets,” says Naeem Hassim, Head of FUSO Trucks.
“Already successfully launched, the FA9–137 is proving its mettle as it demonstrates trusted quality, economic efficiency and functional design. “When industries grow, the need for transport grows in turn. We are excited to know that this rugged truck will be fuelling economies in Southern Africa as we showcase the various applications it fulfils,” says Hassim.
The FA9–137 is based on the Canter light-duty truck and incorporates a newly-developed 4D37 diesel engine, boasting displacement of 3,907 cc, impressive output figures of 100 kW at 420 Nm and a 6-speed manual transmission.
The latest technology ensures that the FA9–137 is produced with high precision and offers superior quality. With a Gross Vehicle Mass of 9.6 tons allowing a payload of up to 5 tons, the 4 X 2 freight carrier configuration can be used in general distribution, courier, bakery, rental, as well as light tipping construction applications.
Being a versatile workhorse, it has the ability to be fitted with various bodies. These include dropside, van/box, curtain side, aerial platforms, cherry pickers, cranes, water drilling, tankers and light-duty tippers.
Drivers will welcome a comfortable cab that offers a high level of safety that is bolstered by side intrusion bars in the doors. For easy access, the door opens at 70 degrees and for convenient maintenance, the cabin tilts 45 degrees.
Inside the ergonomic cab, occupants are made to feel at home as the twin co-driver seats have headrests and cup holders between the centre console. The FA9–137 also offers a sliding rear window, tiltable and telescoping adjustable steering wheel, a smooth gear shift, and as standard, a demister with air-conditioner.
“With this truck, FUSO is showing that it is more than capable of driving the light to medium-duty segment using a vehicle that has become known for its Daimler heritage, quality, reliability and efficiency. This is what our customers demand and we are ready to deliver only the way a FUSO can,” concludes Hassim.