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Mitsubishi Fuso's New 2012 Canter FG4X4 Delivers Lower Cost of Ownership Under the Worst Road Conditions

The class 4 FG4X4 4-wheel drive from Mitsubishi Fuso offers significant upgrades in off-pavement and bad weather driving performance, handling, comfort, aesthetics, and value, and it’s still the only 4-wheel-drive cabover in North America.

Logan Township, NJ– Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. has introduced its new 2012 model FG4X4. This truck is a new design, with an advanced-technology powertrain, lightweight but high-strength frame, spacious, comfortable cab, and instrument panel with comprehensive digital display.

According to Todd Bloom, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA), this truck has been designed to change the game in the medium duty truck business. “The new 4P10 engine, DUONIC® transmission and BlueTec® emissions treatment system,” notes Bloom, “combine to boost the new 2012 FG4X4’s horsepower by nearly 4%, compared to the previous FG model. At the same time, the lightweight frame and weight reduction strategies have allowed an upgrade from the 5-speed manual transmission used previously to the new DUONIC 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, while actually reducing curb weight.”

Transfer case and driver-activated 2WD/4WD selector add flexibility

The combination of the transfer case, front locking hubs and standard DUONIC transmission give the Canter FG4X4 the on-road economy of 2-wheel drive plus the versatility of 4-wheel drive when the front hubs are manually locked.

With this drivetrain, the new 4P10 (3.0L) dual-overhead-cam, dual-turbocharged, intercooled 4-cylinder diesel engine generates 161 HP and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.

Performance Specifications for 2012 Mitsubishi Fuso Canter FG4X4
Weight Class Model GVWR, lbs. HP @ RPM Torque (lb-ft) @ RPM
Class 4 FG4X4 w/ Mitsubishi DUONIC OD and transfer case 14,050 161 @ 3500 295 @ 1600

Drum-type service brakes with vacuum servo assist and ABS are standard at all four wheels. The parking brake is a drum/driveline, internal-expanding-shoe type. Driver-controlled, electrically actuated exhaust brake helps retard speed on downhill grades.

Styling refinements are an indicator of functional improvements

The new Canter FG4X4 model for 2012 shares the same styling improvements as its standard siblings. Leighton Good, manager of product and applications at MFTA notes, “The strong V-shape styling cues of the Canter’s front panels convey a sense of strength and toughness,” says Good. “But the styling is also practical. The shapes of the pieces and the fit help to improve aerodynamics, and the three-piece bumper construction makes it easier and less expensive to make repairs in the event that a portion of the bumper is damaged — a practical approach for a 4X4 often used for snow plowing, off-road deliveries, and other perilous jobs.

New driver comfort features have been designed with business improvements in mind

“Many work truck drivers come to their jobs with little truck-driving experience or training, so car-like operating characteristics can often help to speed a new driver’s trip up the learning curve and may contribute to improved productivity,” says Good.

The Canter FG4X4 has a wheelbase length of 134.4", which can accommodate 12’ to 15’ bodies. Turning diameter for the FG4X4 is just 44.2ft. — 7 ft. shorter than a Ford F450 — so maneuvering through a crowded job site, or navigating tight urban streets is no problem for the new Canter FG. And the cabover design allows the driver to see the ground as close as 8 ft. in front of the front bumper, compared to 25 ft. for some class 4 conventional trucks, so safety may also be improved.

Steering wheel tilt and telescoping adjustments are made using one control lever, instrumentation is easy to read, day or night, and includes not only the normal array of tachometer and speedometer, but also a digital display that gives the operator real-time data on the status of the most important operating parameters. Daytime running lights and power windows are standard, and doors include internal crush bars to help increase frontal-impact protection.

Center and right-hand passenger seats can also be folded down to form a work area for the driver, and extra storage compartments have been added in the cab area.

The Canter FG4X4, like its Canter FE siblings, is available in five cab colors — Natural White, Arcadia Silver, Jupiter Green, Mars Red and Shannon Blue. Standard seating surfaces are blue cloth.

And it’s all still protected by the industry’s best warranty package and 18,000 mile service intervals

While the engine, transmission and emissions treatment systems in the new, advanced-technology Canter FE/FG Series trucks has changed, the strongest warranty protection in the medium-duty truck business hasn’t. The full line of Canter FEs and FGs include a 3-year/unlimited mileage bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 4-year/unlimited mileage rust-through warranty, and an exclusive 5-year/175,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. And the 5-year warranty includes most bolt-on components as well as wetted driveline components.

In addition, the new FUSO Canter FE/FG Series trucks are designed for scheduled maintenance intervals of only every 18,000 miles, saving 2/3 the required maintenance of previous FE models and providing the longest intervals of any commercial truck in this class.

New global identity also evident in new models

Over nearly 50 years, the name Canter has become synonymous in other parts of the world with high quality and robust, reliable performance of Fuso trucks. To recognize that heritage and to provide consistent global identity for its extensive line of commercial vehicles, Mitsubishi Fuso has brought the Canter name to its 2012 medium duty models marketed in North America.

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About Mitsubishi Fuso

Headquartered in Logan Township, NJ, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, Kawasaki, Japan, an integral part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG. With a heritage of more than 25 years in North America, MFTA is focused on delivering trucks with the lowest cost-of-ownership in their class. Its Class 3-5 diesel-powered, medium-duty cabover trucks are available through more than 200 dealer locations throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam. More than 100,000 Mitsubishi Fuso standard, 4-wheel-drive and crew cab trucks have been sold in North America to fulfill the transportation needs of a wide variety of businesses and industries, including beverage, catering, refrigerated and dry cargo delivery fleets, vehicle recovery, towing, pest control, plumbing, light construction and landscaping. For more information, visit www.mitfuso.com, follow FusoTruck on Twitter, or like FusoTruck on Facebook.

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For more information:

Joshua T. Tregear
Manager, Marketing Communications
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.
856-467-3965
jtregear@mitfuso.com

Ted R. Arnold
Senior Account Supervisor
ab+c Creative Intelligence
215-351-4212
tarnold@a-b-c.com