BTS 19: Fuso Shogun on Show

By: Steve Brooks, Photography by: Steve Brooks and Nathan Duff

The Japanese heavy-duty truck signals bold new future

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In a major move aimed at taking Fuso into a bold new future in the heavy-duty truck business, Daimler’s Japanese brand used the Brisbane Truck Show to introduce its Shogun range.

In ‘old world’ Japan, a shogun was a military leader with immense power.

In the modern world of Fuso, however, it’s a name that signals a European heart for a distinctly Japanese heavy-duty truck.

Read about Fuso's electric and heavy-duty vision, here

Under the remodelled cab exterior, for instance, is Daimler’s 11-litre six-cylinder engine with outputs up to 335kW (455hp) and 2200Nm of torque – and up to 340kW of auxiliary braking power – feeding into Fuso’s version of the same 12-speed automated shifter fitted to several of Mercedes-Benz’s latest models.

Likewise, there’s an extensive suite of safety features and a substantially upgraded interior layout across a range of single-drive, 6x4 and 8x4 (with loadsharing twin-steer) configurations, and gross weight ratings up to 63 tonnes. 

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