Heavy Duty Trucking

OCT 2014

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54 HDT • OCTOBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com MFTA offers five medium-duty models: the Fuso Canter FE130 (13,200 pounds GVWR), FE160 (15,995 pounds GVWR) and FE180 (17,995 pounds GVWR) standard-cab models, the FE160 Crew Cab (15,995 pounds GVWR), and the four-wheel-drive FG4X4 (14,050 pounds GVWR). All 2015 Fuso models are powered by a 3-liter diesel coupled to Fuso's Duonic 6-speed-overdrive automated manual transmission with fully automatic dual clutch control and creep function. The design focus of the 2015 Canters remains on low cost of ownership, based on long service intervals, high payload capacities and good fuel economy. Since the manufacturer's vehicles cross a wide range of vocational markets, certain accessories remain optional. "Idle-limit systems are required in some jurisdictions, valuable for fuel savings in others, but not universally required or beneficial," says Bloom. "Cab-mounted air deflectors can save substantial fuel in regional delivery (highway) applications, but do little to boost economy in stop-and-go urban traffic. By making these and other ac- cessories optional, the fleet can choose the content for its trucks that best suits its business, operational and budget requirements." Navistar: more options Navistar has added options and is focusing on "custom- erization," says Bill Kozek, president of North America Truck and Parts. "What we call customerization is about empowering our customers, giving them more options, flexibility and ultimately more control in the process of se- lecting the right commercial truck and commercial truck components for their businesses." Last summer, Navistar shipped its first International seats with a large console in between as an option. Avail- able with wheelbases ranging from 142 to 242 inches in 12-inch increments, the trucks can accommodate bodies from 16 to 28 feet. "All of the available features that come standard with the K270 and K370, such as an adjustable steering col- umn, power-heated mirrors and an air ride driver's seat, are proving to be a big draw," he says. T-series conventionals can be fitted with factory-in- stalled front drive axles, rear air suspensions and aero- dynamic fairings for tractors. Kenworth recently added Allison's FuelSense package for medium-duty trucks specified with Allison's Highway Series or Rugged Duty Series automatic transmissions. Fuel Sense adapts shift schedules and torque based on load, grade and duty cycle to save fuel while retaining performance. Fuso: dealing with complexity Medium-duty drivers, just like heavy-duty, have to keep on top of a lot more today than in the past, according to Todd Bloom, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America. "The days of a fleet owner being able to hire untrained operators to drive a light medium-duty truck are passing," Bloom says. "With tightened emissions limits, and the more sophisticated emissions controls they have brought to the medium-duty market, the need for driver interven- tion has also increased. "Five years ago, the driver of a Class 3–5 diesel truck could essentially climb into the seat and drive it away in much the same way they did their personal vehicle. Today, commercial drivers have to be aware of all of the vehicle's EPA mandated technology, in addition to all of the nor- mal vehicle pre-run inspection and maintenance tasks." Kenworth's K270 and K370 come standard with a 6.7-liter Paccar PX-7 diesel rated at 220 hp and 520 lb-ft., and an Allison 2100HS 5-speed automatic. Both models also feature a standard air ride driver's seat and 2-person bench seating with storage under- neath. 2015 Medium-Duty Trucks

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