Mitsubishi Fuso Launches New Truck
The model year 2019 Fighter is equipped with advanced safety features and connectivity functionality that meets the market needs of safe driving and enhanced operational efficiency, which will help operators manage the chronic shortage of professional truck drivers in Japan. The new Fighter is available through MFTBC sales outlets and its regional sales units across Japan as of September 2019.
The 2019 Fighter can be fitted with either a 4- or 6-cylinder engine, and features new advanced safety devices for a wide variety of scenarios, enhancing its ability to support safe driving. The Active Sideguard Assist detects a pedestrian or vehicle on the left side of the vehicle through radar sensors and warns the driver when steering to the left or giving a left-turn signal through an alarm, thereby reducing the risks of left-turn or lane change collisions.
Moreover, the new Fighter boasts the AMB plus collision avoidance system, which detects a vehicle through high precision radar to automatically apply the brakes. The vehicle has also been upgraded with the ESP (Electronic Stability Program), which detects vehicle position and controls vehicle stability to prevent side-slips or rollovers, as well as the Attention Assist safety system that reads the driver’s facial expression to detect distraction or fatigue, and the Lane Departure Warning System.
The 2019 Fighter also comes with Fuso’s telematics platform Truckonnect to meet customer needs for more efficient operations. This is the first time that the platform has been introduced to the medium-duty segment, beyond the heavy-duty Super Great and the all-electric light-duty eCanter truck.
Truckonnect supports centralized vehicle management by leveraging vehicle data from the Truckonnect device, and digital tachographs, etc. It allows operators to identify information on the location or fuel efficiency of a vehicle, and can detect defects through remote diagnosis in real time. Vehicle information from the trucks is sent to MFTBC’s Customer Assistance Center on an around-the-clock basis, helping further boost the efficiency of both the vehicle’s operation and the customer’s businesses.