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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 5th 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---15 Fuso back with a cracker WINNER: The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter, Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter and Mitsubishi Fuso Super Great. with Graham Smith wheels WITHOUT an automat- ic option for its Canter light-duty truck, Fuso has been missing out on a growing segment of the market, but its brilliant new Canter auto is sure to win back any ground lost to its rivals. Automatic transmissions have been gaining in popularity; drivers tired of constantly changing gears in heavy town traffic are buying them, as are owners who have to pay for the damage caused to clutches, gearboxes and drivelines by inexperienced and rough drivers who simply can't change gears in a manual truck. While Isuzu and Hino have been able to cash in on this shift to automatics, Fuso has had to watch on from the sidelines, but it now has one and it's a beauty. Not only is the new Aisin six- speed automatic transmission a smooth-shifting, easy driving unit, it comes coupled to a more powerful engine that will comfortably outgun its rivals. The extra engine performance happened by chance when Fuso's local engineers had to turn to the US to find the auto transmission they wanted for this market. It was a stroke of good luck, for had its Tokyo bosses had a domestic auto option they could have made available it would have come coupled to the same 110 kW/471Nm engine currently used here in Canters with manual gearboxes. But by taking the US option, the auto Canter gets an engine putting out 130 kW and 530 Nm. That's 14 per cent more power and 26 per cent more torque than the equivalent market leading Isuzu N-Series can muster, and 18 per cent more power and 36 per cent more torque than the best the Hino 300 Series has at its peak. The extra grunt gives the auto Canter an impressive turn of speed light truck drivers will certainly appreciate. A short drive around some of Sydneys busiest streets, the sort used every day by a driver on a delivery route, clearly demon- strated the Canters performance. It accelerated briskly away from traffic lights, powered ahead of the traffic when needed, and there was plenty of pick-up left when needed to slot into gaps in the traffic without causing any chaos. But the extra grunt not only gives the auto Canter impressive zip, it also enables it to hang on to gears longer before it downshifts, saving fuel, and eliminating the annoying hunting for gears that sometimes affects autos. The Aisin transmis- sion is a familiar one; it's currently used in the Fuso Rosa bus, and it's also used in the Hino 300 Series light-duty truck with a different calibration. In the Fuso, the gearshift is mounted in the dash like it is in those models with manual gear- boxes, keeping the cabin floor clear so the driver can easily slide across if needed to exit from the passenger side of the truck. There's also a gear position read- out in the instrument cluster for the driver's reference. Its a familiar shift to anyone who has driven a car with an auto transmission. ItcanbeleftinDanditwilltake care of the shifting without any input from the driver, or if needed to prevent runaway when descend- ing a hill, lower gears can be selected and it won't upshift beyond the ratio selected. Not only does the auto Canter accelerate briskly, it also slows and stops impressively courtesy of the powerful exhaust brake that is automatically activated whenever the driver lifts a foot off the gas pedal. The slowing effect of the exhaust brake alone allows the driver to adjust the speed of the truck in traffic without using the brakes. It's easier on the driver, and easier on the brakes, cutting the wear and tear on the brake system components and substantially in- creasing their life span. When needed, the combination of the engine brake, the truck's front and rear disc brakes, and ABS delivers powerful retardation. The combination of the auto shifting, extra performance and powerful engine braking makes the new auto Canter an irresistible choice for any driver who has to cope with the cut-and-thrust of city traffic. Fuso is offering the auto option on its 6.5-tonne GVM Canter 3.5 wide single cab, its 7.5-tonne GVM Canter 4.0 wide single cab, and its 7.5-tonne GVM Canter wide crew cab models. Along with the auto transmis- sion, Fuso has also made a number of other changes to its light truck range. Most notably, all 4x2 Canter models now have the safety of seat belt pretensioners and dual airbags. All 4x2 models with manual gearboxes now also have hill start standard, preventing the truck from rolling away while the driver shuf- fles pedals as they take off up or downhill. The driver can select the speed with which the system releases, so it comes off fast or slow, according to their needs in any situation, or it can be switched off. Other changes include the addi- tion of a map pocket in the back of the driver's seat, tough resin head- light lenses a low-fuel warning light in the fuel gauge. Program to cut fuel consumption trialled LOCAL truck operators will soon be able to measure their environmental impact and cut their running costs with an innovative new program based on the similar American EPA SmartWay program to be launched this month at Freightweek by the Victorian Transport Association. EcoStation mimics the successful Smart- Way program run by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the objective of helping local truck companies reduce their fuel consumption and help the environment. In the US program participating freight companies are able to use the SmartWay brand to promote their environmental perfor- mance when negotiating for business. The program also includes a freight part- nership arrangement in which participating freight customers commit to use SmartWay carriers to move their goods. Reducing fuel consumption cuts fuel bills and saves operators money, and reduces emissions for the benefit of the community as a whole. Initially the EcoStation program will be finetuned in a pilot exercise with a small number of participants before being made generally available to the industry. The objectives of the pilot program are to trial the SmartWay process locally and identify the tools and resources needed to help companies reduce their fuel consumption and cut emissions. Our initial challenge in this is to find out how to measure a company's fuel efficiency in a meaningful way, said VTA Chief Executive Phil Lovel. People measure their safety by man-hours lost per million man-hours, everyone knows what that means, and we need to come up with a similar measure for fuel efficiency. Customers aligned with SmartWay support the program by committing to ship a signifi- cant proportion of their freight with Smart- Way carriers. As of July 2009, SmartWay boasted 1900 partners and all of the top-100 for- hire carriers in the US. It's claimed that through a variety of measures like better driver training, using new technologies, and route optimisation the US program has cut annual fuel consumption by 2.5 billion litres of fuel, reduced CO2 emissions by 6.8 million tonnes, cut NOx emissions by 40,000 tonnes and particulate emissions by 1000 tonnes. The local pilot program will kick off this month at Freightweek 2009, and it will run for nine months with up to 20 major local freight companies taking part. GRAHAM SMITH Peterbilt goes green PETERBILT has an- nounced it will build a range of trucks powered by the Cummins West- port ISL G engine run- ning on Compressed Natural Gas and Lique- fied Natural Gas. The company will offer its 365 and 384 models with the natural gas engine right off the production line. These two natural- gas powered platforms join Peterbilts three medium-duty hybrid electric vehicles now in production, to offer the widest range of environ- mental friendly options to our customers, said Peterbilt general man- ager Bill Jackson. Tyre deal sealed LOCALLY assembled Iveco trucks will be fitted with Goodyear and Dunlop commercial tyres, after winning a contract with the Melbourne-based truck maker. The contract commenced last month. Perfect fit ISUZU N-Series truck owners wanting to tow a trailer now have the choice of a factory-made tow bar package, which meets the latest Austral- ian Standards and De- sign Rules. The genuine factory tow bar is sup- plied as a complete bolt- on package, which is powder coated and in- cludes a tow ball, tongue, wiring harness, and an electronic trailer brake kit with a 12-volt trailer braking system and a 24-volt lighting circuit. There's no need for any welding or the drilling of extra holes to fit it, which takes less than 30 minutes. It's available in two weight classes, the Isuzu NLR bars are rated at 2500kg, while those for the NPR, NPS and NQR are rated at 3500kg. Isuzu's normal three-year warranty ap- plies if the bar is bought from, and fitted by an Isuzu dealer. Public Vehicle Auction Tuesdays from 12:00noon +,1 Ea\dYf\ @oq$ :ja_`lgf L9K L]d]h`gf]2 (+! .*.+ +0++ FEATURING: Salvage, Clearance, Government, Financiers & Corporate, Lease & Others. ooking to sell your car? 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FREE quotes. 0407 542 943 0 ISUZU 2006 NQR450 TIPPER 170,000 ks, tidy unit, suit tradesman, sale due to fleet upgrade, vehicle avail late Sept, full service history avail, $36,000 GST inc 0419 368 979 2 MITSUBISHI EXPRESS, 1992, van, 5 sp manual 4x4, SH, ECI (4x4), white, off the road, 316,970 kms, 4 cyl, 2.4, unleaded petrol, dh9407, expiry 10/09, CD, tint/wind, needs new engine, $1,500, 0404868989, any time, BATTERY POINT, 7004.Mitsubishi Canter 95, 4½ t tipper, vgc,12 mth reg, $16,500 Ph 0419 134 049 1 Mitsubishi Canter tipper good tyres, 5 spd diesel, good running order, $3,500 ono ph 0439 387 323 0 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Good cars at cheap prices! 02 Daewoo Matiz SE -- 64,000km.................................$5,990 99 Toyota Corolla CSi Hatch -- automatic .............$8,250 00 Holden Barina 5 Door -- 52,000km ...................$8,990 01 Laser LXi Sedan -- 1.6 manual .................................$8,990 00 Mazda 323 Protegé -- alloy wheels.......................$8,990 01 Toyota Hilux -- 2.7 litre ..................................................$9,990 03 Astra SXi -- automatic, hatch, alloys ...............................$9,990 03 Mitsubishi Lancer ES -- automatic.......................$10,750 01 Ford Falcon 1 Tonner -- alloy wheels ................. $11,990 04 Lancer ES -- automatic, 79,000km ................................ $11,990 06 Mitsubishi 380 -- new car warranty.......................$13,990 SPECIAL OF THE WEEK 04 Nissan Pulsar ST Hatch, 64,000km $10,990 MITSUBISHI 557 1991 rear mounted Hiab, 6M reach, good tyres, 6.9M steel tray, reg, $30,000ono. 0419 431 589. 0 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 500 or email email@example.com 2TRI-AXLE Alum Chip Bin needs work, $5,000ono. Ph 0428 518 804. 0 VOLVO TIPPER 2000 NH525 Cummins, new Hardox body and hoist, 18 spd Eaton, new tyres, Alcoa wheels, $77,000 (Hobart). Ph 0428 518 804. 0 Wanted Mitsubishi, Isuzu or Hino 4wd truck, low km's in top condition ph 0409 383 269 0 MORE VEHICLES! There are more cars in CARSguide Extra. To find them, look in the index of today's classifieds. DEADLINE FOR CARSGUIDE 8PM THURSDAY
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