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Market-leading Canter gets tipper upgrade

With FUSO Canter leading the light truck market for a second consecutive year, Fuso NZ has further strengthened the range with a key upgrade to its 816 Canter Tipper model.

FUSO Canter remains New Zealand’s top-selling light truck in 2018, retaining the title it earned last year with 301 units sold to date – and counting – from across its 50-strong range.

The diverse Canter line-up includes 4x4, AWD, crew cab, hybrid and tipper options, with a number of models requiring only a regular Class 1 licence to drive – a distinct advantage for fleet owners looking to step up from a ute without further investment in licensing.

816 Tipper upgrade

Canter Tipper shapes up as a 7.5T Wide Cab model (816) or 6T City Cab model (616) – both available with five-speed manual or FUSO’s highly efficient six-speed DUONIC AMT.

With a host of cab comforts, low tare weight, and still the only trucks in their class with a limited slip diff, these trusty tippers are proving hard to go past.

Looking to build on Canter Tipper’s growing reputation, Fuso NZ has given the 7.5T model a larger 2.4m3 body as standard, providing nearly 15% greater capacity than previously.

“This represents a small but significant value add for our customers,” said Fuso NZ managing director Kurtis Andrews.

“Canter is already a highly-specced truck offering great value for money – something that is reflected in its status as the number one selling light truck in the country and its title of Light Truck of the Year in 2017 – but we’re all about delivering better wherever we can.”

What others say…

Light Truck of the Year judge Trevor Woolston:

On its way to being crowned Light Commercial Vehicle magazine’s Light Truck of the Year in 2017, Canter was put through its paces by experienced truck tester Trevor Woolston. Trevor highlighted the “slick-shifting” transmission as a standout feature – “just like driving a car” – and with max power and torque figures of 110kW and 370Nm, the “lively” 3.0L turbo-diesel engine was described as a “winner”.

Renshaw Civil Contracting’s Anthony Renshaw (816 Tipper)

“It’s a good-sized truck – big enough that I can haul a decent load (up to 4.4 tonnes), but small enough that I can access residential sites. It loves eating up Wellington’s hills – even fully loaded!

“The cab is also very roomy and it’s easy to manoeuvre; it’s just a pleasure to drive. I’m a big fan of the five-speed manual gearbox.”

Kapiti Hire’s Tim Mikkelsen’s (616 Tipper) “I didn’t realise how highly-specced these trucks are – disc brakes, ABS, Bluetooth, full air con, heated mirrors – I was blown away by how quiet and responsive they are on the road.

“With that level of spec, plus a Limited Slip Diff, they pretty much sold themselves. They are the perfect addition to our fleet; they bring the ride and comfort of a modern utility with the power and load capability of a truck.”

Canter 816 Tipper (Wide Cab)

GVM/GCM: 7,500kg / 11,000kg

Power/torque: 110kW / 370Nm

Transmission: 5spd manual or 6spd DUONIC AMT

Service intervals: 30,000km

Wheelbase: 2,800mm

Cubic volume: 2.4m

Canter 616 Tipper (City Cab)

GVM/GCM: 5,995kg / 9,500kg

Power/torque: 110kW / 370Nm

Transmission: 5spd manual or 6spd DUONIC AMT

Service intervals: 30,000km

Wheelbase: 2,500mm

Cubic volume: 2.0m


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