Just released: 2008 Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa Deluxe

By: Chris Smith

When it comes to the 20-25 seater medium bus market, the Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa Deluxe leads the way in sheer

When it comes to the 20-25 seater medium bus market, the Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa Deluxe leads the way in sheer numbers in the Australian market.

Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa is the best selling bus in its class and has been for four consecutive years, with a market share of around 65 percent.

Mitsubishi Fuso is keen to keep their place in the market with their latest offering, the new 2008 model Rosa buses.

The new models feature clean, green ADR 80/02 compliant lower emission engines that are better for the environment as well as offering greater engine performance.

The new engine is rated at 110kW/470Nm, which is an increase of approximately 5 percent in power and 14 percent in torque over the previous model.

The electronic plug-type door is forward located so passengers must enter/exit the vehicle within the driver's line of sight.

The door can be conveniently opened or closed with a push of a button from the drivers' seat, or by operated manually from either inside and outside of the cabin using a lever which located near the base of the door.

The rear emergency door features a central locking system that automatically locks itself when the ignition is off, and unlocks when the ignition is turned to allow for a quick exit route in the unfortunate event of an accident.

Fully ducted air conditioning and fabric high-back seats maximise passenger comfort, while the Rosa Deluxe's large, tinted panoramic windows reduce glare and enhance sight seeing and privacy.

Front disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) provide superior braking performance and control under all conditions.

Front and rear double acting shock absorbers, independent double wishbone front and long taper leaf rear suspension, and a rear stabiliser bar combine for an extremely smooth ride.

Every seat comes with its own ADR 68/00 compliant, factory-fitted 3-point lap/sash seat belt.

To allow for the safe installation of baby capsules or child seats, six of the Rosa Deluxe's passenger seats are also fitted with child restraint anchor points.

Fuso also manufacturer a Standard Rosa model, which has easy to clean vinyl low back bench seats (no seatbelts), wide isles and an electric bi-fold door instead of the plug-type door found on the deluxe model.

Both Standard and Deluxe Rosa models are available in a choice of either a manual or automatic transmission, and with four more passenger seats than the competition.

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