NEW FUSO ‘LIGHT BUS’ ROSA INTRODUCED IN JAPAN; AUSSIE TRIAL TO COME

By: Fabian Cotter


A REDESIGNED ‘FRONT FACE’ hallmarks the new Mitsubishi Fuso 2018 model-year Rosa, which was launched for sale throughout outlets across Japan recently, the company has announced.

NEW FUSO ‘LIGHT BUS’ ROSA INTRODUCED IN JAPAN; AUSSIE TRIAL TO COME
Featuring a “new design language”, the 2018 Japan-released Fuso Rosa has the first front-end visual change on the model since 1997.

Featuring a "new design language" it is the first front-end visual change on the model since 1997, Fuso states, with the ‘black belt design’ to be, "…applied across the entire Mitsubishi Fuso product line-up."

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) – which comes under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) – says the new ‘language’ integrates the "Fuso black belt" design element that enhances the Fuso logo and signifies the new brand identity of upcoming Mitsubishi Fuso vehicles.

Further, the 2018 Rosa features optimised headlamps and new-style LED fog lamps available on certain Rosa models, it says.

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Industry sources say there is no solid indication of if or when this will be available in Australia, but experts predict within the next 12 to 24 months would be a good bet.

Fuso insiders confirm that any new Rosa intended for Australia would "naturally be running a pilot programme", to ensure it is suitable for Australian conditions.

The new big change for the local market would be the 3.0-litre four-cylinder engine – said to pump out 129kW – running with a "very easy to use" DCT dual clutch automated transmission.

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ABOUT MFTBC

Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, it states.

In 2016, the company sold a total of 130,000 vehicles including light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and buses under the Fuso brand, with 89.29 per cent of its shares owned by Daimler AG and 10.71 per cent by various Mitsubishi group companies.

MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG, it states.

ABOUT DAIMLER TRUCKS ASIA

Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) is an organisational unit that jointly operates Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) – an icon of the Japanese commercial vehicle industry with more than 80 years of history – and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), a young challenger in the Indian market, the company states.

DTA has a strategic business model that allows its group entities to collaborate in product development, production, exports, sourcing and research activity to provide the best of value products, it states.

Specs

MAKE: Mitsubishi Fuso

MODEL: Rosa - BE640G 4P10 (T6)

ENGINE: 3.0L four-cylinder

POWER: 129kW (175PS)

TRANSMISSION: Six-speed Duonic 2.0

CAPACITY: 29 passengers

DRIVETRAIN: 2WD Long body

INTERIOR TRIM: Basic grade

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