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MFTA showcases 2002 lineup; looks to expand dealer network

Looking to aid landscapers and contractors haul heavier loads such as timber and crushed rock, MFTA Canada is increasing the GVWR on its Mitsubishi Fuso FG with manual transmission from 12,000 to 14,0...


Looking to aid landscapers and contractors haul heavier loads such as timber and crushed rock, MFTA Canada is increasing the GVWR on its Mitsubishi Fuso FG with manual transmission from 12,000 to 14,050 lbs.

This increases the front gross axle weight rating to 5,730 lbs. and the rear gross axle weight rating to 9,480 lbs.

The FG, the only four-wheel-drive, medium-duty cabover in the market, has a 145-hp, intercooled, turbocharged diesel engine, five-speed manual transmission and optional, limited slip differential for control in mud, snow and other slippery conditions.

The Class 3 to 7 truck manufacturer also recently displayed its latest FE-SP Crew Cab for the first time in Canada at the Expocam truck show. Beginning with the 2002 model year, the Crew Cab is being offered for the FE-SP with automatic transmission and a new 175-hp engine. With a GVWR of 14,500 lbs., this truck is aimed at grounds maintenance, landscaping and municipal applications. MFTA says the FE-SP with Crew Cab’s 165.4-in. wheelbase is particularly well suited to the landscaping industry. It can handle landscaping bodies in the 13-15-ft range, and lawn service bodies up to 16-17 ft. For dry van applications, the Fuso FE-SP with Crew Cab will take a 14-16-ft body.

Other changes for the 2002 lineup include an increase in the gross axle weight rating on the 2002 FE-HD with automatic transmission from 5070 lbs. to 5299 lbs. for the front axle and from 9040 lbs. to 9480 lbs. on the rear axle. Also, the Mitsubishi Fuso FM-MR six-speed manual transmission and the 10-speed FM-SP manual transmission are now available in a new 144.0-in. wheelbase designed for tanker service and short-length dump body applications.

MFTA trucks are now available in Canada through nine MFTA dealers as well as a handful of Volvo dealers. The company has plans to expand its dealer network to 25 in the near future, according to Joe Devlin, director of corporate communications.


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