Fuso prepares to launch gasoline powertrain

John G Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has unveiled the prototype of a gasoline powertrain for its FE Series medium-duty cabovers, and a full launch is scheduled early next year.

The FE130, FE 160 and FE180 models will come with a PSI-GMPT Vortec Series 6-liter V8, coupled with an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. This will make the vehicles the only gas trucks in their class with Power Take Off capabilities for auxiliary equipment like liftgates, says Otto Schmid, director – product management.

The models with V8 gasoline engines will also be the first Fuso vehicles that are assembled in the United States, at Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation’s facility in Gaffney, South Carolina. The engines and transmissions will be built in the U.S., but chassis, cabs and axles will come from Europe and Japan.

Trial models will be released in the fourth quarter of this year.

John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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