Cover Story by Mike Stock
Fuso Canter takes the Crown
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Fuso’s highly-accomplished Canter is LCV Magazine’s Light-duty Truck of the Year.
Our team of expert testers awarded the crown to the Canter after back-to-back assessment of the four contenders, the Canter, the Hino 300, the Hyundai Mighty EX6, and the Isuzu N-series.
The fifth truck in the NZ light-duty market, the newly-launched Euro 5 Foton Aumark was not tested.
Foton New Zealand said the truck was still being fine-tuned for the local market and felt it would be premature to put it forward for assessment.
Canter operators report that drivers rate the light-duty Fuso highly for its performance, refinement, handling and ease of use.
Experienced truck tester, Truck & Driver and LCV Magazine publisher, Trevor Woolston echoed that view when he drove it.
It was that user-friendliness – along with solid construction and good levels of creature comforts – that tipped the balance in favour of the Fuso.
All of the four trucks were good to drive and generally well-equipped, and any of them will do the job well.
But the Canter just had that little edge. We assessed light-duty trucks that could be driven on a car licence, and user-friendliness is a key consideration when a truck is driven by people who might only operate it for a short period of time each day.
The five-speed manual Canter impressed immediately, with an excellent clutch/gearbox relationship and a gearbox that shifted slickly and smoothly.
It was likened to driving a car gearbox, and was completely foible-free.
The Canter backed that up with a pleasant cabin ambience, effective air-conditioning, good attention to detail in control placement, and high comfort levels...
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