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I guess GM is going to keep the L96 6.0L in production even though it's about to be replaced in the Silverado and Sierra HD pickups.  It is reported the Isuzu FTR/Chevy 6500 LCF will also get the 6.6L, I wonder if the NPR/Chevy 3500-4500 LCF will keep the L96. 

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Fuso going with gas in Class 5 cabover

John G. Smith, Truck News  /  March 6, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America is building on its commitment to gasoline engines with the first gasoline-powered Class 5 cabover in the marketplace — the FE 180 Gas.

“Customers want gasoline and we see our competition, we see other players, going in the same direction,” says president and CEO Justin Palmer.

The 2020 Model Year truck comes with a GM 6.0 L V8 that delivers 297 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. That is coupled to a PTO-capable Allison 1000 Series transmission. Fuso is also including FuelSense 2.0, featuring the DynActive shifting that can boost fuel economy 2-6%.

Payload estimates approach 11,885 lb.

Other standard features include electro-coated frame rails, 40 US gallon fuel tanks, and 19.5-inch tires rather than the 17.5-inch rubber used in other international markets. The cab interior includes an upgraded driver’s seat with more lumbar support, black fabric, and a shifter mounted on the dash rather than the floor. Red seatbelts, cruise control, and power windows are also included as standard features.

The manufacturer launched its gasoline strategy in 2017, unveiling the FE140 and FE180 Class 3-5 trucks in 2018.

“Gasoline trucks are the new standard for our medium-duty market,” says Bill Lyons, vice-president of sales and operations, referring to particular growth in the Class 3-4 segments. About 60-70% of those trucks run on gasoline.

He credits the reduced complexity when compared to diesel. “The drivers who drive our trucks are not really truck drivers in our segment,” he says. There’s no need for them to worry about regens or DEF when driving with this fuel.

Fuso now boasts a powertrain lineup with options including diesel, gasoline, and even the electrified eCanter. The latter van has now been released in limited numbers, although the company won’t confirm exactly how many are on the road.

“It’s a small number – but very important customers,” Lyons says, referring to lessons being learned.

The eCanter has a 16-foot body and range of 95 to 125 km, and can recharge in seven hours using a Level 2 charger, or as little as one to three hours on a fast charge.

The manufacturer first showcased an e-propulsion system at the Work Truck Show three years ago. “Today, go around the floor. Everyone is trying to do the same,” Palmer says.

The FE180 Gas will arrive in dealerships in the final quarter of this year.


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Mitsubishi Fuso Unveils Gas-Powered Class 5 Cabover

Fleet Owner  /  March 7, 2019

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has unveiled its new Fuso FE180 gasoline-powered cabover truck at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Fuso’s gasoline-powered trucks are exclusively offered for the North American market. This FE180’s design provides power and performance allowing for increased payload for truck owners needing a boost from the market’s traditional Class 4 offerings in gasoline-powered trucks.

The demand for gasoline-powered trucks continues to increase year-over-year according to industry data, and expanding the offering gives customers greater options.

“We understand from our research that many diesel Class 5 truck owner want increased power allowing for more payload,” says Justin Palmer, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America. “Later this year, customers will have this option when our new FE180 Gas comes to dealerships.”

The truck is powered by a GM 6.0L V8 engine delivering 297 horsepower and 361 lb.-ft. of torque and is combined with a commercial-grade Allison 1000 Series. The transmission is PTO-capable. Fuso includes the FuelSense 2.0 featuring DynActive Shifting from Allison that can provide a 2% to 6% improvement in fuel economy.

The FE180 Gas includes many standard features to provide more value for the customer. it includes a free year of Verizon Connect telematics. Electro-coated frame rails are used to increase the overall durability of the frame. Fuso added 19.5-inch tires as standard to the FE180 Gas meeting a common request from fleet customers.

The entire FE Gas series, including the new FE180 Gas, are built at Freightliner Customer Chassis Corporation, a Daimler Truck plant in Gaffney, South Carolina. The gasoline-powered truck is made in the U.S. with domestic and imported parts and is the only Fuso product produced domestically. FCCC produces other similar gasoline-powered commercial vehicles and this experience proved beneficial during the development of the FE Gas series trucks.

The FE180 Gas is designed with larger 19.5-inch tires vs. standard 17.5-inch tires found in other international markets. This more standard U.S. tire size allows for more parts commonality for larger fleet customers with a wide range of commercial trucks.


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Fuso Starts FE180 Gas Cabover Production

Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT)  /  October 10, 2019

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) announced that production of its Class 5 cabover gasoline-powered work truck began at Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) plant in Gaffney, S.C.

FCCC is a sister company within Daimler Trucks. This truck adds to the lineup of Fuso's Class 4 gasoline models introduced in 2018.

The Fuso FE180 Gas, which offers 11,855-pounds in payload capacity, was first introduced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in March 2019, where the first prototype was unveiled. Full production of the Class 5 work truck will share the production line with the lighter Class 4 versions.

“North American market data shows that demand for gasoline-powered work trucks is increasing and in some areas outperforming conventional diesel-powered trucks,” said Justin Palmer, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. “We attribute this market shift to the maintenance requirements of diesel trucks due to the increasing sophistication of diesel emission components. Our Fuso Gas trucks eliminate this additional burden while still providing the long-run durability of the engine and its performance.”

The Class 5 Fuso FE180’s 297 hp PSI-General Motors V8, 6.0L gasoline engine achieves a standard 361 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuso coupled the engine with the commercial grade Allison 1000 Series 6-speed automatic transmission. To improve fuel economy, Allison FuelSense 2.0 technology with DynActive shifting is included as a standard feature.

The increased payload capacity with the FE180 Gas truck is best suited for deliveries with a traditional dry van body. Add a refrigerated body, and this truck is perfect for fresh food or frozen food deliveries.

Because of the higher Class and gross vehicle weight, the FE180 Gas can also enter other vocational markets such as landscaping, tree care, vehicle recovery, and construction, just to name a few examples.

“The introduction of the Fuso FE180 Gas Class 5 work truck offers customers a powerful, hefty work truck that reduces the operational complications that its diesel counterpart faces today,” said Greg Baker, director of Product Management, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. “We’ve designed this truck with the customer’s wish list in mind by giving it the power, torque and comfort drivers want in a work truck.”

Pricing available through Fuso dealerships. With production under way now, the FE180 Gas truck is expected to arrive at dealerships beginning in November.

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