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Australia’s most powerful Japanese truck is award finalist
Australia’s most powerful Japanese truck is award finalist
Australia’s most powerful Japanese truck is award finalist 25th April 2023 Tags:

The Fuso Shogun 510 has been announced as a finalist for the inaugural Truck of the Year Australasia.

Australia’s most powerful Japanese truck is one of four finalists of the award, which seeks to shine a spotlight on the excellence of the product-hauling freight on our highways.

The Truck of the Year Australasia is judged on criteria used globally by existing International Truck of the Year awards, but also takes into account the particular characteristics of the Australian and New Zealand truck markets.

Fuso will present the Shogun 510 as a tipper for the first time at the Brisbane Truck Show next month, while a prime mover version of the same truck will also be on hand.

The 510 Tipper specification model has the lightest tare weight of any tipper with 500hp-plus in Australia and New Zealand, which is a boost for productivity.

The Shogun 510 was developed specifically for Australian and New Zealand customers who asked for an advanced Japanese truck with more than 500hp and a mountain of torque.

Fuso listened and sourced a 13-litre OM471 engine from the Daimler Truck family, creating the ultimate Japanese truck that belts out 510hp and 2500Nm of torque while meeting Euro 6 emission standards, well ahead of local mandates. The package also includes a smart shifting DT12 fully Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), which is well-suited to the potent engine.

Fuso Truck and Bus Australia Director, Alex Müller, was excited the 510 Shogun has been recognised as a finalist.

“We are very pleased to see the Shogun 510 make the finals of the Truck of the Year Australasia award,” he says.

“The Shogun 510 is a very special truck because it was developed for the hard working truck drivers of Australia and New Zealand. It is a great example of listening to your customers and giving them exactly what they want.”

Mr Müller says the Shogun 510 combines the robustness of a Japanese truck with the power normally found in trucks from Europe and North America in a package that also includes the latest generation active safety technology.

“Australian and New Zealand customers love their horsepower and their Japanese trucks. We thought it made sense to combine them both and the Shogun 510 has been huge hit,” he says.

The winner of the inaugural Truck of the Year Australasia award will be announced at the Brisbane Truck Show that runs from May 18 to 21 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Fuso Shogun is available as a prime mover that can be used for single trailer or B-Double work. A rigid version was also made available recently and is a very popular specification for tipper and dog work thanks to its power and torque.

The Shogun 510 was put through an extensive durability testing regime, including an outback Australian test of an initial prototype in 2017. Extensive hot weather durability testing was also carried out in South Africa and a final production-ready test program was undertaken in Australia and New Zealand.

Shogun models feature class-leading servicing intervals across the range, helping drive down the cost of ownership.

The Shogun is also backed by a generous Fuso manufacturer warranty that covers the truck for five years or 500,000km, whichever comes first.

Customers can also benefit from Daimler Trucks Financial Services options including asset loan, asset hire, finance lease and operating lease as well as a Guaranteed Buy Back program for added peace of mind.

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