Tramagal: start of production for the new Canter
Stuttgart / Tramagal, Portugal
Oct 17, 2011
  • Dispatch after final quality inspection on 13 October 2011
  • “Starting signal” given by Portugal's Secretary of State of Entrepeneurship, Innovation and Competitiveness Carlos N. Oliveira and Takao Suzuki, Chairman from Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation Japan and Jorge Rosa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe
  • Approximately 50% of vehicle parts for the new Canter sourced from Europe
  • Innovative dual clutch transmission Duonic available for trucks for the first time
Stuttgart/Tramagal, Portugal – Dispatch of the new Fuso Canter in the Tramagal plant in Portugal, around 150 km north-east of Lisbon, has started after a final quality inspection on 13 October 2011. The Portuguese Secretary of State of Entrepeneurship, Innovation and Competitiveness, Carlos N. Oliveira and Takao Suzuki, Chairman from Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation Japan and Jorge Rosa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe gave the “starting signal” the next day.
The Fuso Canter is the international bestseller from Daimler Trucks with over 150,000 units sold every year worldwide. From the Tramagal plant in Portugal the Canter is delivered into more than 30 European countries. New: the innovative Duonic six-speed dual clutch transmission is one of the Fuso Canter's outstanding technical innovations. It’s the first dual clutch transmission available in a truck. The Canter design boasts superb efficiency, comfort and variety: three weight classes, three cab models, three load levels, two transmission alternatives, right- and left-hand drive and a variety of wheelbases.
The Fuso Canter from Tramagal is a truck that has been developed in Japan and built in Europe. In terms of value, approximately 50% of its parts come from more than 90 European suppliers, such as the engine, axle components, springs, brakes, tyres, headlamps and lights, as well as seats and extensive interior panelling. Fuso mainly contributes tool-intensive parts for the cab and frame from Japan, as well as axle parts, steering wheel, the heating and air conditioning systems, as well as the innovative Duonic dual clutch transmission.
Since production of the Canter started in 1980, approximately 160,000 vehicles have been manufactured at Tramagal. Today, they are exported to countries all across Europe, as well as Israel. And there is plenty of room for expansion: the company grounds cover an area of approximately 110,000 m², only a third of which is currently overbuilt.
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