For the first time in the history of Japanese passenger car awards, the “Car of the Year Special Award 2013” has been awarded to a truck manufacturer.
The winner is the Japanese Daimler Commercial Vehicles subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC).
The non-profit award-granting organization singled out the fully-automated dual-clutch transmission DUONIC paired with a highly efficient hybrid drive at the “Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference” (RJC) held in Japan.
This technology, which Daimler says is unique in the commercial vehicles industry, and is part of the powertrain of the light-duty truck Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid.
The RJC organization founded in 1990 is comprised of automotive experts and journalists from the Japanese automobile industry. Their annual “Car of the Year Award” is said to be one of the most prominent automobile awards in Japan.
“We are honored to have received this prestigious award. It is a huge milestone achieved at Fuso in Japan and a great honor for the Daimler Trucks Group” said Dr. Albert Kirchmann, MFTBC President and CEO. “The award is proof of Fuso’s leadership role in green innovation.”
Fuso’s DUONIC dual-clutch transmission with a built-in hybrid drive in the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid, when combined with a lithium-ion battery, allows the commercial vehicle to obtain top scores for fuel economy and low emissions.
Through this hybrid technology, the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid uses up to 23-percent less fuel than a comparable conventional Fuso Canter.