FUSO Canter wins Light Truck award
Published: 23 March, 2017
The FUSO Canter has won a fourth consecutive Light Truck of the Year title in an industry awards ceremony.
Special vehicles communications specialist Natalia Valverde stepped up to collect the trophy at the 2017 Vans A2Z Awards on behalf of Mercedes-Benz and FUSO Trucks during a ceremony at the Rugby Football Union’s headquarters in Twickenham, London.
The Canter was picked out by judges for its everyday driveability, strength and durability and the manufacturers also won praise for their ongoing commitment to the development of environmentally-friendly technology.
Canters are sold and supported by Mercedes-Benz dealers in the UK. The range includes 4x2 and 4x4 models with gross weights from 3.5-8.55 tonne, and engine outputs from 96-129kW (130-175hp). It also includes a diesel-electric Eco Hybrid model and the first fully-electric eCanters are due to enter service on UK roads before the end of this year.
Sam Whittaker, Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ director customer service & operations, said: ‘The FUSO Canter enjoys the same level of support and customer service from our organisation as any vehicle bearing the three-pointed star.
‘It complements the Mercedes-Benz Trucks range perfectly and also benefits from our Zero Tolerance on Downtime commitment, which explains why so many operators choose to run vehicles from both product lines.’
A pilot programme for the 7.5-tonne eCanter is set to start in London in November and enter series production in 2018.