Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America.

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America. 

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America showed off a number of enhancements to its 2016 lineup of trucks aimed at improving driver operability and lowering cost of ownership. The changes were designed to make it easier for drivers to operate and maintain the trucks, 

Fuso is showing the Canter FE130, FE160, FE180 and FE160 crew cab models at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. On these models, the OEM has moved a number of service access points in to simplify the driver’s start-of-shift walk around.

The oil sump dipstick has been relocated to allow a driver to check engine oil without tilting the cab. OIl-sump capacity has also been increased.

The transmission clutch fluid housing now has a direct-view sight plug to allow a driver to check the level at a glance. It also has a new filter to maintain the quality of the transmission fluid.

An engine air-filter restriction indicator was added so a driver can tell the condition of a filter without disassembling the air filter housing or snorkel.

Lastly, the truck builder is now offering an optional Idle Limit System to comply with mandated no-idle limits in certain locales.

The 2016 Fuso trucks can also be optioned with a Clarion Bluetooth radio with AM/FM radio, CD, MP3 and WPA playback as well as Pandora and Sirius XM compatibility and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling.

“Like consumer vehicles, work trucks are becoming more sophisticated every year,” said Todd Bloom, president and CEO of MFTA. “It’s incumbent upon us, as an industry, to make sure we provide the operating systems and education necessary for drivers to maintain their level of skill.”

Originally posted on Trucking Info