Commercial vehicles of the future
Tokyo-With the theme “Beyond the Motor”, this year’s Tokyo Motor Show (TMS) greets visitors with massive display halls of the Tokyo Big Sight bursting with concept cars and trucks showcasing future possibilities for a modern society and mobility. Sharing the limelight at this year’s TMS are the truck and bus manufacturers that present their ideas of the future with concept models symbolizing the electric trucks of tomorrow.
Leading the charge for a peek of tomorrow’s trucking mobility is powerhouse Isuzu Motors Japan. With “Transport” as an essential part of our daily lives, Isuzu unveiled its line-up of commercial vehicles which aimed to highlight the company’s 80-year history of manufacturing diesel powered trucks. The star of the Isuzu booth was the FD-SI, whose design concept revolves around the future of delivery. The exterior is a honeycomb-like design. The cargo space is sructured like a honeycomb featuring a good compromise between strength and space needed for storage. As the packing style of the cargo space, the hexagonal boxes to be piled up have been adopted.
Inside the cabin of the FD-SI are controllers gathered in the center of the instrument panel with a rectractable steering wheel. The driver’s seat is placed at the center enabling the driver to move swiftly, achieving high operability encased in a comfortable cocoon-like space.
FUSO’s theme of “Light up Tomorrow” is an expression of their continous efforts to address the needs of their customers and the shape of the future of logistics and transportation. With the eCanter leading the charge, FUSO showcased their flagship heavy duty truck and flagship tourist bus. The all new Super Great heavy duty truck is a welcome change after 21 years of servicing the trucking needs of the global market and its flagship tourist bus, the Aero Queen enables anyone who sits in the driver seat the experience of a professional driver’s cabin workplace and feel how the future of commercial vehicles will be like by way of a Virtual Reality cabin inside the Aero Queen. This latest iteration of the popular Aero Queen is equipped with a small displacement, low fuel consumption engine matted to a new eight-speed AMT/ShiftPilot transmission.
HINO brings to th table a host of new technologies represented by five vehicles which included the new HINO 700 Series and the Poncho EV. Their theme for this year incorporates the company’s desire to convey people and goods more efficiently and safely and to be more useful in supporting people’s lives.
Commercially available in Japan, the 700 Series heavy duty truck has undergone a comprehensive model change in 14 years. For this new generation 700 Series, both the exterior and interiors have been changed and is well regarded in both safety and fuel efficiency. The vehicle features advanced safety equipment such as the PCS or Pre-Collision damage mitigating System capable of detecting pedestrians. It also has a lane departure system as standard and HINO engineers downsized the engine from a 279Kw (380ps) 13L to a nine liter engine. This significantly trims the weight of the truck making it lighter and more fun to drive.
The Poncho EV is the only light duty, non-step community bus in Japan. This EV bus is equipped with an electric motor, replacing its diesel unit. The Poncho EV bus is currently operating in Tokyo’s Sumida and Hamura districts, as well as in Komatsu in Ishikawa Prefecture. When running, te Poncho EV runs quietly and emits no CO2.
An added treat to visitors to the HINO booth is the 500 Series which competed in the Dakar Rally 2014. This rally race truck has entered the Dakar Rally 26 consecutive times since 1991, earning it a record of continuous podium finishes under the 10-liter class.
UD placed its best foot forward with the new generation Quon, the UD’s flagship heavy duty truck. Powered by a GH11 engine, acclaimed for its clean, powerful and fuel efficient performance, the all-new Quon boasts smooth and stress-free driving experience for both driver and passenger. The downsized engine generates 460ps/224kgs, more powerful than the larger GH 13.
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