Mitsubishi Fuso’s new Canter features the first application of a fully automated dual clutch transmission in a truck. In addition to lower fuel consumption, the Duonic six-speed direct-shift transmission—known from its use in passenger cars—causes less wear to auxiliary equipment, reduces the burden on the driver and combines the convenience benefits of an automatic transmission with the economy of a manual transmission. Fuso is part of Daimler Trucks.
The Duonic dual clutch transmission with wear-free clutch changes gears smoothly and with virtually no interruption to road adhesion, but without the torque converter losses for which the automatic transmission is known. If required, manual shifting is also possible at any time. The fully automated transmission is available as an alternative to the standard five-speed transmission.
The transmission is paired with the four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, which as standard complies with the Euro 5 emissions standard. Featuring a displacement of 3.0 liters, the engine is available in three power output levels of 96 kW (130 hp), 110 kW (150 hp) and 129 kW (175 hp). It is now also available as an option with start/stop function for Duonic and a manual transmission. This technology helps to reduce the fuel consumption of the Canter in short distance driving applications by up to a further 3%.