INDIANAPOLIS – This year’s NTEA Work Truck Show featured new vehicle launches from a range of manufacturers as well as a number of vehicles with new types of fueling/power systems, from natural gas to propane autogas and electric.
The list below provides a short overview of each of the vehicle launches, but we have also covered each of these launches in more depth. Click on the headlines below to read the complete news story for the vehicles you are interested in.
Hino Launches Four New Cab-Over-Engine Trucks
Hino Trucks will offer four models of the newly designed Class 4 and Class 5 cab over engine (COE) trucks. In the class 4 market, Hino will offer the 155 diesel model and the first ever U.S. class 4 diesel-electric hybrid model, the 155h. The 155 and 155h models will carry a 14,500 lb. GVW rating. In the class 5 market, Hino will offer the 195 diesel model and the first ever U.S. class 5 diesel-electric hybrid model, the 195h. The 195 and 195h models will carry a 19,500 lb. GVW rating.
Isuzu, Utilimaster Reach Commercial Van
Isuzu and Utilimaster unveiled a new commercial van that will come in two wheelbases—134 and 151 inches—and three body lengths—10, 12 and 14 feet. The cargo area can offer 450, 540, or 630 cubic feet of storage, depending on wheelbase and body length selected. Like Isuzu’s N-Series trucks, the Reach’s 4JJ1-TC engine employs selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, which injects Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) into the hot exhaust stream to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by over 85 percent. As a result, the Reach is EPA 2010 compliant and CARB OBD II compliant.
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter EG/FG Medium-Duty Trucks
The new lineup of 2012-model Mitsubishi Fuso cabovers come in five models, covering weight ratings from class 3 through class 5, for vocational needs from dry freight, refrigerated delivery, landscaping and delicate cargo transport to auto recovery, municipal roadwork, and snow plowing. The line includes standard chassis designs for class 3 through class 5 — the Canter FE125, Canter FE160 and Canter FE180, but also extends to a 7-passenger crew cab model, the Canter FE160CC, and the only 4-wheel-drive medium duty cabover in the industry, the FG4X4.
Navistar Introduces International TerraStar 4x4 Work Truck
The company said its TerraStar 4x4 variant will deliver additional commercial duty capability for a wide range of customer needs, including construction, utility, landscape, and other off-highway applications. At the heart of the new International TerraStar is its 300 hp 6.4L MaxxForce 7 V-8 engine, delivering 660 lb.-ft. torque.
Ram Truck Launches 2012 Cargo Van
The Ram Cargo Van will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan C/V in the Chrysler Group’s product lineup. It also provides a 20-gallon fuel tank and gets 25 mpg highway. Chrysler said the Ram C/V offers small businesses many competitive advantages, including an 1,800-lb. cargo payload and towing capability up to 3,600 lbs.
ROUSH CleanTech Launches Ford F-450 F-550 Propane Autogas Fuel System
ROUSH CleanTech announced its newest liquid propane autogas product offering. The new 6.8L V-10 propane autogas-powered Ford F-550 super duty chassis cab is designed to suit a wide range of uses including dump, landscape, flatbed, construction, waste, utility, freight, and more. A prototype of the vehicle is on display this week in the Ford Commercial Truck booth No. 3431. The propane autogas fuel system will be available for 2012 and later models of the Ford F-450 and F-550 truck series, and is expected to ship beginning in October of 2011.