At the 2016 IAA CV Show in Hannover that is currently open for public, Daimler Trucks has presented the Fuso TV-R (6×4) three-axle tractor. Manufactured at DICV’s Oragadam plant near Chennai as an export-only model, the truck is the highest powered heavy-duty truck in the entire Fuso range, targeting long-distance haulage with a gross combination weight of up to 100-tonnes.
The truck has been designed for developing markets in Asia and Africa, and was launched in Kenya last month via CKD from India. The TV-R that is on display at the IAA show is a Euro V-compliant left-hand drive model with red exterior paint graphics and muscular-looking tweaked grille.
The TV-R is powered by Daimler’s well-known 11.9-litre six-cylinder in-line turbo-charged, water-cooled direct injection diesel engine (aka Mercedes-Benz OM 457), generating a maximum output of 428 hp (315 kW). The engine works with a 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift G 330 gearbox with a twin-disc dry plate diaphragm-type clutch with automatic control. The two driven rear axles feature hub-reduction with optimized rear axle ratios for different applications. The engine is Euro V compliant, and the fuel tank capacity is 455 litres.
Developed on Daimler’s Technology platform, the TV-R features a modern high-roof cabin with sleeper berth and 3-crew seating, specially designed to meet the consumer demands from the container transportation in the developing nations. Air-conditioning and Cruise control with steering-mounted paddle gear shift are standard in the TV-R range, along with exhaust and engine brake, and full-air, S-cam dual circuit braking system with ABS. Robust chassis and heavy-duty axle capacity are its biggest advantages, while mighty R 24 tyres with increased ground clearance enables the truck to tackle challenging terrain.
The Fuso brand is key to Daimler’s truck business in emerging markets in the African and Asian region, with more than 150,000 vehicles being produced under its nameplate. The DICV’s state-of-the-art factory in Chennai is one of the prime location where Fuso trucks are made, where products of other two brands under the group (BharatBenz and Mercedes-Benz) are also assembled.
At the 2016 IAA show, Daimler has also displayed the India-made Euro V-compliant BharatBenz 3723R (10×2) five-axle rigid truck.