Half a century full of lively history, over 200,000 vehicles produced and backbone of FUSO in Europe: with its more than 300 employees in an area of 39,900 square metres, the plant in Tramagal, situated some 150 kilometres north-east of Lisbon, produces the FUSO Canter light truck for around 30 European countries and Israel.
Developed in Japan, built in Europe
Almost 50% of the components for the Canter come from over 90 European suppliers. The DUONIC® automated dual-clutch transmission is one of the outstanding technical innovations of the Canter. It is the world's first dual-clutch transmission for light trucks. FUSO supplies mainly tooling-intensive parts for the cab and the frame from Japan as well as parts of the axle, the steering wheel, the heating and air conditioning system and the innovative DUONIC® 2.0 dual-clutch transmission.
Production: bodyshell carefully handcrafted
The accurately handcrafted bodyshell of the cab forms the basis for the Canter's high quality. All the sheet metal for every production site around the world comes from the plant in Kawasaki in Japan. In addition to cost-effective production, this guarantees uniformly high quality worldwide.
Assembly: detail work on and in the cab
The assembly process involves the consecutive installation and mounting of wiper linkages, window seals, wiring harnesses, door panels, the unit consisting of brake booster and pedals, interior trim, insulation and dashboard, windows, seats and exterior mirrors. The seats are mounted in advance by a supplier in an adjacent hall and supplied to the production line in the precise sequence of the vehicles. After assembly, the cab is sent to the next line for joining to the chassis, known as the marriage.
Paintwork: high-grade cataphoretic dip-priming as corrosion protection
90% of all Canters are white. Apart from that, 86 other paint colours are used if required. The high quality of the paintwork on the Canter is based on thorough pretreatment by cataphoretic dip-priming. Pretreatment of the frame involves shot-blasting followed by powder coating to guarantee optimal corrosion protection.
Final inspection: careful check of all functions
Functions of the new truck are checked. Specially trained employees inspect all the functions of the new vehicle, such as engine and transmission, heating and the air conditioning system through to the windscreen wiper blades. Wheel alignment and lights are adjusted, along with speedometer and tachograph. The process is rounded off by a final visual inspection. The operation of the anti-lock braking system is then tested during a short drive on the plant site.