Fuso is confident it can maintain sales momentum in 2023 following a record year in 2022 thanks to improving supply.
The Japanese manufacturer notched an all-time annual truck and bus sales tally of 5319 units last year despite the wide-ranging supply issues impacting the trucking industry.
That represents a second consecutive yearly sales record for Fuso Australia, and accounted for 11.3 per cent of the total truck sales market in Australia, according to the end-of-year numbers from the Truck Industry Council (TIC).
Only two other brands finished ahead of Fuso in 2022, perennial leader Isuzu (13,360) and Hino (5867), which found itself embroiled in a class action suit after an emissions scandal surfaced in Japan.
The Fuso team says it’s confident that it can continue delivering for its customers thanks to improved production of key models, with strong supply of Canter truck and Rosa bus models.
Fuso Truck and Bus Australia director, Alex Müller, says Fuso is looking forward to a strong 2023 as it works to fulfill the high level of orders placed.
“Fuso is delighted to be able to support our customers with better supply of key models from Japan, especially our iconic Canter truck and Fuso light bus,” Müller says.
“We respect the hard work our customers do every day and are proud to offer them the best products, solutions and aftersales support through our strong Fuso dealership network.”
Fuso is especially focused on delivering trucks to customers who are keen to take advantage of end-of-financial-year tax benefits that require delivery before June 30.
The heavy-duty Fuso Shogun is currently more popular than ever. It almost doubled its volume in 2022 and recorded its best-ever monthly sales result of 72. This is despite supply issues that continue to affect some Shogun and Fighter models. Boosting interest in the Shogun range was the well-received Shogun 510 13-litre heavy-duty model; the most powerful Japanese truck available in Australia.
Fuso says many Shogun customers are new to the brand and are attracted by the quality of the truck as a well as the aftersales support, which includes a generous warranty (five years or 500,000km, whichever comes first) and long service intervals.
Fuso is the only truck brand to offer a manufacturer warranty program across its entire range that covers the truck for five years (or various mileage limits, whichever comes first).