JMT Civil muscles up with new Shogun 510

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A new 510hp engine has encouraged JMT Civil to buy its first Japanese truck.

The Sydney-based operation, which specialises in vegetation management, demolition and machinery heavy haulage, has a fleet of eight conventional ‘American-style’ trucks.

The fact the Fuso Shogun was available with more than 500hp was central for JMT Civil Director, Joel Taylor, to making the decision to break with tradition when he needed a truck for jobs around metro Sydney.

“Nobody wants to drive an underperforming vehicle, so the engine performance was really important,” Mr Taylor says.

There were other benefits of taking on the Shogun 510, Mr Taylor explains: “The main thing is the maneuverability of the cab-over and the excellent visibility that will really help our drivers getting in and out of compact sites in the city, but the fuel efficiency of the 13-litre is also a real positive.”

Mr Taylor says the Shogun, which has a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) rating of 63-tonnes, is a good truck for the application: “The design and visibility really make it easier for our drivers and they love it.”

As for the efficiency, Mr Taylor says the Shogun 510 is “considerably better” on fuel than the other trucks in the fleet when working the same type of jobs.

The Shogun 510 is the only Japanese truck with more than 500hp and is fitted with a 13-litre six-cylinder Daimler Truck engine that delivers 510hp and 2500Nm of torque.

All Shoguns come with a full suite of active safety features, which is especially important for trucks operating in urban environments with dense traffic and many pedestrians.

These include an Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) feature that uses camera and radar technology to automatically brake for an object or moving pedestrian in the event the driver does not respond to an audible warning. This system is standard, as is radar-based adaptive cruise control.

Active Attention Assist (AAA), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), a driver airbag, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) assistance function are also standard.