Tokyo Motor Show 2017: Commercial vehicle exhibits (Part 1)

EV trucks from Mitsubishi Fuso and Isuzu



The theme of the Tokyo Motor Show 2017 (October 25th to November 5th 2017, at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center) was "Beyond the Motor," aiming to "become an event that focuses on the broadly extended functional value and enjoyment of automobiles, attracting and integrating globally leading-edge knowledge and transcending industry borders to spawn new innovation and business" (management office). 771,200 visitors attended the show, which represents a slight decrease in attendance to 94.9% compared to last year's previous show.

(Left) The show's logo poster was in black and white, perhaps designed considering the 2020 Tokyo Olympics logo.
(Right) The newly added East 7 wing and its adjacent east gate.


153 companies and organizations, including 34 domestic and foreign OEMs, and 27 brands held exhibitions at the show. 380 vehicles, including world premiere and Japan premiere vehicles were exhibited. As for commercial vehicles, 6 heavy-duty truck manufacturers, and 11 body manufacturers (excluding light vehicle manufacturers) held exhibitions.


This report cover the contents of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus, which unveiled its concept truck as a world premiere, as well as the Isuzu exhibition. Mitsubishi Fuso exhibited its EV heavy-duty truck, Vision ONE, while Isuzu showcased a light-duty EV refrigerator truck based on the Elf, and its future light-duty delivery vehicle, the FD-SI.

See the following report for the contents of UD Trucks, Scania, Hino, and Toyota exhibits.
Tokyo Motor Show 2017: Commercial vehicle exhibits (Part 2) (Dec. 2017)


Tokyo Motor Show 2017 Related reports:
Toyota unveils numerous concept vehicles (Nov. 2017)
Exhibits from Nissan, Honda, and Mitsubishi (Dec. 2017)
Mazda, Suzuki, Subaru, and Daihatsu's exhibitions (Dec. 2017)
Exhibitions from Bosch, Denso, Aisin, and Mitsubishi Electric (Nov. 2017)
EV systems and other electrification technologies (Dec. 2017)
Plastics utilized for autonomous driving and electric vehicle components(Dec. 2017)

The domestic commercial vehicle market situation

While the total transport volume in Japan continues to decrease, after hitting a record low in 2009, the number of newly registered regular (heavy-duty and mid-size) trucks recovered to 95,000 units 2016. Additionally, vehicle ownership saw a record low in 2012, but has since increased, reaching 1.527 million vehicles at the end of 2016. Transport volumes will peak in 2018 to 2019 as a result of increased transport needs associated to the Olympics.

  1. The transport of small parcels has increased due to the growth in online shopping. More vehicles are in operation in thanks to construction and maintenance projects related to the Olympics.
  2. There is a permanent shortage of truck drivers, and the issue of an aging driving population. There is anticipation that the number of younger drivers will increase as a result of revisions to the driver's license system in 2017.
  3. Larger-sized and longer vehicles have been introduced to increase transportation efficiency (restrictions have been relaxed for the total length of connected vehicles, such as trailers).
  4. Measures have been implemented to meet the 2016 diesel emissions regulations and further vehicle safety countermeasures have been introduced. The quality of trucking services has increased and public relations campaigns aimed at shippers and society are being conducted to increase awareness of the role played by trucks.

(From JAMA and other resources)



The overall appeal of commercial vehicles seen at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017

  1. Exhibitions of mass-produced and concept EV trucks, and corporate EV commercialization strategies.
  2. Exhibition of state-of-the-art vehicles that support the 2016 emissions regulations by all heavy-duty truck manufacturers.
  3. Increased usage of automated transmissions to increase comfort and fuel efficiency.
  4. Vehicles equipped with advanced safety assistance systems, such as collision avoidance.
  5. Public relations promotion of truck transport in society and daily life, as well as promotions regarding increased quality and reliability, and total service support.

Mitsubishi Fuso: EV commercial vehicle brand E-Fuso, concept truck Vision ONE

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus's exhibition theme was "Light Up Tomorrow", expressing the dynamic activeness and challenging spirit of commercial vehicles, which will continue to evolve for people and society.


The OEM used the same dark-colored, compact booth it used at the previous motor show, exhibiting four vehicles.

  1. EV concept heavy-duty truck, Vision ONE (world premiere)
  2. Mass-produced light-duty EV truck, eCanter (Japan premiere)
  3. New tractor-trailer truck, Super Great
  4. Large sightseeing bus, Aero Queen

Of the four vehicles exhibited, the two EV trucks received the most attention. Mitsubishi Fuso launched the first EV commercial vehicle brand in the industry, the E-Fuso, and announced it would develop EV variants of all of its trucks and buses in the coming years.


E-FUSO:The future is electric (For a future where transport will be powered by electricity)



Vision ONE EV concept truck (world premiere)

Mitsubishi Fuso aims to pioneer the mass-production of EV trucks with its eCanter. The Vision ONE concept model was unveiled in anticipation of realizing a full-EV heavy-duty truck by the Daimler Group's Fuso, an automaker currently gaining momentum.


The truck has a maximum range of 350 km on a single charge, suitable for inter-site transport in urban areas.
The vehicle's major components are not carried over from Mercedes-Benz's EV trucks, but instead uses components from the eCanter. In the future, the Daimler Group's technology and development resources will be used for the EV powertrain.

The truck's GVW is 23.26 tons with a load capacity 11.11 tons, and its dimensions are length 11,990 mm, width 2,490 mm, height 3,700 mm.
The base platform for the Vision ONE's full cab structure and partial body components, as well as the chassis, is an existing 6×2 low floor cargo vehicle. The door base has been carried over, while the outer panels and interior trim have been newly designed, as have the steps and fender covers. Additionally, the front, roof, and cab quarter panels have been newly designed and shaped to seal gaps, giving the vehicle bodywork a finely-crafted appearance.
The rear body lower panel has also been newly designed. The body is based on the wing van made by PABCO, while the modeling and bodywork was handled by Phiaro Corporation. The design was completed under the guidance of a manager newly appointed this spring, formerly with the Mercedes-Benz Design's commercial vehicles department.

(Left) Charging port behind the front axle on the right side of the vehicle
(Right) E-Fuso logo on the disc wheel

Vision ONE's interior: Although a full cab truck, the bed space has been converted to a lounge seat.
(Left) Side-view camera on the upper area to the rear of the cab
(Center) Monitoring cameras on the left and right front pillars
(Right) Essential information needed for driving is displayed with a HUD on the front windscreen (circled section in the top right of the image)
The steering wheel features an infotainment monitor and a dial-operated driver support device



eCanter The world's first mass-produced EV light truck

(Left) The charging port is located at the bottom-rear of the cab on the right side.
(Right) The interior and exterior of the eCanter's cab is the same in Japan, Europe, and the U.S.

The multifunction key slot and start/stop button is located to the bottom right of the instrument panel.
The center accessory switches are dial-operated. The left glove compartment does not have a lid.



New Super Great 4×2 tractor-trailer truck

Fuso's flagship heavy-duty truck. The truck is a state-of-the-art 4×2 semi-tractor truck, meeting 2016 emissions regulation standards.

The Super Great features the newest generation downsized engine and the latest 12-speed Shift Pilot AMT on all grades as standard equipment. Similar to the other new series vehicles, the truck adopts a styling that seeks to realize safety, economy, and comfort. The Super Great is equipped with a 10.7-liter engine (428 ps, 2,100 N m), 12-speed Shift Pilot, front leaf suspension, rear air suspension, with a fifth-wheel coupling load of 11.5 tons. It's dimensions are length 5,595 mm, width 2,490 mm, height 3,300 mm, WB 3,160 mm. The capacity of the fuel tank is 350 liters.

The exhibition vehicle was the high cab, high roof model, available in 365 color factory paint options.


The Super Great features LED headlights with a signature lamp that emphasizes light distribution characteristics and longevity.
The bumper and grill have been newly designed, while the cab retains the design elements of its predecessor. Similar to the previous model, the Super Great supports both high and low cab versions with its fenders, bumper, and step areas.


Interior features are available in three grade packages, ranging from Executive to Eco, with different options for seats, trim, and instrument panels.
The left pillar features a detection lamp to warn drivers to prevent objects, pedestrians, and cyclists from becoming caught under the left side of the cab (Active Sideguard Assist) in cornering situations.
 Although the instrument panel area has been renewed, the framework is based on the previous model. The console is installed as an enclosed structure at the upper area of the engine hood.


The lever on the left is the parking brake. The Super Great has improved safety support features, such as autonomous braking, a facial recognition system to prevent drivers from falling asleep, and an autonomous cruise control system that adjusts the vehicle speed by slowing down and speeding up to maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead.
With the installation of the AMT Shift Pilot multifunction lever, the lighting lever is now located on the right side and operated with dials. The monitor, audio, and auto cruise function can be operated by the switches on the steering wheel. Additionally, the Super Great features a multifunction key that is inserted into the vehicle, and a start/stop button.


Isuzu: EV truck Elf EV, design concept FD-SI

The exhibition theme for Isuzu, which celebrated its 80th anniversary, was "Driving the New Age of Transport." Its exhibitions focused on technologies it is proposing to contribute to supporting transport to its fullest capacity, as well as to advance the future of transport to society.


The automaker exhibited eight vehicles, with the main vehicles showcased colored an earth beige metallic body color, commemorating its 80th anniversary.

  1. Elf EV light-duty EV refrigerator truck: reference exhibit, world premiere
  2. Design concept model FD-SI delivery vehicle: reference exhibit, world premiere
  3. 80th anniversary commemoration models: Displayed the heavy-duty Giga, the mid-sized Forward, and the light-duty Elf
  4. Exhibited a 6×6 multipurpose truck, commuter bus, and an overseas production model light-duty pickup truck
  5. Exhibits included engine, transmission, and panels to promote LNG as well as operation support features



ELF EV: EV refrigerator truck (reference exhibit, world premiere)

The Elf, which has been highly regarded in the light truck market, created a prototype EV truck in the 1980s, featuring a lead battery.
At this year's show, Isuzu exhibited a full-fledged EV truck with a refrigerated van. A monitoring vehicle will be released to the market in 2018. The OEM has designed in the quality of an EV by combining economic rationality and practicality to optimize the vehicle for its intended purpose.


Base model dimensions: High cab wide, full flat low, length 6,550 mm, width 2,180 mm, height 2,935 mm

The Elf EV is capable of being equipped with refrigeration features. The charging port is on the right side of the vehicle. The cover is for the battery.

The motor is located underneath the cab, driving the rear wheels via a propeller shaft.
The vehicle features two 40 kWh lithium-ion batteries, for a total capacity of 80 kWh, and attached to both sides of the chassis frame. The vehicle has a maximum range of roughly 100 km on a single charge. The vehicle has an output of 150 kW, and a torque of 500 N m.


(Left) The roles of the junction block
(Right) The instrument panel and meter panel is the same as the standard model



FD-SI (Future Delivery) design concept (reference exhibit, world premiere)

The FD-SI model represents the Isuzu design team's future truck concept, a tradition of the OEM at motor shows. While the vehicle is believed to be an EV, no details regarding the vehicles powertrain or specs were provided. The vehicle weight is 2 tons, has a wide body and small-diameter tires, making it the equivalent to a low, one floor vehicle. Isuzu also presented images of its future delivery vehicles via a CG image presentation.


The vehicle's exterior design motif resembles a beehive, with a honeycomb structure for its cargo area. The design allows for cargo to be loaded and stacked using hexagonal boxes specifically designed for this purpose.


The cabin features a single seat, located in the center. Driving and control features are clustered in the center of the instrument panel. The steering wheel is retractable, allowing the driver to move smoothly within the cabin area, increasing operability, habitability, and cargo handling ability.



Heavy-duty truck Giga 80th anniversary commemorative model

To commemorate its 80th anniversary, Isuzu exhibited its Giga heavy-duty truck, as well as its mid-sized Forward truck, and its light-duty Elf truck.

The new Giga model was unveiled at last year's show. At this year's show, a version that meets the new emissions regulations was exhibited as the flagship model commemorating Isuzu's 80th anniversary. Specifications include: Length 11,950 mm, width 2,490 mm, height 3,055 mm, 8×4, rear air suspension, and a GVW of approximately 25 tons. Engine output is 380 PS, and the vehicle is equipped with a 12-speed AMT.

A large promotional panel advertising natural gas vehicles (NGV) was displayed on an 8×4 low-floor chassis vehicle carrying a container.

Isuzu pioneered the small-diameter wheel, quad-axle low floor truck, which has become representative of Japanese truck models, with other OEMs positioning such vehicles as their flagship heavy-duty model. In addition, the wing body Giga is a transport device born and nurtured by the Japanese transport industry is a world-class vehicle.


The finishing on the exterior design of Isuzu's heavy-duty trucks is characterized by LED headlights and LED around the step areas.

(Left) D-CORE: An engine that meets new emissions regulations, featured on flagship heavy-duty trucks.
(Right) The emissions treatment device has increased in size, and is loacated outside the frame due to an increase in the size of the muffler as well. This increase in size does not affect the air suspension or the vehicle's bodywork.

The vehicle is equipped with a 9.9 liter engine (380 PS, 1,814 N m), steel pistons, and a retarder.
 The Smart Glide+g autonomous cruise and gear control safe driving assist function, utilizing map information, also has been added to the Smoother GX Gear system.

Commemorative model: Leather seats with the Isuzu logo, red seatbelts, and chrome plated door handles draw, giving a more elegant appearance.

Instrument panel: Basically, no changes have been made from the original model. The vehicle features an AMT, which can also be used in manual mode. The parking brake is lever-operated, extending from the floor.
The instrument panel features a 4-inch multi-display, as well as side and rear view monitors, increasing the safety and ability of drivers to better ascertain driver assistance information (same equipment as other models).


ELF 80th anniversary commemorative model

The Elf, which has lead the market in vehicle sales for 16 consecutive years in the 2-3 ton truck market category (according to the Japan Automobile Dealers Association), is available in the commemorative color edition.
Isuzu has added features such as keyless ride and suspension seats to improve the ease of entry and exit, improving the utility of the vehicle.

The photos show location of the side and rear view cameras that capture images in near-3D and the monitor on which the images are displayed.



Natural gas truck trends

In addition to increasing the efficiency of diesel-powered engines, Isuzu is diversifying its fuel delivery systems, such as with the use of CNG (natural gas).

The promotional panel shows that, in the future, Isuzu wants to use LNG (liquid natural gas) due to its benefits such vehicle weight reduction, mountability, and driving range.
Infrastructure development, such as LNG stations, is urgently needed to adopt LNG.


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