Giti Tyres Big Test: Hop, skip and a jump
Okay, so this is the first New Zealand test of FUSO's brand new heavy-duty truck – the Shogun HDT Euro 6.
Fuso NZ and Daimler Trucks alike see it as a game-changer – THE most important new model in the make's revival, both here and in Japan.
To me it's best summed up as the story of a hop, Skip and a jump. Okay, so I confess that part of the reason for this is just pure happy coincidence: Doing a test on a truck based just up the road from where I live (on Auckland's North Shore) is a cool novelty.
Golden Contracting, which has been running this pre-production prototype truck to help Fuso NZ put the finishing touches to the new model, is based in Silverdale – the proverbial hop, skip and a jump away from home.And then I meet the boss – the man entrusted with providing feedback to FUSO to refine its engine and transmission settings to best suit NZ conditions…Mark Golden. Alias Skippy, or Skip.
Pirelli Trevor Test
It's been a few years and a few beers since I last caught up with one of Mark (Skip) Golden's trucks – 13 years, in fact, since we tested a new 430hp Golden FUSO Shogun, fitted with an 18-speed Roadranger.
Compared with what we're driving today FUSO has certainly come a long way, as we head into the new breed of the make's heavy-duty truck being launched in NZ.
Today's truck, as is obvious from its camouflage paint job, is an evaluation truck – brought into NZ to trial its new technology before the launch.
After the issues Fuso had with the FUSO HD Euro model it seems like a good idea – and who better then to put one of the evaluation units with but a longtime FUSO operator like Skip.