“A no-nonsense workhorse, that’s what we need and that’s what we get with the FUSO Canter.” So says Alex Howley, whose Somerset company Perfect Pave has just commissioned its first vehicle from the all-new Canter range.
The 3C13 variant was supplied by Intercounty Truck & Van, which also sells and supports Mercedes-Benz trucks – both brands are part of the Daimler Truck ‘family’. It has a Comfort cab and Scattolini three-way tipping body, which was pre-fitted at the FUSO factory in Tramagal, Portugal, and is now working alongside the operator’s four other 3.5-tonne Canters, all of which are standard tippers.
Perfect Pave specialises in the installation of patios and driveways, including block paving, while also offering a variety of complementary services. Mr Howley and his co-Director Simon Bethell celebrated the 20th anniversary of their business in May.
Although Perfect Pave serves trade customers nationwide, the Canters work within a 50-mile radius of its base in Cheddar. The company’s eleventh FUSO – it purchased the first in 2006 – replaces an 09-registered example that had covered 160,000 miles.
The redesigned cab, which features a striking new ‘face’, easily distinguishes the all-new Canter from its predecessor. The latest model is more comfortable than the last, thanks in part to the improved insulation that reduces in-cab noise, and safer too, with additional, reinforced rear underrun protection helping to minimise the effects of impacts.
Perfect Pave’s new truck employs a well-proven, fuel-efficient 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 96 kW (130 hp) and 350 Nm of torque. However, a newly developed, compact exhaust system means the 2022 version also meets the EURO VI – STEP E emission standard.