FUSO Canter 7.5-tonner rises to the challenge for The Authentic Bread Company 20 October 2021

A Gloucestershire craft baker has commissioned its first 7.5-tonne truck to help it meet increased demand from its two biggest wholesale customers, both of which have seen significant growth in their home delivery businesses as a result of successive lockdowns.

The Fuso Canter 7C15 model employs a 3.0-litre common-rail turbodiesel that produces 148bhp and 370Nm of torque. The chassis was supplied from stock by Rygor Commercials and its curtainside body was built and fitted by JC Payne, in Walsall, West Midlands.

Its Canter is being inspected and maintained under a Mercedes-Benz Finance contract hire agreement by the workshop team at Rygor’s branch in Gloucester.

Rygor had previously supplied The Authentic Bread Company with two curtainside-bodied 3.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis cabs. The latest of these was retired to make way for the Canter.

Carrying capacity was a factor in the purchase decision, as with five-speed manual gearbox and 3,850mm wheelbase, the 7C15 offers a combined body and payload allowance of 5,100kg.

He continued: “The Canter’s carrying capacity has been instrumental in enabling us to meet all of this increased demand. We work the vehicle hard – it’s contracted to cover a quarter of a million kilometres over three years, and runs constantly between our bakery and customer locations in Andover and Devon.”

In addition, the vehicle’s turning circle helps it manoeuvre through tight access to a depot that it serves.

Transport Engineer

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