Every new generation Rosa will be protected by a comprehensive range of safety features including Advanced Emergency Braking, which can perform full emergency braking in the event of a potential collision. This advanced radar-based system can even detect, and begin braking for moving pedestrians.
A Lane Departure Warning System is also standard, as is Electronic Stability Program, driver and front passenger airbags, height adjustable LED headlights, Hill Start Assist and a reversing camera.
There are also three-point lap sash seatbelts and four exits. The new generation Rosa also features a transom window on the passenger side to further enhance its excellent visibility.
Fuso has made a range of significant changes inside and outside the Rosa, which is available with 22 or 25 seats, further improving the most popular bus of the last decade in Australia.
Daimler Truck and Bus Australia President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, says the safety features of the new Rosa are at the heart of its appeal.
"These buses carry our most precious cargo, whether it be on school runs or nursing home day trips, so it is imperative fleet operators consider their safety features or lack thereof," he says.
"There is only one light duty bus in Australia with Advanced Emergency Braking, only one with Lane Departure Warning and only one with Electronic Stability, and that is the new Fuso Rosa. There are many other benefits introduced by the upgraded model, but nothing as important as the features that will help protect the ones we love," Mr Whitehead adds.
One thing that has not changed with the new Rosa is its generous five year/200,000km warranty, giving owners’ real peace of mind.
Fuso has managed to further improve uptime and help reduce running costs by increasing Rosa’s service intervals to 15,000km.
New for Rosa is an efficient 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel common rail engine with the most power and torque in its class - 129kW and 430Nm. This advanced unit, which features a variable geometry turbocharger, is smaller and lighter than the engine it replaces, but is also more powerful. It also meets stringent Euro 6 emission standards, well ahead of Australian regulated standards, which ensures dramatic reductions of nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions.
Fuso is also introducing its advanced Duonic Automated Manual Transmission, which features six gears, to the Rosa range. This advanced dual clutch transmission delivers fuel efficiency improvements as well as fast and smooth shifts. It also features a handy creep function for easy low-speed manoeuvering. Customers also have the option of selecting a five-speed manual transmission.
Fuso has significantly upgraded the interior of the Rosa, with a new-look dashboard that is both practical and stylish. It now incorporates a passenger side airbag, as well as a new climate control display and new switches for key controls that are within easy reach of the driver. A new high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen display with internet and digital radio has been introduced, along with a new electronic instrument cluster that presents a range of bus data for the driver including fuel efficiency information, maintenance status, date and outside temperature. There is also a repositioned handbrake lever, which now sits to the left of the driver’s seat. Fuso has also taken the opportunity to move the transmission shift lever from the floor onto the dashboard for easier control.
The Rosa also benefits from new bright LED passenger lamps, while the rear air-conditioning system with integrated roof vents has been retained. Deluxe models also feature new high-backed cloth seats.
A new flat-floor design not only makes it easier for passengers to get in and out of their seats, but also allows for simpler aftermarket wheelchair lift installations.
The Rosa continues to feature independent front suspension for optimum comfort and handling as well as rack and pinion steering for precise feel. It has a class leading turning circle of 12.6 metres (22 seat) and 14.2m (25 seat). The Rosa now also features disc brakes on all four corners and rear suspension stabilisers.
Fuso has freshened the exterior design of the Rosa, giving it a stylish and modern look thanks largely to new design language and striking LED headlights.
It is available in Standard and Deluxe trim levels to help customers the ability to choose the Rosa that is right for them.