Daimler launches FUSO trucks in South Africa

CHENNAI: Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), that is cooperating with Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), Japan, under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, has launched its robust DICV-made FUSO trucks in South Africa, making it the 14th market since the start of export in May 2013.

To start with, DICV will export the light to medium-duty trucks and set the pace for more "built in India" products in the future.

Under the Asian strategy, there are synergies between Kawasaki and Oragadam plant in optimising research activities, product development and sourcing thereby providing reliable, efficient and quality products.

The latest technology and uncompromised Daimler standards ensure that the trucks are produced with the highest precision and offer superior quality. The robust, fuel-efficient truck is developed to meet the ever demanding customer expectations in the South African market.

Rigorous testing has been conducted under most strenuous driving conditions to ensure maximum reliability of the trucks.

Commenting on the development, Erich Nesselhauf, MD and CEO of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, said, "To export to South Africa is part of our global growth strategy and we are well on track with our export business. The trucks for South Africa are proven vehicles in many markets and will enhance business potential for our South African customers. The vehicle demonstrates trusted quality, economic efficiency and functional design and is set to capture the African market. The success of DICV built trucks across markets shows our proficiency in manufacturing trucks in India and which are customized to meet the diverse industry requirements."

Under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, DICV and MFTBC (Mitsubishi Truck and Bus Corporation) have combined their strength to tap its sales potential further. While DICV focuses on the Indian market with its brand BharatBenz and caters to countries such as Nepal, that are similar to the Indian market conditions, MFTBC will service the rising demand in the Asian and African regions with its existing portfolio of Mitsubishi-Fuso trucks from its plant in Kawasaki and the robust Fuso trucks produced in Oragadam.

Fuso today is a leader in Asia and the Middle East, with business in over 150 countries around the world.

"With a clear view on the growth potential in South Africa, DICV is in preparations to establish its presence in this region and will continuously add further markets to expand its reach," the company said in a statement.

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