One of the fastest growing truck manufacturers in India, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV) today announced the launch of India-made FUSO trucks in South Africa. FUSO trucks are built in India by DICV in association with Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, Japan (MFTBC) under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia.
The first India-made truck which has been launched in South Africa is the FUSO FA 9–137, which the company claims will dominate the light to medium-duty trucks. Gradually, the company will launch more “built in India” products in South Africa.
Built to cater the needs of customers in South Africa, Daimler says that these India-made FUSO trucks feature latest technology, and uncompromised Daimler standards. This makes the trucks robust and fuel efficient. FUSO Trucks today is a leader in Asia and the Middle East, with business in over 150 countries around the world.
Commenting on the development, Mr. Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director 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 Daimler Trucks Asia, the two – DICV and MFTBC (Mitsubishi Truck and Bus Corporation) work together to deliver world classs products. Under the BharatBenz brand, DICV focuses on Indian markets, as well as the needs of countries which have similar conditions (like Nepal). On the other hand, MFTBC focuses on delivering to the rising demand in the Asian and African regions.