Fuso Begins Production of Left Hand Drive Trucks for Africa
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, together with Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV), its Indian counterpart under the new Asia Business Model, has announced the start of production of its first left-hand drive FUSO trucks specifically developed for the growth markets in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Built at DICV’s state-of-the-art Oragadam plant in Chennai, India, the FUSO FJ medium-heavy-duty truck will first be launched in markets like, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Egypt, and in the mid-term, in further markets in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. With this, the company said it is strengthening its portfolio of new FUSO trucks for the non-Asian markets as well, adding thrust to its export strategy.
As part of the first wave of MFTBC’s export strategy, the FUSO trucks are already exported to Kenya, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Brunei, and now on its way to Indonesia, the company’s largest export market. The company said the new FUSO trucks have been well received by customers. More left-hand drive FUSO truck variants will follow to address a wider market.
The new batch of FUSO trucks comprises five models in total, the light-medium-duty FA and FI models (GVW 9-16 tons) and the medium-heavy-duty FJ, FO, and FZ models (GVW 25-49 tons).