Daimler Trucks Asia and its Kenyan partners Simba Colt and Associated Vehicles Assemblers (AVA) have started production of the new FUSO range at the AVA assembly plant in Mombasa, Kenya.
"This start of production in Kenya underlines our commitment to further developing the African market as part of our global growth strategy," said Marc Llistosella, president and CEO of MFTBC and head of Daimler Trucks Asia.
This announcement arrives just weeks after the grand opening of the Daimler regional center in Nairobi. Prior to this, the company exported completely built-up FUSO vehicles from India for almost three years, according to the company.
The project to add the FUSO 2523C heavy-duty truck to the AVA assembly plant’s portfolio was completed in five months. Further models from the range will be added subsequently, according to Daimler.
Simba Colt Motors has been a partner of FUSO for 48 years. AVA has been the partner for the assembly of FUSO products imported from Japan since 1982.