FUSO Launches All-New Strategic Truck in Zambia,
Continuing Roll-Out of Custom-Tailored Trucks for Africa and Asia
||Third market launch of its all-new strategic truck following recent market launches in Kenya and Sri Lanka
||Adding on to FUSO’s traditional strength and leading presence in Africa – further network expansion in planning
||“Wider choice for customers”: Total of 5 all-new robust FUSO truck models custom-tailored for growth markets in Africa and Asia
Kawasaki, Japan - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, today announced it has launched its all-new strategic FUSO trucks in Zambia. Today’s milestone represents another successful launch under its continual growth offensive in Africa and Asia following the recent launches in Kenya and Sri Lanka. A total of 5 all-new FUSO ‘FA/FI’ light-medium- and ‘FJ’ medium-heavy-duty trucks were unveiled today to members of the media at the Lusaka show grounds, Lusaka, Zambia.
All-new robust FUSO trucks making its debut in Zambia
These robust, fuel-efficient trucks, custom-tailored to meet the ever demanding customer expectations in the growth markets, reinforce FUSO’s leading presence in Africa and Asia. Rigorous testing has been assessed under the most strenuous driving conditions to ensure maximum reliability of the trucks. Starting with 3 new models, the ‘FI/FA’ light-medium-duty trucks and ‘FJ’ medium-heavy-duty trucks, further model expansion for Zambia will be ongoing.
FUSO presence in more than 30 African markets – further market expansion in planning
According to Mr. Kai-Uwe Seidenfuss, MFTBC Senior Vice President of Sales & After Sales, "Africa has tremendous potential. We have worked very hard to extend our reach, and we are now present in more than 30 African countries with sales growing rapidly in the recent years. With the all-new FUSO products, we offer customers the widest possible choice to meet practically every imaginable requirement, and thus, are well positioned to deliver optimal solutions to customers in Africa to keep their business moving."
Mr. Rudi Botha, General Manager of Southern Cross Motors, said: “Africa is overall in need of reliable trucks with greater fuel efficiency, lower maintenance cost, and other factors which determine the life-time Total Cost of Ownership, and without a doubt, these FUSO trucks will be the choice – built for maximum profitability – for our customers.”
Southern Cross Motors, with a registered office in Lusaka, has been an active partner for FUSO trucks since 2005.
To further increase unit sales in Africa, MFTBC is offering a “wider choice” for various applications and is additionally building up the sales and service network on a continuous basis.
FUSO FJ medium-heavy-duty truck
“More choice for customers”: Total of 5 all-new robust FUSO models rolling out to 15 markets:
The all-new FUSO truck range comprises 5 new models, the light-medium-duty (GVW 9-16 tons referred to as ‘FA’ & ‘FI’) and the medium-heavy-duty (GVW 25-49 tons referred to as ‘FJ’, ‘FO’ & ‘FZ’), thus providing more choice to customers. These trucks will be exported and sold through MFTBC’s global network in Africa and Asia. Starting with the FJ truck, further model expansion for Zambia will be ongoing.
FUSO FA/FI light-medium-duty trucks
The light-medium-duty FA and FI trucks are based on Daimler Trucks technical platform – Fighter medium-duty truck on the chassis and the Canter light-duty truck on the cabin – incorporating a newly developed 4D37 diesel engine (Displacement: 3,907 cc, Output: 100 kW (420 Nm) / 125 kW (520 Nm) and a 6-speed manual transmission.
||GVW 9 tons,
||GVW 12/16 tons,
||Cargo, Dump, Mixer
FUSO FJ/FO/FZ medium-heavy-duty truck models
The medium-heavy-duty FJ, FO, and FZ trucks based on Daimler Trucks technical platform – Mercedes-Benz Axor chassis and cabin – incorporates a newly developed 6S20 diesel engine (Displacement: 6,373 cc, Output: 170 kW (810 Nm) / 205 kW (1,100 Nm) and a 6- or 9-speed manual transmission.
||GVW 25 tons,
||Cargo, Dump, Mixer
||GVW 31 tons,
||Cargo, Dump, Mixer
||4x2, 6x2, 6x4,
||GCW 40/49 tons,
MFTBC presence in more than 30 African markets – further market expansion in planning
MFTBC is already present in more than 30 African markets. The MFTBC Kawasaki plant in Japan has been supplying completely-built-up FUSO trucks as well as knocked-down kits to be assembled in various assembly sites in Africa to serve the markets there. Now with the addition of the new robust FUSO truck range, further markets are planned to be added to the network with a view to unlocking the full sales potential in Africa.
In Zambia “Southern Cross Motors” with a registered office in Lusaka has been active as sales partner for FUSO trucks since 2010.
To further increase unit sales in Africa, MFTBC is offering a “wider choice” for various applications and is additionally building up the sales and service network on a continual basis.
Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2012, the company sold a total of about 174,000 vehicles including light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Daimler AG owns 89.29% of MFTBC shares and various Mitsubishi group companies own 10.71% of MFTBC shares. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG.
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