FUSO’s Strategic Truck for Africa Reaches Tanzania,
Third Market Launch in Africa following Kenya and Zambia
||New range of trucks giving “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 unveiled its strategic truck for Africa in Tanzania. Today’s milestone represents the company’s continual product offensive in the growth markets in Africa and Asia. The custom-tailored trucks have now already reached its fourth market following the recent launches in Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Zambia. A total of 5 all-new FUSO ‘FA/FI’ light-medium- and ‘FJ’ medium-heavy-duty trucks were unveiled on March 9, 2014, to members of the media & prospective customers at Mlimani City in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Over the next four weeks, the trucks will now travel a total of over 4,000 km across Tanzania culminating into a grand finale in Dar es Salaam.
Mr. Vikram Verma, General Manager Operations of MFTBC’s local distributor Diamond Motors Limited, said, “FUSO product has advantage in reliability, exceptional loading capacity as well as high fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs. These robust trucks are exactly the best fit for our customers here in Tanzania.”
All-new robust FUSO trucks making its debut in Tanzania
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 a whole new batch of 3 models, the ‘FI/FA’ light-medium-duty trucks and ‘FJ’ medium-heavy-duty trucks, further model expansion for Tanzania 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, “With the new additions to the product line-up, we will offer the broadest choice of product of any truck manufacturer in Tanzania today, positioning FUSO as the best business partner and solutions-provider for customers in the market. The new truck range further strengthens our position in Africa, where we are present in more than 30 markets.”
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. 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 in Africa and Asia:
The whole new batch of FUSO trucks 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 Tanzania 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,
Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2013, the company sold a total of about 172,400 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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