Daimler Trucks Asia opens new FUSO Product Center and Design Center in Japan

In News, Fuso3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMarch 19, 2019

Daimler Trucks has opened a new Product Centre and Design Center at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation‘s Kawasaki Plant. The new building encompasses the corporate headquarters, R&D and design functions of the company, and is part of a large-scale modernisation at MFTBC. Daimler Trucks has invested approx. € 74 million since 2017 into this building, known as Campus Plus. The new building offers a modern working environment on 10,000sqm and is also home of the new, state-of-the-art Design Center.

“The FUSO brand is an essential and successful member of Daimler Trucks. In 2018, it contributed about one-third of total sales and plays a vital role when it comes to future topics such as electric driving. The new Product Center and Design Center in the Kawasaki Plant manifests that we are continuously investing in the future of FUSO and Japan,” said Martin Daum, board member of Daimler AG responsible for Trucks & Buses.

Daimler Trucks Asia also announced that up to € 40 million will additionally be invested in 2019 in the FUSO retail network. This investment kicks off a seven-year initiative called Project Mirai (Japanese for ‘Future‘). The company‘s goal is to improve its retail and service network within the domestic market in order to tackle future topics of the commercial vehicle sector. Within the next year, seven outlets across Japan will be refurbished in order to assist electric and connected commercial vehicles more efficiently from a service perspective.

“The Mirai Project underlines our commitment to being number one in customer service in the Japanese commercial vehicles industry. With upgraded facilities, we will be able to offer faster, better service to our customers across Japan,” said Hartmut Schick, head of Daimler Trucks Asia.

Within the new product centre is the new FUSO Design Center, one of the most advanced Design Centers within the Daimler AG. About 50 experts in design, digital design and engineering work to define a common design strategy to all future FUSO vehicles – called the FUSO CODE. The team is currently working on the next Canter and eCanter generation. Another objective is to work on the specific challenges of e-trucks.