Daimler Trucks has opened a new product and design centre at the Kawasaki plant of its Japanese commercial vehicle subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (MFTBC). A main focus of the new centre will be the specific challenges facing electric trucks and their ecosystems, including charging.
At the opening ceremony, Daimler Trucks Asia also announced that it would be investing an additional 40 million euros this year in Fuso’s own sales locations.
This investment marks the start of a seven-year initiative called Mirai (Japanese for “future”). The aim is to gear the sales and service network in the domestic market to important future issues in the commercial vehicle sector. According to Daimler, seven branches throughout Japan, from Hokkaido to Tokyo to Kyushu, will be refurbished to better serve customers with regard to electric and networked commercial vehicles. The new campus is part of a large-scale modernisation at Fuso.