IAB Report – DICV commences production of LHD FUSO trucks at Oragadam plant

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Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has been exporting Mitsubishi FUSO branded trucks made at its Oragadam plant (near Chennai) to several international RHD (Right Hand Drive) markets in Asia and Africa.

Under Daimler Truck’s new ‘Asia Business Model’ which involves harnessing synergies between India-based DICV and Japan-based Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), the Indian subsidiary has now started making FUSO trucks in LHD (Left Hand Drive) configuration as well. The Asia Business Model targets to sell over 2,90,000 units (DICV and MFTBC combined) by 2020.

DICV starts production of Left-Hand Drive FUSO trucks
The India-made LHD FUSO trucks will be initially launched in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Egypt.

The FUSO FJ (rebadged BharatBenz 2528C), is the first LHD truck to be made at the facility and more LHD variants would follow in the future. The models will be initially launched in markets like Nigeria, Ethiopia and Egypt. In the mid-term more markets in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East would be covered.

The made-in-India FUSO trucks are currently exported to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Brunei.

DICV has also announced that an India made LHD FUSO model would be showcased at the IAA 2014 at Hanover in September.

More details are available in the press release below.

DICV commences production of LHD FUSO trucks – Press Release

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