In order to improve their Japan-based subsidiary – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation – Daimler Trucks recently opened a new Product and Design Center at their Kawasaki plant in Japan. Officially called Campus Plus, the new building will house Fuso's corporate headquarters together with the R&D and design functions of the company.
“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,” says Martin Daum, board member of Daimler AG responsible for Trucks & Buses.
With the opening of a new design center, expect the upcoming trucks and buses of Fuso to take on a more stylish and possibly even European design in the years to come. The new Fuso Design Center will house around 50 design experts and engineers who will pen the future Fuso trucks in line with the 'Fuso Code'.
Currently, the team is already working on the next-generation Canter and eCanter models, one of Fuso's most popular trucks globally. Aside from next-generation models, another objective of the design center is to tackle the challenges of building a fully electric truck or 'e-truck' as Fuso calls it.
Alongside the opening of the new Campus Plus building, Daimler announced that they will be investing an additional EUR 40 million into Fuso's own dealership network. With the investment in place, it started a new seven-year initiative called Project Mirai with the goal of improving Fuso's facilities throughout Japan. This year, seven outlets in Japan will be refurbished in order to better service electric commercial vehicles. Other facilities throughout Japan are expected to follow soon after.