Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation formerly a part of Mitsubishi Motors, but now separate from Mitsubishi Motors, which builds commercial grade trucks, buses and heavy construction equipment, and owned by Daimler AG. The company was established since 1932 and its headquarters located in Kashimada, Saiwai Ku, and Kanagawa, Japan, and is one of the world’s largest truck manufacturers.
Kashimada, Saiwai Ku, and Kanagawa, Japan
1949- 2000s :
In 1949, the Fuso Motors Sales Company established. It renamed the Mitsubishi Fuso Motors Sales Company in 1952.
In 1957, MNHI integrated the Tokyo and Kawasaki Works into the Tokyo Motor Vehicle Works. Seven years later, Mitsubishi Nippon Heavy Industries, Shin Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Engineering Company merged to form Mitsubishi Fuso Heavy Industries; Mitsubishi Fuso Motors Sales split into two divisions: Shin and Fuso Motors Sales Company. Sharing a logo, Shin distributed light machinery branded as Mitsubishi, and Fuso distributed heavy machinery branded as Fuso.
In 1970 MHI signed a joint-venture agreement with Chrysler Corporation, establishing the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), and MHI transferred its motor-vehicle operations to MMC.
In 1975, MMC opened the Nakatsu Plant at its Tokyo Motor Vehicle Works followed by the Kitsuregawa Proving Grounds in 1980. Four years later, MMC merged with Mitsubishi Motor Sales Company. In 1985, MMC and Mitsubishi Corporation established the joint-equity company Mitsubishi Trucks of America in the United States. Eight years later, MMC and Chrysler dissolved their equity partnership. The following year, MMC and Mitsubishi joined to design, build and distribute the Mitsubishi Lancer.
In 1999 MMC and Volvo joined their truck and bus operations, and Volvo acquired five percent of MMC. Two years later, DaimlerChrysler replaced Volvo as MMC’s truck and bus partner and MMC renamed the Tokyo Plant the Truck and Bus Production Office.
In 2003, the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) established. DaimlerChrysler, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and other Mitsubishi companies acquired 43-, 42- and 15-percent shares, respectively, in MFTBC. In 2005, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation transferred its MFTBC shares to Daimler Chrysler as part of their compensation agreement for financial damages resulting from quality problems and recalls at MFTBC. Daimler Chrysler and the Mitsubishi companies hold shares worth 89 and 11 percent, respectively. In 2006, MFTBC moved its headquarters from Tokyo to Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa; the following year, DaimlerChrysler sold its majority stake in Chrysler Corporation to Cerberus Capital Management. The corporation renamed Daimler AG, and the DaimlerChrysler Truck Group renamed Daimler Trucks.
Fuso trucks are developed and manufactured mostly at the following Japanese facilities:
- Kitsuregawa Proving Ground
- Kawasaki Plant and Research and Development Center
- Nakatsu Plant, Aikawa, Kanagawa
- Mitsubishi Fuso Bus Manufacturing Company in Toyama, Toyama
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter work trucks are created in Egypt, Portugal, The Philippines, Venezuela, Turkey, and Russia. They are advertised in Japan, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and a number of other Asian countries, as well as in the United States.
They are also produced in India at the Daimler India Commercial Vehicles plant in Oragadam, near Chennai. Those vehicles are sold in East Africa and Southeast Asia. Mitsubishi Fuso’s European marketing and sales headquarters placed in Stuttgart.The Mitsubishi Fuso Aero Star diesel-electric bus is being certified in Japan.
The Aero Star uses a series hybrid drive, where its diesel engine drives an electric generator to recharge lithium-ion batteries linked to the two electric motors with a joint output of 158 kW which push the vehicle. Daimler Trucks use this method for hybrid commercial vehicles, including in the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid series hybrids are resourceful on urban buses. According to the company, it can decrease its fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent.
Logo & Brand
Fuso means “hibiscus”, an ancient name for Japan which used by the Chinese, and the name of the company’s first product in 1932.