Daimler does not only produce Fuso trucks in Japan and in at the Kamaz premises in Russia. The Germans also build the Japanese light trucks in India. Fuso and Daimler India intend to reach a sales target of 290.000 until the year 2020. That is total sales over a period of seven years, starting from this year. Daimler uses the well known main production plant of Kawasaki and the recently opened plant in Chennai, India, as main production facilities for Fuso. The main task for the Chennai plant is to build Bharat Benz trucks for the Indian market. The light versions of Bharat Benz are actually Fuso trucks with a different badge and an adapted chassis, see picture below. In Chennai, the first series of seventy Fuso trucks have been produced for Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
By the end of the year, Bangladesh, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and Brunei will also be supplied with Fuso trucks from India. The successive roll-out in the growth markets of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mauritius and the Seychelles is planned for the year 2014.
Daimler Trucks says it is moving a step closer to achieving the sales target of annually over 500,000 units sold by 2015 and 700,000 trucks by 2020.