Hanover, Germany/Kawasaki, Japan/Chennai – Daimler Trucks Asia, under which Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) are cooperating closely, boldly showcased its competencies at the 2016 IAA in Hanover, Germany, the world’s leading commercial vehicle trade fair. While the world premiere of the FUSO brand’s all-electric light-duty truck eCanter is Daimler Trucks Asia’s tech highlight, DICV was represented with products from all three brands built at the Chennai plant: BharatBenz, FUSO, and Mercedes-Benz.
Mr. Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of MFTBC and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia explained: “Daimler Trucks Asia’s presence at the 2016 IAA has been a bold demonstration that we are ready for the future. Our all-new FUSO eCanter as our technology highlight proves we’re leading e-mobility in this segment, and we’ve showcased strong products built in India, for India and for growth markets worldwide.”
The BharatBenz 3723R five-axle truck with modular load body is designed for special transport solutions in India. As a tractor for heavy loads, the FUSO TV concept truck 4043S is aiming at growth markets in the Middle East and Latin America. Also designed for Middle East markets is the Mercedes-Benz school bus OF 917 RF C, which at the same time marks the entry of Daimler Buses India into the export of complete buses, extending its export portfolio beyond bus chassis.
At the sidelines of the IAA, Daimler Trucks Asia also announced that a third truck product family has been assigned to be built at DICV’s plant at Oragadam near Chennai – a new sub-9tonne product family for exports and the domestic market. Production is planned to begin in 2017.
Mr. Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles said: “It is great news for DICV to extend production beyond our existing medium and heavy-duty models to include a third truck product family below 9 tonnes. This shows the flexibility and quality of our manufacturing operations. It also underlines that exports will be more and more complementing our successful domestic BharatBenz business. This is ‘Make in India’ at its best.”
Commenting on recent achievements at DICV, Mr. Nesselhauf continued: “2016 has provided a remarkable series of milestones for us. Within less than four years, we have crossed the mark of 50,000 produced vehicles at our plant, and we have handed over the 40,000th BharatBenz truck to the customer. We have launched our updated MDT generation. And to optimally prepare us for future growth, we have continued to expand and round off our manufacturing operations, taking overall investment to well beyond 5,000 crore.”
With regard to 2017, preparations are already under way for launch of the updated generation of BharatBenz heavy-duty trucks and for the start of production of the third, new sub-9t product family. In the bus business, the product portfolio will be extended into the 16 tonnes segment as planned.
Overview of Daimler Trucks Asia’s product highlights at the 2016 IAA
BharatBenz 3723R Rigid Haulage Truck
FUSO TV (concept 4043S)
Mercedes-Benz school bus OF 917 RF C
Daimler Trucks Asia at a Glance
Daimler Trucks Asia combines the strength of two distinct legal entities Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), collaborating on a range of topics ranging from product development, production and R&D to Sales & market development activities.
DICV at a Glance
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) is a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany. DICV is a full-fledged commercial vehicle player in the Indian market. It currently produces and sells above 9 to 49 tons trucks for the Indian volume market, under the brand BharatBenz. BharatBenz stands for Indian engineering with German DNA. Under its bus division, the company produces and sells BharatBenz buses and Mercedes-Benz buses from its manufacturing plant at Oragadam. Bharat-Benz products have been engineered to serve all major customer segments with a focus on total-cost-of ownership, safety, reliability and comfort. The DICV-built FUSO trucks from Oragadam are exported to markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
The state-of-the-art production plant at Oragadam, near Chennai, spreads over 400 acres (160 hectares) and was opened in 2012. The site is also home to DICV’s headquarters and R&D operations, and features a modern test track designed to simulate Indian conditions – making it one of its kinds in Asia. DICV has made an overall investment of more than INR 5,000 crores. In August 2016, less than four years after the start of production, the milestone of 50,000 produced vehicles was crossed – an unprecedented ramp-up in the Indian commercial vehicle industry.