FUSO has made a name for itself as a go anywhere, get anything done brand the world over. Vehicles developed and produced by FUSO are known for their track record of technological innovation and high customer satisfaction. Outstanding quality, superlative efficiency and cutting-edge design are further attributes of the FUSO brand.
As one of Japan’s leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) produces a full range of trucks and buses for a wide range of operating conditions. FUSO trucks and buses are true professionals when it comes to efficiency, comfort and safety, boasting versatile payloads and ride comfort. FUSO brand repair facilities dot the globe offering extensive spare parts and customer service networks for customers in over 170 markets worldwide, making FUSO Daimler Trucks’ most international brand.
MFTBC plays an important role at Daimler Trucks as the competence center for light-duty trucks and state-of-the-art electric drivetrain technology. In fact, the FUSO eCanter became Daimler’s first series produced all-electric light-duty truck with its launch in 2017.
FUSO past and present
The FUSO brand name dates back to 1932, when the name was used for the first time on a bus that was built in the shipyard and machinery works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Kobe. On the occasion of its delivery to the first customer, the Japanese Ministry of Railways, the company's employees were asked to suggest a nickname. Finally, “FUSO” was chosen from among the suggestions. Fusō is the Japanese pronunciation of “fusang,” an old Chinese word referring to the “sun’s origin,” or, Japan.
Daimler AG acquired a 43 percent shareholding in Mitsubishi Fuso in 2003, as a spin-off of Mitsubishi Motor Corporation’s Truck & Bus Division. Since 2011, Daimler has held a stake of just under 90 percent. FUSO trucks are produced in Kawasaki, Japan, Oragadam near Chennai, India, and Tramagal, Portugal. FUSO buses are produced in Toyama, Japan. FUSO vehicles are also locally assembled at 16 knock-down plants around the world.