Mitsubishi Fuso Launches New Heavy Duty Truck for Malaysia

Fuso FP517

Mitsubishi Fuso today introduced a new heavy-duty truck-tractor for the Malaysia market. The FP517 prime mover truck-tractor is designed for efficient, volume transport of heavy-duty loads. The product with 37-ton gross combination weight (gcw) was unveiled at customer, dealer and press events held today in the Kuala Lumpur area.

The new FP517 joins a Mitsubishi Fuso Malaysia product line that already includes light- and medium-duty trucks. Sales in 2006 reached 1,156 units, a 23 percent increase from the previous year. In the first six months of calendar year 2007, sales have reached 668 units, a slight increase year over year. (Numbers are MFTBC wholesales.)

“The FP517 provides Malaysia heavy-duty truck customers with a new option for safe, comfortable, durable and economical operation,” said Kai-Uwe Seidenfuss, Vice President, Sales & Service International, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC). “We are very pleased to bring this new product offering to our valued Malaysia customers, and expect it to become popular towing loads for a variety of transport operators.”

Key features of the FP517 truck-tractor for Malaysia include:

- Aerodynamic design for efficiency and attractive appearance.
- Ergonomic cab with spacious, comfortable interior.
- Safety features including a reinforced cab and excellent visibility.
- Optimized frame design that delivers maximum durability along with weight savings.
- Powerful and fuel-efficient 12-liter, 6-cylinder diesel engine (350 PS, 1,420 Nm – Euro 2)

The truck is available at Mitsubishi Fuso dealer locations across Malaysia. It will be assembled locally in Pekan by Malaysia Truck and Bus Sdn Bhd (MTB), a subsidiary of DRB-HICOM.

MFTBC Fuso Joined Forces with DaimlerChrysler in Malaysia

In 2005, MFTBC took an important step in further developing its Malaysia business by joining forces with DaimlerChrysler Malaysia (DCM). As of January 2005, DCM assumed full responsibility for the wholesale distribution of Mitsubishi Fuso trucks in Malaysia. The cooperation is intended to develop synergies in the Mitsubishi Fuso sales and service network, while simultaneously allowing DCM to expand a product portfolio that had already included Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles.

“Together with DaimlerChrysler Malaysia, we look forward to further growing the Mitsubishi Fuso business in Malaysia,” said Mr. Seidenfuss. “We want to continue to provide efficient, reliable products and services that help our Malaysia customers achieve success in their businesses.”

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