Daimler Trucks has officially opened the new product centre building and design centre at the Kawasaki Plant of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation.

The new building houses the corporate headquarters, R&D and design functions of the company, and is part of a large-scale modernization at MFTBC.

Daimler Trucks has spent around EUR74m since 2017 on this building, known as Campus Plus. The new building offers a modern working environment of 10,000 sq m and is also home of the new design centre.

“The Fuso brand is an essential and successful member of Daimler Trucks. In 2018, it contributed about one-third of total sales and plays a vital role when it comes to future topics such as electric driving. The new [centres]in the Kawasaki Plant [shows] we are continuously investing in the future of Fuso and Japan” said Daimler Trucks and Buses chief Martin Daum.

At the same time, Daimler Trucks Asia said it would spend up to an additional EUR40m this year on the Fuso-owned retail network. This investment kicks off a seven year initiative called Project Mirai (Japanese for future).

This year, seven outlets across Japan will be refurbished in order to service electric and connected commercial vehicles more efficiently.

Fifty design, digital design and engineering engineers work in the new centres to define a common design strategy for all future Fuso vehicles. The team currently is working on the next Canter and eCanter generation.