After celebrating 35 years of operation in March, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), has announced that it will discontinue selling new trucks in the USA and Canada.
As the North American branch of Daimler’s Fuso brand, MFTBC and its dealers will continue to provide parts and service support for existing vehicles until 2028.
The move follows a re-evaluation of the company’s business situation in the United States and Canada and the strategic decision by MFTBC to readjust product development and sales activities in these markets.
MFTBC plans to re-align its organisational focus towards service operations in the coming months, and to work with its US and Canadian dealer partners to transition the more than 200 sales dealerships into parts and service-dedicated locations.
At the present time, MFTBC plans to maintain its headquarters in Logan Township, New Jersey, along with its parts distribution and technical training centres, while continuing to employ a majority of its employees in the near term.
MFTBC will continue to support the eCanter all-electric trucks that are in operation in the United States under the terms of each customer’s respective special lease.
The intention is to have present Fuso dealerships in the United States and Canada remain operational, and for new vehicle sales locations to have the option of continuing to offer retail sales of the remaining available truck stock for a period of time.
“Working with Fuso dealers, we have developed a strong team throughout the United States and Canada that always places the customer first,” said Justin Palmer, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.
“MFTBC is fully dedicated to making this transition a smooth one for our customers, and we remain committed in supporting a parts and service network for many years to come."
The current Fuso model lineup in North America includes FE models similar to the Canter models sold in Australia with GVMs up to 18,000 lbs (8.1 tonnes). These vehicles are powered by a 6.0 litre petrol V8 engine developing 297 horsepower driving through an Allison automatic transmission.