Laguna, Philippines – Sojitz Fuso Philippines Corporation (SFP) treated select fleet accounts and local motoring journalists to an exclusive preview and test drive event on October 8, 2019. Fuso’s medium-duty and heavy-duty models, the FI and the FJ, were available for test drive while the Canter Commute and Canter Express, Fuso’s Classes 2 and 3 modern PUVs, were present for close inspection. SFP took this opportunity to also preview and let the select attendees experience its upcoming heavy-duty tractor model, the Super Great.
SFP understands that it is unusual for the decision-makers in businesses to be able to experience first-hand and learn more about the trucks they purchase. The Fuso Experience allowed them to do so and SFP is confident that their products speak for themselves; the current Fuso FI, FJ, and Super Great models are results of Fuso’s more than 80 years of international truck manufacturing experience originating from Japan, and currently infused with German technology owing to being part of the Daimler Truck Group since 2006.
The guests were personally met and accommodated by no less than SFP’s President & CEO, Mr. Takatsugu Nitanai. “Part of this Fuso Experience is not only experiencing our products. We do not just try to sell you trucks. We are here to be your business partner. After you purchase the trucks from us, we will still be there for any aftersales support you may need. This is the real Fuso experience, having a business partner in me and in every one from SFP.” lauded Nitanai-san during the event.
The units which the guests had the chance to inspect and drive around a controlled environment were the following:
- FI 1217R medium-duty truck
- 22 feet loading span
- 11.9T GVW
- Powered by a 4D37 3.9L Turbocharged Direct Injection Diesel engine
- FJ 2528R heavy-duty truck
- Natural 32 feet loading span
- 25T GVW
- Powered by a 6S20 6-cylinder 6.4L Turbocharged Direct Injection Diesel engine
- FV Super Great tractor (soon-to-be launched)
- 55T maximum GCW
- Powered by an OM457 12L Turbocharged Direct Injection Diesel engine
- 12-speed Intelligent & Innovative Mechanical Automatic Transmission (INOMAT – II)
FUSO at a Glance
FUSO is a Daimler Truck brand, covering nearly all regions around the world. FUSO’s light-duty to heavy-duty trucks (GVW 3.5 – 49 tons), vans, industrial engines, and buses are sold in more than 170 markets. The FUSO brand is based on four core brand values; Trusted Quality, Economic Efficiency, Solid & Functional Design, and Committed Services.
As a general trading company, the Sojitz Group is engaged in a wide range of business globally, including buying, selling, importing, and exporting goods, manufacturing and selling products, providing services, and planning and coordinating projects, in Japan and overseas. The Group also invests in various sectors and conducts financing activities. The broad range of sectors in which Sojitz operates includes those related to automobiles, plants, energy, mineral resources, chemicals, foodstuff resources, agricultural and forestry resources, consumer goods, and industrial parks. Sojitz has run so many kinds of automotive business all over the world such as CKD production, wholesale, and retail. In the case of the business in the Philippines, Sojitz has been engaged to the automotive business since 1969.