Daimler Truck starts local production of Mercedes-Benz trucks in China
Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive (BFDA), the joint venture of Daimler Truck Holding AG and Foton Motor, celebrated the first locally produced Mercedes-Benz trucks with an inauguration ceremony at its new state-of-the-art production site in Huairou, Beijing. The new facility covers an area of over 400,000 square meters and provides a highly flexible and scalable production line following the lean manufacturing principle.
BFDA’s production portfolio at the new Huairou plant includes two tractor product lines, both developed based on the flagship Mercedes-Benz Actros model of Daimler Truck’s global heavy-duty platform. Since the launch of the first generation Actros in 1996, more than 1.5 million units of the model have been sold worldwide.
BFDA’s localized Mercedes-Benz Actros features the third-generation OM471 engine, as the benchmark choice for optimized transportation efficiency. The Mercedes-Benz Actros C model is the upgrade choice for customers with flexible logistics schemes. Both localized product lines are carefully designed to Mercedes-Benz Trucks standards to reliably meet customer needs in China. Local know-how, value contribution and supplier development, combined with Daimler Truck’s global expertise in research and development and manufacturing, ensure the highest quality standards.
Alongside the locally produced Actros and Actros C tractor models, the import of Mercedes-Benz trucks into China continues focusing on chassis business for special applications such as firefighting, concrete pumps and even recreational vehicles. In addition, the existing Auman brand remains a solid base for Daimler Truck’s BFDA joint venture.
The locally produced Mercedes-Benz Actros and Actros C models are expected to be ready for delivery to customers in China in November this year.
BFDA is a 50/50 joint venture between Daimler Truck and Foton Motor. The company produces and distributes Auman-branded heavy-duty trucks in China and starts local production and distribution of Mercedes-Benz heavy-duty trucks in 2022 in a dedicated Mercedes-Benz Trucks business unit under the joint venture’s roof.