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Mitsubishi Fuso Delivering Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid Trucks Outside of Japan for FIrst Time; Orders in Europe and Australia

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has sold ten Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid (earlier post) trucks to Ireland’s leading utility company, the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), in Dublin.

With the order from Ireland and another order from Australia, also for ten Fuso Canter Eco Hybrids, MFTBC is for the first time delivering a Fuso hybrid truck to customers outside of Japan. MFTBC is planning to expand its hybrid trucks business into targeted export markets starting in 2010.

The Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid is the first series-production hybrid truck to be sold in Europe. ESB plans to use the vehicles for customer service and for infrastructure maintenance in Ireland. The Irish Government has granted a special permit for the Japanese hybrid trucks.

MFTBC has been marketing the Fuso Canter hybrid truck on its home market since its market launch in July 2006. More than 600 Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid trucks have been sold in Japan to date. The Canter Eco Hybrid light truck features a parallel hybrid system and significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions.

Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2008, the company sold a total of about 197,700 vehicles including light, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Daimler AG owns 85% of MFTBC shares. MFTBC is part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG.

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