Mitsubishi Fuso will cease promoting new vans in North America

Amid the pandemic-fueled financial downturn, Japanese truck and bus maker Mitsubishi Fuso has introduced that it’ll cease promoting new vans in North America.

In a press launch the corporate didn’t make clear what the first trigger behind the choice was—be it the coronavirus or different impacts to its enterprise—saying solely that it’ll “shift to a service-focused operation” within the U.S. and Canada. Mitsubishi Fuso’s father or mother firm is Daimler AG.

What this implies is that Mitsubishi Fuso’s North American dealerships will stay operational, although they may transition all gross sales dealerships into components and service-dedicated places. These places with remaining retail truck inventory will proceed to promote by way of that inventory “for a time frame,” the corporate says.

The corporate provides that it’ll retain its North American headquarters in Logan Township, New Jersey, in addition to its components distribution and technical coaching facilities.

Within the close to time period, the corporate says it plans to proceed to make use of “a majority” of its North American workers.

The corporate says its clients within the U.S. and Canada will “stay supported by way of the approved Fuso service community for guarantee repairs, upkeep providers and alternative components by way of 2028.” Clients who purchased the corporate’s all-electric eCanter vans within the U.S. will proceed to be supported “beneath the phrases of every buyer’s respective particular lease,” the corporate provides.

“Working with FUSO sellers, we now have developed a powerful crew all through the USA and Canada that all the time locations the client first,” mentioned Justin Palmer, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. “MFTA is totally devoted to creating this transition a easy one for our clients, and we stay dedicated in supporting a components and repair community for a few years to come back.”