The history of FUSO: a tradition of success

The origin of the brand name

The brand name FUSO was originally used in 1932 in connection with the first bus from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the "B46". The seven-metre-long bus was built at the Kobe Shipyard and Machine Works, a company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and was able to carry 38 passengers. It was powered by a 7-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine with 100 hp. On the occasion of the delivery of the B46 bus to the first customer, the Japanese Ministry of Railways, the company's employees were asked to suggest a nickname. Finally, "FUSO" was chosen from among the suggestions. Fusō is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word Fusang, an old name for Japan.


Growing in experience

Over 80 years of experience as an international truck and bus manufacturer. Invaluable expertise, which has belonged to the Daimler Truck Group since 2006. For that is when the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) was made part of the Daimler Group, becoming the international competence centre for the development of light trucks. But there's even more: owing to its experience, collected over decades, in the development of low-emission powertrains, the FUSO headquarters in Kawasaki in Japan is also Daimler's global development centre for hybrid technology.