BEIJING – More than 3,000 imported Mercedes-Benz heavy-duty trucks were delivered to customers in China in 2010, according to recent statistics released by Daimler North East Asia and Daimler Trucks China.
That was a record for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, which remained as the leading imported European truck brand in China, outpacing by far market rivals such as Scania, Volvo Trucks, MAN and Renault Trucks. The sales volume almost represented a doubling of roughly 1,700 units sold in China in 2009.
Last September, China Railway Logistics Group placed an order of 50 Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy-duty trucks, which represented the largest single order for semitrailer tractors Mercedes-Benz Trucks has filled in China. More recently, Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Chinese construction machinery company Zoomlion signed a letter of intent for the latter to purchase 2,000 units of Mercedes-Benz heavy-duty truck chassis for the production of Zoomlion’s concrete-mixing truck. The chassis will be delivered to Zoomlion, Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ biggest customer in China, by the end of this year.
“‘Trucks you can trust’ is also an important criterion in China. The Chinese customers have recognized the added value they get with our high-quality, reliable vehicles,” said Hubertus Troska, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Last year, Mercedes-Benz received orders for large numbers of trucks for special applications in the construction industry and for firefighting, filling a niche segment in China with these trucks.
Daimler Trucks’ joint venture with Beiqi-Foton will soon begin production of the Auman heavy-duty trucks featuring Daimler engine technology at Beiqi-Foton’s recently inaugurated second plant in northeast Beijing.