Joint venture between Daimler AG and Chinese truck maker Foton
First Jointly Produced Truck Rolls Off Assembly Line
- Auman-branded trucks will be produced by Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co. Ltd. (BFDA)
- Second Auman plant is already ramping up production
The first jointly produced truck by the joint venture between Daimler AG and Chinese truck maker Foton.
Crucial step for the Daimler trucks division: The first jointly produced truck by the Beijing-Huairou-based joint venture between Daimler AG and Chinese truck maker Foton rolled of the assembly line. Henceforth, all Auman-brand trucks will be produced by the joint venture Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd. (BFDA).
Along with the construction of a second Auman truck production site, the joint venture will also take care of establishing the production of the OM 457 engine at the BFDA headquarters . The OM 457 engine, which has been successfully used in Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles in Europe and Latin America, will be introduced in compliance with the coming Chinese emissions standard China IV (comparable to Euro IV).
Daimler contributes 50% to BFDA’s registered capital and additionally provides its engineering experience, especially in the area of diesel engines and exhaust gas systems. This know-how ensures that Chinese emission standards, ranging up to Euro V, can be met. The Beijing-Huairou-based joint venture will continue to forge ahead with capacity development. A second Auman production plant is already ramping up.
Last year, nearly 110,000 medium and heavy-duty Auman trucks were sold in China. The second Auman plant will give BFDA a total production capacity of 160,000 trucks. Since the founding of the Auman brand in 2002, Foton has produced around 550,000 medium and heavy-duty trucks at its production site in Beijing-Huairou.