Daimler Trucks North America announced today that it has established a new Light Commercial Vehicle Team, combining the resources of Sterling Truck Corporation's Class 3-5 lines and Mitsubishi Fuso brand low cab-over engine (LCOE) operations in North America.
The new Light Commercial Vehicle operation will be based in Redford, Mich. and will focus on the sales, marketing, product strategy and distribution of the Sterling 360, the Sterling Bullet and Mitsubishi Fuso Class 3-7 LCOE trucks. This alignment allows Mitsubishi Fuso to take full advantage of the resources and synergies that come with being associated with the largest truck manufacturer in North America.
"This business model, which leverages DTNA's extensive capabilities and expertise, is consistent with other Daimler units globally," said Chris Patterson, chief executive officer of Daimler Trucks North America. "With its considerable resources and expanded coverage, this new team will strengthen DTNA's presence in the growing light commercial vehicle market in North America."
The new Light Commercial Vehicle group will be responsible for developing business with nearly 400 dealers: those that represent the Mitsubishi Fuso brand and the select Sterling dealers that sell the Sterling 360 and Bullet. A strong brand focus and respective dealer networks will be maintained, in order to serve the unique needs of Sterling Trucks and Mitsubishi Fuso customers in North America.
Matthew Stevenson, formerly director of the Sterling Light Commercial Vehicle group, will head up the new team.
"This new group is an excellent match for the future," said Stevenson. "With the additional expertise, our expanded resources, and a growing market, we see unlimited potential for this new organization and growth for the Mitsubishi Fuso and Sterling brands."
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.