Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles (MBM CV), the authorised distributor of Fuso trucks in Malaysia, recently marked the delivery of the 300th Fuso truck to Biforst Logistics Sdn Bhd, a leading one-stop logistics solutions provider. At the same event, both parties also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise Biforst Logistics’ commitment to purchase the first electric-powered truck in Malaysia, the Fuso eCanter, upon its availability here.
“The delivery of the 300th Fuso truck to Biforst Logistics represents a significant milestone for us. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles takes great pride in delivering ‘Trucks you can trust’ and in doing so, we are absolutely thrilled that Biforst Logistics benefits greatly from our highly reliable and economical commercial vehicles and extensive service network,” said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Vice President, Commercial Vehicles, Albert Yee.
A Fuso customer since 2006, Biforst Logistics’ fleet of trucks includes the Fuso Light Duty Truck models, FE71PB, FE83PE, FE83PG and FE85PG, which are commonly used for short distance distribution and inter-state logistic transportation, and Fuso medium duty truck FM65FM and Mercedes-Benz Actros for long distance logistics. MBM CV’s authorised 3S dealer Bumi Asia Auto Sdn Bhd provides vehicle sales, complete after-sales support and vehicle maintenance for Biforst Logistics’ fleet.
“Given the nature of our business, we need to ensure maximum up-time of our fleet. MBM CV is a natural first choice for us as they have a deep understanding of our need for safety, reliability and economic efficiency. As a result of our robust business growth, we need trucks that are dependable and have plans to further increase our Fuso truck fleet over the next few years,” said Biforst Logistics Group Managing Director Hamie Appala.
The delivery of the 300th Fuso truck was followed by the signing of a MoU between Mercedes-Benz Malaysia and Biforst Logistics to formalise the latter’s intent to become one of the first Malaysian companies to purchase the electric-powered eCanter.
Unveiled at the 2016 International Motor Show (IAA), the eCanter truck is Fuso’s first electrically-powered light duty truck, a zero-emission drive that offers economic efficiency and an attractive alternative to diesel engines. The signing was witnessed by Biforst Group Chairman Dato’ Haji Muhammad Abdullah; Deputy Minister of Transport Malaysia Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi and Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Managing Director, Mike Ponnaz.
Suitable for urban transportation and short radius distribution, the eCanter has a modular battery that allows flexibility for customers’ needs. Designed for comfort and functionality, customers can opt for more battery packs resulting in more mileage or less battery packs but greater payload. Biforst Logistics is set to gain first-mover advantage in acquiring the electric-powered commercial vehicle upon its launch in Malaysia.
“MBM CV is a long-time trusted partner of the nation’s haulage and logistics industry. The MoU signing with Biforst Logistics reaffirms our commitment to the Malaysian market to continue providing trucks of the highest quality that offer reliability and economic efficiency. This MoU also demonstrates our support of the Malaysian government’s aspirations of becoming an energy efficient vehicle (EEV) hub in line with global standards, and commitment to contribute towards reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector,” added Yee.
Biforst Logistics is currently subscribed under Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia’s customised total financing solution packages, Hire Purchase Classic and Hire Purchase FlexiPay Payment Holiday. Since 2013, Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia has financed more than 200 Fuso Trucks.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia provides Biforst Logistics’ comprehensive insurance protection underwritten by Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad and AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad to safeguard the Fuso trucks from any unforeseen incidents and economic losses.
With a nationwide network of 55 Fuso dealers and 44 Fuso service facilities, MBM CV and its dealer partners are said to offer peace of mind and convenience to customers nationwide.