Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation announced that the local assembly of knock-down Canter trucks has started for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The assembly of the trucks is taking place in a facility operated by National Automobile Industries, a joint venture between general distributor Juffali Commercial Vehicles and Daimler Truck. Local operations for the FUSO Canter began with four variants of the 6.5-tonne FE84 and three of the 7.2-tonne FE85. Equipped with the 4D33 engine, the light-duty truck serves key industries such as fast moving consumer goods and food distribution. The Canter has been a favorite of the Saudi market, due to their durability and reliability – necessary qualities to match the demanding conditions of region. On an average year, several thousand units of light-duty trucks are sold in Saudi Arabia alone. Further supported by a full range of light- to heavy-duty trucks and light-duty buses, the market is also among the largest for the FUSO brand in the MENA region in terms of unit sales, second only to the United Arab Emirates. The KD kits for the FE84 and FE85 are exported out of the MFTBC Kawasaki Plant and shipped to the NAI facility in Jeddah, the second largest city in the country. The plant is well versed in the requirements needed to produce a high-quality truck, having started the assembly of Mercedes-Benz trucks almost half a century ago. Over the years, the plant and its majority share-holder and official FUSO distributor Juffali Commercial Vehicles has developed alongside the Kingdom, supplying rugged vehicles that have contributed to the now-burgeoning economy.