Daimler Sends 50 Vehicles to Support Japan Relief

Aside from the €2 million cash donation it has sent shortly after the quake and tsunami hit Japan, Daimler has now announced it is donating 50 vehicles worth about €4 million to Nippon Foundation, a Japanese aid organization, to support the rebuilding process.

The vehicles are to be used primarily to support assistance and clean-up operations in the northeastern part of the country that was devastated by the tsunami.

The vehicles include eight Mercedes-Benz Zetros trucks, four Mercedes-Benz Unimogs, and eight Mercedes-Benz G-Class off-road vehicles, as well as thirty Fuso Canter trucks from Japan. According to Daimler, the vehicles will be serviced in Japan by the respective Mercedes-Benz and Fuso service workshops.

The Mercedes-Benz vehicles will be freight forwarded on April 13, 2011, at the Stuttgart Airport in two cargo aircraft type Antonov-124. All 50 vehicles will begin operating in the area in two weeks at the latest.

“Thanks to their large payloads, Mercedes-Benz and Fuso vehicles are ideal for the distribution of aid materials and the support of clean-up operations. And because of their very high agility and good off-road performance the vehicles will be able to travel reliably to all locations,” a company statement reads.

“The management, the General Works Council and the executives' committee of Daimler are together organizing a fundraising campaign in response to the willingness of employees to donate money for their Japanese colleagues and the Japanese people in general. So far more than 10,000 Daimler employees in Germany have participated and donated more than half a million Euro. The collected money goes to the German Red Cross, which will forward the donations to the Japanese Red Cross,” the statement further adds.
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