Daimler, Foton say will start making Mercedes Benz trucks in China

FILE PHOTO: The Daimler logo is seen before the Daimler annual shareholder meeting in Berlin, Germany, April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Germany’s Daimler AG and its China commercial vehicle partner Beiqi Foton Motor Co Ltd will invest 3.8 billion yuan ($579.21 million) to make Mercedes Benz-branded heavy duty trucks in Beijing, the companies said on Wednesday.

Kelley Platt, the joint venture’s CEO, made the announcement at a company event. Zhang Xiyong, general manager at BAIC Group, parent of Foton, announced the investment amount. The companies added that production will start in two years.

Reuters reported that the companies had such a plan last month.

Reporting by Yilei Sun in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Christopher Cushing