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Daimler has already sent at least 2 million euro worth of cash donation to Japan in order to help with relief efforts after the quake and tsunami disaster that hit the country. Now, the company has decided to amp up the support for victims by sending 50 vehicles worth almost 4 million euro to Nippon Foundation, the Japanese aid organization that is responsible for spearheading rebuilding activities in disaster-struck areas in Japan.
The main role that the vehicles are going to play is in giving support assistance to clean-up operations being undertaken in the country’s northeastern region. That area is where the tsunami struck the hardest and did the most damage. The fleet of 50 vehicles includes eight Mercedes-Benz G-Class off-road vehicles, four Mercedes-Benz Unimogs, eight Mercedes-Benz Zetros trucks and thirty Fuso Canter trucks, which were manufactured locally in Japan. Daimler says that each of the vehicles shall receive free services in Mercedes-Benz and Fuso workshops in the country.
The vehicles were shipped to Japan by freight on the 13th of April onboard a couple of Antono-124 cargo aircrafts taking off from Stuttgart Airport. The company is expecting the whole fleet to begin operations as early as two weeks from delivery.
Source: Auto Evolution