Daimler started bus assembly in Bogotá in 2012. Due to the limited production capacity there, Daimler Colombia has now decided to open the new location in Funza. The company will create more than 220 new jobs. The bus assembly plant will be supplied by Daimler's Brazilian subsidiary Mercedes-Benz do Brasil, based in São Bernardo do Campo. The bus chassis are delivered as CKD (completely knocked down) sets to Funza, where they undergo final assembly. Daimler Colombia will at first be offering six different bus chassis models, deploying BlueTec® V technology, for the Columbian market. The chassis will in future also be exported to surrounding countries such as Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and the Central American countries.
With the opening of the new bus plant in Funza Daimler is strengthening its commercial vehicle production network in South America, which is controlled by the subsidiary Mercedes-Benz do Brasil. The network covers the three production plants in Brazil, in São Bernardo do Campo, Campinas and Juiz de Fora. It also includes the Argentinian plant in Buenos Aires as well as the new Columbian factory in Funza/Bogotá. With a total of five production locations, Daimler is thus the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in South America.
In a difficult market environment, Daimler's bus division sold 17,600 units in South America in 2014. With a market share of 48.6 percent, Daimler Buses therefore continues to be market leader in South America.