R/€ = 15.33Change: -0.03
R/$ = 14.44Change: 0.03
Au 1066.42 $/ozChange: 2.72
Pt 840.50 $/ozChange: 9.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Oct 01, 2010

Foton adds to taxis, panel vans with new pick-up range

Africa|Diesel|DIESEL ENGINES|Engines|Pipes|System|Testing|Africa|Equipment|Pipes|Products|Service|Power|Diesel
Africa|Diesel|DIESEL ENGINES|Engines|Pipes|System|Testing|Africa|Equipment|Pipes|Products|Service|Power|
© Reuse this

Chinese vehicle manufacturer Foton has added the Thunda single and double-cab pick-up range to its minibus taxi and panel van models available in South Africa since 2007.

Foton products are distributed in South Africa by Amalgamated Automobile Distributors (AAD), a 50:50 partnership between motor retailers Bidvest (McCarthy) and the Imperial Group.

"We are very pleased to be adding this five-model pick-up range to the current Foton light commercial line-up in South Africa," says AAD MD Brett Soso.

"We see the newcomers as functional and affordable additions to the keenly contested one-ton pick-up segment of the local market and, with AAD's support, we are confident they will be worthy contenders."

The Thunda pick-up range is aimed at a spectrum of local buyers, including commercial and recreational users.

Much of the advantage of buying Chinese vehicles in South Africa rests in the pricing, and it is also true in this case. The one-ton workhorse single cab workhorse is priced at R99 950, with this value-for-money DNA continuing up the model chain.

Soso says that the Thunda has undergone extensive testing in China and that a number of changes have been made to cater for South African conditions, including the country's high temperatures, steep hills and local preferences in terms of appearance, trim and functionality. The changes in specifications include the use of an engine-driven fan instead of an electric cooling fan, the rerouting of pipes and hoses, the addition of a load-proportioning valve to the braking system on all the models, as well as antiskid braking (ABS) for the double cabs, the deletion of the wooden finish on the dashboard, high-density foam for the seats, and a trim cloth colour better suited to local conditions.

The Thunda offers a choice of petrol or diesel engines, with the fuel-injected 2,2-litre petrol power unit developing 76 kW and 193 Nm of torque, while the 2,8-litre turbo diesel engine produces 68 kW of power and 202 Nm of torque. Both drive the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox.

The Thunda models are rated to carry a payload of 930 kg on the single cab and 800 kg on the double cab.

Torsion bars are used for the independent front suspension with five-blade leaf springs at the rear.

The Foton Thunda range has three specification levels - basic (V) and comfort (CV) and luxury (XV) The petrol single cab is available with V or CV specification, while the diesel single cab is available only in the CV trim and equipment level. The double-cab petrol is on offer in the CV level, and the diesel in the highest specification level (XV).

The V models include power steering as standard.

The CV models include electric windows, central locking, an alarm, electric mirrors, reverse park distance control (double cabs) and air conditioning.

The Thunda will be sold through 15 dealers initially, with more to be added over the next few months.

All models are covered by a three-year/100 000-km warranty, and the double cabs have a standard three-year/75 000-km (petrol model) and three-year/70 000-km (diesel model) service plan, which is an optional extra on the single cabs.

The first service, at 5 000 km, is free and includes an oil change and 15-point check. Service intervals are every 10 000 km/one year for the diesel models and every 15 000 km/one year for the petrol derivatives.

Price increases affecting pick-ups in South Africa have reached around 30% over the past 24 months, which has affected the affordability of the one-ton workhorse, says Soso.

He believes that the Foton Thunda range will be welcomed by South African motorists and small businesses alike as being both functional and affordable.

Foton exports its vehicles to 90 countries and is in its third developmental stage as a Chinese manufacturer, which is globalisation.

Annual sales have grown from 26 030 units in 1996, to more than 600 000 last year.


Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Latest News
Updated 1 hour 18 minutes ago Construction company Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Tuesday said board members Mahlape Sello and Royden Vice would be excluded from any discussion and documents relating to the investigation of the October collapse of a support structure of a pedestrian bridge being built...
Updated 1 hour 47 minutes ago The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) is not sitting by idly while National Treasury and the Department of Energy mull over the various options for the country’s controversial 9 600 MW nuclear build programme. While Energy Minister Tina...
Updated 1 hour 53 minutes ago While a resurgence in manufacturing in Africa has been popularly touted as the silver bullet that will accelerate the continent’s economic growth prospects, The Economist management editor and columnist Adrian Wooldridge has suggested that Africa’s industrial...
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
The BMW Group will invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn will continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle,...
The lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions on the part of contractors remains a significant hurdle to tackling South Africa’s service delivery challenges, delegates heard at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, on...
City of Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mondli Gungubele earlier this month officially named the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Harambee.
NICK CHRISTODOULOU As about 58% of data stored by organisations is dark, they must identify this dark data to expose risks and valuable information
About 58% of unstructured data stored by companies is dark data, which means that the value or regulatory importance of the data has not been determined. Subsequently, most of the stored data add costs, rather than increasing revenue or reduce regulatory risks, says...
BRIAN VERWEY Effective management, review and administration of non-core elements can improve business operations and increase revenue and decrease unforeseen risks
Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96