Foton for sale in the Philippines
Foton is a Chinese brand of commercial vehicle under Beiqi Foton Motors that produces trucks through a venture with Daimler AG. In 2009, it also formed a joint venture with Cummins Inc. to create diesel engines for light-duty trucks. The company also produces passenger vehicles, tractors and heavy machinery.
United Asia Automotive Group, Inc. (UAAGI), the local importer and distributor of Foton products in the Philippines, first started its operations in the country in 2006. The brand has been known to produce alternative commercial vehicle models that are affordable and of a high quality.
Technology and innovation
Foton is considered the largest commercial vehicle brand in China and second in the world, next only to Daimler AG. The state-owned company started out in 1996 which in car manufacturer terms is fairly young. However, in just 14 years, it has sold more than 5 million vehicles and currently employs more than 26,000 people.
The Foton Tornado is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) with a tilting FB chassis that comes equipped with a 2.8 liter 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine. When used as a passenger vehicle it can accommodate 21 people including the driver. Weighing 1,985 kilograms, the Tornado can carry a payload of 2 tons.
Another competitive passenger vehicle from this Chinese auto brand is the 15-seater Foton View Traveller, which can be used in taxi operations. This groundbreaking van is equipped with a 2.8 liter Cummins, 16-valve turbocharged gasoline engine which provides 280 Nm and is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. It comes with 15-inch alloy mags, ABS, EBD, halogen lamps and dual airbags.
The Foton Hurricane is a heavy duty truck which is primarily used in prolonged hauling operations thanks to its fuel tank capacity of 200 liters. It is equipped with a 6 liter 6-cylinder, intercooling diesel engine which provides 618 Nm of torque at low revolutions of 1,400 to 1,600 rpm. Its massive cargo body allows it to carry a payload of 8,800 kilograms.
The company has a wide offering of vehicles that can be used for small transport businesses such as the Foton Traveller, a van that can seat 15 people. In 2014, Foton unveiled its latest generation of the Traveller which is larger in dimension and can now seat up to 18 people. Other products from this brand include the Foton View van, the Foton Ambulance, the pickup Foton Thunder and the line of Foton LCV (Light Commercial Vehicle).
Availability of Foton in the Philippines
Foton Motors Philippines is the official importer and distributor of Foton products in the county. The Chinese firm is aiming to be the number one player in the commercial vehicle segment for the next decade or so. The strong presence of its dealerships in Metro Manila and Mindanao has resulted to stable sales.
Interesting facts about Foton
Part of the company’s expansion strategy is to diversify into different industries such as logistics, energy, equipment manufacturing and IT services. Foton also unveiled its plan to expand into developing countries like Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, India and Russia by selling its next 4 million vehicles before 2020.