Foton Vehicles Spied in India, the Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer was stopped earlier, but this the entire fleet is here
A fleet of Foton products undergoing testing in India completely undisguised. For the ones who are not aware, Foton is the biggest commercial automaker in China. The photos shared by Mr. Medraj Shetty shows a rather large fleet of Foton models that include a van, a full-size commercial truck and twin cab pick-ups. To lay more foundation to their on test claims, all vehicles were photographed with test number plates.
The twin-cab Pick-up in concern is called the Foton Tunland and gets its power from a Cummins 2.8-litre diesel engine capable enough to produce around 161 BHP while the torque ratings are also impressive at 360 Nm. The engine I mated to a 5-speed tranny and the pick-up is available in both AWD and 4WD versions in the home market.
Interestingly, a heavily camouflaged Tunland specimen was also caught on camera undergoing testing as back as in 2013 as well. It has been known for some time that Foton has been eyeing the big Indian market for some time now and seems to be looking very closely into segments that have more or less been dormant or without any players for some time. While the Tunland might do well in a segment that is bound to grow in coming years and with ISUZU already in the market, the segment is seeing fresher approach in India.
The other vehicle that was caught on test is a CS2 Passenger Van. It is available in three trims in its local markets namely, Royal Saloon, Supporter and Transor. The CS2 in the pictures is most likely the Supporter model with 13 seating capacity and the same engine from the Tunland. Along with these two body types, Foton, interestingly is also testing its Auman range of full-size commercial trucks for India as well. Auman is the Chinese company’s Largest Truck brand name and is available in various variants.
Interestingly, Foton is also testing its full-size heavy truck Auman in India. On test truck was a 6×4 truck tractor carrier powered by an 11.6-litre engine. In 2011, Foton had announced its seriousness for Indian markets with an investment of Rs. 1,676 Crores for manufacturing of light, medium and heavy truck in India. For the same, the company has already acquired 250 acres of land in Pune for its manufacturing plant, of which all the licenses have already been secured earlier this year.