A History That Is Built On Successful Ventures
Despite of the Foton Motors being just founded during the 1990s, the Chinese company's surging at the top of their game in 2019 is one that can only inspire awe from the starters in the industry nowadays.
It all began on August 28, 1996 when Foton first manufactured an array of machineries from light- and heavy-duty trucks to agricultural tractors. In addition to robust trucks, the company also built a copy of the Toyota HiAce H100, dubbed as the "Foton View" or the "Foton Alpha."
Almost a decade after, Foton and Cummins Inc. announced the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture company – the Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Company (BFCEC). The partnership focused on producing light-duty diesel engines, that is of 2.8 and 3.8-liter displacement. In January 2009, another partnership was formed between Foton and Daimler AG, which both agreed to form a 50:50 joint venture. The venture focused on producing medium- and heavy-duty trucks in homeland China. An initial investment of 6.35 billion yuan was reported.
During the same year, Foton then agreed to form yet another joint venture to engineer vehicle batteries, right alongside with the Pulead Technology Industry Co. A year after, the company announced its establishment of a European headquarters in Moscow, Russia. The subsequent years of the Foton Motors since then were filled with successful establishments and assemblies of plants around the world – most notably its ventures in Brazil, Colombia, and India.
Foton Motors is now headquartered in Changping District, Beijing. Foton's business units can now be seen in major cities and provinces in its homeland. These include Tianjin, Shandong, Hebei, Liaoning, and Guangdong. Meanwhile, the company's R&D branches are all spread out globally in Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
Foton Motors has assets exceeding 50 billion yuan and is currently the third best-selling truck brand in the Philippines.
Foton in the Philippines
Dubbed as Asia's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, Foton provides a wide array of commercial vehicles which also include but are not limited to, passenger vehicles, agricultural and heavy machinery, and light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks.
After its joint ventures with Cummins, Daimler AG, and USA, Foton's design language has seen its most impressive evolution, more specifically on its advanced comportment by means of substantial upgraded on their units with new technologies and convenience features. Consequently, these hallmarks finally brought the services of the company and established the Foton Motor Philippines, Inc (FMPI) in 2006.
Ten years after, FMPI became a registered locator in the Clark Freeport Zone, with a 50-year lease agreement with Clark Development Corportation, which deals with the truck and automotive industry. During the same year, a total of PHP 1.2 billion was invested to erect the construction of the Foton Motor Philippines, Inc. Assembly Plant, which is also the first automotive plant in the locale. The plant is noted to be capable of producing 12,000 vehicles annually.
Determined to compete its brand nationwide, Foton has also furnished its official membership in the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. The company holds the 9th overall ranking in 2018, from number 12 in 2017.
In the same vein, the firm has also launched the EC Genuine Parts and EC Mobile Service Truck service programs, in its attempt to further its brand promise to empower various businesses.
Foton Widens Its Reach In The Philippines
With its impressive showing in the recent ranking of the top 10 automotive brands in the Philippines, Foton Motors is more determined than ever to dominate the local market with its flexible offerings.
In its Philippine site, Foton Motors offers a versatile list of products which range from passenger vehicles, heavy machineries, to light-duty and heavy-duty trucks.
- Thunder A/T
- Toplander EX 4x2 A/T
- Toplander 4x2 A/T
- Transvan HR
- Transvan HR Ambulance
- Toano EX
- Tornado 2E E4 Dropside
- Tornado 2E E4 F-Van
- Tornado 2E E4 MPV
- Tornado 2E E4 Double Cab
- Tornado 2.4C Dropside
- Tornado 2.4C F-Van
- Tornado 2.4C MP
- Tornado 2.4C Ref Van
- Tornado 4.4C Dropside
- Tornado 4.4C F-Van
- Tornado 4.4C Mini Dumptruck
- Tornado M4.2C Dropside
- Tornado M4.2C F-Van
- Tornado M5.2C Dropside
- Tornado M5.2C F-Van
- Tornado 4.8C Dropside
- Tornado 4.8C F-Van
- Tornado 4.8C Telescopic Crane
- EST-400 4x2 Tractor Head
- EST-4306 6x4 Tractor Head
- Hurricane EST-M 4x2 Cargo 22FT
- Hurricane EST-M 4x2 Cargo 25FT
- Hurricane EST-M 4x2 Cargo with Crane
- Hurricane EST-M 4x2 Dump Truck
- EST-M 6x2 Cargo
- ETX-N 6x4 Dump Truck
- ETX-N 6x4 Wingvan
- GTL 8x4 Dump Truck
- GTL 8x4 Dump Truck HR
- GTL 6x4 Transit Mixer
- Wheel Loader
- Backhoe Loader
- Road Roller
Foton and Its All-New Jeepney For PUV Modernization Program
Alongside its exemplary venture in transportation and other machineries, Foton has also designed a vehicle entry for the Philippines' PUV modernization program.
Called as the Foton Jeepney, also known as the F-Jeep, the vehicle was inspired by the brand's best-selling light-duty truck – the Tornado 2.4C. In addition, its rear body is designed by Centro Manufacturing Group, which is one of the country's leading regional providers of top-grade truck bodies and other truck-related equipment and services.
The F-Jeep is powered by an ISF 2.8S41 17V CRDI 4-cylinder, in-line, water-cooling turbo charger Cummins diesel engine which is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, this entrant revs up 116hp at 3,200 rpm and a torque of 260NM at 1,300 – 3,200 rpm. The Foton Jeepney also belongs to the brand's lineup of Blue Energy Euro 4 complaint vehicles which are developed to provide cleaner albeit more powerful mobility down the line.