Category Archives: Foton

Foton Launches MP-X S, Modeled upon Toyota HiAce

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Foton Motor unveiled a new series of the MP-X MPV, the S class, in Beijing on December 24. Inspired by Toyota HiAce, the MP-X S has two wheelbase variants: 3,110mm and 2,570mm. The long-wheelbase version has a stance 5380mm long, 1920mm wide, and 2285mm high, the short-wheelbase version 4840mm, 1920mm, and 2105mm. Compared with the […]

High Costs Threaten Beijing’s Only E-Bus Line

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In China’s plan to promote sustainable mobility, electrifying city buses is a priority. Yet, in Beijing, a pioneer in adopting battery all-electric buses, the fleet of e-buses on its streets has shrunken in the past four years after the 2008 Olympics, plagued by high operation costs. Beijing first deployed all-electric buses powered by on-board batteries […]

Foton Motor Launches “Tunland” Pickup Marque, Opens New Factory in Beijing

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Foton Motor, a division of BAIC, opened a new factory on Tuesday in Miyun, Beijing for making "multi-purpose vehicles," which, according to the company’s description, include MPVs, pickup trucks, SUVs, and CUVs. At the opening ceremony, the nameplate for Foton’s upcoming "high-end" pickups, Tunland ("Tuoluzhe“ in Chinese), was unveiled. The new factory can produce up […]

Sales of Beiqi Foton Slipped 3.1% in the First Five Months

Data released by Beiqi Foton Motor (600166.SH) on June 14 show that the company sold 56,600 new vehicles in May, 5.3% less than a year earlier and 21.7% less than April this year. In the first five months, sales dropped 3.1% on year to 307,000 units. Foton, the self-claimed largest commercial vehicle maker in the […]

Foton Increases Auman Truck Capacity to 200,000

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"Foton Auman GTL heavy-duty truck digital factory" became operational in Beijing on April 9, doubling the production capacity of Auman mid- and heavy-duty trucks to 200,000 units a year. Foton has been building Auman trucks in Huairou, Beijing, since 2002, which include the heavy-duty 9 series, mid- and heavy-duty 6 and 5 series, and mid-duty […]

Foton MP-X MPV Gets More Engine Options

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Foton Motor released the 2011 models of the MP-X MPV on 29 March, adding three engine options: one petrol 2.0L (4Gi) and two diesel 2.8L (493ZQ3 and E2.8). Styling changes are minimal. The 4Gi-VVT, also identified as M004EV20, is built with licensed technology from Mercedes-Benz, a partner of BAIC (parent company of Foton), and closely […]

Beiqi Foton’s Kenyan Factory Breaks Ground in Nairobi

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In a ceremony taking place on 4 April in Nairobi, Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and the Chinese ambassador Liu Guangyuan laid the foundation stone for Beiqi Foton’s first vehicle factory in Africa. Beiqi Foton (Foton Motor), a subsidiary of Beijing Auto (BAIC), claims to be the world’s largest commercial vehicle maker in terms of […]

Foton and Daimler in Truck Joint Venture

At a ceremony held in Beijing and attended by both Chinese and German Premiers today, the partnership of Beiqi Foton, the commercial vehicle subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. (BAIC), and Daimler AG finally received official blessing. Daimler and BAIC already have a passenger car joint venture which produces Mercedes-Benz cars. In the past […]

Foton Sets up European Unit in Moscow

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Beiqi-Foton Motor, the self-described largest maker of commercial vehicles around the globe, officially opened its Russian unit on June 25. The Russian operation, based in Moscow, also supervises the entire European market for Foton. Established in 1996, Foton has been growing at rocket speed. Sales last year exceeded 600,000 units. Its product line includes mainly […]