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Chinese marque now has vans in its line-up

CHINESE manufacturer Foton has been getting good reviews for its two large vans, the CS2 Minibus van and CS2 Cargo van it introduced towards the end of last year to add to its truck fleet.

Both share many of the attributes of the Foton Tunland trucks that also came on the local market last year and have made a favourable impact.

At the heart of the success of the latest additions is the fact that they are genuine big vans or, in the case of the minibus, an extremely capable people mover.

A high roofline adds to impressive storage capacity that will appeal to tradespeople, couriers and other commercial customers.

Both share the legendary Cummins engines, joining four million vehicles around the world.

That engine comes with a maximum power of 96kW at 3600 rpm and maximum torque of 280Nm between 1400 rpm and 3000. The transmission is five speed manual and the fuel consumption is 9.5 litres per 100km.

The service intervals are 15,000km or 12 months for the first service then every 20,000km or 12 months. The vehicles come with a three year/100,000km warranty.

Safety is coveredBoth have safety covered with electronic brake distribution and anti-lock braking backed up by front dual air bags, daytime running lights, reversing sensors and a light off alarm.

Interior features are air conditioning that includes the passengers in the rear of the minibus, electric windows, audio/CD with AUX and USB, central remote locking and a rear washer/defrost mirror.

Features and benefits include low weight and high power density for a claimed best-in-class power to weight ratio.

There is reduced noise with the rear gear train and composite oil pan and valve covers.

The minibus can carry 13 including the driver and will appeal to anybody who needs to move a group like a forestry gang about, as well as schools and taxi operators.

Taking out one of the back seats transforms it perfectly into a 12-seater with some storage room at the back and in that configuration can be driven on a standard driver’s licence.

Reviewers have praised the build quality and ergonomics of all the Foton vehicles. They are custom-built to do a particular job and do it well.

All of that should not come as any surprise. Foton are China’s biggest commercial vehicle maker and the vans are typical of the quality levels to which they aspire.