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Foton in van, minibus mode

FOTON is aiming to extend the good reputation it has established with its trucks by extending its vehicle range with the introduction of two large vans, the CS2 Minibus Van and the CS2 Cargo Van.

Both should have an impact in their sector, relying as they do on the respected diesel Cummins engine that is also the backbone of Foton’s truck fleet.

Obviously the Chinese manufacturer works on the principle of “get it right the first time and you do not have to chop and change.”

The four-cylinder ISF 2.8 engine uses proven technologies derived from Cummins B series engines of which there are more than four million in service around the world.

The engine produces 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.

Both vehicles have safety covered with electronic brake distribution and anti-lock braking backed up by front dual air bags, daytime running lights and reversing sensors.

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

Best-in-class power-to-weight ratioLow weight and relatively high power output give a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. There is reduced noise from the rear gear train and composite oil pan and valve covers.

Both vehicles are available here and should attract a range of buyers. The minibus can carry 13, including the driver, and is going to appeal to anybody who needs to move a group of people like a forestry gang.

It should also catch the eye of schools and taxi operators.

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

The high-roofed cargo van is aimed at tradespeople or couriers and offers them a vehicle with plenty of storage that is economical to operate.

Foton trucks have been steadily making their mark around the district and the vans are expected to have a similar impact.