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Foton is Tunland runout-ready

IT'S model runout time for the Foton Tunland four-wheel-drive and the chance to get behind the wheel of the increasingly-popular Chinese-made ute.

Foton is making the 4x4 model available for $25,990 plus GST and on-road costs.

The move will help it to continue its surge into the market with feedback that has been described as awesome by dealers.

Locally, the appeal is quite widespread. One farm has two on the property while the Fotons are appearing regularly in orchards and in forestry company fleets.

The Foton 4x4 one-tonne payload ute is powered by the Cummins 2.8 litre turbo engine, with 120kW of power at 3600 rpm and a best torque figure of 360Nm at 1400rpm — both right in the zone for power and economy.

Signing on with the highly-respected US engine maker was a master stroke for Foton.

That power burst is channelled through a five-speed manual transmission that can produce a fuel consumption figure of 8.3 litres/100km.

The Tunland range delivers through a five-speed manual transmission.

There is ample room in the double cab and the suspension is also up to the mark.

It comes with a full book of stability programmes like anti-lock brakes, traction control, hill descent and all the things you need when you wave the hard seal goodbye.

There are some nice little extras available, such as a nudge bar, tinted windows, 20 inch alloys with mud tyres, a sports lid and roll bar, and a bonnet protector.

It is no slouch on the open highway either, able to cope with New Zealand’s open road limit of 100kmh effortlessly, while the ride is comfortable.

Backed by an extensive research programme with centres in Germany, Taiwan and Beijing, Foton has steadily expanded throughout the world, including New Zealand, since it was established in 1996 — and gained respect for the quality of its product.