One of the world’s fastest growing automobile brands, Foton has a record of an accumulative production and sales volume of over 9.6 million vehicles since its establishment in 1996. As per its recent financial report, its brand value is $23.4 billion.
The company is a 50:50 joint venture between BIAC and Daimler, the world’s largest CV manufacturers. Similarly, it has a strategic partnership with ZF, the world's no. 1 transmission system manufacturer as Foton ZF and a strategic partnership with Cummins as Foton Cummins. Foton products are available in 110 countries and has 27 CKD factories internationally.
MAW Vriddhi is the commercial vehicle division of MAW Group of Companies, which is an exclusive distributor in Nepal of many international automotive brands including Yamaha, JCB, Skoda, and Jeep. With the Tunland E and CS2L, Foton is now eyeing a significant market share in Nepal.
Foton Tunland E
The Foton Tunland E is a luxurious compact pickup sold by the Chinese manufacturer Foton Motor, sold in China as well as Australasia, Colombia, and emerging markets. Foton says the Tunland E combines the power, performance, and reliability of established, globally-reputed brands for its major drivetrain elements. The double cab pick-up comes with a premium design, upgraded technology features and performance, higher levels of interior quality, and improved comfort compared to the outgoing model. It gets new headlights with LED DRLs, a new front bumper and grille, and chunkier wheel-arch flares.
The new generation 2.8L engine with max power rating reaches 113 bhp at 3,600 rpm. With newly added Variable Geometric turbocharger (VGT) system and a high-pressure common-rail, it increases the max torque of 280 Nm at 2,400 rpm with low speed scope to improve the transient response ability and reduce fuel consumption.
The Tunland E will be Foton’s entry into the competitive pick-up market.
Foto View CS2L
The Foto View CS2L is the only 19-seater van in the country.
On the outside, the micro-van features a chrome grill, aluminium alloy rim, fully closed side window, and chrome plating on the rear-view mirror and the doorknob. Comfort and convenience features include a rear AC vent and a reverse camera.
The Foton View CS2 is also equipped with a four-channel ABS + EBD, upgraded brake lights, electric mirrors, an anti-glare rear-view mirror, as well as additional devices to ensure road safety. Dual airbags, a collapsible steering column, and three-point seat belts are standard features that ensure the safety of the driver and passengers. It features a roof emergency escape hatch and a safety hammer with which the window can be broken in case of an emergency.
Powered by a 2,800cc Cummins diesel engine, the View CS2 makes 147 bhp of power and 330 Nm of torque. Foton says the powertrain is based on a modular design concept i.e. it has 40 percent fewer components than similar other products. The View CS2 is available in various configurations to suit the customer’s needs.
The new BS6 Ray ZR 125 FI
After the Fascino 125 FI BS6, Yamaha Nepal is all set to add a second BS6 scooter to its portfolio. The BS6 Yamaha Ray ZR 125 FI will be launched digitally, using IoT and Artificial Intelligence, making it a one-of-a-kind virtual event in the Nepali auto landscape. Surprisingly, Yamaha is the only manufacturer to launch successive BS6 models in the country.
The 2020 Yamaha Ray ZR 125 FI BS6 gets a noticeable cosmetic upgrade compared to the outgoing model. It now gets a Y-shaped LED position light, new front apron, and new livery. In terms of features, it has a new digital instrument cluster, a Stop and Start system, Smart Motor Generator for a quieter start-up, Side Stand Engine Cut-off Switch, and a Unified Braking System. It continues to be powered by the same engine from the Fascino 125 FI, which makes 8.2 PS of max power at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 9.7 Nm at 5,000 rpm.