Aumark re-launches on NZ market
FOTON IS RAMPING UP ITS LIGHT-DUTY TRUCK RANGE FOR 2017 with the introduction of two Aumark models that can be driven on a car licence.
The Chinese trucks have been on the NZ market since the early part of 2014, and have sold in relatively-small numbers.
Under the previous distributorship, it was available in two cab widths and with a choice of 2.8- and 3.8-litre Cummins diesel engines.
The Cummins ISF engines were developed specifically for the Chinese market, and the 2.8-litre is also used in the brand’s Tunland ute and CS2 van.
The Aumark vanished from the NZ market briefly as stocks of the old model ran out, and new distributor Foton New Zealand – part of the Hamilton-based Ebbett Group – re-launched it with new Euro 5 ISF engines at the 2017 national Fieldays in June.
Foton has modified the ISF to meet the stricter emissions standard without any change to power and torque outputs.
The smaller, short wheelbase narrow cab BJ1051 model is fitted with the 2.8-litre Cummins which develops maximum power of 110kw and peak torque of 360Nm 2.8.
The wide cab BJ1079 runs on a 3360mm wheelbase and is powered by the 3.8-litre ISF which develops 115kw of maximum power and a useful 500Nm of peak torque.
Like its predecessor, the Euro 5 Aumark is available only with a Chinese-manufactured Zf-designed five-speed gearbox.
The BJ1051 has a GVW of 5650kg and a rated payload of 3150kg. The bigger BJ1077 is available in a version with a 5995kg GVW which allows it to be driven on a car licence; its payload is 2925 to 3430kg.
Aumarks have leaf-sprung solid axle suspensions front and rear, and a vacuum-controlled exhaust brake is standard.
The disc front/drum rear brakes are backed up by an ABS anti-lock system.
Foton quotes combined cycle fuel consumption of 9.5 litres/100km for the 2.8-litre truck and 13 litres/100km for the 3.8. Both models have 80 litre fuel tanks.
Both trucks are sold with factory-built drop-side tipper bodies – 3655mm by 1900mm in the SWB and 4230mm by 2050mm in the bigger truck.
There is seating for three in both narrow and wide cab versions, and Aumark cabs meet the ECE 29 standard for occupant protection.
Standard equipment includes power windows, central doorlocking, cruise-control, an AM/FM radio with CD player, and an adjustable steering wheel.
Service intervals are 20,000km/one year and Aumarks have a three year/160,000km warranty.
Aumark trucks sell at very competitive prices, and offer a lot of truck for the dollar.
Some examples of the pre-euro 5 model are working as metro delivery trucks in major cities.
Foton has been China’s number one-ranked commercial vehicle manufacturer for a decade and is among the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles.
It was founded in 1996, and makes heavy-duty commercial vehicles including trucks, buses and agricultural equipment as well as the Aumark light- and medium-duty truck range, and utes and vans.
It has research and development facilities in Tokyo, Stuttgart and Beijing. It builds more than 650,000 commercial vehicles a year.
LCV Magazine has yet to test the Euro 5 Foton Aumark.
Chinese-designed and built Foton Aumark has re-entered the NZ market with a new Euro 5 version of the Cummins 2.8-litre and 3.8-litre diesel engines.