Foton re-launches Aumark in New Zealand; light-duty truck registrations for August.
FOTON IS BACK ON THE NEW ZEALAND LIGHT-DUTY TRUCK MARKET with a Euro 5 version of the Aumark.
Foton New Zealand is marketing three models. One is available in two forms, one of which can be driven on a car licence.
The mid-range 1079 has a GVM of 5995kg which means it can be driven on a car licence or it can be registered with a 6500kg GVM that allows added load capacity. The two other trucks are the entry-level 1051 and the BJ1051. The 1051 has a GVM of 5650kg and a recommended retail price of $29,715 plus GST.
The BJ1051 is available work-ready with a load tray, and is priced from $29,995 plus GST.
The third model is the larger BJ1099 with a 8995kg limit which places it at the top end of the RUC bracket of six to nine tonnes. It has full air braking and a RRP of $39,165 plus GST. All Aumarks are powered by Cummins ISF engines, a unit developed specially by the American engine-maker for the Chinese truck manufacturer.
The 1051 uses the 2.8-litre ISF that is also found in the Foton Tunland ute and View CS2 van. In the Aumark it develops 110kw of maximum power and 360Nm of peak torque.
The 1079 and the 1099 use a 3.8-litre version of the ISF, and all of the Aumarks run Zf-designed manual gearboxes and Bosch electronics.
The 3.8 Cummins produces 115kw of power and a useful 500Nm of torque.
Aumark trucks are marketed by Foton NZ, a division of Hamilton’s Ebbett Group.
Ebbett bought the Foton distributorship from previous importer, Neville Crichton’s Ateco Group last November.
Ebbett also took over distribution of Foton Tunland utes from Ateco; it already had the Foton CS2 van, though that vehicle’s future in NZ is uncertain as it doesn’t have the mandatory electronic stability control.
Foton NZ has been preparing for the Aumark’s re-launch over the past 10 months, says CEO Roger Jory. That involved “getting the spec that’s right for NZ,” particularly the GVMS best-suited to the local market.
Ateco sold 55 Aumarks in 2014, but that dropped to 18 in 2015 and the same number last year.
But Jory is upbeat about the Aumark’s future here. “We’ve got a good opportunity in the marketplace. We’re serious about the business.”
He says the Aumark has been described as “just what a truck should be – solid, reliable, good value and does what it says it does,” He sees it as a “great option” that is “compelling value…”
Currently there are three Aumark dealers: Ebbett Foton in Hamilton, Just Trucks in Auckland and Trucks NZ in Christchurch. Jory says two more could be added by the end of the year.
Foton’s sharply-priced Aumark light- and medium-duty truck returns to the NZ market in Euro 5 form.