Ever Star adds light and medium stars to its range

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The truck mar­ket in SA has pos­si­bly the most di­verse choice of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in the world con­sid­er­ing its size.

This con­tin­ues in 2017 with Ever Star In­dus­tries in­tro­duc­ing two spe­cial edi­tions to its Pow­er­star brand, the new V3 ET AMT (au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion), as well as a joint ven­ture with Fo­ton on the new FT range of light and medium com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

Launched at the Fu­tur­oad Expo, Pow­er­star show­cased on and off-road de­riv­a­tives from its prod­uct ranges, as well as the new mod­els.

“Since 2014 Ever Star In­dus­tries’ fo­cus has been to be­come a one-stop so­lu­tion for trans­port own­ers ac­tive in min­ing and con­struc­tion, where Pow­er­star has been most suc­cess­ful,” says Bob Wang, CEO of Ever Star In­dus­tries in SA.

“Our lead­ing brand still re­mains Pow­er­star with the V3 and VX ranges. Now we are ex­pand­ing the of­fer­ing by bring­ing in the light and medium truck range from Fo­ton,” says Wang.

The V3 2643 AMT 6x4 Cum­mins pow­ered en­gine pro­vides 430hp and the com­pany ex­pects it to be pop­u­lar in the long-haul coal trans­port sec­tor in which ve­hi­cles are re­quired to op­er­ate ef­fi­ciently on the open road while oc­ca­sion­ally en­dur­ing the tougher con­di­tions at load­ing and un­load­ing ar­eas. The V3 ET also of­fers a 460hp We­ichai en­gine, com­bined with the op­tional AMT trans­mis­sion.

“With the ad­di­tion of the new FT range, FT 3 and FT 5, these trucks will of­fer our cus­tomers a more ver­sa­tile and ef­fi­cient so­lu­tion, es­pe­cially for the light and medium to oc­ca­sional long­haul dis­tri­bu­tion ap­pli­ca­tions, as well as the tip­per and waste mar­ket,” says Wang.

“The Pow­er­star FT range is in the same high-qual­ity tech­nol­ogy bracket as our other Pow­er­stars,” says Rodney Se­lesnick, se­nior head of sales and mar­ket­ing at the com­pany.

“The range is pow­ered pri­mar­ily by Cum­mins en­gines, feed­ing torque through ZF trans­mis­sions, and will be built at our Pi­eter­mar­itzburg plant fol­low­ing the same ex­act­ing qual­ity stan­dards as for the cur­rent Pow­er­star range.”

Among the other prod­ucts show­cased was the VX range, which can be spec­i­fied as a heavy-duty tip­per, wa­ter tanker or mixer chas­sis.

The VX mod­els of­fer a Fast­gear 12-speed man­ual gear­box and a We­ichai Euro 2 tur­bocharged In­ter­cooled en­gine with out­puts rang­ing from 280hp and 1,160Nm to 350hp and 1,350Nm.

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