FAW’s new medium-weight Tiger will be ‘true-blood’ South African
FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA (Pty) Ltd has started ramping up production of a new FAW medium-weight truck range, dubbed the “Tiger”, to be introduced onto the local and southern African markets in May.
Building on their impressive record of “firsts” this will again mark a moment in FAW’s local history when they start full production of the Tiger range at the Coega-based production plant.
Yusheng Zhang, CEO of FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA, says: “FAW continues its trendsetting path in local truck manufacture. Not only have we managed to produce our FAW trucks at the best quality levels, comparable — if not better — than our FAW parent company in China — but we’ve been able to do so in a very short period considering our plant became fully operational from July last year only. Since our Body Building Facility was commission in January we have also been building tipper bodies from SKD packs imported from our parent plant in China, and providing finished tipper trucks to our growing pool of customers.”
While the first FAW “full-bodied” tippers roll off the lines at the assembly plant and body shop, the production team is already assessing the viability of producing drop-side bodies for their range of robust and durable vehicles spanning the heavy and extra-heavy commercial vehicle ranges on offer in Southern Africa.
“The FAW Tiger will be a ‘trueblood’ South African, built locally and uniquely engineered for the African environment.
“For the introductory phase we will commence with a five-ton payload dropside body, which will provide for the lowest cost per ton on the market.
“The Tiger will carry all the hallmarks that FAW trucks stand for — strength, reliability, easy operation and most importantly — delivering on the promise of a ‘truck built for Africa, in Africa’.
FAW’s management team said the rationale for introducing a mediumweight range is to satisfy customer request for a vehicle as durable and rugged as FAW heavy and extra-heavy trucks, but with the dimensions to handle a different working environment, calling for smaller sized vehicles.
“This new FAW Tiger may have been bred in China, and trained through international partners, but in South Africa it will find its true home,” said Zhang.
He said details of the drivetrain will be made public later, but stressed it will be the best fit for SA. — Supplied.
FAW’s Tiger is heading to South Africa in May.