FAW’s new medium-weight Tiger will be ‘true-blood’ South African

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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.

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FAW’s Tiger is head­ing to South Africa in May.

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