Harvest day a feast of payload carriers
THE Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville will next week showcase the latest bakkies, vans and trucks to Soth Africa’s top farmers.
Ford and FAW will attract a lot of attention at the annual festival, which takes place from May 12 to 15.
Tracey Delate, general marketing manager, FMCSA, said the focus on the Ford stand will be on the group’s range of smart agricultural solutions, including the Ranger SuperCab, which is one of the most popular options for the farming community as a result of its expanded cabin space, its exceptional all-round performance on and offroad, and due to it being VAT-deductible. With 3 095 units sold in April compared to 2 105 sales of the Toyota Hilux, Ford’s Ranger is now also the top-selling bakkie in SA, making it the benchmark for both workhorse and leisure applications.
Farmers are expected to take a keen interest in the new Transit panelvan line-up, especially the new Connect van that won the International Van of the Year title in 2014. The larger Transit Custom won the same title in 2013 and offers exceptional load-lugging practicality, while the two-ton Transit Van and Chassis Cab models give buyers even greater loading capacity and versatility.
At the FAW truck stand, a fiveton payload drop-side body promises to provide the lowest cost per ton on the market. The FAW management team said the new medium weight truck is in response to clients’ demand. Yusheng Zhang, CEO of FAW in South Africa said, “FAW pays attention to what customers are telling us. This is why we are extending our local offering to this weight category. We believe this segment of the market has great potential and opportunity for growth,” says Zhang. “The new range will be fitted with the best drivetrain and will include International brand componentry.”
This is the 15th time that FAW has participated at Nampo as a show of respect to the farming community. FAW SA has recognised the patronage and support of its agricultural customers who have, over the 21 years that FAW has been present in South Africa, remained committed to the brand.
FAW SA is committed to offering vehicles engineered, developed and tested to meet the harsh operating conditions locally.
The company is on track to continue its expansion into the emerging sub-Saharan Africa markets and to making FAW South Africa a major distribution hub for trucks and parts for Africa. — WR.
FAW trucks and truck bodies are now built at Coega as part of the company’s expansion into sub-Saharan Africa