Har­vest day a feast of pay­load car­ri­ers

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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

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