Fo­ton has midibus plans for SA

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

FO­TON dis­played the Toana midibus and van at the re­cent Auto Shang­hai mo­tor show.

The com­pany said in a press state­ment there are no im­me­di­ate plans to im­port the Toana to South Africa, but it is one of the com­pany’s new ve­hi­cles that will be eval­u­ated for lo­cal in­tro­duc­tion to Fo­ton’s 36 sales and ser­vice out­lets in South Africa.

The midibus is named af­ter a small town in Italy and has been de­vel­oped by the orig­i­nal Mercedes-Benz Sprinter team, which is now based at Fo­ton’s new re­search and devel­op­ment cen­tre in Stuttgart, Ger­many. The Toana has proven its re­li­a­bil­ity, power, safety and elec­tronic fea­tures through Fo­ton’s rig­or­ous test process as well as ob­tain­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion through TüV Rhein­land.

Fo­ton SA is cur­rently eval­u­at­ing the Sau­vana SUV for pos­si­ble in­tro­duc­tion to lo­cal shores.

There is a choice of two tur­bocharged en­gines, a Cum­mins ISF diesel 2.8-litre and a Euro V com­pli­ant, di­rect in­jec­tion, petrol 2-litre, with the avail­abil­ity of five­and six-speed man­ual gear­boxes or a sixspeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. No fi­nal de­ci­sion has been made on a power train if the Sau­vana is launched in SA.

Fo­ton has a joint ven­ture with Cum­mins of the U.S. as well as Daim­ler to de­velop and build en­gines.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The Fo­ton Toana.

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