Foton has midibus plans for SA
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.
The Foton Toana.