As the world’s foremost diesel engine builder, Isuzu’s trucks are famous for driving on dirty diesel across Africa. We discuss five more models on
FOLLOWING the news in Wheels of the shady practises that allow very poor-quality diesel to be dumped in African countries north of the Beitbridge border post, we looked at vehicles that can handle such fuel and still work. These range from the MAN and Fuso trucks built in India, to a Chinese bakkie powered by an American truck engine.
MAN’s trucks and buses
German truck builder MAN makes the CLA series of medium trucks with tonnages from 15 to 37 tons gross vehicle weight in India.
The CLA range comes with what MAN described as “modest yet reliable engines and robust chassis”, thanks to engines with high sulphur tolerance and robust ZF gearboxes.
The CLA series is powered by a Euro 4, six-cylinder in-line engine with 6,9-litre cubic capacity.
The unit boasts 223 kW (300 hp) at 2 300 rpm and features a torque of 1,150 Nm at 1 200-1 800 rpm.
An 8x4 chassis or bus chassis have long proven to be successful in day-to-day customer use.
The Fuso FA9–137 was the first vehicle to be imported by Fuso Trucks Southern Africa from the Daimler India Commercial Vehicle (DICV) plant in Chennai.
The made-in-India Fuso trucks have been engineered to Daimler spec and the DICV plant has garnered a reputation for optimising research activities, product development and manufacturing precision at the state-of-the-art production plant at Oragadam, near Chennai.
The FA9–137 is based on the Canter light-duty truck and incorporates a newly developed 4D37 diesel engine, boasting displacement of 3,9-litre cubic capacity, and makes 100 kW (134 Hp) at 420 Nm.
All over with Hino
Hino and its smaller Dyna trucks need no introduction, especially as millions gained their driver’s licence in all-forgiving Dyna 4-093.
But the best ambassador for Hino must be Nomad Africa Adventure Tours.
This 20-year-old adventure tours company recently invested in a fleet of new Hino trucks, which it operates throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
The fleet is expected to cover more than 3 000 000 km this year, made up of about 850 tours. Nomad Adventure Tours trucks have already travelled more than 30 million kilometres over the past 20 years, transporting more than 95 000 happy travellers on about 10 000 tours.
First Automotive Works
Open-cast mining is notoriously rough on vehicles, which makes Northern Province transport contractor Willie de Beer’s compliments for the fuel efficiency of the FAW tipper trucks high praise indeed.
De Beer’s FAW 28.280 tippers move some 4 200 tons of sand, grit and loose stones a day.
The Weichai WDB615.50 engine makes 1 160 Nm between 1 400 and 1 700 rpm which goes to the rear wheels via a manual nine-speed FAW gearbox to move 28t GVM. De Beer reports a 22% drop in fuel consumption since moving to FAW.
The Foton Tunland is very much a lesser-spotted bakkie in South Africa, languishing far behind the Hilux, Ranger and Isuzu in sales, but its Euro 4 Cummins ISF engine is happy to burn 500 ppm day in and day out. Wheels has also tested one model, which made considerably more than the claimed 120 kW and 360 Nm on a hot day.
A five-year or 150 000 km warranty, a three-year corrosion warranty and roadside assistance is included in the price. The 4x2 double cabs also have the benefit of a two-year or 40 000 km service plan. The service interval of 10 000 km means that less costly and abundantly available 500 ppm diesel fuel may be used.
Hino’s trucks work as tourist transporters all over subSaharan Africa.
Foton Tunland’s Cummins engine is happy to drink 500 ppm diesel.
Fuso’s trucks are tough enough for Africa’s roads.
MAN’s trucks cope easily with high-sulphur diesel.
FAW’s tippers flourish in open-cast mines.