Au­mark re-launches on NZ mar­ket


FO­TON IS RAMPING UP ITS LIGHT-DUTY TRUCK RANGE FOR 2017 with the in­tro­duc­tion of two Au­mark mod­els that can be driven on a car li­cence.

The Chi­nese trucks have been on the NZ mar­ket since the early part of 2014, and have sold in rel­a­tively-small num­bers.

Un­der the pre­vi­ous dis­trib­u­tor­ship, it was avail­able in two cab widths and with a choice of 2.8- and 3.8-litre Cum­mins diesel en­gines.

The Cum­mins ISF en­gines were de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for the Chi­nese mar­ket, and the 2.8-litre is also used in the brand’s Tun­land ute and CS2 van.

The Au­mark van­ished from the NZ mar­ket briefly as stocks of the old model ran out, and new distributor Fo­ton New Zealand – part of the Hamil­ton-based Eb­bett Group – re-launched it with new Euro 5 ISF en­gines at the 2017 na­tional Fiel­d­ays in June.

Fo­ton has mod­i­fied the ISF to meet the stricter emis­sions stan­dard with­out any change to power and torque out­puts.

The smaller, short wheel­base nar­row cab BJ1051 model is fit­ted with the 2.8-litre Cum­mins which de­vel­ops max­i­mum power of 110kw and peak torque of 360Nm 2.8.

The wide cab BJ1079 runs on a 3360mm wheel­base and is pow­ered by the 3.8-litre ISF which de­vel­ops 115kw of max­i­mum power and a use­ful 500Nm of peak torque.

Like its pre­de­ces­sor, the Euro 5 Au­mark is avail­able only with a Chi­nese-man­u­fac­tured Zf-de­signed five-speed gear­box.

The BJ1051 has a GVW of 5650kg and a rated pay­load of 3150kg. The big­ger BJ1077 is avail­able in a ver­sion with a 5995kg GVW which al­lows it to be driven on a car li­cence; its pay­load is 2925 to 3430kg.

Au­marks have leaf-sprung solid axle sus­pen­sions front and rear, and a vac­uum-con­trolled ex­haust brake is stan­dard.

The disc front/drum rear brakes are backed up by an ABS anti-lock sys­tem.

Fo­ton quotes com­bined cy­cle fuel con­sump­tion of 9.5 litres/100km for the 2.8-litre truck and 13 litres/100km for the 3.8. Both mod­els have 80 litre fuel tanks.

Both trucks are sold with fac­tory-built drop-side tip­per bod­ies – 3655mm by 1900mm in the SWB and 4230mm by 2050mm in the big­ger truck.

There is seat­ing for three in both nar­row and wide cab ver­sions, and Au­mark cabs meet the ECE 29 stan­dard for oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion.

Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes power win­dows, cen­tral door­lock­ing, cruise-con­trol, an AM/FM ra­dio with CD player, and an ad­justable steer­ing wheel.

Service in­ter­vals are 20,000km/one year and Au­marks have a three year/160,000km war­ranty.

Au­mark trucks sell at very com­pet­i­tive prices, and of­fer a lot of truck for the dol­lar.

Some ex­am­ples of the pre-euro 5 model are work­ing as metro de­liv­ery trucks in ma­jor cities.

Fo­ton has been China’s num­ber one-ranked com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer for a decade and is among the world’s largest man­u­fac­tur­ers of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

It was founded in 1996, and makes heavy-duty com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing trucks, buses and agri­cul­tural equip­ment as well as the Au­mark light- and medium-duty truck range, and utes and vans.

It has re­search and de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­i­ties in Tokyo, Stuttgart and Bei­jing. It builds more than 650,000 com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles a year.

LCV Mag­a­zine has yet to test the Euro 5 Fo­ton Au­mark.

Chi­nese-de­signed and built Fo­ton Au­mark has re-en­tered the NZ mar­ket with a new Euro 5 ver­sion of the Cum­mins 2.8-litre and 3.8-litre diesel en­gines.

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