27th August 2013
FAA Automotive Australia, distributors of the Foton Tunland one-tonne ute, have added two more dealerships to their national network, bringing the total to 21 outlets.
Buyers can now access full Tunland sales and service facilities in Campbelltown in outer south-west Sydney at Macarthur Foton and in Port Macquarie on the NSW mid-north coast at Port Foton.
Macarthur Foton at 3-17 Queen St is part of the 68-year-established Clintons Motor Group where dealer principal is Mario Kordovolos, a 26-year veteran executive in the Group.
Port Foton at 88 Hastings Drive is part of the Miedecke Motor Group where Andrew Miedecke is dealer principal and an accomplished race driver.
FAA General Manager Dealer Development Paul Vuko welcomed the new dealers and said he was actively assessing selected other dealers in pursuit of FAA’s target tally of around 30 across all states and territories by year end.
Vuko said there was dealer interest in the Foton brand because it differed from other Chinese makers in offering globally respected quality engineering from such suppliers as Cummins diesel engines, Getrag and Borg Warner transmissions, Bosch electronics and Dana axles packaged in attractive, original design vehicles such as Tunland with the prospect of a fuller range of segment entrants in the year ahead.
New FAA appointments
Meanwhile FAA recently recruited Kris Dawson as Zone Manager and then Richard Power as Marketing and PR Manager, both former colleagues of Vuko at Isuzu Ute.
Currently, FAA distributes the Tunland dual cab 4×4 and 4×2 ute and is soon to introduce more variants. It is also looking to add a Foton light commercial van, mini-bus and SUV to its local range in the medium term.
Beijing-headquartered and listed Foton Motor Co is the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in sales with domestic market leadership, manufacturing and sales presences in Russia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico, and exports to over 170 other countries. Automotive products include trucks from two to 55 tonnes, dump trucks, tractors, mobile cranes, buses, MPVs and utilities ─ some with electric and hybrid drivetrains, new energy batteries, IT, logistics and finance. Foton has R & D centres in Beijing, Germany, Japan and Taiwan, joint ventures with Daimler-Benz and Cummins, and technical supply agreements with Getrag, ZF and Aisin transmissions, Borg Warner, Bosch and Dana.