FAW throws down the gauntlet
FAW’s recently launched, locally built 6.130 FL medium truck has been specifically configured to meet the needs of southern and central African markets, according to a statement issued by the company.
Following in the wheel tracks of the popular 8.140 heavy truck range on which it is based, the newcomer features a similar looking cab, a chassis shortened to accommodate a 3,5-t payload, and a 2,8-litre Cummins ISF engine.
Jianyu Hao, FAW’s CEO, says the decision to introduce the truck was based on customer demand and market opportunity. “Our research confirmed the need for a vehicle as durable and as rugged as our heavy and extra-heavy trucks – but reconfigured with a smaller engine and reduced payload.”
In developing the vehicle, the manufacturer paid special attention to cost efficiency, durability and reliability. “The 6.130 FL carries all the hallmarks for which the brand is renowned,” says Hao. “It is strong, reliable and easy to operate. Most importantly, it delivers on the promise of a truck built for Africa, in Africa.’”
Imported in semi-knocked-down (SKD) form, the cab, chassis, axles and other sub-assembly components, together with the Cummins engine, are assembled at FAW’s Coega plant near Port Elizabeth.
Since its opening in 2014, the facility has employed over 100 people, all of whom have been trained and up-skilled for production of the model.
The truck is available from FAW dealers in a number of styles – drop-side, tautliner, van, tipper, roll-back or with a dry-freight, insulated body.
The vehicle, priced from R245 000 excluding VAT, carries a two-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.