FAW’s trucks prove to be highly efficient

FAW’s trucks prove to be highly efficient

FAW’s trucks are highly fuel-efficient! This is backed up by excellent results in the recent 2022 FOCUS on Transport Truck Test, with the JH6 28.500FT claiming second place in terms of fuel efficiency out of all the truck tractors hooked to tautliners, when including AdBlue consumption, against some of the best brands in the industry.

“Many of us are tired of hearing about increases to petrol and diesel prices. The stress of frequent fuel tax climbs adds to the complexities of running a business in South Africa. Despite the costs saved with diesel vehicles, fuel-efficient trucks save your business money,” says Yongjun Li, CEO of FAW Trucks South Africa.

“FAW Trucks have been tested and reviewed against the standard of market leaders, not only in South Africa. This is done to ensure we align consumption, performance, and efficiency and are always striving for better results – as shown in the recent local tests.

“These fuel-efficiency reviews ensure our trucks are up with the best when it comes to cost/km. Furthermore, FAW’s fuel costs often came below most of its industry counterparts.”

The route used for the test incorporated a return trip from Johannesburg to Pinetown on what is the busiest and one of the most challenging freight routes in the country. All the vehicles involved in the test were driven over the route on the same days and at the same times to ensure absolute parity of test conditions.

“Right now, for any transport operator, total cost of operation is first and foremost when it comes to selecting vehicles; FAW Trucks has a proud history of carefully matching engines and performance to the stated capabilities of our trucks in order to maximise efficiency in every aspect, including fuel consumption,” notes Li.

FAW Trucks South Africa fielded its largest truck tractor, the FAW JH6 28.500FT, hooked up to an Afrit interlink tautliner, at Truck Test 2022. The JH6 is fitted with the renowned CA6DM2 13-litre six-cylinder common-rail turbocharged and intercooled diesel powerplant. This engine develops 370 kW of power at 1 800 r/min and 2 300 Nm of peak torque at
1 400 r/min. It has two fuel tanks of 500 litres each, perfect for long-haul and extended distances.

The 6DM2 engine is manufactured in FAW’s engine plant in Wuxi, China. The ZF 12-speed TraXon AMT transmission also has a parabolic spring suspension front and rear to address vehicle weight requirements. It houses a full air dual circuit WABCO braking system with ABS as part of the advanced safety features.

Befitting its long-haulier status, much focus has been placed on ensuring that the cabin of the JH6 28.500FT is as comfortable as possible, featuring a full floating extended-roof sleeper cab with an innovative flat floor, which optimises interior space, as well as standard features such as air-conditioning, a radio with a USB port, and suspension seating to eliminate unnecessary driver fatigue.

Reinforcing the JH6 28.500FT guarantee is the large parts warehouse at the premises in Spartan, from where FAW Trucks South Africa supplies its three main regions of Gauteng, Durban, and Cape Town.

In terms of maximising cost efficiencies, FAW Trucks has a significant advantage due to the location and efficiency of its Coega plant, making the prices of FAW trucks extremely competitive.

Also, FAW offers a wide range of trucks and parts to suit business needs, giving businesses options in terms of durability and price in a variable economy. Furthermore, FAW dealerships supply clients with tailor-made quotations that reflect various builds and capacities to exactly match the weight, performance, engine, and brakes required to serve specific needs.

“FAW is a major player in the trucking business. Since the 1990s, we have partnered with other major manufacturers, ensuring we put our customers first. Our production and logistics networks aim for sustainable growth,” says Li. “Thus, our trucks are not isolated in design and manufacturing expertise, and neither is our service network.”

The FAW JH6 28.500FT is but one of a range of FAW trucks available in South Africa, and the company’s diverse product range is said to be one of the reasons for its success. “The reason for our continued growth in South Africa is the fact that we cater to virtually every need,” explains Li. “Our line-up includes freight carriers, truck tractors, tippers, and mixers, all assembled to exacting standards to be able to withstand the harsh conditions of the African continent.

“Since first entering the South African market 28 years ago, we have gone from strength to strength, providing local buyers with products of high quality that are not only well-suited to local conditions but also boast high levels of safety, convenience, and comfort,” he continues. “We have managed to combine this with competitive pricing, low running costs, and continuously improving after-sales service.”

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