Mar 27, 2012 (Laura Walubengo) – Chinese owned Foton East Africa has launched a new model to solidify its offering in the pick-up truck market. The Foton Tunland is said by officials to be crafted for durability on African roads and can stand extreme weather conditions.
“Tunland L is a next- generation multi-purpose pickup. Engineered with sustainable innovation in mind, it embodies both freedom and confidence,” the company said in a statement.
With the ability to carry up to 1 ton and tow a 2.25 ton trailer, the Foton Tunland L is touted to have a high performing and extremely reliable Cummins ISF engine
Available in three main versions: passenger transportation, delivery and combo; Tunland L is perfect for the professionals and organizations looking for a flexible transport solution with off-road capabilities.
The Foton Tunland will join the growing number of models being locally assembled by the vehicle company, whose headquarters are in Beijing China. Foton assembles its motors, including 42 seater buses, in collaboration with Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers, KVM.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga was the chief guest at the launch of the car at their showroom on Mombasa road. He was flanked by China’s Ambassador to Kenya Liu Guangyuan and Liu Qui, the secretary of the Communists Party of China (CPC) Beijing Municipal Committee were also present.
The cost of purchasing a Tunland 4×2 Double Cabin is Sh2.8 million, while a 4×4 is worth Sh3.6 million.
Local Foton dealers include Yoko Tires in Eldoret, Chraidan Motors in Nakuru and Transport and Lifting Services in Thika. Foton East Africa also has a branch in Mombasa, while Kisumu and Meru dealers will be established soon.