Commercial vehicles from China have been around for some time although their presence has not been so noticeable as they have sold in small volumes and in areas outside the usual business centres. Now it seems that is changing, perhaps inspired by Geely being a dominant player through Proton.
Angka-Tan Motor Sdn Bhd (ATM), a subsidiary of Warisan TC Holdings and member of Tan Chong Group, is one of the companies that is now focusing on products from China and among the brands it represents is Foton. Headquartered in Beijing, the Foton Motor Group was established in1996 and produces light and heavy commercial vehicles as well as construction machinery. Its cumulative production and sales volume since 1996 is more than 10,000,000 vehicles.
As sole distributor of Foton Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) and Foton Auman in Malaysia, ATM aims to make deeper inroads into the commercial vehicle segment. It is now introducing the Aumark S City Flyer 4-Wheeler BJ1065 light-duty truck which can cater to the logistics industry in the country. This new model joins the Aumark S Super Truck 6-wheeler which was launched in Malaysia in December 2020.
The Aumark S City Flyer is said to offer fleet owners high productivity and efficiency in their business operations. The model is available in two versions – the VDJD4 and VDJD6 – with wheelbases of 2800mm and 3360mm, respectively.
Power comes from a 2.8-litre Euro-3 turbodiesel engine. The engine is one of the latest generation powertrains from Cummins and produces 129 bhp/310 Nm for speed and agility. Matched to the engine is a 5-speed manual transmission by ZF. With its aluminium alloy casing and optimized gear ratios, it has high transmission efficiency and low fuel consumption, The optimized turbinate gear design also effectively reduces noise, which will have a positive effect on the driver.
The City Flyer has a light and flexible bodywork with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 5.6 tonnes. This is a top feature in the 4-wheeler category and is ideal for inner-city and intra-city trips, allowing operators to carry more payload per trip.
The cabin has been designed to give the driver and co-driver more comfort and reduce fatigue during long driving journeys, improving safety. The seats are enhanced with an extended foaming life and wear-resistant fabric. There’s also a platform water cupholder and overhead file cabinet.
Even truck drivers deserve good protection when they operate their vehicle and the Aumark S City Flyer is engineered to meet European safety standards, particularly the stringent ECE R29 regulations. Tests have been conducted and it fully complies with the safety requirements.
For stable braking, there ABS to prevent the wheels from locking up during heavy braking. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist help to enhance braking performance, especially in emergencies.
“Safety and reliability are paramount; all Foton trucks are manufactured according to the most stringent of standards and are also in line with Foton’s ‘SUPER’ promise. Ensuring this, the Aumark S City Flyer development work has gone through a 1.6 million kilometre extreme environmental durability testing to guarantee exceptional ability in weathering the harshest of environments,” said Danny Ng, Senior General Manager of ATM.
At this time, there are no airbags fitted although Foton does provide them in some markets. For now, the view is that cost considerations are of a high priority to customers and therefore, the added cost of airbags may not be agreeable. Nevertheless, ATM will keep the safety feature in mind and consider its inclusion in future.
“As inflationary factors creep in, eg fuel price increases, we are seeing increasing demand from business owners looking out for vehicles that are able to deliver efficiency, productivity and uptime. The all-new Foton Aumark S City Flyer 4-Wheeler BJ1065 series meet these criteria and is able to help them swiftly achieve their business objectives,” said Tan Keng Meng, CEO of Warisan TC Holdings Bhd.
All Foton commercial vehicles in Malaysia come with Foton Total Care. Fleet owners will be supported by the Tan Chong Group’s service centre network which has been extensive established nationwide since the late 1950s. ATM will ensure that Foton genuine parts are stocked to ensure that fleet owners can keep their vehicles running optimally and productively.
Additionally, customers can opt for the TC Trust. This is a service agreement that is designed to optimize Foton trucks’ total cost of ownership and provide a hassle-free fleet maintenance management.
In addition, there is also driver training and development to enhance the drivers’ skills and become more fuel-efficient in the way they drive, translating to higher uptime and lower operational costs. In case of emergency, there are also the 24-hour Res-Q service and the One-Stop Repair and Insurance Service available.
The Aumark S City Flyer 4-Wheeler BJ1065VDJD4 (2800 mm) is priced at a recommended retail price from RM93,900 and the BJ1065VDJD6 (3360mm) is priced from RM95,900 for Peninsular Malaysia. For East Malaysia, the prices are RM100,900 and RM102,900, respectively. A 5-year/200,000 km (whichever comes first) warranty is provided with each new unit.