Thursday, October 17, 2013

Going Big Time: Foton Launches View Traveller (w/ Brochure)

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Driven by Vision—these words sum up Foton’s stratospheric rise in the Philippine market. In just a few short years, Foton grew from being a relatively unknown (and untested) Chinese vehicle manufacturer to one of the country’s preferred brands of commercial vehicles. With an expansive line-up covering pick-ups, vans, trucks, and heavy equipment, Foton is an all-encompassing brand for all business needs. Now, Foton is venturing into a new territory: the upscale van market and they’re doing so with the new View Traveller.

Previewed last week with a leisurely ride-and-drive activity from Ortigas Home Depot in Pasig to Splendido Tagaytay, the View Traveller is designed to be more luxurious and spacious than the current View. It’s a perfect fit in the Foton van line-up: whereas the View is aimed squarely for business use such as UV Express, the View Traveller is more for leisure use such as out-of-town family getaways and excursions as well as shuttles for upscale establishments such as luxury hotels and resorts.


The 14-seater View Traveller is the largest van in its class with an overall length of 5,380 mm, overall width of 1,920 mm, and overall height of 2,285 mm. This easily makes it larger than any of its competitors (especially in width). Outside, the View Traveller features a streamlined shape that’s elegant and modern while giving an aerodynamic shape. The View Traveller features large halogen headlights and chrome plating on the grille and door handles. Further enhancing the looks are a set of 15-inch alloy wheels with 195/80R15 tires.

Propelling the View Traveller is the segment’s most powerful engine: a Cummins ISF 2.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with Bosch common rail direct injection (CRDi) and turbocharger technology. With 130 horsepower and 280 Nm of torque, the View Traveller has a commendable top speed of 145 km/h while returning up to 13.55 km/L. And thanks to a 70-liter fuel tank, it can go further between fuel stops. Since it’s a Cummins ISF engine, top-notch reliability and durability are givens with longer oil change intervals and a 500,000-km interval between overhauls. All in all, it cuts down running and maintenance costs by 33 percent. This engine is mated solely to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Enhancing the View Traveller’s on-road handling is its wide track, long 3,110 mm wheelbase and newly developed suspension featuring Double Wishbones with trailing arms in front and semi-elliptic leaf springs at the back. With 170 mm of ground clearance, the View Traveller has the ability to tackle rough terrain such as provincial roads. In fact, Foton Philippines proved the reliability, efficiency, and comfort of the View Traveller after a 1,600 kilometer tour around Luzon.


Thanks to sporting the largest body and longest wheelbase in its class, the View Traveller guarantees a wide and spacious interior. The interior volume is around 7 cubic meters, making it 8 percent larger than any of its competition. It features sedan-like seating with individual headrests and reclining seatbacks for everyone. Further enhancing comfort are the View Traveller’s list of convenience features: power windows, door locks, and mirrors, a CD/MP3/USB capable 4-speaker stereo system, and keyless entry. And keeping occupants safe, the View Traveller has three-point seatbelts for all occupants, dual SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and 4-point rear parking sensors all as standard equipment. In the event of a crash, it’s designed with a collapsible steering column and an ultra-high strength steel body with crash bars on the front fender and side doors for optimal protection.

The Foton View Traveller is available in two colors: silver and white and will be priced “very competitively”. Though the final price is yet to be announced, it’s said to be less than P 1,400,000. The final details will be revealed during its official launch at the upcoming Foton Big Show.

In addition, the Foton Big Show will feature the brand’s complete line-up of passenger vehicles, light and heavy duty trucks as well as heavy equipment and construction machinery which will fill up the 7,246 square-meter exhibition space. During the Foton Big Show, there will be attractive trade-in options as well as on-site financing for customers. Finally, Foton will hold its first-ever heavy machinery exhibit that features specially-modified wheel loaders that can dance and jump.

“We are proud to showcase once more to the Filipino people what we believe are the best commercial vehicle solutions available in the market today,” says Rommel Sytin, President of Foton Motor Philippines. He adds, “The Foton Big Show is now on its third year and it just keeps getting better as the public learns to appreciate the strength, features and practicality of the Foton brand.”

The Foton Big Show 2013 is slated to run from October 25-27, 2013 at The World Trade Center in Pasay City. Entrance is free. For more information, log on to www.foton.com.ph or call (02) 459-2121 in Metro Manila, or (63) 999-999-9998 for toll-free provincial calls. You may also text +63922-8017217 or +63949 1622111 for additional details on the event.


18 comments:

  1. checked it out last night at volvo centris launch (the dealerships also owns chevy and foton north edsa). Its leaps and bounds better than the current view and feels like the toyota hiace grand cabin available overseas. That cummins engine will outclass the dk4b of the hiace, come on toyota! bring us the vgt equipped hiace and innova!

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  2. another china made junk, underpower, have a safety issues, overprice.. unpatriotic to buy.........

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    1. You do realize the Cummins ISF engine in this delivers more power and torque than what the Toyota Hiace has to offer. So? Underpowered? I don't think so.

      Unpatriotic to buy? What are you suggesting us to do? Buy the "patriotic" Philippine-made Jeepney? Oh come on, that vehicle was long outdated, possibly not even considered road-worthy in many countries so I doubt it will be safe in anyway considering NO JEEPNEY has ever gone for an International-spec crash test, uses "surplus" parts which is basically just saying used garbage from other countries, and far more underpowered than this if you think about it.

      I'm a Filipino, nothing against Philippine culture and I'm really against China's attitude in bullying other countries and rude acts, but seriously, this vehicle is FAR BETTER than your "patriotic" jeepney. Problem with Filipinos is we are just too proud of our little achievements aren't we? Neglecting the fact many other countries have done so much better tha us yet we still bash their achievements.

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    2. china product is still china. and what do we all think of chinese product? low quality right?

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  3. akala mo lang yun dahil china..... alam mo ba na halos lahat ng bus company na provincial operations, ang gamit na bus puro yutong and kinglong.... sila ang pinaka mura, pinaka comportable at mabilis kayasa sa mga made in japan as of now....

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    1. pinaka maganda, pinaka matipid dahil nka crdi, same lang sa d4d, pero immitation lang d4d, hindi nman naimbento ng mga hapon iyon, sariling version na malayo sa acronym.... D4D-(direct Injection 4 Cylinder Common Rail Diesel Engine) CRDi-common rail direct injection imbento ng bosch sa germany, kaya maypermit ang mga korean, at mga parts nila ay bosch. unlike sa denso sa japan, unang labas ng mga d4d mausok after a year at namamatay sa daan...

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    2. LTFRB implemented the 15 yrs lifetime for commercial buses, so what is the use of purchasing a good quality bus that can last for 25 yrs or more. go for the less quality to maximize the 15 yrs of the LTFRB. or worse the china buses cant last 15 yrs.

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  4. To see is to believe... tingnan nyo mismo sa show room to compare... na amaze din ako sa looks inside and out, compare to toyota hiace mas maganda tayo nya plus the luxurious interior... sayang wala lang akong chance na ma test drive...

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  5. Ang gawin ng pinas ay scrap ang tax sa diesel vehicles pra balik siya sa half price niya, tyak marami matatanggal sa daan na bulok at lumang diesel. Artificial kasi price dito dahil sa tax nia kya doble presyo ang kuliglig dito sa pinas, at ang tax na yan, ay yan din ang gingawang subsidy sa diesel fuel kaya mura.

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  6. halos lahat ng gamit ngayon made in china,so if you don't want to buy their products,maglabas ka ng mas maraming pera para bumili ng ibang brand tulad ng japanese or european made cars,ganun lang ka simple un,pero fyi lang madami ang nagvavalue ng kanilang hard earned money kaya wag nyo silang sisihin kung ano ang binili nila,ganun lang ka simple un.

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  7. Hi po mga sir!! Ask ko lang po sana kung anong masasabi nyo sa quality ng dashboard, buttons, at fuel consumption ng foton traveller? Nagpaplano po kasi kaming bumili eh. Thankyou po!!

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    1. Sir if u'r interested sa traveller bka pwd ko po kau mtulungan..
      contact me sir 09089495533..I'm one of the sales executive at foton..
      just pm me ur email..thanks!!

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    2. Good day! Ask ko lang kung may landline kyo?gusto po sana mag inquire about sa traveller at gusto ko makita pricelist..ty

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  8. Ilan po ba talaga ang capacity nito?
    nahihirapan din kasi ako makahanap ng top view photo nito.

    www.stmichaelexplorertravel.com

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    1. Sir 15 pax po ang capacity..
      Sir if u'r interested sa traveller bka pwd ko po kau mtulungan..
      contact me sir 09089495533..I'm one of the sales executive at foton..

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  9. Ang makina po nito gawa ng mercedes trucks, wag niyo naman po maliitin

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  10. Ang makina ng Foton Traveller ay Cummins 2.8-liter ISF engine with Bosch CRDi system. gawa ng U.S. siguro kung makina lang pag uusapan, panalo yan. sila din ang gagawa ng makina ng kauna-unahang auto ng Pilipinas, ang PARAC.
    sana lang madaming pyesa at mura.

    http://thephilippinepride.com/goodbye-toyota-and-honda-philippines-to-manufacture-first-ever-local-auto-brand-parac/

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  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGvqkcJuC18 Nissan is using this wonderful engine in US.

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