Thursday, May 30, 2019
Foton PH's Line of Commuter Vehicles to Form Backbone of Revitalized Line-Up
Foton Motor Philippines took part in the 107th Anniversary celebration of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) by displaying their latest commuter vehicles at the LTO East Avenue, Quezon City.
The third biggest truck brand in the country showcased three workhorses built for the various transport requirements of the Philippine market: the F-Jeepney, the brand’s entry in the government’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) modernization program; the utilitarian Gratour TM MPV designed to move people and cargo of small and medium enterprises; and the TransVan HR suitable for private and more luxurious transport services.
“The launch of our commuter vehicles is a substantial effort to move the Philippines toward an efficient transportation network that is in line with the standards of our government, commuters, and environment,” said Foton Philippines President Rommel Sytin.
The Foton F-Jeepney was derived from the brand’s best-selling light duty truck, the Tornado 2.4C, with the rear body designed by Centro Manufacturing Corporation. It’s powered by a 2.8-liter Cummins ISF engine with 116 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque.
Not only is it designed for cleaner and more powerful mobility, it’s equipped to carry up to 24 passengers—16 seating and 8 standing. With a length of 5,650 mm, 1,828 mm width, and 2,615 mm height, the F-Jeep is more spacious, providing maximized room. Comparably, it also features wider passenger doors making ingress and egress easier.
Additionally, the Foton F-Jeepney is also equipped with an air conditioning, a GPS navigation system, a CCTV camera, dashboard camera, Wi-Fi connection, and entertainment system to keep the passengers comfortable and connected. The middle entrance operates electronically, and supports cashless payments as well.
Representing the smaller people moving segment is the Gratour TM MPV. This vehicle is capable of carrying 14 passengers at the back and has a 1,455-kg payload capacity. The side-facing benches can be folded up to provide additional cargo room. Powering the Gratour TM is a 1.5-liter DAM15R four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 110 horsepower and 142 Nm of torque.
Sytin noted, “Our main mission is to improve basic infrastructure and provide public transportation services to drive economic and social development, to enhance the Filipino livelihoods and sustainability, and to increase the country’s ability to compete.”
Finally, specially designed for private transport, the TransVan HR uses the luxury-oriented Traveller as basis when it comes to its exteriors particularly with its high roof. It features a 16-seater configuration, dual air conditioning, a full-fledged entertainment system, and power windows and door locks. It is also equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS) with EBD and brake assist for added safety. To ensure that the TransVan HR has the power to pull its bigger and wider body, it is equipped with a 2.8-liter turbocharged common rail direct injection (CRDI) 4JB1 engine.
“With these vehicles, commuting and transporting goods from point A to point B will be smooth, accessible and cost-effective, give value to the existing resources and move the country’s system toward a less-hassle transportation system, because that’s what we all deserve,” he closed.