The number of FAW trucks sold in the sub-Saharan region has grown exponentially since the opening of the Coega-based plant in 2014. Many Southern African customers are buying locally produced vehicles because of the obvious cost benefits and the opportunity to purchase well-engineered trucks, some modified to meet specific regional conditions.
The advantages of ‘buying local’ abound. These include – the shorter lead-time for delivery; the internationally recognised, high quality levels maintained in the South African plant; and the reduced cost of sourcing FAW vehicles here.
Cheng Zhang, Marketing and Strategy Manager, and spokesperson for FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA, says: “There are many advantages of sourcing FAW products from our South African base – the most important being time-to-market in the African countries, and of course for the SADC and AU, the added advantage which comes from the import/export duty agreements,” he adds.
High quality manufacture, yet simple in design; high in performance; and economical to operate – this is what FAW commercial vehicles offer. The brand will again be taking the spotlight when it showcases its range of highly affordable trucks at the upcoming NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show in Bothaville from 17 to 20 May.
This is the 15th time that FAW has participated at NAMPO demonstrating its commitment to the farming community. FAW SA has recognised the patronage and loyal support of its multitude of agricultural customers who have, over the 22 years that FAW has been present here, remained committed to the brand.
Customers have been convinced of the inherent value-for-money FAW provides to their business, and it is therefore no surprise that their vehicles have been very popular in the agricultural sector.
This year FAW SA will highlight its robust and dependable range through a representation of medium, heavy and extra-heavy commercial vehicles. The FAW trucks selected specially for the farming community are extremely well-suited to providing this sector with optimum vehicle performance while simultaneously keeping cost of ownership and running costs at an all-time low.
Two of FAW’s best sellers will be on hand to show the farming community exactly why these vehicles have gained such high acceptance levels in their respective market segments.
- the lowest-cost-per-ton medium truck, the 8.140FL introduced in 2015; and
- the remarkably well-priced FAW15.180FL with a drop-side body.
In addition, stalwarts from FAW to be showcased will include some favourite workhorses:
- the 28.280FD tipper;
- the FAW 28.330FL with cattle body; and
- the FAW 28.380FT truck tractor.
“FAW SA is committed to offering vehicles engineered, developed and rigorously tested to meet the harsh operating conditions locally. It is the company’s intention to continue expansion into the emerging sub-Saharan Africa markets, and to making FAW South Africa a major distribution hub for trucks and parts for Africa,” says Zhang.
FAW SA is a company for the times and the brand has become a force to be reckoned with, offering a product range that is tough, reliable and affordable.
Cheng Zhang adds: “We are in a unique position to offer competitive pricing without compromising on quality in any way because of our policy of simplifying the mechanics of its vehicles.”
The company prides itself on giving optimum value for money and this, combined with being a world-class product, has made FAW SA one of this country’s champions in the trucks and transport industry.