Activity at the FAW assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth has ramped up considerably with the addition of the 6.130 FL medium truck, now coming off the production line.
The FAW 6.130 FL medium truck is specifically configured for the local market and follows in the footsteps of the successful FAW 8.140 heavy truck range.
In fact, the FAW 6.130 is based on the FAW 8.140, albeit reconfigured with a 2,8-litre Cummins ISF engine, shortened chassis and 3,5-ton payload.
Jianyu Hao, CEO of FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA, says: “Our decision to introduce this truck was based on customer demand and market opportunity. Our market analysis confirmed the need for a vehicle as durable and rugged as our heavy and extra-heavy trucks but reconfigured with a smaller engine and reduced payload compared to the highly successful FAW 8.140 range.
“We took a strategic decision to reconfigure the FAW 8.140 range to cater to a new market while being perfectly suited to local medium truck demands.”
Imported from parent plants as SKD kits, the cab, chassis, axles and other sub-assembly components, together with the imported Cummins ISF engine, are assembled in FAW South Africa’s Coega-based plant.
Since its opening in 2014, this plant has employed overmore than 100 new employees, all of whom have been freshly trained and up-skilled for the FAW 6.130 FL production.
As demand for the new range and the existing heavy and extra-heavy FAW trucks increases, new job opportunities will be created. The total capacity of the plant is 5 000 units per annum.
The FAW 6.130 medium duty truck will be available from FAW dealers in a number of body derivatives – a drop-side, a tautliner option, a van body, a tipper and a rollback and a dry-freight insulated body. Customers may choose to buy the chassis cab and fit their own truck bodies to suit many other applications, up to a GCM of 10 tons.
The parallel chassis frame and smooth top flange chassis construction has a distinct low-weight advantage, especially when mounting a steel sub-frame cargo body. The locally built chassis passes through a special paint station to enhance the chassis’ dust and dirt endurance and longevity – a unique South African addition.
The suspension is of the straight ladder-type with semi-elliptical leaf springs, together with front double acting shock absorbers. Semi-elliptical leaf springs are fitted at the rear.
The axles, graded for a permissible 2,5 ton in front and 4,5 ton at the back, provide ample carrying capacity.
The new FAW cab is a forward 45° tilt, cab-over engine design and the 2,0-metre wide cab allows for a three-person-seat, with a foldable middle section. Radio and USB connection are standard fitments.
The FAW 6.130 FL is fitted with power steering for comfort and driveability.
The front windscreen, as well as slanted side windows, offers an exceptional scope of sight, while mirrors are neatly positioned and of ample size to provide a good view to the side and rear of the vehicle, all enhancing driveability and safety.
The FAW 6.130 FL is fitted with the Euro 3 Cummins ISF 2,8-litre engine and the high-pressure, common rail 4-cylinder in-line diesel engine is one of the latest from Cummins’ engine range and is ideally suited to the medium-weight truck category.
This engine, fitted with a turbo-charger, is water-cooled and intercooled. Benefits of this particular powerplant include exceptional performance, low operating costs, low weight, low noise and low emissions capabilities.
Torque is a healthy 310 Nm between 1 600 r/min and 2 700 r/min, while a solid output of 96 kW is on tap at 3 200 r/min. The modular architecture of the engine allows for easy access and single side servicing, reducing operating costs.
The FAW 6.130 FL has a 2-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and the full extent of sales and/or service from 36 local representative outlets across South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana.
Jianyu Hao says: “Our fundamental vision for this region, using South Africa as a base, is ensuring that the FAW brand becomes a household name across the length and breadth of this great continent, and in so doing we hope to significantly contribute to job creation and the general stimulation of the local and African economies.
“The FAW 6.130 FL is a ‘true-blood South African’, built locally and uniquely engineered for the African environment.
“At a price of R245 000 (excluding VAT) for our new FAW 6.130 FL chassis cab is just what our customers need.”