FAW Trucks reaches important milestone at local assembly plant

Johannesburg – 12 May 2021 – FAW Trucks ended the month of April on a high note when the 7 000th locally assembled vehicle rolled out of its Coega manufacturing plant. This marked another significant milestone for the Chinese brand that took the top spot in the Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCV) segment of the local market for the first time in the first quarter of this year and to date maintains this achievement by outselling various well-known and established brands.

The unit in question was a JH6 28.500FT model, which has since been delivered to a well-established strategic fleet customer.

FAW Trucks’ flagship model, the JH6 28.500FT, stands out with its expansive extended-roof cab, which boasts a full floating design and an innovative flat floor layout, maximizing comfort and interior space. This model is powered by a robust 13-litre, six-cylinder common-rail turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine, delivering a formidable 370 kW of power at 1,800 rpm and offering 2,300 Nm of peak torque at 1,400 rpm.

This engine is renowned as one of China’s most efficient, leading the market in performance. It is paired with a ZF 12-speed TraXon AMT transmission, ensuring smooth and efficient gear transitions. The truck also features parabolic spring suspension both at the front and the rear, tailored to meet specific vehicle weight requirements and improve ride quality. Safety is paramount with a comprehensive WABCO braking system that includes a full air dual circuit setup with ABS, further enhancing the safety credentials of this long-haul vehicle.

Jianyu Hao, CEO of FAW South Africa, expressed his pride in the achievement, stating, “This is undoubtedly a proud moment for us. It underscores our dedication to the local market and serves as a fitting acknowledgment of one of the most significant investments by a Chinese company in this country. This milestone not only reinforces our commitment but also highlights our role in strengthening economic ties between China and South Africa.

“Since first entering the South African market 27 years ago, we have gone from strength to strength, providing local buyers with products of high quality that are not only well suited to local conditions, but also boast high levels of safety, convenience and comfort. We have managed to combine this with competitive pricing, low running costs and excellent aftersales service.”

Funded by the China FAW Group Corporation and the China-Africa Development Fund, the first vehicle rolled off the Coega assembly line in July 2014. The facility was built at a cost of R600 million and spans some 30 000m². This includes a state-of-the-art training facility, a body shop and a paint shop. As a responsible corporate citizen, it provides employment for 148 staff members.

All units arrive in South Africa in semi knocked-down form and are then assembled at Coega.

Currently, the Coega production facility has the capability to manufacture 3,000 units each year. In anticipation of increased demand for FAW Trucks models, the facility is strategically equipped to enhance its production capacity up to 5,000 units annually. This scalability allows for a dynamic response to changes in market demand, ensuring that production can be efficiently adjusted to meet future needs.

“The reason for our continued growth in South Africa is the fact that we cater to virtually every need within the highly competitive commercial vehicle market,” explains Hao. In addition, all models are assembled to exacting standards in order to be able to withstand the harsh conditions of the African continent.

“All current models in the local FAW Trucks range represent the strength, reliability, affordability and ease of operation that the brand and its products are renowned for. Most importantly, though, each model delivers on the promise of a ‘truck built in South Africa for Africa’,” Hao concludes.

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