Foton Motor

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Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd.
Subsidiary
Industry Automotive
Founded 1996; 21 years ago (Beijing)
Headquarters Changping, Beijing, China
Products Automobiles, Commercial Vehicles, Tractors
Number of employees
circa 40,000
Parent BAIC Group
Subsidiaries Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Co., Ltd. (50%)
Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd. (50%)
Website foton-global.com
Foton Motor
Simplified Chinese 北汽福田汽车股份有限公司
Traditional Chinese 北汽福田汽車股份有限公司
Literal meaning BAIC Foton Motor Co., Ltd.

Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. (Foton Motor or Foton) is a Chinese company which designs and manufactures trucks, buses, sport utility vehicles and agricultural machinery. It is headquartered in Changping, Beijing and is a subsidiary of BAIC Group.

Foton makes commercial trucks in a joint venture with Daimler AG,[1] called Beijing Foton Daimler Automobile Co., Ltd., which sells its products under the "Auman" brand name.[2]

History[edit]

Founded on August 28, 1996, Foton manufactures light and heavy-duty trucks, agricultural tractors, and various other machinery.

In addition to the heavier trucks, Foton also builds a copy of the Toyota Hiace H100, called the "Foton View" or "Foton Alpha".

In March 2006 Foton and Cummins Inc. announced the creation of a 50:50 joint venture company, Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Company (BFCEC), to produce light-duty diesel engines, of 2.8 and 3.8 liter displacement.[3][4]

In January 2009 Foton and Daimler AG agreed to form a 50-50 joint venture for the production of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in China, with an initial investment of 6.35 billion yuan.[5][6] Creation of the venture received the approval of the Chinese government in July 2010.[7][8]

In October 2009 Foton agreed to form a joint venture to develop and produce vehicle batteries with Pulead Technology Industry Co.[9]

In July 2010 Foton announced the establishment of a European headquarters in Moscow, Russia.[10]

Foton established a sales company in India in April 2011.[11]

Foton will build an assembly plant in Colombia, in order to participate in the growing Latin American market for light commercial vehicles. The company also plans to build a plant in Western Maharashtra, India.[12]

Foton has announced a bus factory in Brazil in the state of Bahia,[13] as part of their globalization plan.[14] Foton has held a press conference in 2015, previewing the Sauvana while announcing news to bring the brand to the United States.[15]

Operations[edit]

Foton is headquartered in Changping District, Beijing. Foton's business units are seen in cities and provinces such as Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong, Hebei, Hunan, Hubei, Liaoning, and Guangdong. Its R&D branches are distributed in Japan, Germany, Taiwan and The Philippines. It has assets exceeding 50 billion Yuan and 300,000 employees.[16] Foton, whose brand value exceeds 61.932 billion Yuan in 2005, ranked No.1 in auto industry and No. 11 in the “Top 500 Most Valuable Brands”.

Foton business marquee also consists of a branch in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Och motors LLC which is one of the biggest conglomerate in Mongolia, is the official distributor of Foton in Mongolian market.

Products[edit]

Buses[edit]

Foton AUV (福田欧V)

  • Foton AUV New Directions (since 2000; Original name:新干线欧V)
  • Foton AUV panoramic Unlimited (since 2003; Original name:全景无限)
  • Foton AUV Pioneer Europe (since 1998; Original name:欧V先锋)Brand name

Trucks[edit]

A Foton Auman on display at Speyer Technology Museum

Foton Auman

  • Foton Auman Jones (since 2003, under license of Mercedes-Benz trucks; Original name:欧曼奇兵)
  • Foton Auman Lion (since 2003, under license of Mercedes-Benz trucks; Original name:欧曼雄狮)
  • Foton Auman Kunlun Mountains (since 2003, under license of Mercedes-Benz trucks; Original name:欧曼昆仑)
  • Foton Auman Shenzhou (since 2003, under license of Mercedes-Benz trucks; Original name:欧曼神舟)
  • Foton Auman H4 (since 2011)

Foton Aumark (欧马可)

  • Foton Aumark (since 2005, Original name:欧马可)

Foton Forland (时代汽车)

  • Foton Forland (Since 2006, Original name:时代轻卡)
  • Foton Forland King Kong (since 1998 under license of a South American VW trucks; Original name:时代金刚)
  • Foton Forland Ruiwo (since 1998 under license of a South American VW trucks; Original name:瑞沃)

Foton Ollin (奥铃)

  • Foton Ollin Beyond (since 2005, Original name:奥铃超越)
  • Foton Ollin MRI (since 2005, Original name:奥铃捷运)

Minivans[edit]

Foton MP-X (MP-X蒙派克)

  • Foton MP-X Parker Mongolia (since 2005; Original name: MP-X蒙派克)
A Foton View

Foton View (福田风景)

  • Foton View Express (since 2001 under license of the Toyota Hiace, Original name:风景快运)
  • Foton View Express Passenger (since 2000 under license of the Toyota Hiace, Original name:风景快客)
  • Foton View Ireland Act (since 1999 under license of the Toyota Hiace, Original name:风景爱尔法)

Foton Gratour (北汽福田福田)

  • Foton Gratour ix5 (1501cc;since 2016)
  • Foton Gratour ix7 (1507cc;since 2016)

Vans[edit]

Foton Toano Foton CS2

SUVs[edit]

  • Foton Saga (since 2004 under license of DangDong -terrain vehicle; Original name:福田传奇)
  • Foton SUP (since 2004 Sport SUV based on the Saga; Original name:萨普)
  • Foton Sauvana (also known as Foton Toplander)

Pickups[edit]

Sales[edit]

Foton Motor sold a total of 640,400 vehicles in 2011.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daimler aims to nearly triple China sales by 2015 reuters.com, Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:12am EDT
  2. ^ Mr. Heyi Xu,the president of Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd. delivered a speech at the 2009 China (Changchun) International Automobile Forum BAIC Official Site, 2009-07-20
  3. ^ "Cummins to create joint venture with Foton". China Daily. 30 October 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cummins to Form Joint Venture in China". Inside Indiana Business. 7 March 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Daimler enters China truck market". The New York Times. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "China's Foton, Daimler to form $929 mln truck JV". Reuters. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Daimler gets approval for truck JV with China's Foton". The Economic Times. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Foton and Daimler in Truck Joint Venture". ChinaAutoWeb.com. 
  9. ^ "Foton JV taps new energy". China Daily. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Beiqi Foton opens Europe HQ, Russia unit in Moscow". Gasgoo. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Foton to open Indian sales branch". Gasgoo. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/chinas-foton-selects-west-maharashtra-for-rs-1676-cr-plant/434113/
  13. ^ http://atarde.uol.com.br/materias/imprimir/1452227
  14. ^ http://www.fotonmotors.com.br
  15. ^ http://www.foton-global.com/news/arriving-in-north-america-is-fotons-sauvana-suv-with-cummins-technology/
  16. ^ Foton Motor Group - Basic Information
  17. ^ "Beiqi Foton's 2011 profits slump 30%". China Daily. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 

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