Capital Equipment News April 2019


New faw 6.130 Fl rolls in FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA has launched its new FAW 6.130 FL medium commercial truck, built in South Africa and specifically configured for the local market.

T he new FAW 6.130 medium truck range follows in the footsteps of the company’s popular and successful FAW 8.140 heavy truck range. In fact, the FAW 6.130 is based on the FAW 8.140, al- though reconfigured with a 2,8-l Cummins ISF engine, shortened chassis and 3,5-t payload, and shares a number of compo- nents with it, including the cab. “Our decision to introduce this truck was based on customer demand and market op- portunity. Our market analysis confirmed the need for a vehicle as durable and rugged as our heavy and extra-heavy trucks but recon- figured with a smaller engine and reduced payload compared to the highly successful FAW 8.140 range,” says Jianyu Hao, CEO of FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA. A new player in the 4-t market FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA 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. The FAW team paid special at- tention to cost efficiency combined with the best possible payload, without forgetting FAW’s quality build standards for durability and reliability. “The new FAW 6.130 FL carries all the hallmarks FAW trucks are renowned for, namely strength, reliability, easy opera- tion and, most importantly, delivering on the promise of a truck built for Africa, in Africa,” says Hao. Imported from parent plants as SKD kits, the cab, chassis, axles and other sub-assembly components, together with the imported Cummins ISF engine, the new truck is assembled at FAW South Africa’s Coega plant. The FAW 6.130 medium duty truck will be available from FAW dealers in a number of body derivatives – dropside, tautliner, van body, tipper, 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 gross combination mass (GCM) of 10 t. Strong chassis 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

FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA has launched its new FAW 6.130 FL medium commercial vehicle.

special paint station to enhance the chassis’ dust and dirt endurance and longevity – a unique South African addition. The suspension is of the straight lad- der-type with semi-elliptical leaf springs, together with front double acting shock ab- sorbers up front. Semi-elliptical leaf springs are fitted at the rear. The axles, graded for a permissible 2,5 t in front and 4,5 t at the back, provide ample carrying capacity. The new FAW cab is a for- ward 45° tilt, cab-over engine design. It is based on ergonomic principles and provides easy servicing access. A drivetrain to match load and speed In a business environment where total cost of ownership is always top of mind, it has become imperative that the most cost-effec- tive combination drivetrain be engineered to deliver the best levels of efficiency and durability. Adding to its robustness, the FAW 6.130 FL is fitted with the Euro 3 Cummins ISF 2,8-l engine. This high-pressure, common rail 4-cylinder in-line diesel engine is one of the latest offerings from Cummins’ reputable engine range and is ideally suited to the medium-weight truck category. The 6-speed synchromesh manual transmission is a great match, taking full advantage of the Cummins powerhouse while adding easy driveability and full driver control. Torque is a healthy 310 Nm between 1 600 and 2 700 rpm, while a   rpm.

These performance levels make the new Cummins engine and transmission ideal for weight-sensitive and space-constrained drivetrains. Advanced thermal engineering has made the ISF engine capable of running at higher operating temperatures, reducing the size and cost of the vehicle’s cooling package. The modular architecture of the engine allows for easy access and single side servicing, reducing operating costs. Suited to many applications The FAW 6.130 FL is suited for wide range of applications, depending on the body configuration. With the FAW drop-side body, the truck can run in general cargo on any metropolitan distribution hub. As a van-bodied vehicle, the FAW 6.130 FL will provide a stable and safe conveyor of protected cargo, be it in express deliveries, general distribution or for dry weight cargo like bakeries. Running as a tautliner unit the FAW has the manoeuvrability to work in tandem with any application handling palletised loads. As a roll back, the truck is ideal to pick up and carefully transport a passenger car to its destination. When matched with a dry freight or an in- sulated body, the new FAW truck is a perfect fit for operators such as bakeries and other sensitive goods transportation. This range has the scope and possibility of satisfying a broad range of customer needs. b


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