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A Global Automotive Legend

Who are Foton?

Since its foundation, Foton has aimed to create value for customers by producing reliable, affordable vehicles through innovative and high quality products and services.

Founded in 1996, Foton is an established automotive leader with a history in the manufacture of heavy duty commercial vehicles including trucks, buses and agricultural equipment. Foton invests heavily in research and development and has facilities in Tokyo, Stuttgart and Beijing. Foton is ranked FIRST in the Global Commercial Vehicle Industry in terms of production and sales and is a leading supplier of transport solutions in the international market. Its annual vehicle production recently exceeded 650,000.

Foton Background

Foton strives to provide global automotive markets with high quality, affordable vehicles powered by sourcing the best of current, as well as emerging, technologies. Strong joint ventures with globally-reputed major component brands, sustainable engineering, and advanced systems and technology are embodied in every Foton vehicle.

Industry best components are at the heart of every Foton vehicle. Foton has technical supply agreements with transmission specialists Getrag and ZF (Germany) and Aisin (Japan), BorgWarner (USA) for two to four wheel drive transfer units, BOSCH (Germany) for electronics and dependent systems and Dana (USA) for axles and differentials.



Cummins diesel engines derive from a long history of powering heavy linehaul trucks and equipment and are renowned for their longevity, performance, economy and low emissions. With Cummins engines at the core of Foton’s new light commercial vehicles, drivers at the ute end of the spectrum can now benefit from the proven attributes of this iconic engine brand.


Daimler aspires to be the world’s largest supplier of commercial vehicles and is renowned for delivering lasting value and quality to customers. It is a mature brand that has played a major role in the high-end medium and heavy-duty truck market. Daimler brings brand, technology and product advantages to the joint venture with Foton.

Foton Vehicles

Foton’s vehicle range traditionally included commercial vehicles – light, medium and heavy duty trucks from two to 55 tonnes, mining dump trucks, mobile cranes, buses and coaches, vans, people movers and utes – some with electric and hybrid drivetrains.

In recent years, Foton has focused on developing more dual-purpose and passenger-oriented vehicles of which the Tunland ute is a key example.

Combining the scale of the Foton manufacturing facilities with global leadership in heavy duty vehicles has allowed Foton to develop pedigree vehicles at competitive prices.

The Brand

With an extensive history, world-class rankings and impressive joint-ventures with globally reputed companies, Foton has positioned itself as a successful and dependable brand. If you are in the market for a new ute or van then you should consider Foton – a globally recognised name in the automobile industry.