Truck news: Foton Auman GTL launched in China
Published on February 20, 2012 by W.E. Ning
The gigantic Foton Auman GTL was launched today at Foton’s factory to the northeast of Beijing. The Auman GTL is a heavy long hauler made for China’s endless highways.
At the same time Foton and Daimler-Benz from Germany also officially announced their plans to form a new joint-venture to develop and produce trucks for the Chinese market. The Auman GTL however is a ‘Foton-Foton’ and has nothing to do with the new joint venture.
Buyers can choose between two engines: a 375hp unit from Chinese company Weichai or a China-made Cummings with 385hp. Price for the Auman GTL is 3.2 million yuan with Weichai power or 3.34 million for Cummings power.
Interestingly, and that is how Daimler-Benz and Foton got to know each other, the Foton Auman GTL stands on a platform sourced from Daimler-Benz. Foton and Daimler liked the cooperation and decided to take it one step further. The future Foton-Daimler trucks from the joint-venture will use Daimler platforms and Daimler engines.