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How Chinese brands are faring in Australia

Chinese car brands have come and gone in Australia for the better part of a decade, though only one — Great Wall Motors — could claim to have gained significant market share so far. With the Australian market more fragmented than ever before, housing more than 60 brands competing for a tick under 1...

Foton Tunland with Carryboy Tradesman body units hit the road

The Foton Tunland ute can now be ordered with a full Carryboy Tradesman body unit, potentially making the Chinese light commercial more appealing to those after a cheap workhorse. Designed specifically to be fitted to the Tunland single and dual-cab chassis variants, the Carryboy body unit combines the accessibility of a drop-side tray with the security and weatherproofing of a canopy...

2016 Foton Tunland gets kitted out for Fishing and Boating Expo

A fully-accessorised version of the Foton Tunland ute has been this week, which will make its Australian show debut at the National 4x4 Outdoors Show this weekend. With raised front and rear RidePro suspension, Dynamic Python alloy wheels wrapped in Toyo AT2 tyres, snorkel, canopy, Warn Winch and tow kit, the kitted-out Foton Tunland 4x4 Dual Cab looks the business...

2016 Foton New Cars

With no new models or updates planned, Chinese brand Foton’s Australian distributor, Ateco Automotive, will continue to sell the Tunland ute unchanged in 2016. This year was a successful one for Foton, with sales of its 4x2 and 4x4 single- and dual-cab Tunland models more than doubling compared with the previous year, eclipsing 1000 sales in November...

Foton Tunland recalled for jack labelling fix

The Foton Tunland ute has joined Holden’s Captiva SUVs in being recalled this week for a seemingly innocuous but potentially dangerous issue. Unlike the Captiva, however, which was recalled for a jack label that incorrectly defines a “safe working load”, the Tunland’s recall is due to a jack label that does not properly match the wording required by the the mandatory standard for vehicle jacks, AS/NZS 2693:2007...

Top 10 fast-growing car brands in Australia

We’ve crossed the three-quarter-way mark of 2015, so it seems a good time to look at those 10 brands that have grown their sales fastest. Just to be on this list is an impressive achievement. Of the 51 car/SUV/light commercial brands that take part in the VFACTS industry database, most are up this year. The total market is on record pace, and is up 3...

Foton overtakes Great Wall in Chinese sales battle

  This is the week where Australia’s monthly new car sales are released, and while most eyes are elsewhere, a battle for supremacy of a different kind is being waged.  The battle in question is between a pair of fledgling Chinese brands. In the blue corner we have the established champion Great Wall, to this point the only one out of several Chinese contenders that has made any headway locally...

Foton Tunland pricing and specifications: Single-cab models added

The new Foton Tunland 4x2 single-cab ute is due to arrive on sale in Australia by mid-September, priced at $21,990 driveaway. The Tunland single-cab was dropped as part of a range restructure by the Chinese brand's new local distributors, Ateco Automotive, earlier this year. But now the single-cab is back, in 4x2 and 4x4 guises - the latter attracting a price tag of $24,990 driveway...

Foton Tunland: Chinese ute relaunched with dual-cab-only range, new sub-$30K 4x4 price

The Foton Tunland ute has been relaunched under its new Australian distributor with a revised range and a new sub-$30K price tag for the 4x4 variant. The Chinese-built Tunland line-up now comprises just two dual-cab pick-up variants, the $26,990-driveaway 4x2 and the $29,990-driveaway 4x4...

Foton Tunland: Chinese utes recalled over safety compliance issues

The new Australian distributor of the Foton Tunland has discovered two safety issues with the Chinese-built ute that will force all models sold in Australia to be recalled. Ateco Automotive has recalled 318 Tunland utes sold by previous distributor FAA since 2012 after finding their jacks did not comply with the Australian Design Rule requirements for vehicle jacks...

Foton Tunland single-cab launches from $24,990 driveaway

The Foton Tunland range has been expanded with the addition of a new single-cab body style. The two new Tunland cab-chassis variants – priced from $24,990 driveaway for the 4x2 and $26,990 driveaway for the 4x4 – join the three existing dual-cab utes in Foton’s local line-up...

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