Chinese brand Foton is back in Australia, with the brand kicking off its sales campaign with four models.

Dropped from the Ateco Automotive portfolio earlier this year, Foton Motor Australia Ptd Ltd now operates from an address in Ashmore, Queensland, with a new website displaying its portfolio of products.

Consisting of 25 national dealers, Foton has launched offering the Tunland utility, Sauvana four-wheel drive SUV, Aumark light duty truck and the CS2 van, which will be available later this year.

Sales and marketing director, Nathan Yang, told CarAdvice that the brand is excited to be offering a range of commercial and passenger vehicles in Australia.

"Our brand in Australia has launched offering four models that cover a range of segments," Yang said.

"Foton Australia restarted the business on June 1. We have 3 models available for people to buy at the moment, they are Tunland pickup, Sauvana off-road SUV and Aumark Light Duty Truck. Another model, the View CS2 Van, will be launched in the end of this year."

While pricing has been reduced in comparison to levels set by Ateco Automotive, specification levels remain unclear, with the Tunland utility starting from $26,990 drive away.

Tunland (prices are drive-away)

  • 4x2 Dual cab Standard, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 5MT: $26,990
  • 4x4 Dual cab Standard, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 5MT: $29,990
  • 4x4 Dual cab Luxury, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 5MT:$30,990
  • 4x2 Dual cab Standard, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 6AT:  $30,990
  • 4x4 Dual cab Standard, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 6AT: $33,990
  • 4x4 Dual cab Luxury, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 6AT: $35,490

Sauvana (prices are drive away)

  • 4x2, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 6AT, 7 seater: $37,990
  • 4x4, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 6AT, 5 seater: $38,990
  • 4x4, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 6AT, 7 seater: $39,990

Aumark (prices are drive away)

  • Cab Chassis, 4.5ton, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 5MT: $31,990
  • Steel Tray, 4.5ton, Cummins 2.8L Diesel engine, 5MT: $32,990
  • Cab Chassis, 6.5ton, Cummins 3.8L Diesel engine, 5MT: $38,990
  • Steel Tray, 6.5ton, Cummins 3.8L Diesel engine, 5MT: $39,990
  • Cab Chassis, 8.5ton, Cummins 3.8L Diesel engine, 5MT: $42,990
  • Steel Tray, 8.5ton, Cummins 3.8L Diesel engine, 5MT: $44,990

Pricing for the CS2 van is yet to be revealed, but it's expected to undercut the HiAce, which is the licensed base for the CS2 van.

The Tunland always performed well as a no-nonsense workhorse and carries a 3 star ANCAP safety rating. Now with an expected lower specification and more affordable starting price, we are keen to see how the market accepts the vehicle.

Find your local Foton dealer by visiting the Foton Motor Australia website.