China FAW Group Corporation, or FAW for short, will soon be introducing their passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in South Africa for the first time. FAW is the largest vehicle manufacturer in China and will offer South African motorists a few new options on the motoring scene.
FAW Group is a global leader in the vehicle manufacturing industry with a more than 52- year history of innovation. Founded in 1953, FAW employs 133,000 people around the world and sells products in over 70 countries. FAW is a diversified maker of quality light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks, automobiles, municipal buses and luxury tourist coaches, custom bus chassis, and mini-vehicles with sales of vehicles worldwide.
FAW maintains the lead market position within China while continuing to expand into new international markets, executing a carefully planned strategy to build a comprehensive global organization.
China FAW Group Corporation, commonly referred to as FAW due to its original name of First Automotive Works, broke ground for its first factory on July 15, 1953. Since then, FAW has been at the forefront of promoting China’s automotive industry. Although FAW began life solely as a commercial truck producer, it later expanded into the light truck and car sector.
At present, FAW’s current production strategies put a heavier emphasis on the production of cars while maintaining our dominant position in the commercial truck industry.
FAW’s state-of-the-art government-certified engineering development and test center, China’s largest and most extensive automotive R&D facility, is the country’s leader in automobile and commercial vehicle research. It stands alone in China in possessing both cold and semi-tropical weather vehicle-testing facilities.
FAW dedicates itself to the core value of total customer satisfaction as the number one priority. As a global player with sales volumes now over one million units per year, FAW take’s advantage of the latest cutting edge technologies, production methods, and management practices to offer customers the latest in automobile, truck, and bus design.
Product line-up for South Africa
There will be 2 passenger vehicles launched in South Africa in 2012.
1. The FAW V 2 (Vita):
The FAW Vita will be launched as a B-segment contender adding great value for money to the segment. Taking advantage of VITA’s 20 years of compact passenger car experience, the new entry into South Africa will offer a sporty new 4-door hatchback combining outstanding fuel economy with a high level of standard features. The Vita Hatchback will deliver comfort, space, safety, and performance using the latest automotive innovations and technology. The car’s modern styling is both attractive and enduring.
This 1.5 litre 5-speed, four-door, manual will offer electric windows, air conditioner and a central locking system. Some of the safety features will include dual airbags, ABS and EBD.
This stylish little run-around will offer an exciting and energetic look to customers who are in the market for a zippy car with lots of attitude.
The Vita will be available in South Africa towards the end of 2012.
2. The FAW Actis:
The Actis is a small MPV that will be launched towards the middle of next year and will provide great versatility and comfort to this segment. The Actis will be available in 2 engine derivatives, a 1.3 liter and 1.5 litre engine. Both of these will be available with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Some of the features on the Actis will include air conditioning, electric windows, airbags for the driver and the front passenger, ABS and EBD breaking system together with central locking as standard.
This MPV will offer comfortable loading and storage space for the whole family and offer driver comfort and convenience that will make it a strong contender in its class. Aggressive exterior styling and exceptional build quality will make it an eye-catcher on the roads when it arrives next year.
Light Commercial vehicles:
1. CA 1020 Mini Pickup’s
The new CA 1020 mini pickup truck takes mini vehicle refinement to a new level. At home on crowded city streets, country roads or the open highway, the CA 1020 offers unmatched interior comfort and visibility.
Both single and double cab models are available to meet every need and the load bed offers customers versatility and flexibility. Designed to provide efficient, reliable and low cost transportation, the innovative CA 1020 offers high performance combined with impressive load carrying capacity. Its compact interior dimensions make it an ideal solution for business carrying light loads around urban areas.
As a cost efficient alternative to full size pick up trucks and vans, its electronically fuel-injected overhead-cam engine and smooth shifting 5-speed transmission provide excellent acceleration and fuel economy.
Energy absorbing 2-stage front bumper design
Advanced passive safety body structure incorporating front crumple zones and side door impact beam reinforcement protection
Energy absorbing steering column
Exceptional 360degree driving visibility
Delphi next generation electronic engine management system
Large, easy to read instrumentation
Ergonomically designed, all frequently used switches and controls are placed within easy reach
Large rear cargo beds
Versatile cargo bed design expands loading options by featuring a conventional tail gate combined with drop sides for fast and easy loading
Multi-reflection halogen head lamps
2. The Mini Panel Van
This vehicle offers small business entrepreneurs a fresh alternative to economical move-ability. With the versatility of a Van and the easy handling ability of a compact little carrier, the Mini Panel Van will soon become a favourite among many. This little 1.0 litre Panel Van has the seating capacity of 6 – 8 people and has a 5-speed manual transmission.
FAW trucks have been in South Africa for 16 years and they have and excellent reputation for quality and reliability. Following on this strong and steady reputation, March 2012 will be the official launch of Imperial’s new and exciting brand. After signing the initial agreement to do business in 2008, FAW is finally ready to enter into South Africa with this exciting line-up of passenger and light commercial vehicles.
Pricing will be available at time of launch.
Specifications might vary from the time of this media release until the official launch.