With the current resurgence we are experiencing in the transport and trucking industries, a factor of both economic rebound and business confidence, brings to fruition the birth of a pacemaker, a futuristic stalwart – in the form of steel and Chinese ingenuity. The FAW JH6 28.500FT.
It’s time we all take a step back and acknowledge the strides FAW has made to be a preferred brand in South-Africa. Glancing at some facts, and points in time, it’s clear that we are dealing with a highly successful, informed and dedicated enterprise.
FAW stands for First Automobile Works. Founded on the 15th of July 1953 in China.
The first FAW in South Africa entered the market in 1994. It was also the first Chinese brand in our market. The Coega assembly plant began production in 2014. This plant currently exports to ten different South and East African countries. It’s important to note that the Chinese behemoth opted on South Africa as their first overseas large scale production base. This signifies the investment and brand belief our Chinese counterparts have emphasized in Africa.
So how has FAW performed in comparison to the market in the last couple of years? Simply put, even a pandemic could not stop the inevitable rise to glory. We need to be part of it. Looking back to 2019 with an overall market share of 4% and achieving a 6.14% market share in 2020. Year to date in 2021 is calculated at 7%.
Clenching a 7th place of the 23 constructors listed on NAAMSA. This is extremely promising for the future of FAW in SA. It is also very significant because they have finally revealed a worthy and fierce opponent that can compete in the Truck-Tractor/horse market. Hence our initial reference to the FAW JH6 28.500FT.
Corrie Barnard, director at the large multi-franchise ETTC group writes:
“FAW Trucks recognises that in a challenging economic environment where transport and logistics operators seek to expand the scope of their fleets in order to capitalise on all available opportunities, overall lifetime costs of vehicles are crucial. Thanks to the relatively low initial capital outlay, together with the build quality and the extensively proven reduction in downtime, FAW Trucks provides owners of JH6 28.500FT units with unparalleled value.
Customers want more than affordable products, though. They also want the assurance that parts will be readily available, and that maintenance and services will be carried out in a satisfactory and timeous manner. To address this, FAW Trucks has a large parts warehouse at its premises in Spartan, from where it supplies the four main regions in Gauteng, Durban, Harrismith and Cape Town. In addition, service dealers are fully equipped, with highly trained technicians on hand for complete servicing and repairs required for not only JH6 28.500FT units, but all other models from the renowned Chinese manufacturer.
All models in the current range of FAW Trucks sold in South Africa represent the strength, reliability, affordability and ease of operation that the brand and its products are renowned for. Most importantly, though, the JH6 28.500FT delivers on the promise of a ‘truck built in South Africa for Africa.
We as the ETTC Group of companies have you covered from Mpumalanga where we have 2 dealers through Swaziland as well as Richards Bay.”
Furthermore, we must look at how the truck would fare and compare in our businesses. TJ Potgieter from Professor Trucks have done a comprehensive study of the costs involved owning this vehicle as a transporter, and found the following:
Looking at the cost of ownership comparison illustrated above using the 2 closest competitors in terms of specification (not related to market share as chart above) it is clear to see that the FAW JH6 28.500FT is a leader in terms of economic viability.
Even more so due to their unbeatable offerings on maintenance plans and trade-back agreements tailored to your needs. With FAW you can keep your wheels turning, lower your daily costs and make substantial strides towards prosperity.
In conclusion, it’s time we grasp the fact that FAW is here to stay, slay and endure. With an extensive dealer network, the matured diamond JH6 truck and the undisputed facts in specification, costs and market trajectory, lets consider this winning brand in our businesses.
Get in touch with us and make the first move towards a more profitable and informed business.
By Rentius Breet