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BEIQI FOTON MOTOR CO., LTD. (FOTON MOTOR or FOTON) is a Chinese company which designs and manufactures trucks, buses, sport utility vehicles and agricultural machinery. It is headquartered in Changping , Beijing
Beijing
and is a subsidiary of BAIC Group .

Foton makes commercial trucks in a joint venture with Daimler AG
Daimler AG
, called Beijing
Beijing
Foton Daimler Automobile Co., Ltd., which sells its products under the "Auman" brand name .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Operations

* 3 Products

* 3.1 Buses * 3.2 Trucks * 3.3 Minivans * 3.4 Vans * 3.5 SUVs * 3.6 Pickups

* 4 Sales * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

Founded on August 28, 1996, Foton manufactures light and heavy-duty trucks , agricultural tractors , and various other machinery.

In addition to the heavier trucks, Foton also builds a copy of the Toyota Hiace
Toyota Hiace
H100 , called the "Foton View" or "Foton Alpha".

In March 2006 Foton and Cummins Inc. announced the creation of a 50:50 joint venture company, Beijing
Beijing
Foton Cummins Engine Company (BFCEC), to produce light-duty diesel engines, of 2.8 and 3.8 liter displacement.

In January 2009 Foton and Daimler AG
Daimler AG
agreed to form a 50-50 joint venture for the production of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in China, with an initial investment of 6.35 billion yuan. Creation of the venture received the approval of the Chinese government in July 2010.

In October 2009 Foton agreed to form a joint venture to develop and produce vehicle batteries with Pulead Technology Industry Co.

In July 2010 Foton announced the establishment of a European headquarters in Moscow, Russia.

Foton established a sales company in India in April 2011.

Foton will build an assembly plant in Colombia
Colombia
, in order to participate in the growing Latin American market for light commercial vehicles. The company also plans to build a plant in Western Maharashtra , India.

Foton has announced a bus factory in Brazil in the state of Bahia, as part of their globalization plan. Foton has held a press conference in 2015, previewing the Sauvana while announcing news to bring the brand to the United States.

OPERATIONS

Foton is headquartered in Changping District , Beijing
Beijing
. Foton's business units are seen in cities and provinces such as Beijing, Tianjin
Tianjin
, Shandong , Hebei , Hunan , Hubei
Hubei
, Liaoning , and Guangdong . Its R Original name:新干线欧V) * Foton AUV panoramic Unlimited (since 2003; Original name:全景无限) * Foton AUV Pioneer Europe (since 1998; Original name:欧V先锋)Brand name

TRUCKS

A Foton Auman on display at Speyer Technology Museum

Foton Auman

* Foton Auman Jones (since 2003, under license of Mercedes-Benz trucks; Original name:欧曼奇兵) * Foton Auman Lion (since 2003, under license of Mercedes-Benz trucks; Original name:欧曼雄狮) * Foton Auman Kunlun Mountains (since 2003, under license of Mercedes-Benz trucks; Original name:欧曼昆仑) * Foton Auman Shenzhou (since 2003, under license of Mercedes-Benz trucks; Original name:欧曼神舟) * Foton Auman H4 (since 2011)

Foton Aumark (欧马可)

* Foton Aumark (since 2005, Original name:欧马可)

Foton Forland (时代汽车)

* Foton Forland (Since 2006, Original name:时代轻卡) * Foton Forland King Kong (since 1998 under license of a South American VW trucks; Original name:时代金刚) * Foton Forland Ruiwo (since 1998 under license of a South American VW trucks; Original name:瑞沃)

Foton Ollin (奥铃)

* Foton Ollin Beyond (since 2005, Original name:奥铃超越) * Foton Ollin MRI (since 2005, Original name:奥铃捷运)

MINIVANS

Foton MP-X (MP-X蒙派克)

* Foton MP-X Parker Mongolia (since 2005; Original name: MP-X蒙派克)

A Foton View

Foton View (福田风景)

* Foton View Express (since 2001 under license of the Toyota Hiace
Toyota Hiace
, Original name:风景快运) * Foton View Express Passenger (since 2000 under license of the Toyota Hiace, Original name:风景快客) * Foton View Ireland Act (since 1999 under license of the Toyota Hiace, Original name:风景爱尔法)

Foton Gratour (北汽福田福田)

* Foton Gratour ix5 (1501cc;since 2016) * Foton Gratour ix7 (1507cc;since 2016)

VANS

Foton Toano Foton CS2

SUVS

* Foton Saga (since 2004 under license of DangDong -terrain vehicle; Original name:福田传奇) * Foton SUP (since 2004 Sport SUV based on the Saga; Original name:萨普) * Foton Sauvana (also known as Foton Toplander)

PICKUPS

* Foton Tunland

SALES

Foton Motor
Foton Motor
sold a total of 640,400 vehicles in 2011.

REFERENCES

* ^ Daimler aims to nearly triple China
China
sales by 2015 reuters.com, Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:12am EDT * ^ Mr. Heyi Xu,the president of Beijing
Beijing
Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd. delivered a speech at the 2009 China
China
(Changchun) International Automobile Forum Archived 2010-02-16 at the Wayback Machine . BAIC Official Site, 2009-07-20 * ^ "Cummins to create joint venture with Foton". China
China
Daily. 30 October 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2013. * ^ "Cummins to Form Joint Venture in China". Inside Indiana Business. 7 March 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2013. * ^ "Daimler enters China
China
truck market". The New York Times. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2013. * ^ "China\'s Foton, Daimler to form $929 mln truck JV". Reuters. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2013. * ^ "Daimler gets approval for truck JV with China\'s Foton". The Economic Times. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2013. * ^ "Foton and Daimler in Truck
Truck
Joint Venture". ChinaAutoWeb.com. * ^ "Foton JV taps new energy". China
China
Daily. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2013. * ^ "Beiqi Foton opens Europe HQ, Russia unit in Moscow". Gasgoo. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2013. * ^ "Foton to open Indian sales branch". Gasgoo. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2013. * ^ http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/chinas-foton-selects-west-maharashtra-for-rs-1676-cr-plant/434113/ * ^ http://atarde.uol.com.br/materias/imprimir/1452227 * ^ http://www.fotonmotors.com.br * ^ http://www.foton-global.com/news/arriving-in-north-america-is-fotons-sauvana-suv-with-cummins-technology/ * ^ Foton Motor
Foton Motor
Group - Basic Information * ^ "Beiqi Foton\'s 2011 profits slump 30%". China
China
Daily. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2013.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Wikimedia Commons has media related to FOTON VEHICLES .

* Foton official website (in English) * Foton official website (in Chinese) * UK Supplier of Foton