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Foton Zimbabwe

Foton was established in 1996 in Beijing, China. In their first year they produced 100 000 vehicles.  Foton became the number one light duty truck producer in 1999 and is recognised at the best light duty truck manufacturer in China.  In 2002, it set up the Auman vehicle factory which is the largest heavy truck manufacturing base in Asia.

By 2004 Foton had produced 1 million vehicles and in 2005 Foton was honoured as China’s Top Brand of Commercial Vehicles.  In 2007, Foton launched its medium commercial -Aumark and heavy commercial – Auman ranges onto the market.


In 2008, The Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Company was established.  In 2009 Foton and Daimler-Motored-Gesellschaft signed a cooperation agreement on commercial vehicles in Berlin.  In that same year, Foton and Cummins signed a joint venture agreement to set up a factory with an annual production capacity of 400 000 engines.

By 2010, Foton international sales had exceeded 31 800 units and had spread to more than 125 countries worldwide. By 2011, Foton had produced 5 million vehicles. Foton has been the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in terms of sales since 2009 and has been the top Chinese manufacturer of commercial vehicles since 2003.  Local factories have been established in many countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey and Iran and some are built in Thailand, Turkey, Egypt, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Taiwan, Columbia and Kenya.


Foton has set up a world-class research centre for alternative energies.  It focuses on technologies for hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles and high efficiency engines. Foton is now the leader in China for alternative energy powered commercial vehicles.  There are 3 500 researchers working in Foton’s nine research centres.