About Foton


Founded in 1996, Beijing-headquartered and Shanghai Stock Exchange-listed Beiqi Foton Motor Co Ltd (Foton) invests heavily in research, development and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and strives to provide global automotive motor vehicle markets with high quality, affordable vehicles powered by sourcing the best of current as well as emerging technologies.

Foton has R&D centres in Beijing, Germany, Japan and Taiwan, joint ventures with Cummins and Daimler-Benz, and technical supply agreements with transmission specialists Getrag and ZF (Germany) and Aisin (Japan), Borg Warner (USA) for 2<-->4WD transfer units; Bosch (Germany) for electronics and dependent systems, and Dana (USA) for axles and differentials.

Strong joint ventures with globally-reputed major component brands, sustainable engineering, safety in design and advanced systems and technology are embodied in every Foton vehicle.


Foton's motor vehicle range traditionally included commercial vehicles - light, medium and heavy duty trucks from two to 55 tonnes, mining dump trucks, mobile cranes, buses and coaches, vans, people movers and utes, some with electric and hybrid drivetrains.

In recent years, Foton has focused on developing more dual-purpose and passenger-oriented vehicles of which Tunland is a key example.

Joint ventures

Cummins diesel engines derive from a long history of powering heavy linehaul trucks and equipment, and are renowned for their longevity, performance, economy and low emissions. With Cummins engines at the core of Foton's new light commercial vehicles, drivers at the lighter end of the commercial vehicle spectrum can now benefit from the proven attributes of this iconic engine brand.

Daimler aspires to be the world's largest supplier of commercial vehicles and is renowned for delivering lasting value and quality to customers. A mature brand that has played a major role in the high-end medium and heavy-duty truck market, Daimler brings brand, technology and product advantages to the joint venture with Foton.