Production at FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa’s Coega plant is currently geared to the newest truck FAW’s extra heavy commercial vehicle range: the 420 hp FAW 33.420FT 6×4 truck tractor.
A number of pilot units of the FAW 33.420FT truck tractors have been on extensive real-time testing with key clients across the country operating in various transport sectors, including long-haul, construction and agriculture.
Operator comments include, “Very comfortable and easy to drive”, “You don’t feel as if you’re driving a big rig, it’s so smooth and effortless”, “The cost of operation we monitored in our trial was very reasonable”, “An extraordinary vehicle, worth putting in an order and more”, “More stylish and modern”, “Improvements are functional, cost effective and welcome”.
As the successor model to the older and very popular FAW 28.380FT truck tractor, FAW says the new unit features significant improvements which all contribute to making this one of the most cost effective in its class, with a particularly low cpk.
One of the most important new features is the increased horsepower, now rated at 420 hp. This power is produced through the 6-cylinder in-line water-cooled, turbocharged and intercooled FAW engine.
The Euro II vehicle has a torque of 1 750 Nm at between 1 200 and 1 600 rpm, and power output of 309 kW at 2 200 rpm. The engine also features an air filter with a pre-filter for cleaner operation and 24 V electrical systems with easy access to electric relays.
The manual 12-speed transmission makes for easy driving and delivers direct contact with the road, giving the driver total control of the vehicle.
The robust chassis is of the straight ladder-type and is riveted, with no bolts or chassis flanges.
The fuel tank is now a larger 600-litre aluminium fuel tank. The braking system combined with full air-braking ABS, drum brake with S-cam and automatic slack adjusters, and exhaust brake all contribute to the ease of driving and safety on and off the road. All this also contributes to better performance without compromising cost of operation.
The semi-sleeper forward-tilting cab has been designed with driver and passenger safety and comfort in mind, as well as easy access for maintenance. Comfort features include air-conditioning and radio with MP3 and USB connection.
A large windscreen and angled side windows, together with large proximity mirrors and curb-side mirrors, offer exceptional visibility.
Making the driver’s ‘office’ even more comfortable and safer are a heavy-duty air-suspension driver seat with height adjustable control, movable and telescopic steering column, and inertia-type driver and passenger seat belts.
For convenience the tubeless radial tyres (315/80 R22.5 16PR) can be inflated via a tyre inflation pipe straight from the air-tank.
Judging from the popularity of the predecessor model 28.380FT, the new FAW 33.420FT truck tractor is sure to get good support from the market. Orders are in place for applications such as long haul on-road, short and medium haul on and off-road, side tippers, agricultural operations, construction and mining.
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