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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 19th 2010
18--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 19, 2010 Great Chinese banquet HEAVY DUTY: Despite emerging Chinese manufacturer Great Wall's rise in Australia, Japan's Isuzu is still No. 1 in trucks Down Under. CHINESE trucks are com- ing. The first trucks from the emerging Asian powerhouse will arrive in Australian showrooms in August, but a wave of models will soon follow. Industry experts predict the ar- rival of Chinese trucks could dra- matically change the Australian truck market, forcing existing players to offer simpler and cheaper models and sharpen their prices. Chinese-made Higer buses are already working Australian roads, with more than 100 already sold, while Great Wall utes and SUVs are attracting customers thanks to bargain prices. The first Chinese truck brand to arrive in Australia is Foton, which will be imported by Transpacific Industries, the group that also sells Western Star and MAN trucks. Foton's main trucking rival in China is JAC, which is coming to Australia next year, imported by White Motor Corporation, the com- pany that brings in the Higer buses. China's truck industry used to lag behind the developed world, with side-valve engines still serv- ing in major truck brands well into the 1980s, but is catching up fast. The products are also cheap, a key reason why more than half the buses produced in the world last year were made in China. For established Japanese truck brands such as Isuzu, the Aust- ralian market leader, and Hino, China represents a real threat. ''You have to take them very seriously and they could change this market,'' says Isuzu Australia chief operating officer Phil Taylor. ''It is a very serious thing that all Japanese and Korean manufac- tures are keeping an eye on.'' The question remains whether Australian customers, in one of the toughest working environments in the world, are ready to take a punt on a Chinese-produced truck. Interestingly, the first trucks headed for Australia don't run Chinese-developed engines or transmissions. Both the Foton and JAC trucks run the latest Cummins engines, which are produced in China, and Allison and ZF transmissions. Other major components are sourced from known suppliers to give customers peace of mind. ''Chinese engines and com- ponents really wouldn't be ac- cepted here,'' says Shannon Tay- lor, the national sales manager for White Motor Corporation. ''It would be very hard, at least at this point in time, to sell heavy Chinese running gear which is unproven in this market.'' He says the brand name com- ponents will help attract cus- tomers who might otherwise be a little uneasy about buying a Chinese truck from a brand that has little exposure in Australia. ''As you know, the Australian truck market is mature and it is difficult in some stages to get customers to move away from existing brands, so you have to minimise the risk with any new brand,'' Taylor says. He says because the brand name components are bought by JAC in bulk, they will be cheaper than the customer sourcing them straight from the component producer. Chinese cars and trucks have more of a foothold in other low-cost markets such as South America and South Africa. Phil Taylor and Isuzu have been keeping an eye on the develop- ments, and he says it hasn't all gone to plan. ''We have been studying what the Chinese have been doing in other markets like South Africa,'' he says. ''They went to a sudden meteoric rise and they have come back down and that is because there has been no after-sales sup- port and no dealer infrastructure to look after them, and it has got to the point over there that some of the banks and leasing companies won't even finance that product because of its little, unknown or zero future value.'' Both the importers of Foton and JAC trucks insist they have the dealer support network to make sure customers of the first wave of Chinese trucks will be looked after. Foton Australia manager Mark Gobessi says it is the very fact that Transpacific Industries is invest- ing in its dealer network and parts support that means its first truck will not be dirt cheap. ''The price needs to be fair and competitive. If it's priced too low, you can't support it and provide adequate infrastructure,'' he says. Foton will introduce the light- duty 4.5-tonne Aumark truck, com- plete with 4500mm x 1995mm tray, for $39,990 plus on-road costs. That is cheaper than Japanese rivals, but not by all that much. ''While price is important, we are not going to 'buy' customers,'' Gobessi says. ''We believe that Foton builds a quality product.'' He says the Aumark is likely to appeal to ute buyers looking to upgrade more than existing truck customers. ''We will try to reach the trades- man customers, the guys who are making do with a ute,'' Gobessi says. ''It is easier to target them than trying to steal an Isuzu customer. This is the ideal replace- ment vehicle for overworked tra- ditional one-tonne utes. For not much more than the cost of their current vehicle, operators can pur- chase a real truck and almost double their payload capacity.'' The Aumark runs a Cummins ISF 2.8-litre engine linked to a five- speed ZF transmission. It comes standard with electric windows, cruise control and airconditioning. Foton will look to expand its Australian line-up with other models, including medium-duty offerings. JAC's importer is intent on undercutting the price of the Foton product, with Shannon Taylor suggesting a price point of $32,000 to $34,000 is in its sights. The first JAC truck is the direct rival of the Foton product and runs a Cummins engine, but with an Allison transmission, and will be rated at 4.5 tonnes before other light-duty and some medium-duty trucks are rolled out. Shannon Taylor says it will be important that Chinese trucks are cheaper to buy than Japanese products, but adds that JAC will also emphasise the financial ad- vantage over the long run. ''The way we are going to pres- ent, this is is not just about purchase price,'' he says. ''That is part of what people look at, but it is the whole-of-life cost. Things like oil filters, service, repair, that's where the economies of scale of a company like JAC come in.'' Shannon Taylor insists the qual- ity of the JAC product is good enough for Australia. ''From what I have seen from the JAC chassis design layout and engineering is as good as or better than the Japanese, which, to be honest, shocked me,'' he says. ''JAC want to go Western, so they have to have the engineering standards equivalent to what is on sale and they have spent a lot of time and money on the processes to do so.'' EOV creates extreme ute HEAVY: The Earth- Cruiser Ute can be driven on a car licence. THE Brisbane company that built an extreme off-roading motorhome has now developed a ute concept. EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles has built their ute on a small Fuso 4x4 platform, but engineered it to take on the toughest terrain, just like its motorhome which the company tested with an around-the-word trip. Company boss Lance Gillies says the EarthCruiser Ute would suit the needs of tradies, miners, farmers, boaties, anglers and horse owners. ''EarthCruiser Ute has a few unique advan- tages over a typical ute such as standard 4x4 and its large carrying capacity,'' he says. The ute has an extra-long 3.5m tray, tougher springs and dampers, a kinetic mounting system for improved off-road handling and can be driven on a car licence. Gillies says it will cost about $75,000 plus on- road costs, but they are still waiting for second-stage, low-volume approval documen- tation after successfully completing Aust- ralian Design Rule safety and compliance tests. ''We see opportunity where there is a requirement that on a car licence more than 500kg payload needs to be carried legally and off-road ability is highly desirable,'' Gillies says. With a 3500kg unbraked towing capacity, EarthCruiser Ute can be used to tow fifth- wheelers or horse floats. It comes standard with a large-capacity rear axle, hill-start assist and exhaust braking. Options include extra fuel and water tanks and an external shower. EOV replaces the Fuso's dual rear wheels with single wheels for better ride and handling and replaces the driver's seat with an adjustable suspension seat. The EarthCruiser Ute concept unit was debuted at The Queensland Caravan and Camping Show. MARK HINCHLIFFE Motor Cycles King Bike Trailers ATV Trailers $1,190 3 Bike Trailers $1,190 ATV Carriers from $984 Special prices --- all in stock King Trailer Industries 5 Florence St, Moonah Ph 6228 0317 Deal with the Manufacturer 1 ** MERC ** Motorworks Enduro Series ENDURO THIS SUNDAY 20th June 2010 ''Sally Peak'' Buckland Scruit/Race 7.30am/10.00am Please note scruitineering finishes at 9.00am sharp! $30 MA Licence, Race Fee $30 Senior, $20 Junior, $10 Merc Day Membership, $5 Land Owner Fee Turn (R) approx 1.5km after Pulchella Nursery on Tasman Hwy. Follow Signs. Food Van Available For further information, please contact Israel on 0409 974 757. 1 STMCA Club Day 27th June Scrutineer- ing 8-9. Riders brief 9.15. Riders MUST bring a flaggie. Queries Ph Dave 0400 813 212 0 SUZUKI DR350S new clutch kit/tyres, seat reupholstered, just serviced, goes very well, $3,200 ono. 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