New look FAW, same reliable performance

16 October 2019

FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa’s extensive heavy
vehicle range has been given a new look, in conjunction with improved
ergonomics and enhanced levels of driving comfort.

The new J5N range in question comprises the following; the
FAW 33.340FD 6×4 15,5 m³ Hub Reduction Tipper, boasting impressive off-road
capabilities is ideal for the SA construction market and mining applications;
the FAW 33.340 FC 6×4 6 m³ mixer, is made for construction; the FAW 28.290FL
6×4 13-ton Freight Carrier, which is perfectly suited to specialised
applications, such as water bowsers, drop sides and flat decks; the FAW
28.380FT 6×4 Truck Tractor, promises to deliver exceptional value in the
medium-haul sector and the reputable FAW 33.420FT 6×4 Truck Tractor, which caters
for long-haul operations.

Incidentally, the FAW 33.420FT was the pioneer of the J5N
range as it was the first to be introduced locally. It has already built a
reputation in South Africa, where it remains the top seller in its segment.

All FAW models are powered by the latest Weichai engines
which boast proven durability and high performance. The popular FAW 33.420FT
model is powered by the powerful Weichai WP12 engine, while the remaining
models are all powered by the renowned and reliable Weichai WP10 unit.

All models in the FAW stable now feature an improved
aerodynamic design; a reinforced front bumper for heightened durability; higher
cabs strategically positioned for superior driver visibility and more durable
colour-coded fenders.

Furthermore, the entire J5N range boasts a new attractive
grill design, upgraded cab, air suspension seat for improved driver comfort,
and further complimenting the new design with a full electronic dashboard. The
inclusion of three steps provides for easier vehicle accessibility for both
drivers and passengers. These features together, aim to reduce driver fatigue
and terrain discomfort.

The new-look FAW range has been designed to maximise driver
and passenger comfort, while offering spacious leg room and a more functional
interior overall. To this end, the layout of components eases driveability,
while an extended gear lever makes for easier shifting. All interior finishes
have been enhanced in the interests of extended durability and more pleasing

All models have also received upgraded gearbox and engine
mounting systems for improved endurance, coupled with an enhanced exhaust
braking system for improved vehicle control.

A greatly improved single under-cab air filtration system
that optimises engine performance for reduced cost of ownership is fitted
throughout the range, while an improved radiator and intercooler system
together with the addition of aluminium air tanks (with full Wabco braking
systems) provide for further enhancements.

Not only that, all models employ a newly-designed
light-weight chassis that reduces overall vehicle mass, as well as electrical
fuse boxes that have been conveniently relocated to improve accessibility.

FAW mixer trucks now feature a new ZF drum reduction unit,
while the tippers sport an upgraded rear spring design for improved stability.

FAW 33.340FD tips the scales in FAW’s favour

The FAW 33.340FD 6×4 15,5 m³ Hub Reduction Tipper boasts
some significant improvements which all contribute to making this one of the
most cost effective vehicles in its class, with a particularly low CPK (cost
per kilometer).

One of the most important new features is the increased
horsepower which is now rated at 340 hp. This power is produced through the
6-cylinder in-line water-cooled, turbocharged and intercooled Weichai WP10

The Euro 2 vehicle produces a torque of 1 350N.m at between
1 200 rpm and 1 600 rpm, and a power output of 250 kW at 2 200
rpm.  The engine also features an air filter with pre-filter for cleaner
operation and offers 24V electrical systems with easy access to electric

The manual 9-speed FAW CA9TB160M 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; riveted
with no bolts or chassis flanges. The chassis has been built with the highest
levels of quality, keeping durability in mind.

A number of other new features include the change of the
size of the fuel tank to a larger 400-litre aluminium fuel tank.

The braking system combined with full-air ABS, drum brake
with S-cams and automatic slack adjusters, and exhaust brake all contribute to
the ease of driving and safety on and off the road. All of this, contributes to
better performance without compromising cost of operation.

The 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

A large windscreen and angled side windows, together with
large proximity mirrors and curb-side mirrors, offer exceptional visibility.

The heavy-duty air-suspension driver seat with height
adjustable control, movable and telescopic steering column, and inertia-type
driver and passenger seat belts, make the driver’s ‘office’ even more

For added convenience, the tubeless radial tyres (315/80
R22.5 18PR) can be inflated via a tyre inflation pipe directly from the

The FAW 33.340FD 6×4 15,5 m³ Hub Reduction Tipper promises
to get good support from the market. With remarkable interest already received
from both the construction and mining sectors for various applications.

With the raft of aesthetic, functional and comfort improvements already mentioned, the FAW J5N range promises to be a sure-fire winner.

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