The coronavirus has affected not only lives but a lot of businesses around the country. From business interruption and supply chain disruption to event and travel cancellations that started in March, businesses are now slowly learning how to cope with COVID-19.
This may be due in part of a number of solutions that auto manufacturers have offered in the past months. In August, Foton Philippines launched its all-new diesel-powered Gratour TM300 of highly configurable vehicles assembled by Filipinos for fellow hardworking Filipinos.
This mobility solution, Foton Philippines offered, could be configured into various body designs that are ideal to a wide array of mobility requirements including moving heavy cargo as well as passengers, delivering items bought online and even a rolling store or food (kitchen) truck.
Powered by 2.2-liter Euro 4-compliant diesel engine, the Foton Gratour TM300 offers low fuel consumption, high efficiency but powerful output of 87 hp and 220 Nm of maximum torque.
The Foton Gratour TM 300’s high-strength truck frame is bolstered by a high-strength steel plate chassis and equipped with a generously sized cargo container with a rated payload capacity of 1,130kg.
The cabin on the other hand, is designed with a collision energy-absorbing buffer structure paired with the collapsible energy-absorbing steering column to minimize every possibility of human body injury through its rigid body frame structure. It also features a smooth and efficient braking force—Anti-lock Braking System—which can effectively prevent the vehicle from slipping during emergency braking situations.
Customizable body options
Perfect for delivering different types of cargo from packages, food products, to appliances or furniture, the Foton Gratour TM300 F-Van has a rated payload capacity of 1,130kg. It also features a wide all-steel interior and side and back door that is secured by metal locks.
The Foton Gratour TM300 Dropside on the other hand, has a strong steel plate flat bed sheet and a cargo space measuring 3.05 meters or 10 feet. The dropside configuration also offers easy access thanks to its three droppable sides. It offers exceptional cargo height capacity which is perfect for those offering “lipat-bahay” services, manufacturers of glass and steel products, hardware supply deliveries, as well as delivering/transporting all sorts of tall items like LPG. It is also perfect for carrying essentials like drinking water, fruits and vegetables, medicines, among many others.
Flexibility at its finest, the Foton Gratour TM300 MPV is designed to transport mainly passengers but could also serve as a cargo hauler. It features a spacious interior and leg room that can carry as much as 16 passengers. It can also serve as a delivery vehicle thanks to its foldable seats that provide extra space for bulkier loads.
The Foton Gratour TM300 Wing Van brings flexible services with its three liftable doors. With this configuration, it can serve as a mobile kitchen, mobile tindahan or palengke. It can also serve as a mobile school or food truck.
Transportation has been one of the challenges during the lockdown and Foton’s Class 1 F-Jeepney offers a perfect solution for the country’s modern transportation needs as it could serve as a PUV modern jeepney or a company shuttle. Ride is much more comfortable and enjoyable thanks to modern technology features installed—CCTV cameras, Beep automatic fare collection system, air-conditioned interiors, portable Wi-fi, and even GPS tracker.
Those looking for commercial vehicles to empower their business, the Foton Gratour TM300 series presents as a reliable yet affordable transportation partner on the road. For commercial vehicle inquiries, Foton has the following hotlines: Facebook page @FOTONPhilippines, mobile phone 0999-999-9998, or through email email@example.com.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.