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.