Amidst a spring morning shower on April 20, Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Co., Ltd. (DFC) launched its new Dongfeng Kingrun series of trucks for the domestic market at Auto China 2008 in Beijing.
“The introduction of Dongfeng Kingrun indicates that the upgrade of Dongfeng medium heavy-duty trucks has been completed,” said Tong Dongcheng, general manager of DFC.
Dongfeng Kingrun is a new generation medium heavy-duty truck developed independently by DFC over three years. It is positioned as a regional transportation truck with horse power of 140-270 and can also be easily refitted into a special-purpose vehicle for municipal engineering projects. The Kingrun series include flatbed trucks, cement mixing trucks, oil tanks, wrecker trucks, sweeping trucks, sprinklers, fire trucks, etc.
The new truck has an engine option of Dongfeng Cummins ISDe, Dongfeng EQ4H, ISD, or EQD6105 LNG. The first two engines apply electronically controlled common rail technology and satisfy State III emission standards, upgradable to State IV level by adopting SCR system. Like other Dongfeng trucks, the Kingrun is high in loading capacity, low in fuel consumption, environment-friendly, safe and reliable. Compared with trucks at the same level, the Kingrun is much easier to drive and more comfortable.
On April 18, two days before the opening of the international auto show in Beijing, DFC held a ceremony to deliver 300 Kingrun trucks to a local environmental sanitation company. “With Dongfeng Kingrun, Beijing’s general sanitation will be greatly improved,” said an executive of the company.
Established in July 2003, DFC is one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in the country. The company has a fixed asset of ¥15 billion 9$2.14 billion) and 28,000 employees. Its major products are Dongfeng brand medium heavy-duty trucks, special-purpose vehicles, buses and bus chassis. Last year, DFC sold 188,000 units of vehicles, over fulfilling its target by 12 percent. Sales in the first quarter of this year reached 55,029 units, up 43.51 percent year-on-year, setting a record for the same period, according to company sources.