ATHENS, Greece, June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Chinese truck and utility vehicle manufacturer Beijing Foton held the inaugural ceremony of the China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance and launched the debut of the Auman EST (Energy Super Truck) in Athens, Greece, on the morning of June 22, local time. Foton especially chose Athens for the launch as it is the birthplace of European civilization and serves as an expression of the truck maker's dedication to the mission of accelerating the implementation of China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, the plan put forth by Chinese President Xi Jinping to build connectivity and cooperation among the countries between China and the rest of Eurasia that lie along the ancient Silk Road trading routes. The alliance and the roll out of the new truck are part and parcel of that mission. For Foton Motor, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, the ceremony marked a significant milestone on the mission roadmap that calls for the firm to be a driving force in bringing together and creating the best configuration of the world's innovation resources, exploring the world's open and shared innovation models, and taking the first big step in firmly adhering to an innovation-driven development strategy. With Europe and the whole world aggressively seeking to implement intelligent transportation systems, Foton Motor is determined to provide intelligent products and intelligent transportation system solutions to Europe and the world.
Forming an Alliance Focused on Innovation To Build the China Internet Super Truck Gathers Together Technology and Innovative Resources From Around The World
The Internet super truck project is a collaboration that brings together Foton Motor Group, US-based manufacturer Cummins, and German carmaker Daimler AG and aims at building Internet-driven super trucks that are green, efficient, safe, and intelligent through the integration of global resources, the effective use of new energies, the establishment of vehicle networks, and the implementation of intelligent truck-loading technology. The goals call for a 30% reduction in vehicle fuel consumption (or, to take it a step further, go for a 100% by adopting a fully electric model), a 30% reduction in carbon emissions (or, if the electric route is chosen, thorough elimination), and to increase freight efficiency by 70%. Foton Motor not only put forth the idea of an Internet super truck during the European trip, but also formed an Internet super truck team that consists of Foton Motor, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Cummins, COSCO Logistics, CEVA Logistics, Faurecia, WABCO, Continental AG, TUV Rheinland, and Baidu, among other globally renowned companies who are experts in the fields of automobile manufacturing, power systems, transportation, electronics, intelligent logistics and internet technology. The alliance has attracted more companies in the field of internet technology and intelligent logistics, in order to emphasize the super truck's internet-driven and cross-industry features. The vehicle can then truly be called the embodiment of a whole new industry defined by an "Internet super vehicle". A senior manager at Foton Motors said that the China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance endeavors to construct a global industry ecosystem of Internet intelligent vehicles and contribute to building the world's intelligent transportation networks and intelligent cities. In the history of the making and growth of the world's automotive industry, the founding of the alliance stands out as one of the breakthroughs and developments within the industry that China can rightfully take credit for.
Recasting What It Means for Something To Be "Made In China", Foton Internet Super Truck Helps to Drive The "One Belt, One Road" Initiative
Beyond the significance of the breakthrough and the innovation within the automotive sector, Foton Motor's trip to Europe is also a proactive response to the "One Belt, One Road" development initiative. As is known to many, the developed economies of Europe have strict requirements when it comes to vehicle technology, impact on the environment, emissions, and performance efficiency among other aspects. The biggest advantage that the China Internet Super Truck has is its high efficiency, one of Foton Motor's key goals in terms of the design of the truck. Foton Motor, in its role as a leading company in China's commercial vehicle manufacturing space, has not only made available an excellent logistics vehicle to the countries targeted by the "One Belt, One Road" initiative with the Internet super truck, but also introduced high-tech and high-value products that are proud to bear the "Made in China" label, promoting the new meaning of "Made in China" in the global market.
Foton Motor Group marketing and brand director Li Jian said, "Since we brought together the world's leading technological resources to launch the first Internet super truck, Foton is focused not just on the demands of its home market in China, but has placed the Internet super truck into its global strategy planning as well. According to Foton Motor's 2020 Plan, Foton's entire line of Internet super trucks is expected to gradually penetrate not only China's transportation markets but markets around the world as well."
Meeting the Global Demand for Intelligent Transportation, Foton Internet Super Truck Offers "Made In China" Solutions
The Internet super truck is not just a new truck, but a transportation system for the future. Its goal is to build a self-driving vehicle, tremendously increasing logistics efficiency and transportation safety, and to further reduce CO2 emissions. Foton Motor has creatively redefined the truck and built a future-oriented intelligent logistics ecosystem with three core technologies that efficiently makes use of new energies, the construction of vehicle networks, and intelligent truck loading. At present, the products included in Foton's Internet super truck project encompass Foton's Auman, Aumark and Ollin product lines. The debut of the Beijing Foton Auman Energy Super Truck in Europe no doubt serves as a generous endorsement of Foton's Internet super trucks. We believe that the Internet Super Truck built with technological innovations will offer a strong push to Europe's and the world's economy.
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