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The South African truck market has possibly the most diverse choice of commercial vehicles in the world considering its size.
This year continues with Ever Star Industries (Pty) Ltd introducing two special editions to its stalwart Powerstar Brand, the new V3 ET AMT and joint venture with Foton on the new FT Range of light and medium commercial vehicles.
Launched at the recent Futuroad Exhibition held at Nascrec Showgrounds in September 2017, Powerstar showcased its ‘Power to Move Africa’ range of trucks, exposing both on and off-road derivatives from its product ranges. Alongside these workhorses, visitors also got to view the new Powerstar FT Series, which included the 3t and 5t vehicles. As well as the new Cummins powered, line haul truck, V3 ET with an AMT transmission.
Bob Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Ever Star Industries, is very excited about the company’s new venture.
Bob Wang explains “since 2014 Ever Star Industries’ focus has been to become a one-stop-solution for the transport owner’s, active in mining and construction, where Powerstar has been most successful. Our leading brand remains Powerstar with the V3 and VX ranges.
Now we are expanding the offering by bringing in the light and medium truck range from Foton”. Powerstar’s portfolio of heavy and extra-heavy trucks has assertively gained significant market share through the years, penetrating fleets once the stronghold of leading competitor brands. The V3 2643 AMT 6x4 Cummins powered engine provides 430hp and is partnered well with the rest of the driveline.
This model will prove popular in the long-haul coal transport sector where vehicles are required to operate efficiently on the open road while occasionally enduring the tougher conditions at loading and unloading areas.
This truck is fitted with a double sleeper cab making it a true ‘value package’ with optimised tare for greater payload. The V3 ET also offers a 460 HP Weichai engine, combined with the optional AMT transmission.
“With the addition of the new FT range, the FT 3 and FT 5, these trucks will offer our customers a more versatile and efficient solution, especially for the light and medium to occasional long-haul distribution applications as well as the tipper and waste market” adds Wang.
According to Rodney Selesnick, Senior Head: Sales and Marketing, “the Powerstar FT range is in the same high-quality technology bracket as our other Powerstar’s.
The range is powered primarily by Cummins engines, feeding torque through ZF transmissions, and will be built at our Pietermaritzburg plant following the same exacting quality standards as is for the current Powerstar range.” The FT range is also equipped with a 3 seater day-cab which makes an excellent intercity distribution vehicle offering good payload potential.
Among the other products showcased was the robust and powerful VX range. Having proven they are trucks built to last in our local conditions, the VX range is a refined product range and an ideal heavy-duty tipper, water tanker and mixer chassis.
The two popular derivatives, offering excellent value on show was the VX 2628 6x4 Chassis Cab and the VX 3335 6x4 Chassis Cab. The VX models offers a Fastgear 12-speed manual gearbox. The Weichai Euro 2 Turbo charged Intercooled engine is fitted as standard on these vehicles. The VX 2628 has an engine output of 280hp (213kW) @ 2200rpm, producing 1160Nm @ 1200~1600rpm. The VX 3335 has an engine output of 350hp (250kW) @ 2200rpm producing 1350Nm @/1200~1600rpm.
As part of the Everstar dealer network, Powerstar customers are supported with over 30 service centres around the country, with dedicated Powerstar sales executives at main dealerships who ensure correct vehicle specification and comprehensive aftersales support.
“The Futuroad 2017 exhibit offered Powerstar the perfect platform for strengthening our partnerships with our customers through excellent hospitality and showcasing of our complementary transport solutions. Powerstar are trucks built to last,” concludes Wang.
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