The small pickup truck market in Pakistan hasn’t seen much options as it has long been dominated by the Suzuki Ravi. However since 2012 onwards, the FAW Carrier has started to take some of its share.
In a market where people prefer spending a ridiculously high amount getting nothing in return other than resale, it’s pretty difficult for any newcomer to penetrate the market, with parameters such as features and performance on the menu. However the FAW Carrier has steadily built its name, and has become a regular sight on our roads.
Let us see the reasons why FAW Carrier is a better buy:
FAW Carrier comes equipped with a 1.0 liter (970cc) Efi petrol engine that’s capable of producing an impressive 60hp of power and 84Nm of torque. This engine delivers exceptional fuel economy figures while gives an impressive performance too.
All that comes out from its exhaust is safer for the environment, thanks to the Euro-IV compliant engine.
Commercial vehicles drivers are supposed to drive these vehicles all day long. So it’s important for them to feel easy and relaxed as what they do is never an easy job. The FAW Carrier has a much better and comfortable cabin with fabric seats, which gives car-like comfort to the driver.
The cabin of the FAW Carrier allows better heat dissipation and the seats doesn’t get as hot as you experience in other such vehicles. Furthermore, FAW Carrier has vacuum brake boosters, and requires lesser effort from the driver.
Better Ride Quality
The ride quality is quite superior which doesn’t make the driver feel exhausted. The suspension system is soft, while the steering response is good too. FAW Carrier also comes equipped with projector headlamps which gives better and controlled illumination of the road ahead.
The Carrier has a protruding front-end, which houses the radiator, brake oil and wiper washer reservoir. This small bonnet is for superior crash safety, as in event of a collision the driver is not directly exposed to a crash. In addition to a protruding bonnet, there is an extended dashboard and, coupled with retract seat-belts makes it safer for the driver in event of a collision.
This is a crucial parameter since how much load the vehicle can accommodate, can directly affect the operating expenditure. The FAW Carriers has an 8ft loading deck with 1-ton loading capacity.
FAW Carrier comes equipped with features such as RPM meter, trip meter, front fog lamps, heater, disc brakes, 3-point seatbelts, fabric seats with head rests, AM/ FM Radio with USB input and optional air-conditioning.
Catering to different requirements, the FAW Carrier comes available in three variants, Standard, Flatbed and Deck-less.
FAW Carrier bears a very reasonable price tag, and more importantly it’s the only commercial pickup with a 1 liter engine that offers a 1-ton loading capacity and is available under PKR 1 million price.
FAW Carrier Standard
PKR: 939,000/- (Ex-Factory)
FAW Carrier Flatbed
PKR: 929,000/- (Ex-Factory)
FAW Carrier Deckless
PKR: 919,000/- (Ex-Factory)
FAW Carrier is backed by a 3 years/ 60,000km warranty (whichever occurs first).
FAW After sales
Carrier has the advantage of Al-Haj FAW’s after sales support network that is better than any previously operated Chinese brand in Pakistan. FAW has more than 20 3S centers across Pakistan, more than any other new player in comparison.
Available in the market for a few years now, the FAW Carrier has developed a decent resale in the used vehicle market and is already considered a trusted choice among commercial vehicles & fleet operators across the country.
Various FAW Carrier units performing their duties: