What is This Chinese Pickup Truck Doing Testing in America?

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Is a new Chinese automaker looking to enter the U.S. market?

The Foton Terracota, also sold as the Tunland in the Australian and South African markets, was recently caught by spy photographers testing in Death Valley.

While it’s easy to assume that Foton is testing the truck for possible export to the U.S., it’s worth noting that the Terracota is powered by a 2.8-liter Cummins turbocharged diesel engine, which means it could be Cummins engineers testing the truck to fine tune the powertrain. But it’s also no secret that Chinese automakers are targeting the U.S. market and seeing a Chinese-made vehicle testing in the U.S. certainly makes us curious.

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Admittedly the Foton Terracota doesn’t look that out of place on U.S. soil especially since it’s powered by a Cummins engine. Some would argue that it fits in better than a truck offering from Mahindra, another automaker that has made attempts at entering the U.S. market to no avail.

But let’s be honest. Japanese automakers already have a hard enough time getting pickup buyers away from the American brands, so it’s hard to believe a Chinese automaker trying to sell pickup trucks on American soil will have a lot of initial success.

  • Shiratori1

    Really? Could it even be remotely possible that they simply needed a warm place (ex.death valley) to do HOT WEATHER TESTING?

  • Jonny_Vancouvet

    Never saying never, but I think it would take me a long time to accept, let alone buy a Chinese made vehicle. Purely going on their track record for making cars which is terrible to say the least. But if they prove themselves like Hyundai and Kia have been doing these past years, I’d be open to the option. Especially if they offer something more fun/different than what’s currently available.

  • Luigi Torres

    it actually doesnt look half bad… A 2.8 diesel engine is something that the midsize truck section needs

    But then again it’s Chinese, let’s hope it can pull it off and sell here. And since it’s a Chinese made product, it might be cheaper for the people who buy those trucks.

  • Luigi Torres

    You think they could pull it off? I mean, China does have some pretty good looking cars (2015 GAC Trumpchi GA8)

  • Robert Ryan

    All Chinese Pickup Trucks have been pulled from Australian sale as they do not meet our ANCAP crash testing