Chinese-made vehicles have been around for a few years, but the rate of progress in key areas isn't as rapid as it could be.
Take the unusually named Foton Tunland, for example. Pitched as a budget dual-cab 4x4 ute, the Tunland offers a diesel made by Cummins and a transmission by BorgWarner, as well as a reasonable level of specification for a ute that starts off at $26,990 for the Tunland (4x2) and tops out at $35,490 for the Tunland Luxury (4x4).
However, the Tunland is still only rated at three out of five ANCAP safety stars in 2017, a number that hasn't improved since 2013. No side airbags or even a lap/sash centre rear seatbelt means the Tunland lags behind its competitors.
This vehicle is also known as Foton FT-500 (Chile only), Foton Thunder (Philippines only).