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JAC Motors to enter SA - again

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Jianghuai Automobile Co (JAC Motors), a leading global Chinese manufacturer of commercial and passenger vehicles, has given details to the Chinese press on the first light truck that it plans to export to South and  Southern Africa this year - the HFC1060 series.

According to the somewhat garbled reports, JAC Motors plans to establish a local South African office later this year, which it has tried to do before.

According to the reports, JAC Motors’ HFC1060 light trucks will be equipped with CUMMINS ISF 3.8 engines, developed “to ensure low operating costs, excellent performance, high power and torque.”

The ISF engines’ advanced thermal engineering ensures high operating temperatures, reducing the size and cost of the vehicle cooling package. CUMMINS’ waste-gated turbocharger technology also provides excellent performance across RPM range, as well as improved response through higher low-end torque. The engines’ power ranges cover from 105KW to 125 KW.

Reports say that the SA  office will act as a platform for JAC Motors to collect valuable market data to improve and adapt its products to the needs of the South African customer.

“The new team will provide support and key after-sales training to JAC Motors’ local partners and distributors. Moreover, the office will allow JAC Motors to engage directly with the South African customer.”

JAC Motors’ international exports grew globally by over 200% in 2011, and this growth will support plans to enter into other emerging markets, such as South Africa's, in the coming years.

JAC Motors experienced the fastest growth rate in the Chinese automotive export sector, with its vehicles now making up for 8.1% of China’s automobile exports. JAC Motors hopes to replicate in South Africa the success it has achieved in other emerging markets.
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