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300,000th T-Series Produced

by Great Creative Media

June 5, 2024
Category: News

5 June 2024

JAC Motors produces 300,000th T-Series double-cab bakkie

JAC Motors has just rolled off its 300,000th T-Series double-cab bakkie from the Yangzhou production line in the Jiangsu Province, in China, coinciding with its 60th birthday celebrations. While it took 13 years to produce 200,000 T-Series bakkies, the next 100,000 took less than two years. This rapid growth is due to JAC Motors’ expanding international footprint and increasing sales in represented countries.

Feng Liangsen, Secretary of the board of directors of JAC Motors and General Manager of the company’s pick-up division, said in a ceremony marking the occasion that the 300,000 units are not only the result of JAC Motors’ independent operation, transformation, upgrading, and global development but also the fruit of our hard work and joint efforts. “It is another milestone achievement in the globalisation of China’s pick-up trucks.”

Founded as the Hefei Jianghuai Automobile Factory in 1964, JAC Motors now exports bakkies, passenger cars, and trucks to over 132 countries. South Africa, one of JAC Motors’ most important right-hand-drive export markets, was the first to launch the new T9 right-hand-drive bakkie.

“The T9 is a massive game-changer for us,” said Karl-Heinz Göbel, CEO of JAC Motors South Africa. “At our 60th birthday event in the Cradlestone Valley near Johannesburg, journalists praised the new range-topping T9 for its car-like drive and extraordinary value compared to its rivals.”

Currently, the T-Series includes three double-cab line-ups: the T6, T8, and T9, all available in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations. By the end of 2024, the range will expand with T6 single-cab derivatives, followed by T8 8-speed automatic derivatives in early 2025.

JAC Motors ranks second in the Chinese domestic pick-up industry. Last year, the company sold 55,000 pick-ups, of which 42,000 were exported. International sales were up 9.9% year-on-year, whereas domestic sales were up 16.3%, leading to an overall increase of 11.3%. The company’s export markets include Latin America, the Gulf states, Central Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. In 2023, JAC Motors ranked first among Chinese pick-up brands in Mexico, Peru and Kazakhstan.

At this year’s Beijing Automotive Show, JAC Motors launched a battery-electric version of the T9, boasting a range of 500 km. The T9 EV features an 88.02 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery, with its power coming from two electric motors with 70 kW and 160 kW maximum power, delivering 176 Nm and 342 Nm torque, respectively.

“The new luxurious T9, the most advanced bakkie ever produced by JAC Motors, is packed with numerous creature comforts and safety features. It is a true disruptor in the local leisure double-cab market, offering extraordinary value at a retail price starting at only R549,900,” Göbel concluded.

Since its market introduction in 2017, JAC Motors South Africa has expanded its line-up to include T-Series double-cabs, X-Series forward-cabs, and trucks ranging from three to nine tonnes. JAC Motors leads the local EV truck segment, boasting the highest number of battery-electric trucks on South African roads. With over 70 dealers, the JAC Motors brand is well-represented across Southern Africa.

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About Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corporation Ltd. (JAC Motors)

JAC Motors may be a relative newcomer to the South African market; however, it has been a giant in the Chinese auto industry for almost 60 years. The company produces passenger cars, pick-ups and trucks for left- and right-hand drive markets. Its marketing network covers over 132 countries worldwide, including 28 African countries.

JAC Motors is a prolific producer of electric vehicles. In 2020, Volkswagen acquired an additional 25 percent stake in its Chinese electric vehicle joint venture with JAC Motors. The original joint venture between Volkswagen and JAC Motors was established in 2017, with each company holding 50 percent equity. This joint venture is central to the two brands’ electric vehicle programmes in China.

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