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Introduction to Jianghuai Automobile (JAC)

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China·Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd. (hereinafter called JAC) was founded in 1964 and listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (600418) in 2001.

JAC has been a comprehensive automaker with full-line independent brand vehicles in China, including light, medium and heavy-duty trucks, MPV, SRV, sedan, bus chassis, buses, engineering machinery, engines, gearboxes and other key components. After more than 40 years of development, JAC has achieved an annual production capacity of more than 700,000 units completed vehicle and 500,000 units engine and ranked as the top 10 in Chinese auto industry.

JAC owns a national-level Research and Development (R&D) Center in Hefei. The company opened China's first overseas R&D Center in Turin, Italy, in June, 2005, and a second one in Tokyo, Japan, in October, 2006.

JAC is dedicated to strict quality control and constant management improvement, because of which, JAC has been awarded as "Recommended Brand for Export", "The Most Competitive Brand in Market", ‘Enterprise for Exemption from Export Inspection’, ‘National Quality Award’ respectively by China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Machinery & Electronics Products, The Ministry of Commerce, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China and China Association for Quality successively, marking that JAC products’ quality and management had reached the international advanced level.

In 2009, the sales of all kinds of JAC automotives were over 310,000 units, increasing by 56%, which was 10% faster than the auto industry. In 2010, JAC has sold all kinds of vehicles more than 460,000 units with a sales revenue of over 5.2 billion US dollars,among which the exports were more than 20,000 units, up by 78%. From January to February 2011, JAC has sold all kinds of vehicles nearly 100,000 units, among which nearly 10,000 units were exports, up by nearly 300%. In 2011, JAC plans to sell 600,000 units of vehicles, among which the exports will amount to 40,000 units, and the export revenue will reach 400 million US dollars.JAC main products have played a very important role in the relevant market segments in China. JAC has been the country’s largest bus chassis producer for 15 consecutive years. As a light commercial vehicle leading manufacturer in China, JAC has been No. 1 in export sales of for nearly a decade. The sales of JAC heavy-duty trucks achieve the fastest growth rate. JAC MPV has won the prize of “Best MPV of the Year" and kept the No.1 sales for many years. Only one year since launched into the market, the sales of JAC A-class car have made a breakthrough of 60,000 units, becoming the sales champion among the new cars of the same class launched into the market within one year. Owning to the exceptionally quality, JAC A-class car received the premium compact segment awarded by the Global Authoritative Auto Testing & Evaluating Organization J.D power and it is the only independent brand that got the highest score in APEAL Index Ranking. JAC B class is honored as the “The Most Beautiful Automotive Modal in This Decade” by PININFARINA Company in Italy. Since released into the market, the supply of JAC B-class car always fell short of demand.

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Established in 1964 as Hefei Jianghuai Automobile Factory, its name was changed to Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co Ltd in 1997.[4] The company made an IPO on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2001.[1]

JAC has historically only produced commercial trucks (under the brand name Jianghui), but MPVs and SUVs appeared in the 2000s. By 2007 the company had gained government approval for passenger car production but, nonetheless, continued to be referred to as a truck maker.[5] When it was known as a commercial vehicle manufacturer, JAC cooperated with Hyundai Motors. Beginning in 2003,[6] it assembled Hyundai MPVs although this stopped sometime prior to 2007.[7] At least two models based on Hyundai technology continued to be made by JAC after the cooperation was cancelled–a MPV[7] and a SUV.[8] Hyundai explored setting up a joint venture with the company in 2004,[6] but the plan was soon discarded.[9]

In a recent event a 2009 Chinese government indication that it was in continued support of consolidation in the Chinese auto industry led analysts to predict the possibility of JAC joining with Chery since they are both located in Anhui province.[10] On the surface such a merger would make sense: Chery mainly built passenger cars, and JAC was almost entirely focused on trucks at the time. Since then, however, JAC has made it clear that they are not interested in consolidation under the aegis of the larger Chery.[11] JAC has begun to concentrate more on passenger cars, and a 2010 announcement of a new electric vehicle program may at least partially have been an effort to stave off the rumored merger.[11]

Sales reached more than 300,000 units in 2009 including 12,100 sold overseas.[12]

In 2010 it was one of the top ten most-productive vehicle manufacturers in China selling 458,500 units for 2.5% market share and reaching eighth place.[13] JAC dropped one spot to ninth in 2011 making nearly 500,000 vehicles, and in 2012 a fall in units produced to about 445,000 precipitated the company's moving down one more rung in the rankings.[14] Estimated production capacity is over 500,000 units/year as of 2009.[1]
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JAC discontinues some models officially

JAC has officially discontinued the following models completely:

Benjoy, Rein , Heyue A13RS (Tojoy RS), Heyue RS.

I believe production of the Benjoy had already ended last year. Rein production was also intermittent (Jan-Apr sales 5 units).

Some specific versions of other models have also been discontinued. See
History of JAC

The now successful JAC received some outside help along the way, as the below information indicates:

Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd. is a Shanghai-listed company,
located in Hefei province, that manufactures and distributes automotive
chassis and gearbox components for manufacturers of bus, truck and chassis.
Anhui Auto is one of the largest automotive chassis companies in China,
and it has representative offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou,
Hangzhou, Jinan and Zhengzhou.
The company is part of Lion Asiapac. Lion Asiapac was incorporated in
Singapore on 6 December 1968 as a private limited company under the
name of Metal Containers (Pte) Ltd. On 18 December 1981, it turned public
and changed its name to Metal Containers Ltd. In 1996, the Company was
acquired by The Lion Group of Malaysia and adopted its present name. The
major shareholders are Amalgamated Containers Berhad and Silverstone
Corporation Berhad (formerly known as Angkasa Marketing Berhad), both
of which are listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.
The Group is a diversified regional manufacturer and distributor. It operates
2 core businesses, namely automobile manufacturing and electronic
component distribution. The automotive division operates in China and its
portfolio of principal products comprise motorcycles, light trucks for
commercial and agricultural use, chassis for passenger vehicles, and gearbox

The stake in JAC was sold by Lion somewhere around 2009.
Lion of Malaysia, also invested in the late Nanjing Auto, and Huali Auto of Tianjin.
Sorry I can't offer a source for the above piece.
JAC revealed the models that they will sell in Argentina.
Guess who is the importer... Yes, SOCMA (they also import Chery and DFSK vehicles).
JAC resumed car sales in Russia

JAC has returned to the Russian car market with two SUV models, S5 and S3, after having left that market in January 2016. This time, the cars would be exported from Kostanay, Kazakhstan, where SaryarkaAvtoProm LLP, a multi-brand assembler owned by AllurGroup, has been making these since 2015.

The Kazakh company has also tried its hand at assembling some of JAC's electric cars in small experimental batches, and recently it started pilot production of the iEV7S (link).


[The last time, the S5 was being assembled in Russia by Derways and the J5 sedan was sought from Bogdan in Ukraine, but hostilities with Ukraine put an end to that plan (and Bogdan stopped making passenger cars as well). Even earlier, the defunct Russian company TagAZ had assembled some JAC models under its own brand.]

Fun fact: Not only are Chinese SUVs assembled in Kazakhstan exported to Russia; the Lada 4x4 too is assembled by Azia Avto in Oskemen and exported to China!
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JAC and CMC acquire AllurGroup

JAC and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) have jointly acquired 51% of Kazakhstan's AllurGroup.

Preparations for the acquisition started back in 2017 (see post) by CMC.
JAC introduces electric cars and pickup in Mexico

JAC's Mexican partner has presented 5 electric vehicles in the country, which include the E-J4, E-Sei1, E-Sei2, E-Sei4, and E-Frison T8. These will go on sale next year.

Note that E-J4 is not the electric version of the J4 (Heyue A30), but what is known in China as the iEV7 or iEV7L. E-Sei1 is the iEV6E Sport, E-Sei2 is the iEV7S, E-Sei4 is the iEV S4, and E-Frison T8 is the electric version of the Shuailing T8.

GML (Giant Motors) has also launched the gasoline-powered Frison T8 in Mexico this month.
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