Since their launch in South Africa in 2010 Jiangling Motors (JMC) is steadily driving a niche into the South African motor industry. This was confirmed with their recent acquisition of the local Changan motor vehicle brand and launch of the Changan Star II truck range.
JMC is one of the biggest companies in China's commercial vehicle industry and one of the country's Top 100 Listed Companies for the past five years. The company was established in China in 1948 and has dominated the Chinese light commercial vehicle market since the mid 80's, utilising advanced technology to become one of the biggest Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturers. Given their track record and success in this market it was an obvious strategic business move to incorporate the local Changan operation into their stable, which coincides with the launch of the Star II trucks.
JMC specialises in turbo diesel-engine pick-ups voted number one in its class for the past nine years, double cabs and trucks developed in co-operation with two large international firms, being Hitachi and Ford. Given their experience in this class of vehicle, the announcement of the launch of the Changan Star II truck range is an exciting addition to the brands portfolio. The Star II is available in single, double and king cab options, with a body robust enough for a broad range of tasks.
Top trading partner
JMC is currently the only Chinese motor company with overseas shareholdings currently exporting more than 50 000 vehicles to over 70 regions globally. China remains South Africa's top trading partner, and this has seen major investment by Chinese companies into South Africa, contributing to the growth of the economy and the future development of South Africa. JMC is committed to their long-term investment into South Africa and their acquisition of Changan affirms this commitment.
"We are committed to build trust and confidence in Changan in the South African market place, and will ensure that we deliver the best after-sales service, giving customers the peace of mind that they are dealing with a reputable global brand backed by a solid infrastructure offered by one of the leading Chinese motor manufacturers," says David Dai, managing director of JMC South Africa.
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