The Chinese brand JAC is well-known, known mainly as a manufacturer of trucks and commercial vehicles. Even in the middle of the last decade, its trucks filled the roads of large industrial cities, although later brand cars began to appear in our country. So let's look at her story, what caused the high demand for her commercial vehicles, how things are with the brand now, as well as how she feels in the cramped Chinese market.
The history of Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd begins in 1964, when a truck component factory was opened in Hefei. Four years later, the plant gave its first model to the surface - an on-board truck weighing 2.5 tons, but until the end of the 80s of the last century the enterprise developed slowly and produced only various modifications of cargo models. The situation began to change closer to 1990, when the plant designed a new frame chassis 6700KY, which became the main one for many buses, so in 2005 this development entered the top 50 most important Chinese products over the past 50 years. Already in May 1990, Jac established the export of the first 36 trucks and 24 buses to Bolivia, and by 1993 the plant was producing 12,000 trucks and buses a year - not so much, given 25 years of history.
However, by 1996, JAC Motors had prepared the light commercial truck HFC 1061, which very quickly became the standard in its class: without major revolutions, this model has now sold more than 500,000 units, and simplicity and reliability of the machine design played a significant role in this. .
By 2001, the Chinese had entered into an agreement with Hyundai to sell documentation for the H1 model, and set up a copy of it in China. The car was called Refine, and in our country this model appeared in single copies in 2006, however, through unofficial channels (in those years the official representative was engaged in sales of only commercial models, but we will return to the brand’s representative office in Ukraine later). At the same time, the production of Gallop heavy tractors was opened. Until 2007, the company specialized in minivans, tractors and commercial vehicles, but back in 2005, management began to take steps towards starting production of cars in other passenger cars. Having opened offices in Italy and Japan, JAC designers enlisted the Hyundai-Kia Y4 chassis in 2006, releasing a Santa Fe crossover clone based on it, which was clearly borrowed from
In the past five years, JAC has introduced a number of new models to the market: crossovers Refine S2, S2 Mini, S3, S4, S5, S7, minivans Refine M3, M4, M5, M6, R3, compact J6, pickup T6, as well as a separately positioned large luxury sedan A60. Starting with the S5 model, which was presented at the Guangzhou Motor Show in 2012, turbocharged engines of 1.5-2.0 liters of their own design, which are equipped with direct injection, were registered under the hood for medium-sized and large JAC cars, and they work with double-disc "Robot". It can be stated that in this regard, the brand has been following a parallel course with European automakers, which in recent years have introduced direct injection into their turbo engines, thanks to which, for example, the 1.5-liter crossover S5 consumes 9.3 liters of fuel in the combined cycle - the two-liter VW Tiguan has approximately same fuel efficiency.
The company has come a long way and at the moment has mastered the segment of not only trucks, but cars. However, the success of competitors in the person of Geely, BAIC,BYD, GAC and Chery does not allow JAC to be one of the leading car manufacturers in China.