|Trading name||JAC Motors|
|Traded as||SSE: 600418|
|Founded||1964 (as Hefei Jianghuai Automobile)|
|Headquarters||Hefei, Anhui, China|
|Key people||An Jin (Chairman/President)|
The company produced about 445,000 units in 2012.
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. Prior to the 2007 passenger car license, JAC cooperated with Hyundai Motors in the early 2000s in an attempt to expand its product line. Beginning in 2003, it assembled Hyundai MPVs although this stopped sometime prior to 2007. At least two models based on Hyundai technology continued to be made by JAC after the cooperation was cancelled–a MPV and a SUV. Hyundai explored setting up a joint venture with the company in 2004, but the plan was soon discarded.
In 2009 the Chinese government indicated that it supported consolidation in the Chinese auto industry, leading analysts to predict the possibility of JAC joining with Chery since they are both located in Anhui province. 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. 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.
Sales reached more than 300,000 units in 2009 including 12,100 sold overseas.
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. 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 to tenth place. Estimated production capacity is over 500,000 units/year as of 2009.
JAC has a wide model line that spans from commercial trucks to small city cars. Some of its models may be real standouts. In 2009 a Pininfarina-designed city car, the JAC Tojoy, won numerous awards including the J.D. Power China Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) award.
Current passenger car models
JAC currently produces the following passenger cars:
- Heyue A30 (1.5 litre)
- J2 (Yueyue) (1.0 litre)
- J3 (Tongyue) Cross (1.3 litre)
- J3 EV (iEV)
- J3 RS Hatchback (1.3 litre)
- J3 Sedan (1.3 litre)
- J5 (Heyue) (1.5 and 1.8 litre)
- J7 (Binyue) (1.8 and 2.0 litre)
- J6 (Heyue RS) (1.5 and 1.8 litre)
- Refine (M1) (2.0, 2.4 and 2.8 litre)
- Refine M5 (Refine II, M2) (2.0 litre)
- Refine S5 (1.8 and 2.0 litre)
- Reni (2.2, 2.4, 2.5 and 2.8 litre)
- S1 (Rein) (1.9, 2.0 and 2.4 litre)
- Sunray (2.5 and 2.8 litre)
As of August 2010, JAC plans to make electric or hybrid-electric vehicles at an as-yet-unbuilt production base. China subsidizes oil (an incentive for the State to encourage use and manufacture of electric cars), and Chinese automakers see opportunities in less mature electric cars as Western companies have yet to develop much of a lead in the technology.
The JAC J3 EV all-electric car was launched in China in 2010. It has a range of 130 km (81 mi). During 2010 and 2011 a total of 1,583 of the first and second generation models were sold in the country. A third generation model, called the JAC J3 iev, was launched in September 2012. Cumulative sales of all generations reached 4,068 units through December 2012. During 2012 the J3 EV was the second best selling pure electric car in China, after the Chery QQ3 EV. In 2013 about 2,500 JAC iEV (J3 EV) were sold making it the highest selling pure electric vehicle in China of 2013. 
Research and development
JAC announced a pair of joint ventures with Navistar International Corporation and NC2 Global (itself a Navistar/Caterpillar joint venture) on 16 September 2010. The NC2 joint venture will manufacture heavy duty trucks and parts while the Navistar joint venture will build medium to heavy diesel engines in China with parts and services provisioned by Navistar. The new companies will both be located in Hefei where JAC is also based.
A total of 203,498 JAC passenger cars were sold in China in 2013, making it the 22nd largest-selling car brand in the country in that year (and the 7th largest-selling Chinese brand).
Sales outside China
Some JAC exports are in the form of knock-down kits, which are assembled at overseas factories in countries including Egypt, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. As of 2010 a possible factory in Slovakia is under discussion. Such factories are not necessarily owned by or affiliated with JAC. Knock-down exports are an easy way to gain access to developing markets without added after-sales service costs.
In 2009 JAC started a partnership with a distributor in Brazil, the SHC group. As of early 2011, it had more than 10,000 firm orders from its Brazilian partner. In 2009 JAC also had plans to build a production base in the country. As of 2011, the plant will be located in Bahia state and built in cooperation with the SHC group, which is providing 80% of the initial investment.
- Production capacity figures may consider engines and vehicles as discrete.
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- For Pininfarina design, see Automaker ratchets up quality and sales Anhui province official site, 11/17/2008
- For APEAL award, see JAC Tojoy sedan Receives China New- vehicle APEAL Segment Award by J.D. Power JAC Official Site
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- China Auto Web (2013-03-25). "Chinese EV Sales Ranking for 2012". China Auto Web. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 2,485 units were sold in 2012.
- China Auto Web (2012-09-30). "JAC Delivers 500 J3 EVs ("ievs")". China Auto Web. Retrieved 2013-04-19. A total of 1,583 of the first and second generation models were sold during 2010 and 2011..
- China Auto Web (2014-01-10). "Plug-in EV Sales in China Rose 37.9% to 17,600 in 2013". China Auto Web. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
- China Jianghuai gets OK for $133 mln truck project reuters.com, Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:52am EST
- "JAC Partners with NC2, Navistar". ChinaAutoWeb.com.
- "2013 Passenger Vehicle Sales by Brand". China Auto Web. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- "Worldwide: Where there is a road, there is a JAC". JAC Motors. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
- For knock-down factory in Egypt, see The first JAC CKD SRV rolls off in Egypt JAC Official Site
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- For knock-down factory in Vietnam, see JAC to break ground in Vietnam Anhui province official site, 03/11/2010
- China's JAC eyes car assembly plant in Slovakia reuters.com, Tue May 4, 2010 7:46am EDT
- 46 JAC Brazil Outlets Opened at the Same Time, JAC Plans to Export More than 300,000 Units in 2015 JAC Official Site, 2011-3-23
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