A "Weststar" badged Maxus V80 on display in Kuala Lumpur
Maxus is a commercial vehicle marque owned by SAIC Motor Commercial Vehicle Co., Ltd., itself a wholly owned subsidiary of SAIC Motor. It was launched in March 2011. Sales to Australia started in 2012 under the original LDV name.
The name of the marque originates from the Maxus model of the defunct British commercial vehicle manufacturer LDV Group, following the acquisition of LDV's intellectual property by SAIC in 2010.
The first Maxus product, the V80 van, was unveiled at the Auto Shanghai motor show in April 2011. In the same month SAIC signed an agreement appointing the Malaysia-based WestStar group as the official distributor of the V80 for the Asia Pacific region. The inauguration ceremony of the V80 was held in Shanghai on 29 June 2011. The sale of Maxus vehicles in Australia began in 2012, with distribution by the Australia-based WMC Group.
The current Maxus range comprises just one model, the V80 light commercial van.
Maxus products currently in development include a seven-seat MPV.
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