Maxus

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SAIC Maxus Automotive Co., Ltd.
Subsidiary
Founded March 2011
Headquarters China
Area served
Global
Products Automobiles
Owner SAIC Motor
Website saicmaxus.com

SAIC Maxus Automotive Co., Ltd. (Maxus) is a light commercial vehicle manufacturer, a wholly owned subsidiary of SAIC Motor.[1][2] It was founded in March 2011.[1] Sales to Australia started in 2012 under the original LDV name.[3] Sales also restarted in the UK under the LDV brand.

Name[edit]

The marque Maxus originates from the LDV Maxus model of the defunct British commercial vehicle manufacturer LDV Group, following the acquisition of LDV's intellectual property by SAIC in 2010.[1]

History[edit]

The first Maxus product, the V80 van, was unveiled at the Auto Shanghai motor show in April 2011.[4] 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.[5] The inauguration ceremony of the V80 was held in Shanghai on 29 June 2011.[6] The sale of Maxus vehicles in Australasia began in 2012, with distribution by the Australia-based WMC Group.[7] In September 2013 it was announced that Maxus vehicles would be sold in Thailand starting in 2014, as part of a deal between SAIC and SAIC Motor-CP Co.[8][9]

Maxus's second production model, the G10 MPV, went on sale in China in March 2014.[10]

Current products[edit]

The current Maxus range comprises the following models:[11]

  • Maxus D90 van (2016-present)
  • Maxus G10 van (?-present)
    • Maxux EG10 electric van (?-present)
  • Maxus RV80 recreational vehicle (?-present)
  • Maxus T60 pickup (?-present)
  • Maxus V80 van (2011-present)
    • Maxus EV80 electric van (?-present)
Maxus Datong V80 (2011-present) 
Maxus G10 (2016-present) 

Former products[edit]

Maxus LD100 (2005-2009, under license)
Maxus V80 (2009-2011) 
Maxus Istana (2009-2014) 

Sales[edit]

Calendar year Sales (China only)
2014 3,588[12]
2015 13,985[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "SAIC launched new brand Maxus for vans". China Car Times. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "SAIC plans to sell MAXUS van globally in H2". Reuters. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "V80 Cargo". LDV Vans. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Lee, Carmen (15 April 2011). "SAIC to bring resurrected MAXUS at Auto Shanghai 2011". Gasgoo. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  5. ^ "WestStar to distribute SAIC's Maxus van". Business Times. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "SAIC sold over 2m vehicles since start of year, halfway towards fulfilling yearly target". Gasgoo. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "SAIC Maxus And JAC Trucks: China's Big Carmakers Heading To Australia". The Motor Report. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "SAIC to sell Maxus van in Thailand". Bangkok Post. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "SAIC to export vans to Thailand". ECNS. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Maxus G10 MPV hits the China car market". China Auto Web. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.saicmaxus.com/index.shtml
  12. ^ a b "Maxus". Left Lane. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 

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